Top Hiking Trails in Sedona

Must Do Hikes

The best way to get out and see the beautiful red rocks of Sedona is to take a hike. With miles and miles of trails, the stunning beauty is around every corner.  Whether you are a seasoned hiker or you enjoy a nice walk through nature, there is a hike to enjoy.  Long, short, strenuous or easy, here is a list of some of the top most popular hikes in Sedona.

1. Bell Rock Loop

Bell Rock is one of the most recognized rock formations in Sedona. Named for its bell shape, the views are breathtaking. The Bell Rock Loop Trail can be accessed from State Route 179, just north of the Village of Oak Creek. The Loop Trail takes you around Bell Rock, hiking to the top of Bell Rock is not recommended. Parking is available at the Bell Rock Vista parking area where a Red Rock Pass is necessary. Here is some more information about the Bell Rock Trail.

Length: 1.0 – 1.5 mile
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Change: About 700 feet
Parking: Limited, Red Rock Pass required

2. Courthouse Butte

Courthouse Butte Loop Trail is located near to Bell Rock and can be accessed from the Courthouse Vista Parking Area or the Bell Rock Vista Parking Lot. This hike is over 4 miles long. Not only will you be able to view Courthouse Butte but you will also have a great view of both Bell Rock and Castle Rock.

Length : 4.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Elevation Change: 250 feet
Parking: Limited, Red Rock Pass required

3. Devil’s Bridge

Devil’s Bridge is a natural bridge that tourists and hikers flock to year round. The trail is relatively flat and easy, the jeep tour companies use the road for tours. Towards the end of the trail, there is a steep trail heading to the top where you can view the bridge. Once on top, the beauty of the area is unsurpassed. Since this is a popular destination, expect huge crowds and long lines for picture taking. Take Dry Creek Road, to the Dry Creek Trailhead parking area.

Length: 2 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Change: 400 feet
Parking: Limited, Red Rock Pass Required.

4. Cathedral Rock Trail

Cathedral Rock Trail is a heavily used trail and takes you right into the saddle of one of Sedona’s most well known red rock formation.  The trail is strenuous and casual hikers may have a little trouble when the trail narrows and turns into rock climbing.  The efforts pay off to those who make it to the top with stunning and awe inspiring views.  Expect large crowds at the trailhead parking lots which fill up fast. Take State Route 179 to Back O’Beyond Road.  As of April 2021, the city of Sedona has closed access to this trail.  If Back O’Beyond Road is closed, read further for other Cathedral Rock access points.

Length: 3.5 miles round trip
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation Change: 600 feet
Parking: Limited, Red Rock Pass Required.

5. Fay Canyon Trail

Fay Canyon Trail is an easy hike where you can see some very interesting red rock formations, an arch, canyon walls and plenty of wildlife.  It is a great trail for families with kids and casual hikers.  At the end of the trail, you may choose to climb up the rocks.  At the top you’ll find a tremendous view of the canyon with Bell Rock in the background.  Along the way, you’ll find the Fay Canyon Arch Trailhead marked with rocks.  Take this trail and the arch will become visible.  To get there, take Dry Creek Road to Boynton Canyon Road to the Fay Canyon Parking Area.

Length: 2.2 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Change: 150 feet
Parking: Limited, Red Rock Pass Required.

Most of these trails require you to purchase a parking pass.  For more information about the Red Rock Pass Program, please click here

Is hiking not your thing?  Maybe you’d like to take a nice drive.  View our Best Scenic Drives for an adventure of its own. We have also made a list of day trips near Sedona for people who might want want to do more in Sedona than hike.