Although there are many amazing hiking trails scattered throughout Sedona (Devil’s Bridge, Cathedral Ledge, Fay & Boynton Canyon to name a few), unfortunately, with these views comes intense crowds. For a more peaceful experience head over to Red Rock State Park, where you still experience extraordinary views, only with the added bonus of less congestion.
While most of the tourists head out to the most popular trails like those listed above, you can journey over to Red Rock for a peaceful day of quiet nature filled trails, breathtaking views, and possible wildlife sightings. A variety of easy-moderate trails, peaceful creek and forest views, amazing panoramic red rock overlooks, and the occasional wildlife sighting await your visit to Red Rock.
At the gorgeous 286 acre park, you will have your pick amongst 6 different trails (totaling approximately 5 miles), ranging from an easy, short 0.4 mile nature trail to a 1.9 mile, 300 ft climb to Eagle’s Nest, the highest point in the park. Whatever trail you choose, you will be surrounded by gorgeous greenery and beautiful 200 million + year old red rocks! Bring your camera – the views are simply stunning!
If you are limited on time and would consider yourself to be moderately active, head right over to the Eagle’s Nest trail, which offers a decent workout and the best views in the park. The trail is mostly flat, with a few moderate inclines, although it should be easy enough for anyone with a basic level of fitness. The 2 mile distance is perfect for a casual, relaxing weekend hike. It offers the perfect distance as it is long enough to enjoy a full morning activity, yet not exhausting enough to hinder the rest of your day.