The hiking is amazing here. I prefer early morning sunrise hikes or sunset hikes late afternoon.
Fondest memory: This last trip I arrived with overcast skies, cold and the threat of rain/snow mix. Sure enough that evening rain turned to snow. I was not happy because I had planned a late afternoon hike to watch the sunset. I thought I would make up for it with an early morning hike to watch the sunrise.
Well in the morning I woke early to find amazing popcorn style snow on all the branches and leaves. It was beautiful scenery. I knew as soon as the sun came up all this beauty would disappear.
This is a general tip for the hiking areas around Sedona. It is not my fondest memory and probably the one I am least fond of.
People in this area, whether locals or visitors, for some reason like to stack rocks on top of each other. This done in the outdoor world to mark a trail. This is known as a cairn. But people stack many little piles where they have no place being. If you see these, please knock them done unless it is clear there is only one stack marking a trail.
Also, people should resist the need to scratch their name or date in the sandstone on or along trails.
All these things take away from the experience of other visitors and destroys the natural environment. Please practice Leave No Trace principle when hiking in the area.
This is what the national forest rangers say: No matter what time of year, hikers must carry water...
According to park rangers, one gallon per person per day is recommended. Dehydration is one of the biggest dangers of hiking at the Red Rock Country. Bring trail mix or snacks, even for short hikes.
Also, here are some recommendations by the Forest Services:
Use toilets before you hit the trail.
Always hike with a friend and tell someone where you are going.
Wear a hat and sunscreen
Wear hiking boots or good walking shoes.
Carry a first aid kit, map, flashlight, toilet paper, plastic bag, rescue whistle, compass, pocket knife, extra food.
Keep dogs on a leash and clean up after your pet.
Favorite thing: There are many hikes to go on. We found one that seems hard for younger kids but it was a good work out and great views. To go on this trail we had to walk 1.4 miles to the trail head because of a great amount of snow fell the night before and when it melted, the road was impassible. This extra3.8 miles for novice hikers, sure made it a long trip. It was worth every minute.
Hike! Just let your feet and legs do the talking...There is no need to be in a car here. The best way to absorb Sedona is to just grab some hiking boots and ascend!! Then breathe and enjoy the view...
Fondest memory: I truly enjoyed the river crossing on horseback and passing through the indian ceremony ruins...The ride took two and a half hours. I treked from narrow and steep dirt paths to vast wet rivers. It was quite the journey...
get up into the rocks and walk on a hike trail. The trails arn't to strenuous and the scenery is breathtaking.
Fondest memory: We met a couple who where just about to ride their mules on one of the trails. This cheeky mule that is smiling for the camera is Bubba and his pal is called Floyd.