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.
When the main Soldiers Pass trailhead parking lot is full or closed, Teacup Trail is a secret path to access one of Sedona’s most popular trails.
Cathedral Rock Trail in Sedona isn’t long, but it’s steep. It’s a challenge getting to the top of the trail, and the views are so worth it.
Water puddle in rock creates illusion of an arch
Unlike some of the more popular natural wonders in the Page, AZ area, Hanging Garden is a spectacular short trail that’s easy to access, with no fee.
Painted Rock Petroglyph Site preserves stories about the lower Gila River and the various Native American people who dwelled here for centuries.
Check out a few of these trails and you’ll quickly see that you don’t need a permit to take a world-class hike in Arizona.