Sedona Journals

Hiking in Sedona and Around

Best of IgoUgo

A May 2004 trip to Sedona by D_a_n

Sedona Pines Resort Photo, Sedona, Arizona More Photos
Quote: We spent a week hiking in Sedona and driving to destinations around, including the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.

Hiking in Sedona and Around

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Red Rock State Park Photo, Sedona, Arizona
Quote:
My wife, a friend, and myself went to Sedona for a week. We expected very nice scenery based on the pictures we had seen on the web prior to our visit, but the reality took us by surprise anyway in the most positive way you can imagine. From day one ‘til the end, we were amazed at how great that area is. If you like hiking or just walking in a park and looking around, let alone if you like taking pictures, this is a destination not to be missed. Everything is within your reach. Within 10 to 20 minutes, you can drive to most of the trailheads and then spend as much time as you like there. Parks are not too expensive. You will also need a permit to park at most of the trailheads. If I remembe...Read More

Sedona Pines Resort

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Sedona Pines"

Sedona Pines Resort Photo, Sedona, Arizona
Quote:
Best Things Nearby:Red Rock State Park is within 5 minutes by car, Sedona is 6 miles away, and many other trails and sights are within a 20-minute drive.Best Things About the Resort:This is a quiet resort with lots of privacy thanks to units in separate cottages. There's great scenery all around.Resort Experience:The units are small but cozy. Depending on your vacationing style, you may love them or not. We used the accommodation mostly for sleeping and it was more than sufficient. The floorplan design was great, as it fit all the expected amenities. Three of us stayed there; for two, I would definitely recommend the resort. Units are very light with many floo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Sedona Pines Resort
6701 W HWY 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-6640

Cathedral Rock

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Cathedral Rock Photo, Sedona, Arizona
Quote:
This is a very well marked trail -- just follow the cairns. It is always easy to see the next one. The incline of this trail is about 600 feet in less than a mile. Based on physical condition, you may be able to make it all the way up in 30-60 minutes. The $5 parking is well worth it after just a few minutes of climbing. The views are really very rewarding. I would certainly do it again. Although don't expect to be alone on this trail. It is quite popular for a very good reason.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2004

Cathedral Rock

Sedona, Arizona 86336

Devil's Bridge Trail

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Devil's Bridge"

Devil's Bridge Trail Photo, Sedona, Arizona
Quote:
The bumpy gravel road may seem quite long before you arrive at the trailhead, but you should have no problems if you drive carefully (expect speeds between 15-30mph). The trail is mostly easy with intermediate sections with narrow trail or a little higher rise. The trail offers very nice views of the valley and peaks around. The bridge itself is worth seeing too. You can see it both from underneath and from a rock just next to it. Walking on it is not permitted. If you have more time, there are more trails on this gravel road. I recommend getting a nice Sedona map in a bookstore or elsewhere. It's called Experience Sedona - Recreation and Activity Map, and it has all the rocks named, trail...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Devil's Bridge Trail
Forest Road 152 (Vultee Arch Road)
Sedona, Arizona 86336

Bell Rock

Attraction

Bell Rock Photo, Sedona, Arizona
Quote:
This is a very easy trail that anyone can handle. It is quite wide dirt path with little elevation to overcome. You can use this one after hiking some more difficult trails when you are tired but not yet ready to call it a day. From the parking area, where you will need a $5 per day Red Rock parking permit, you can do two things. Either just walk toward the Bell Rock and then return, which will be about a mile total (if that) or you can turn onto the Courthouse Butte Loop, which will take you around the Courthouse Butte. In that case, the total hike is just short five miles. Either way, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2004

Bell Rock
6246 State Route 179
Sedona, Arizona 86351
(928) 282-4161

Wilson Mountain

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Wilson Mountain Photo, Sedona, Arizona
Quote:
There are several trails starting at Midgley Bridge. So make sure you follow the Wilson Mountain trail if you have enough time and if you are up for it. Study the map at the trailhead or bring your own so that you know what to expect. It is only 1.4 miles up to the First Bench but you will rise 1,600 feet! I am sure you can do it faster but be warned: in a slow relaxing pace, it took us 3.5 hours to the First Bench (on the way down, it still took 1.5 hours for the 1.4 miles). The views get great after just a few minutes of hiking - don't worry that you would not see much until at the top. I definitely think this trail is well worth the effort, let alone the fact that the effort itself felt ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2004

Wilson Mountain
Hwy 89A by Midgley Bridge
Sedona, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Grand Canyon"

Grand Canyon National Park Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Quote:
We made our trip to the South Rim of the Great Canyon a one-day trip from our Sedona Pines resort. It's about 2.5 hours to get there and it is pretty simple -- use any online map like Yahoo! Maps to get detailed directions. When you get close, the entrance to the park is clearly marked. At the gate, you will get a newspaper with a park map, incl. shuttle information and other information about everything in the park. Use any parking area; the shuttle will take you anywhere. There are three color-coded shuttle routes -- one covering east, one west, and one in the middle. Shuttles go so frequently that you don't have to worry about missing on...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 10, 2004

Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888