Sedona Hiking Trails
There are red rocks, and then there are Sedona’s red rocks! Our red rock formations have names that are known around the world. Cathedral Rock, Thunder Mountain, (which inspired the Disney ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad), Snoopy Rock. Although, no matter what you call them they are spectacular!
The remains of ancient wetlands, these crimson cliffs have been carved by the forces of nature into a most magnificent scenic masterpiece.
To really get a feeling of the majesty of Sedona’s landscape, there is nothing like walking through it. Even short easy hikes will bring you into a land of wonder and beauty, planting memories which you will treasure, bringing you back again and again!
Hiking is the perfect activity suited to any vacationer, as there are a variety of trails for any level, from novice to adventurer. There are numerous trails to choose from, varying in length and difficulty, and most are interconnected, as the wonderful expanses of the Coconino National Forest surrounds the city. The variety will make even first time hikers feel inspired. “ A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” You don’t need to go that far, but the diversity is almost endless, with trails along the lush Oak Creek Canyon, to magnificent natural arches and mysterious Indian Ruins.
The year round moderate climate, with four distinct seasons and comfortable temperatures allow nature lovers the opportunity to enjoy it non-stop. Perfect!
Margs Draw trail head - immediately behind our Sedona Hotels
The famous "Snoopy Rock" is at the end of Margs Draw TrailBetter than driving and parking, there are a few hotels in Sedona that offer the hiker both accommodations and the opportunity to step outside their hotel and enter into the magnificent Coconino National Forest any time of the day. For those people who simply love the outdoors, Sedona is like a little piece of heaven, and these hotels make it just that much better. Staying at one of these hotels like, The Kings Ransom Hotel and Inn you will have direct access to these trails, driving is not necessary, anytime. The Margs Draw Trailhead is right outside the door at the Inn. This trail connects to other trails allowing for the amount of hiking that is just right for you.
Margs Draw Trail (Snoopy Rock)
Margs Draw Trail can be hiked from either of two Sedona Hotels, our Kings Ransom Sedona Hotel or the Kings Ransom Inn, as it is only a short stroll from either to the Margs Draw trail head. You can walk out the door of your room and take a morning hike without getting in your car, a great convenience. From the entrance to the trail head, a short walk up a hill begins the trail and enters Wilderness. Magnificent views appear soon after your ascent as the trail winds its way north across a nearly flat expanse dotted with juniper, pinyon pine and Arizona cypress. In the spring, there is a profusion of wildflowers along the trail. In the fall, the scene takes on a nostalgic flair as the palette switches to autumn hues. CAMERA’S REQUIRED!!
Return by the same route back to the Kings Ransom Inn, OR; personalize your hike and take Huckaby Trail toward the north, or Broken Arrow Trail heading south.
Sedona Spring Wildflowers come in almost every color of the rainbow!
Some of the more popular trails in the Sedona area include those that take you to the incredible rock formations that surround the city. Whichever trail you decide to take you will be amazed how they seem to be beautifully, professionally landscaped. You do have to look where you are going once in awhile other than being transfixed by the red rocks!
There are differing thoughts on how some of the rock formations were named, and some of them have several names, but most were named based on their perceived shape. Hence the names Snoopy Rock, Coffee Pot Rock, or Bell Rock. These named naturally formed “rocks’ are part of the wonder of Sedona and what makes it unique. They are the landmarks in a land that has been loved for centuries.
Part of the reason that some of these trails are so popular is based on the belief that Sedona, AZ is surrounded by four strong energy vortexes. These vortexes are often a point of destination for those visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the healing energies.
We want you to enjoy your visit from the moment you get here and would like you to keep in mind that Sedona is a desert climate and preparation is extremely important. If you take even a short walk, always have plenty of water or a sports drink to help stay hydrated. This is essential. Sunscreen, a hat, a good pair of sneakers or hiking boots and a hiking partner are all recommended. You will be glad you did.
Overall, hiking in Sedona can't be beat. Hiking can be the perfect family outing filled with the exciting educational opportunities that only the great outdoors can offer.
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