Summer Hiking in Sedona is Very Special
Summer Hiking In Sedona
Summer hiking in Sedona is a big draw and visitors soon learn that you need to get up early to get a good parking spot at the trailhead of your choice. Most trailheads have parking lots with insufficient spaces for the traffic of hikers that want to use them. There are a couple of trailheads that have lots of parking. One that has a lot of appeal for those who enjoy summer hiking in Sedona is Jordon Park Trailhead. Here are some positive reasons why I recommend this trailhead:
- Lots of parking
3 main trails that head west and intersect in dozens of places with other trails (Brins Mesa, Cibola Pass, Jordon)
- Sometimes called North Urban Trail System East/West
- A 4th trail that heads east, (Jim Thompson) towards Steamboat Rock and Wilson Canyon
During summer, it is important to enjoy your hiking in the early morning. Bring lots of water. I recommend a camel pack or hydration pack and snacks high in protein. You can find examples ($$) here, Camel Bak ($$$+) Brand.
Summer weather in Sedona will start off in the 60ºs or low 70ºs but you have to be careful that monsoon weather is not developing. Check the weather before you start hiking. If a hiker is not careful, they could get caught in a downpour. Worse yet, hikers could get stranded. Watch for washes and stay out of them. If storm weather is developing get to a high point and find cover under a rock shelf or a tree. Stay clear of a path that water will follow during a downpour.
Golden Hour or Magic Time
If you are a photographer, as you can see in the images, clouds add a dramatic effect and monsoon cloud formations add to the drama. Just don't get caught in a downpour! Another impressive feature is the Golden Hour or Magic Time as described in this blog article.
Other Trailheads With Large Parking Areas
Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte
As you come into Sedona from the Village of Oak Creek, there are two large parking areas on either side of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. There are many hiking paths from either side of Bell Rock.
Fay Canyon Trailhead in 7 Canyons area off Boynton Canyon
Fay Canyon Trailhead is another improved parking lot area with lots of car spaces where you can park and begin a hike. The trails go many directions which all can enjoy. I like Fay Canyon and you can see the Fay Canyon Arch off the main trail if you hike to it. This is a fairly easy hike.
Interactive Map for Summer Hiking in Sedona
Select Link or Static Map below for Interactive Map
HINT: On the left side of Map Header, there is a hidden sidebar where you can uncheck strenuous, moderate or easy hikes depending on your level of hiking expertise.
As you zoom in – other trails will populate.
There are many wonderful trails such as Devil’s Bridge, Soldiers Pass, and Sugarloaf that I have not highlighted because the parking is limited. If you get there early (sunrise), you may find parking available.
Also, make sure that trailheads that are off dirt roads, do not require high clearance or 4 -wheel drive vehicles.
You can find more information about other trailheads in the Red Rock Ranger District at this link.
Note: Cursor down to the Red Rock Ranger District for all trails.
Red Rock Passes
Generally, you will find these fee stations where needed. The sign below will tell you what you need to do. This particular fee station is at the Bell Rock Trailhead.
Of course, if you have any questions about hiking or any other activities, please give me a call at (928) 274-7355.
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