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Hiking Sedona's Red Rock Country


This 4-day trekking adventure across Sedona’s magical red rock landscapes will get your heart racing. Challenge yourself to exhilarating mountain climbs that reward you with views most don’t get the chance to enjoy. Learn about Sedona’s wilderness and Native American history from your local guide, who will lead you to the most fascinating locations. Your days will be spent in nature, tackling trails, switchbacks and summits and enjoying picnic lunches with better views than any 5-star restaurant. In the evenings, you’ll retire to your accommodation to kick your feet up before being treated to hearty meals that fuel you for the next day’s adventures. Plus, you’ll explore a quaint 19th-century mining town built on the edge of a steep mountain – one of the most unique places in America. This active adventure will send you home fitter than when you began with a camera roll full of incredible memories.

4 days, from

$1,775

per person

GROUP SIZE

6 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

4
Trip code: SKTA
Style: Comfort
Theme: Walking & Trekking

Details

Countries Visited:  United States Of America
Accommodation: Hotel (3 nights)
Transportation: Private vehicle
Included Meals:

  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 6

  • Spend four days discovering Sedona's ancient red rock country on foot as you join your local leader along some of the area's best hikes.

  • Explore the 19th-century mining town of Jerome, built on the side of a steep mountain, making it one of the most unique places in America.

  • Enjoy more challenging hikes that take you to some of Sedona’s most rewarding peaks – to bask in the panoramic views many trekkers miss.

  • Get the inside scoop on the geological and cultural history of the land you’re hiking from local guides who are passionate about the area and love sharing their knowledge.

  • After days spent on your feet, be rewarded with comfortable accommodation and hearty meals that rejuvenate your weary legs.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Sedona

Welcome to Arizona – the gateway to some of the USA’s best hikes. You’ll be welcomed to the rust-coloured desert landscape with a hearty breakfast before your first hike of the trip. You can consider this trek a warm-up to the real trails we have coming up in the next few days; enjoy the easy walk along one of Sedona’s most scenic routes. We begin near Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, two of Sedona’s most prominent and beautiful landmarks, and quickly climb into layered shelves of red rock sandstone. Halfway into our hike, we’ll reach Cathedral Rock, a stunning 300-metre-tall sandstone monolith. Your local leader will prepare a tasty lunch and share some of the native and indigenous history of the area – you’ll learn how this very spot was once a fertile hunting ground. After lunch, we’ll complete our hike among the towering cliffs, sheer pinnacles and pristine canyons of Sedona. This evening, you’ll settle into your accommodation with the option to experience some of Sedona’s artisan shopping districts before dinner with your newfound travel companions and leader at one of our favourite Sedona restaurants.

Day 2: Sedona

Fuel up on breakfast this morning before stepping back in time along Sedona’s old wagon roads (now trails) to a red rock saddle that offers sweeping views. The trail we hike is named for the overhanging rock that shelters part of the route from the sun and is a Sedona must. Prepare for exhilarating steps up Schnebly Hill for vistas and panoramic views of the canyons below. Along the way, your local leader will fill you in on the history and story of T.C. Schnebly and his wife Sedona, the town’s namesake.

If time permits, you’ll head to the historic mining town of Jerome, Arizona, tonight. Jerome, a 19th-century mining town built on the side of a steep mountain, is one of the most unique places in America. Your local leader will give you a walking tour of the switchbacking streets, staircase sidewalks, haunted buildings, and fascinating history of this quaint Arizona gem. Before returning to Sedona, you’ll enjoy dinner in Jerome’s most historic and charming restaurant.

Day 3: Sedona

Today, you’ll head north to conquer Sedona’s highest peak at 7,122 feet. Within just the first few steps of this hike, you’ll be transported to an entirely new character of landscape – the ecosystem is lush, with tall, deciduous and coniferous trees. Towering red and white sandstone spires protrude from the mountainside and provide stunning views as we conquer the summit. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with what is arguably one of the best views Sedona has to offer. Expect a panorama of beautiful red rocks surrounding you and Oak Creek Canyon below. From here, tuck into a picnic lunch overlooking Sedona before returning to your accommodation for the evening and enjoying a group dinner together.

Day 4: Sedona

After your final breakfast, you’ll finish this adventure with a creek hike that brings us to a beautiful high desert oasis (great for swimming). The walk is easy-going and winds close to the creek until you reach a refreshing swimming hole to cool off in. You tuck into a creekside picnic lunch and soak up the cool shade of the riverside trees above. From here, your group can continue to the Mogollon Rim above Wet Beaver Creek or stroll back to the trailhead. You’ll return to your accommodation in the afternoon, where you’ll say your final goodbyes to your newfound travel companions and legendary group leader.