Sedona’s red rocks and juniper deserts don’t reveal their secrets to just anybody. Soaring cliffs and buttes hide natural windows, arches, pinnacles, and slot canyons crafted by millennia of wind and water. With the Coconino National Forest right in its backyard, this Arizona town has dozens of trails—so many that it’s easy to wander around and miss the best stuff without even knowing it. See Sedona’s highlights in a day with one (or more) of these essential hikes.
Brins Mesa Trail
The unique thing about the Brins Mesa Trail is how open it is. Instead of plunging into closed-off canyons or roughing it through desert brush, you'll enjoy panoramic views all along this moderate trek. Sample the quintessential Sedona landscape as you pass iconic red rock formations like Coffee Pot Rock, Chimney Rock, and Wilson Mountain. To shake it up on the way back, link onto the Soldier Pass and Cibola Pass Trails for a 7-mile lollipop loop. Trailhead Brins Mesa Mileage 6.4 miles round-trip Elevation Gain 600 feet Drive time from Sedona 32 minutes