I’ve lived in Arizona for about 13 years. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of dirt and cactus. I suppose a part of me has started to take the desert for granted. I love the warmth and the low cost of living Arizona has to offer, but growing up in the Midwest, I miss the change in seasons.
That’s probably why I spend so much time in Northern Arizona. We see all seasons and that’s where the scenery really starts to change. Cactus covered grounds turn into pine trees and canyons. That’s why Sedona has my heart. It doesn’t get much better than red rocks, especially when they’re covered in a light blanket of snow. I’m basically a Sedona princess at this point- I feel like I spend every waking moment there. Needless to say, I have an extra soft spot for some Sedona gems.
Here it is! My top 5 spots in Sedona, Arizona.
1. Cathedral Rock
If you’ve never been to Sedona, Cathedral Rock is a must. It’s a bit of a climb to get to the top and the slick cliff sides are not for the faint of heart, but it’s worth every step! There are a couple of ways to get there and each trail offers something different. I personally like coming up Cathedral from the backside which brings you along the creek as well. Either way, add Cathedral Rock at Sunset to your list if you haven’t already!
2. Devil’s Bridge
This is by far one of the most popular spots in Sedona. It can easily get crowded within a couple of hours. I do think, though, that if you can go early in the morning or later in the day, it’s worth seeing. You can hike to the top of the bridge and walk on it, or you can choose to hike to the bottom and see the bridge from down below.
3. Bear Mountain
If you’re a die-hard Sedona fan, Bear Mountain is a must. The hike has quite the elevation gain, offering views of its sister, Doe Mountain, and other popular Sedona spots. Bear Mountain is another great sunset spot if you’re looking to get away from the crowds.
4. Soldier’s Pass
Soldier’s Pass is another Sedona classic. You most likely won’t escape the crowds if you choose to go here, but it’s for a good reason. There are a ton of viewpoints as well as spots like Devil’s Kitchen and the 7 Sacred Pools along this hike. There are even some hidden arches on this trail if you can find them ?.
5. Doe Mountain
Doe Mountain is the smaller version of Bear Mountain, making it a much easier hike. I personally love Doe in the winter. It’s easy to get to and you can see all of Sedona covered in snow. The top of Doe is relatively flat, so you can easily get different views with every turn. If your time in Sedona is limited, I think Doe is worth the short, easy hike!
Sedona is full of magic, vortexes and red rocks making it one of the most enchanting places you could ever visit. If you find yourself in the Southwest, don’t miss this Arizona gem! Thanks for reading! You can get blogs like this sent straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter. Subscribe using the form down below!
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This blog was written by Mountain Chicks Founder, Dani.
Dani is the Founder of Mountain Chicks and the primary author of the Mtn Chicks Blog. Here you'll find outdoor tips, travel experiences, gear reviews and more.