Hiking Trails#1 in Best Things To Do in Sedona
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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. Recent visitors said the effort is definitely worth the views. For a less strenuous journey that still promises Cathedral Rock panoramas, 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, where recent visitors rave about the helpful and knowledgeable staff. This facility – located across the street from Tlaquepaque – is devoted to preparing Sedona hikers. Using their unique Trail Finder database, 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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#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 popular activity for Sedona visitors, these tours are usually led by a guide and vary by theme or activity level. For instance, the Ancient Ruins Tour offered by Pink Jeep Tours is popular among history buffs because it visits a Honanki Heritage site, among other highlights. Meanwhile, the Soldiers Pass Trail offered by Red Rock Western Jeep Tours is a hit with those looking for a break from the crowds as it traveses a trail rarely used by other commercial groups. If you'd prefer to get behind the wheel yourself, some companies, such as Barlow Adventures, allow you to rent Jeeps and explore the surrounding red rocks independently (with some driving tips and trail maps provided before your drive).
There are a variety of companies and tours to choose from, but Pink Jeep Tours and Red Rock Western Jeep Tours are two of the most popular with recent visitors thanks to their friendly and knowledgeable guides.