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Mother Nature has blessed Sedona with soul-stirring beauty – radiant red rocks (many, like Bell, Coffee Pot, and Snoopy, named for their resemblance to objects), canyons, creeks, green forests, desert vegetation, and brilliant blue skies. Much of the land is protected by the Coconino National Forest, which offers 100+ unique trails.

Sedona Outdoor Activities


Although Sedona’s biking reputation is growing, trails remain relatively uncrowded. Cycle-musts: Bell Rock Pathway off Highway 179 and Jim Thompson Trail, a historic wagon route north of Uptown Sedona. Rent wheels at Bike & Bean.

Bike & Bean, 6020 Hwy. 179, AZ, 928-284-0210,
Tags: biking | outdoors | history | sports | outdoor activity

Boynton Canyon Vista Trail

Access this red-rock gorge (another vortex spot) via easy 1.5-mile trail. The 5-mile Boynton Canyon Trail #47 leads deeper into the canyon. Rock Pass required.

North side of Hwy. 89A; follow Dry Creek Road Red, AZ,
Tags: hiking | views | outdoors | outdoor activity

Cathedral Rock Trail

Hike Cathedral Rock via this 1.5-mile trail. Steep slickrock slopes are enhanced by stellar views of Sedona's spectacular countryside. Red Rock Pass required.

North of the Village of Oak Creek, Access from Hwy. 179; on Back O'Beyond Rd., AZ,
Tags: hiking | views | outdoors | outdoor activity


Reel ‘em in on Oak Creek, a bountiful trout stream. For supplies, advice, and even guided outings try Sedona Sports (you can also pick up mandatory fishing licenses here).

Sedona Sports, 251 N. Hwy. 179, AZ, 866-204-2377,
Tags: outdoors | fishing | outdoor activity

Horseback Riding

If you prefer to saddle up like they did in the Old West, guided rides on a 45,000-acre, working cattle ranch can be organized through A Day In The West.

A Day In The West, 252 N. Hwy. 89A, AZ, 928-282-4320,
Tags: family | outdoors | outdoor activity

Off-road Jeep Tours

Explore the area's unspoiled back-country via jeep tour – Pink Jeep offers the best outings with stops at ancient ruins, rock art sites, and coyote canyons.

204 N. Hwy. 89A, AZ, 800-873-3662,
Tags: editor pick | smart splurge | outdoors | culture | history | tour | outdoor activity

Slide Rock State Park

On a sunny day, don a swimsuit, pack a picnic and follow the crowds to the natural waterslide created by these smooth red sandstone cliffs as they plunge into Oak Creek.

6871 Hwy. 89A, AZ, 928-282-3034,
Tags: family | outdoors | swimming | outdoor activity

West Fork Trail

One of the area’s most popular hikes, this scenic streamside trail (plan on wet feet) is hugged by towering 100-plus-feet cliffs and laced with chasms.

Call O' the Canyon Day Area off Hwy. 89A, AZ,
Tags: hiking | views | outdoors | outdoor activity

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