Best of Sedona

Trip Description

This fantastic tour offers the best way to experience the beauty of Red Rock hiking, as well as Sedona’s rich history, unique setting, and excellent dining. Join our team of professional hiking guides and spend four days exploring a number of unique trails that best exemplify this stunning northern Arizona landscape. Our hikes are handpicked to exemplify the variety of scenery in this high desert environment, as well as presenting some hearty challenges that lead us up to epic views.

This hiking tour offers the best of both worlds: fun and challenging hikes to incredible places each day and nights spent in great local hotels, including dining at restaurants showcasing the Southwest’s signature flavors. You’ll never have to worry about a thing as our guides lead you every step of the way and take care of every detail. Join us for a Sedona hiking vacation to remember.

Overview

Trip Details

Type: Lodge-Based Hiking

Days: 4

Distance: ~ 26 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

Origin: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $2350

Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

For our Sedona introduction, we’re heading to lofty heights for an unbeatable vantage point of Red Rock Country. Our goal is the summit of Wilson Mountain, 2300 feet above the surrounding high desert. The views are incredible the whole way so there are plenty of reasons to stop, catch your breath and snap some photos. Our goal is the Sedona Overlook, at 7000 feet elevation, where you will be rewarded with views that stretch over hundreds of square miles of scenic canyon country. After a delicious picnic lunch at the summit, we will slowly make our way back down to the trailhead. If time permits after the hike, we can stop in Uptown Sedona to spend some time browsing the shops and art galleries. After a great day, we’ll head to the hotel for showers and then hit the town for dinner together

Drive Time: 1 hour
Hiking Distance & Elevation: ~8miles, 2300-foot ascent/decent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

After a tasty breakfast, we will be out the door for another day of Red Rock adventuring. Today’s loop hike features spectacular views in one of the most scenic corners of Sedona. We follow the path of the old wagon trails, then ascend to a slickrock saddle high above Bear Wallow Canyon to the south and Oak Creek canyon to the north. Epic views unfold as we wind our way around Mitten Ridge and enjoy 360-degree panoramic vistas. A few sections of slickrock hiking with exposure to heights will add an element of excitement and our professional guides will offer support and guidance for those not used to slickrock hiking and you will learn how to “trust your hiking shoes”, build your confidence, and earn the rewards of this stunning landscape. We’ll then descend via the Cow Pies Trail, named for the unique sandstone rock formations along the way, and close the loop back to the starting trailhead.
Drive Time: 20 minutes
Distance & Elevation: 8.5 miles, 1100 foot descent/ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Today we enjoy a mix of hiking and an opportunity to visit Sedona’s renowned art and shopping district. The morning’s hike will feature a pleasant 4.5-mile loop as we circumnavigate Mescal Mountain. Enjoy the sweeping views of red rock cliffs as they give way to the towering white sandstone cliffs above. After the hike and a picnic lunch, we’ll venture to Sedona’s vibrant uptown district where you can enjoy some free time exploring beautiful Tlaquepaque (pronounced T-la-keh-pah-keh), an artist and shopping center fashioned after a traditional Mexican village. Perouse unique shops and art galleries, enjoy live music and artisan demonstrations, or sit and enjoy a glass of wine in the serene environment.
Drive Time: ~40 minutes
Distance & Elevation: 4.5 miles, 400-foot ascent/descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

On our final day, we’ll head to one of the most iconic destinations in Sedona. Our hike begins near famous Bell Rock and crosses an undulating landscape of pinyon pine and juniper forest before ascending the sandstone benches along the eastern flank of Cathedral Rock, perhaps the single most-photographed formation in Sedona. We continue north where our trail dips down to the banks of Oak Creek, where we’ll enjoy a final lunch by the water. We then retrace our steps back to Cathedral Rock and then connect with another trail back to our starting point. At the hike’s conclusion, we’ll head back to Flagstaff for farewells, arriving around 4:00pm.
Drive Time: 1.25 hours
Distance & Elevation: ~7 miles, 600 foot ascent/descent
Breakfast, Lunch

* Final itinerary and specific hikes may change due to weather conditions, group preferences, or any unforeseen circumstances. There are endless fantastic hiking opportunities in the area and your guide may offer alternatives.*

Details

What's Included

  • All lodging (double occupancy) for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional, licensed and medically trained guide
  • Use of day pack & trekking poles
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on the last day + trail snacks
  • Roundtrip Transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff, AZ
  • Land Use fees

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation to/from Flagstaff, AZ
  • Lodging the night before/after the trip
  • Clothing, raingear, and footwear
  • Personal toiletries, sunscreen
  • Water bottles/hydration bladder
  • Guide gratuity (suggested 10-20% of trip cost)

*Upon Booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet

How many people are in the group?

Guided hiking trips in Sedona will accommodate 6 people plus one guide.

Are there age restrictions?

Children under the age of 12 are generally not permitted on regularly scheduled trips. This restriction may be negotiable on private tours. Please contact us with any questions regarding this policy.

How do I sign up?

In order to confirm a reservation, we require an initial non-refundable deposit of $250 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.

Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. You can also pay by personal check or PayPal (PayPal incurs a 1.5% surcharge). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-928-525-1552

Travel Logistics

Where does the trip begin/end?

This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, AZ and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Flagstaff. You will want to fly into either Phoenix (2 hour drive) or Flagstaff.

Where do meet our guides?

We will meet for at 7:00am the morning of your trip’s departure at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff. It is best to plan on staying at this hotel the evening prior to your trip’s departure.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?

We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at your hotel in Flagstaff and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the Little America Hotel (recommended) can leave their cars at the hotel. The hotel will often store your luggage for you, as well, but please confirm this option in advance. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car/luggage there.

What time will we get back on the last day?

Expect to be back in Flagstaff by 5pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Many trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.

Trip Dates

2024 Dates

September: 24-27

October: 8-11, 21-24, 28-31

November: 5-8, 11-14

 

Don’t see your dates? Custom dates may be available!

Call 1-877-272-5032 or email us for details.

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