Sedona isn’t just a place for mystic hippies to retire and rip off tourists – it’s also one of the most famous and beautiful places to go outdoors. Here are some of the best trails around the area.
Besides having a great name, this 9.1 mile trail is seven miles west of Sedona below the Mogollon Rim, taking you on a tour of a natural arch, an ancient ruin and plenty of scenic views of red rocks. It’s pretty tame, but your girlfriend will appreciate that there’s nothing scary or dangerous and it can still be quite fun and photogenic.
It’s a bit tricky at the start, but if you can scramble up the top of the Cockscomb spires, you’ll get one of the best views of Sedona around.
Schnebely Hill to Seven Sacred Pools
You can tell why Cortez believed gold was in this area. For the first three miles it’s a big climb up this 13 mile trail, but that’ll warm you up enough to make sure you don’t fall off the edge. That’s the thrill factor, that and the many views. You can view nearly every major named rock along this path, so take your time and enjoy yourself.
If you wanna make this really hot, wait till mid-summer and eat loads of chillies before hopping on your bike and set your tires on fire. Ha ha,just kidding. This loop, which is about ten miles, will really challenge you, filled with plenty of technical, rocky, sandy and other terrains. The downhill at the end weaves you through a rocky “mine field” complete with switchbacks and enough agave to keep you smiling bright all the way down.
Jimmy Kane was born and raised in the Southwest, is an avid traveler and father to his two lovely daughters. He now lives in Florida, where he maintains the website ComcastJacksonville.