Sedona is a great starting point for hikes and scenic drives through the Red Rock country. Make sure you pick up a Red Rock pass when hiking or visiting the view areas in Sedona. The pass is required for parking.
Prior to hiking in the Sedona area, check in at the Sedona Ranger District located at 250 Brewer Road. You can pick up detailed maps of popular hikes along with the status of campgrounds. The best times to hike in Sedona are in the Spring or Fall.
Distance: 1.0 mile | Difficulty: Moderate | GPS: N34° 53' 37.14", W-111° 51' 55.224" | Hiking Time: About 2 hours round trip
There is a great payoff on this hike because for not too much effort you'll be treated to great views of the Mogollon Rim and the Verde Valley. The trails rises quickly and you'll find yourself on the top in just a 1/2 mile.
Bring your camera because, from the top of the mesa you'll be able to see some of the most prominent landmarks in Sedona Red Rocks Country. You'll be able to see Chimney Rock, the Wilson, Maroon and Bear mountains. You'll also be able to see the city of Sedona, Munds Mountain and Sycamore Pass.
Boynton Canyon Trail
Distance: 2.5 | Difficulty: Easy | GPS: N34° 54' 26.388", W-111° 50' 55.2114" | Hiking Time: 2-2.5 Hours
Boynton Canyon is one of the most popular hikes in the Sedona area because of its great scenic beauty, ease of access (all paved roads) and because it is purportedly one of the energy vortices in Sedona. This is an easy hike where you'll see a variety of plant and wildlife.
Be careful as you start this hike as the Boynton Canyon Trail begins at the same trailhead as the Deadman's Pass Trail. the trail is marked with a sign. The total distance round-trip is 5 miles.
West Fork Trail
Distance: 3.5 miles | Difficulty: Easy | GPS: N34° 59' 25.3314", W-111° 44' 14.244" | Hiking Time: 2-3 Hours Roundtrip
The trailhead is about 3 miles north of Slide Rock State Park. This hike in the Coconino National Forest is marked for about three miles and will take you through the woods and along dramatic sheer red-rock walls. Although this is an easy hike, expect to get wet as you'll have to cross the stream a number of times. This makes a great family summer hike. The trail is often crowded as this is one of Sedona's most popular hikes. Early mornings, weekday and off-season are the best times to hike this trail if you want a bit of solitude.