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Sedona Vistas and Canyons

Highlights

  • Sedona’s iconic red rock canyons & wilderness
  • Must-do, unforgettable Sedona hikes
  • Amazing natural & cultural history
  • The "secret garden" of Arizona’s rim country
  • Evening horseback ride & BBQ dinner
  • Hand-picked local accommodations
  • Historic mining town walking tour & dinner

Description

Sedona, Arizona's Red Rock Country is a place like no other - soaring rock formations, deep canyons, desert summits, spring-fed creeks, unique wildlife, and amazing natural and cultural history. This tour offers the opportunity to take in a variety of outdoor experiences around Sedona in 3 or 4 days. We embark on a mix of moderate hikes that offer diverse landscapes and breathtaking views, each day unique from the last! And relax while we take care of everything including reserving lodging and meals (served both indoors and outdoors), providing transportation to and from each day’s hike, supplying you with a backpack and trekking poles, and most importantly selecting the best hikes Sedona has to offer! We literally cover it all!
You’ll hike around towering sandstone buttresses and cliffs hundreds of feet tall; rest in the shade of ancient Alligator Junipers, Ponderosa Pines and cottonwood trees; view ancient native dwellings high in the cliffs; and hike to some of the most spectacular photography opportunities around Sedona.

We'll return each evening to our wonderful accommodations for relaxation and then enjoy dinners at charming, hand-picked restaurants. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or book your spot today!
Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Red Rock Ranger District.
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

Sedona Inn-based Tour Photos

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Hiking Mileage: 2.5-7.5 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 500 feet

Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn (or similar equivalent)

We'll enjoy a hearty breakfast and then head for the trail - just a few miles down the road. Our hike begins near famous Courthouse and Bell Rocks and soon we’ll see our destination ahead of us: the iconic Cathedral Rock. We’ll travel over miles of exposed red sandstone and stop to view the various types of plant life along the way. Perhaps you’ll get lucky and glimpse some of the native animals that call this area home. With Oak Creek nearby (hiding in the cottonwood trees) there’s a chance to see deer, javelina, or maybe even a bobcat.

A picnic lunch is served creekside and it couldn’t have come at a better time! We’ll rest our feet and hide in the shade of cottonwood trees, often called the "trees of life" in the deserts of the southwest. Iconic Cathedral Rock looms above us and makes for fantastic photography. We’ll finish the hike with expansive views of Munds Mountain Wilderness to the east, some of Sedona’s most remote and wild landscapes.

After our first hike we'll return to our rooms for an hour or two of relaxation while having the option to experience some of Sedona's artisan shopping districts before enjoying a memorable dinner out at one of our favorite Sedona restaurants.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 8-9 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 300-800 feet

Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn (or similar equivalent)

Today, we’ll travel to a remote Canyon for vivid glimpses of the past as we hike past Native American and Old West relics. This canyon was once home to the Sinagua Indians and then, some 450 years later, western settlers. Our hike begins near historic ranches, now government owned, and shortly thereafter travels deep into the wilderness.

Our trail was built by a settler in the late 19th century to move cattle between Sedona and summer pastures at higher elevations. Views of dramatic sandstone cliffs and desert plants characterize our journey. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch near one of the many natural rock formations sculpted by monsoonal floods and spring snowmelt that intermittently run down this canyon.

If we have time and our group is game, tonight we will head to the historic mining town of Jerome, Arizona (45 minutes away). Jerome, a 19th century mining town built on the side of a steep mountain, is one of the most unique places in America. Your guide will give you a walking tour of the switchbacking streets, staircase sidewalks, haunted buildings, and amazing history of this quaint Arizona gem. We will enjoy dinner in Jerome's most historic and charming restaurant before heading back to Sedona.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 4-5 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 200 feet

Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn (or similar equivalent)

On today’s journey we'll hike through the heart of Red Rock country. Our hike takes us into an outstanding Red Rock bowl at the base of Mescal Mountain. This spot offers expansive views of the surrounding Red Rock wilderness and of buttes and towers on the other side of Sedona. We'll soak up the views, snap some photos and enjoy a picnic lunch in a spectacular spot before descending back down and completing a loop back to our starting point.

On the 3-day itinerary, we will travel back into Sedona proper to our accommodations where we will say our goodbyes.

If on a 4 day itinerary, we will return our lodging to relax before heading out to an amazing horse ranch on the edge of West Clear Creek Wilderness for a rewarding and fun one-hour sunset horseback ride followed by an old-style outdoor ranch dinner overlooking Sedona's surrounding Red Rock landscapes!


Day 4 (4-day itinerary only)

Hiking Mileage: 6-10 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 400-1400 feet

Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn (or similar equivalent)

Today is a perfect treat to top off our amazing 4 days of hiking! We finish this trip with a creek hike that brings us to a beautiful high desert oasis (with great swimming)! The hike is moderate and follows close to the creek the whole way until we reach our swimming destination about 3.5 miles in.

We will enjoy a nice lunch creekside and take full advantange of the shady trees. We will have the option to continue up into the Mogollon Rim 1,100 feet above Wet Beaver Creek or take the nice stroll back to the trailhead. This is an amazing hike and opportunity to see an entirely different side of the Red Rock District!

After the hike, we will travel back into Sedona proper and say our goodbyes after an amazing 4 days.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 2-3 nights of lodging at Briar Patch Inn (or similar equivalent)
  • Dinners at wonderful, hand-picked, award-winning restaurants in and around Sedona
  • Breakfasts, picnic lunches prepared by your guide, and trail snacks
  • Use of a day pack, trekking poles and Microspike crampons during winter months
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Sedona hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour originating and concluding in Sedona
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Sedona hiking tour features a combination of restaurant meals and meals prepared by your guide. We'll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Sedona.

We provide breakfasts and lunches for the trip. For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Microspike crampons when necessary
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group for an orientation meeting at 5:00 p.m. the evening before the tour begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before the trip to coordinate the rendezvous, and if you don't have a vehicle the guide will be happy to pick you up for the orientation if you're staying at one of our recommended hotels.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's departure time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of also 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Sedona

Sedona is at 4500 feet elevation, which is considered high desert. It tends to be the most comfortable in Spring and Fall, but Summer and Winter are not extreme and are still great times to hike Sedona. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in the Sedona area:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Low
Hi
 
 
January
33°
58°
 
 
February
35°
61°
 
 
March
38°
66°
 
 
April
44°
74°
 
 
May
52°
84°
 
 
June
60°
93°
 
 
July
66°
96°
 
 
August
65°
94°
 
 
September
60°
88°
 
 
October
50°
78°
 
 
November
39°
66°
 
 
December
32°
57°