Scenic views of the red rock formation along the Marg's Draw trail in Sedona AZ

Marg’s Draw is one of Sedona’s easiest & shortest trails, and it also happens to be located super close to town, so the combined hike & drive over will not take up too much of your day. The Marg’s Draw Trail is a perfect starting trail for just about anyone, as it is both easy and picturesque at the same time. While beginning hikers will appreciate the easy terrain, avid hikers will still appreciate the gorgeous scenery and relaxing setting, despite the less-than-stellar workout.

While Sedona’s more challenging hikes provide an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself physically, short, easy nature hikes like Marg’s Draw are a great option for anyone seeking a more relaxing vacation experience. Combining a variety of easy and moderate/hard trails is the best option on any trip to the area. Luckily, Sedona offers an assortment of trails for all fitness abilities.

Colorful red rock views along the Marg's Draw trail in Sedona AZ
Beautiful red rock views and plentiful plant life along the Marg’s Draw trail.

Hiking Marg’s Draw

The Marg’s Draw trail is just over 2 miles in total and will not take up more than an hour and a half of your time. The great thing about this trail is it is just long enough. You will get in an invigorating workout, yet will not feel burnt out for the rest of the day. Thus, you will have more time to explore more of gorgeous Red Rock Country. The Marg’s Draw trail is well-marked and sees few crowds apart from a few locals. This is surprising considering the scenic beauty and close proximity to town.

There is not much shade along the trail, although many pretty views of green prickly pear cactus as well as juniper, Arizona cypress, and pinyon pines line the route. You’ll notice a few of Sedona’s most prominent rock formations along the way. Keep a look out for the Snoopy formation, named after the classic Peanuts character. Note that all rock formations in Sedona are named after their unique shape.

Lush greenery along the Marg's Draw trail in Sedona AZ
Lots of greenery along the Marg’s Draw trail make it a relaxing choice.
Strolling the Marg's Draw trail in Sedona AZ

Beautiful desert plant life lines the Marg’s Draw trail.

Gorgeous red rocks views along the Marg's Draw trail in Sedona AZ
Can you make out the Snoopy red rock formation to the right?

If you are seeking an easy trail which still packs in a bunch of dramatic red rock views, then Marg’s Draw is the trail for you. I recommend all Sedona visitors, whether regular hikers or not, to check out this picturesque trail.

On an interesting side note, the unique name comes from a stubborn mule who often wandered the trail instead of working.

Several access points are available. The Sombart Lane trailhead is the shortest and easiest to get to.

Marg’s Draw trail details

Location: Sombart Lane Sedona, AZ
Distance: 1.3 miles out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy

  • Parking: Red Rock Pass ($5) required
  • Pet friendly: Dogs must be leashed.
  • No mountain biking

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