Below are trails located within the vicinity of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Most are located in the Coconino National Forest district but several fall within the Tonto National Forest district. The links provided go directly to their U.S.F.S. pages with the trail descriptions, directions and maps for each. A PDF map of the Red Rock Country area in the Coconino Forest showing the location of each trail can be downloaded by “right clicking” on the following link and choosing to save it to your computer: Red Rock Country Map – Coconino Forest. (PDF 1.05 mb) Free Adobe Reader required.
New rules for motor vehicle use based on the Travel Management Rule, go into effect on the Coconino National Forest May 1, 2012. The new rules require that motor vehicles stay on designated roads, trails, and areas shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (available for free at all National Forest offices). So, if you plan on camping, driving off-highway vehicles, hunting, or exploring the backcountry; please make sure you first get a free Motor Vehicle Use Map. There is more information available on the Travel Management Rule page of the Coconino Forest Service website. Know before you go.
Another wonderful resource for Arizona trails, is HikeArizona.com. To get the full benefit of the site, you’ll want to sign up for the free membership. I have been a member of this site for years and they never send anything or use your information. It is just to control the content on the site. And when you see the great stuff there, you’ll be glad of it. They have the best trip reports I’ve seen anywhere! You can also post your own along with photos. Highly recommended.
Wayne Ranney, well known geologist and author of Sedona Through Time: A Guide to Sedona’s Geology has written a wonderful section on Sedona’s geology. Start by visiting the Introduction to Sedona’s Geologic Story to truly understand and appreciate the beauty of this remarkable region!