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Hiking the Cathedral picture in Sedona
Hiking picture in Sedona
Hiking the Cathedral picture in Sedona

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  • $5 for one daily Red Rock Pass
  • 24/7 daily

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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The region boasts more than 100 different trails, each offering its own unique experience. Most lead into the red rocks, offering intrepid explorers plenty of postcard-worthy photo ops. Travelers are enthralled with many of Sedona's trails, but one of the most popular is the Cathedral Rock Trail, which starts about 4 miles south of the "Y" intersection. Though it isn't the easiest trek, the trail does offer great views of one of Sedona's most notable red rock formations. For a less strenuous view of Cathedral Rock, try the Airport Mesa Loop, an easy path located near the Sedona Airport. Other popular hiking trails include the Bell Rock Pathway, the Devil's Bridge Trail, Boynton Canyon and Palatki Ruins, which features several ancient Native American ruins and cave paintings.

When making your way to a trailhead, consider stopping at The Hike House. This facility  located across the street from Tlaquepaque  is devoted to preparing Sedona hikers. Using their unique Trail Finder computer program, the staff members at The Hike House can help determine which trail is right for you based on your time frame and skill level. This facility also houses a shop specializing in hiking gear and a cafe chock-full of healthy treats. After stopping here, you'll be well dressed and energized to hit the trails. The Hike House also offers guided hikes; reservations can be made on the center's website.

Hikers should note that many of Sedona's more popular trails tend to get crowded during the spring and fall. If you're looking for a more secluded stroll, consider one of the trails that can't be reached via highway. Also, some of the region's trails require that you purchase a Red Rock Pass ($5 per day or $15 per week). All the money goes to protecting the landscape. The Hike House is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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#1 Hiking Trails The region boasts more than 100 different trails, each offering its own unique experience. Most lead into the red rocks, offering intrepid explorers plenty of postcard-worthy photo ops. Travelers are ... Read more » Amit Basu Photography / Getty Images

#2 Jeep Tours If your legs need a break from all the hiking, but you haven't had your fill of Sedona's stunning landscape yet, sign up for a Jeep tour. A ... Read more » twildlife / Getty Images

#3 The Vortexes Sedona's visitors often hear talk of vortexes  cyclones of energy that come directly from the earth that can be felt by those in their presence. These vortexes are represented ... Read more » DOUGBERRY / Getty Images

#4 Chapel of the Holy Cross If you only have time for one cultural site, the Chapel of the Holy Cross should be it. This stunning church  designed by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude (a student of ... Read more » TriggerPhoto / Getty Images

#5 Red Rock State Park Although Sedona is surrounded by towering red rock formations, many recent visitors recommend a trip to the official Red Rock State Park specifically to see Cathedral Rock – one of Arizona ... Read more » DeepDesertPhoto / Getty Images

#6 Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village When you need a break from the trails, swap out those hiking boots for something more fetching and head to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Perched at the intersection ... Read more » Rauluminate / Getty Images

#7 Verde Valley Wine Trail When it comes to wine country, Arizona doesn't usually come to mind. But the Verde Valley near Sedona offers the dry climate and access to water that grapes need ... Read more » Miriam Weiner for USN & WR

#8 Spas It should come as no surprise that this city of spiritual healing has no shortage of spas. You'll come across your basic massages and salt scrubs, but many of ... Read more » Courtesy Enchantment Resort

#9 Palatki Heritage Site For a glimpse of what life was like in the red rocks between A.D. 1150 and 1350, take a drive to the Palatki Heritage Site. These ancient cliff dwellings ... Read more » James Hager / robertharding / Getty Images

#10 Slide Rock State Park For those of you visiting Sedona during the hot summer months, a few hours at Slide Rock State Park is a must. Housed on land that formerly grew apple trees ... Read more » bill85704 / Flickr

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Trekking to the Palatki Ruins is a popular hike for Sedona visitors. Amit Basu Photography / Getty Images

Jeep tours are one of Sedona's most popular tourist activities. twildlife / Getty Images

Bell Rock is said to have the strongest energy flow of all the Sedona vortexes. DOUGBERRY / Getty Images

If you only have time for one cultural site, the Chapel of the Holy Cross should be at the top of your list. TriggerPhoto / Getty Images

You'll enjoy a stunning view of Cathedral Rock from Red Rock State Park. DeepDesertPhoto / Getty Images

Tlaquepaque's Mexican-inspired stucco walls house a variety of art galleries and restaurants. Rauluminate / Getty Images

Miriam Weiner for USN & WR

Mii Amo spa at the Enchantment Resort is considered one of the area's best spas. It's location among the red rocks of Boynton Canyon is pretty spectacular too. Courtesy Enchantment Resort

For a glimpse of what life was like in the red rocks between A.D. 1150 and 1350, take a drive to the Palatki Heritage Site. James Hager / robertharding / Getty Images

Slide Rock State Park offers some much-needed respite from hot Sedona summers. bill85704 / Flickr

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