If you want to experience the iconic views of Sedona’s Cathedral Rock formation, head to Crescent Moon Picnic Area.
If you’re looking to experience Soldiers Pass in Sedona, and want to avoid the well-known hassles of accessing the Soldiers Pass Trailhead, consider starting at Jordan Road trailhead and hiking Cibola Pass and Jordan Trail to Devil’s Kitchen sinkhole.
Few trails in the Sedona area offer as much variety with spectacular views of the famous red rock formations as Fay Canyon Trail. And it’s only about a mile long.
Aerie Trail starts out on a flat section of high desert near Sedona and leads up several switchbacks and traverses around the northern side of Doe Mountain.
Since Trail #8 in Phoenix Mountains Preserves goes right by a deposit of quartz the size of a VW Bus near the top of a ridge, it has earned the nickname Quartz Ridge Trail.
Airport Mesa Loop Trail is relatively short hike with easy access to spectacular views of some of Sedona’s most notable rock formations.
In addition to large deposits of fossilized wood, Petrified Forest National Park also features hundreds of acres of Arizona’s Painted Desert.
Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point is an exhilarating alternative to the more popular Rim to River and Rim to Rim hikes in Grand Canyon. This hike provides plenty of challenge, with spectacular views of the canyon and river. It also requires a shorter time commitment and no advance permit.
Barnhardt Trail near Payson, Arizona leads you into an awe-inspiring red rock canyon with seasonal waterfalls and creeks.
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If you want to see the spectacular Massacre Grounds waterfalls in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains you’ll need to time your visit well. Water only flows for a short time after rain or snow showers.
Cathedral Rock Trail in Sedona isn’t long, but it’s steep. It’s not easy to get to the top of the trail, but the views are so worth it.