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Red Rock Adventurer


  •   Guides Choice inn-based trip in Sedona
  •   Sedona's best, most adventurous hikes
  •   Iconic red rock canyons & wilderness
  •   Amazing natural & cultural history
  •   The "secret garden" of the rim country
  •   Horseback ride & BBQ dinner (4-day)
  •   Charming local accommodations
  •   Historic mining town tour & dinner


The Sedona Red Rock Adventurer tour is an opportunity to experience the best of Sedona’s wild backcountry while still enjoying the quaint lodging and amazing restaurants of Sedona itself! We'll warm up on Day 1 with a hike to one of Sedona’s most iconic, spectacular natural features. Then our focus shifts to topping out on some of the Sedona area's Red Rock summits for HUGE panoramic views!

In the evenings we'll relax in style at our lodge. We’ll work hard and play hard on this trip, with wonderful meals at hand-picked, award-winning restaurants around Sedona. 

If you’re looking for a chance to challenge your body, spirit, and/or camera lens, this is the tour for you! On this trip, we will have the opportunity to see one of Arizona’s most photographed locations, to top a summit that sends more people back to the trailhead than reach the top, to experience an exhilarating hike along a ridgeline and a mountain climb that offers one of the steeper ascents in the area - all with extremely rewarding views! Your Sedona Adventure is waiting for you - give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more!

Please Note: This tour is available to private groups only through 2020. Group departures will resume in 2021. Read more about all of our current operating procedures.

Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Red Rock Ranger District.
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Inn-based Hiking Tour
Sedona, AZ
3-4 days
22+mi / 35+km
3 Days: $1490
4 Days: $1975
+$390-$520 Single Supplement

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
  • 1-way Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn or Inn Above Oak Creek

On our first day we'll enjoy a hearty breakfast and then depart for the day’s hike. Our first trek will be a warm-up hike: 7.5 miles on one of Sedona’s most scenic hiking routes. We begin near Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, two of Sedona's most prominent and beautiful landmarks, and quickly climb several hundred feet into layered shelves of red rock sandstone. Half-way into our hike we'll reach Cathedral Rock, a stunning, nearly 1,000 foot tall sandstone monolith.  

We'll rest in the shade of cottonwood trees lining the banks of Oak Creek, along the northwest side of Cathedral Rock. Your guide will prepare a tasty lunch and share some of the native and indigenous history of the area - this very spot was once a fertile hunting ground.  

After lunch, we'll complete our hike among the towering cliffs, sheer pinnacles and pristine canyons of Sedona. We will settle in to our lodging for an hour or two of relaxation, with the option to experience some of Sedona's artisan shopping districts before dinner out at one of our favorite Sedona restaurants.

Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 5.2 miles
  • 1-way Elevation Change: 1850 feet
  • Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn or Inn Above Oak Creek

On our second day we'll head toward one of Sedona's most exciting hikes. We’ll drive into Dry Creek basin, the heart of Sedona’s red rock country. You’ll notice the Mogollon Rim to the north as it climbs some 2,000 feet above the surrounding area. 

Our hike takes us to a spectacular Sedona summit, 1,850 feet above us, and only 2.6 miles of hiking to get there. The hike is challenging and rewarding as we travel through ancient layers of sandstone and limestone. As our trail approaches the back of neighboring Fay Canyon, we may have a chance to catch glimpses of native dwellings tucked high into the cliffs. After a final push we reach the top of our ascent, and are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and an enchanting picnic lunch. We'll take our time returning to the trailhead to enjoy the downhill hiking and soak up the views and serenity of the high desert wilderness. 

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: 8.8 miles
  • 1-way Elevation Change: 2250 feet
  • Accommodations: Briar Patch Inn or Inn Above Oak Creek

Today we'll head north to conquer Sedona’s highest peak at 7,122 feet.

On the first few steps of this hike we're immediately transported to an entirely new character of landscape - the ecosystem is lush, with tall, deciduous and coniferous trees. Towering red and white sandstone spires protrude from the mountainside and provide stunning views as we ascend to the summit of this glorious mountain.

On the summit we’re rewarded with arguably one of the best views the Sedona area can offer - a panorama of the beautiful Red Rocks surrounding us and Oak Creek Canyon below us! 

After a picnic lunch overlooking Sedona, we will return back into Sedona. On the 3-day itinerary, we will bring you back to your accommodations and say our goodbyes after an amazing journey! 

If on a 4 day itinerary, we will return back to our lodging to relax before heading out to M Diamond Horse Ranch on the edge of West Clear Creek Wilderness for a rewarding one hour sunset horseback ride followed by an old-style ranch outdoor dinner overlooking classic Red Rock country!

Day 4 (4-day itinerary only)
  • Hiking Mileage: 8.6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1198 feet

On the 4-day itinerary we spend our final day tackling an extraordinary hike! This is one of Sedona’s gem hikes as we walk back in time on old wagon roads (now trails) to a red rock saddle that offers incredible views. The trail we hike is named for the overhanging rock that shelters part of the route from the sun, and is a Sedona must-do. It involves exhilarating steps on pure sandstone up Schnebly Hill for vistas and panoramic views of the canyons below. This is a great hike to hear the history and story of T.C. Schnebly and his wife Sedona, for whom the town is named after. 

We will eventually return to Sedona proper to bring you back to your accommodations and say our goodbyes after an unforgettable 4 days in Red Rock country! 

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, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 2 or 3 nights of lodging at Briar Patch Inn or Inn Above Oak Creek. (Lodging Details)
  • Dinner 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 (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • 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, 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? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 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 the morning of Day 1 of the tour at a location determined by your guide in Sedona, AZ. Your guide will contact you 1-2 weeks prior to the start date to finalize and coordinate trip details.

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 in the pre trip contact. Generally, you can expect between 5-8am, 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.


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.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

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 1-800-715-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)


Briar Patch Inn

Briar Patch Inn

2-3 nights

Option 1: Nestled in the lush vegetation along Oak Creek, this charming boutique inn offers the perfect jumping off point for a rejuvenating Sedona Red Rock adventure! It offers natural beauty, modern amenities and solitude, but no wifi or televisions in the rooms.
(wifi in lobby, natural beauty)

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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