There are so many wonderful photo opportunities on this trail, and even better, it is extremely easy to get your desired photos without other people in them due to the lack of crowds (no one in your way like some of the more popular hikes!).
Wildlife you may see during your visit will vary depending on the time of day/year you visit, temperatures, and crowd levels. The most commonly seen species include: bobcats, coyotes, javelina, and mule deer. Blacktail rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and tarantulas are not as common, but keep your eyes peeled as sightings have been reported during the warmer summer months.
If you feel like learning more about the native plants and animals of the preserve with the guidance of a ranger, you have several options in terms of ongoing hikes. Daily guided nature walks take place at 10:00am. On these short 1.5-2 hour walks, you will learn more about the diverse ecosystem of Oak Creek. You’ll also learn more about the history, plants, and animals found in the area. This is a great introduction for those new to the area. On Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7am, bring your binoculars for a guided bird walk. Here bird enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn more about the diversity of species found at Red Rock.
Full List of Trails
Smoke Trail – 0.4 mi.
Rattlesnake Ridge – 1.3 mi.
Yavapai Ridge Trail – 1.5 mi.
Kisva Trail – 1.7 mi.
Apache Fire Trail – 1.7 mi.
Javelina Trail – 1.8 mi.
Eagle’s Nest Trail – 1.9 mi.
Hot weather hiking tips
If planning your visit during the extremely hot summer months, be sure to keep the following tips in mind! The average daily high from June-August is in the mid 90’s, however, if you plan your hike during the early morning hours the temps will be considerably cooler.
*Wear a camelback or fill up several water bottles for your hike. You should always drink more water in hot, dry climates.
*Wear light clothing, preferably shorts and tank top style workout clothing to keep yourself cool. Also wear lightweight socks and shoes to keep cool.
*Wear sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from the harsh sun. Use sunscreen on exposed body parts, especially if venturing out in the middle of the day.
*Be aware that what ordinarily seems like a short hike may seem much longer in Sedona’s hot, high altitude summer climate. Don’t overexert yourself and perhaps test out a shorter trail at first to test your ability level. Pick up a trail map in the Visitor’s Center.
*Replenish yourself with electrolytes after your hike.
*Set out for your hike very early in the morning or closer to sunset. Try to avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day (noon-3pm).
*Check the weather forecast and be prepared for the chance of a major thunderstorms. During July and August, daily monsoons are very common. The weather can be unpredictable.
*Bring with one of those personal fan misters so you can cool yourself down as needed.
Address & Admission Info
Red Rock State Park is located at: 4050 Red Rock Loop Road Sedona, AZ 86336. Hours are 8am-5pm/7 days a week. Last admission is at 4:30pm. Fees are $5 per person.