Sedona — A Hiker’s Paradise

By John Meyers (November 9, 2010) | Return to Blog

As the lead hiking guide at Enchantment Resort and Mii amo over the past four years, I have had the pleasure of showing guests from all over the world our unique red rock country. The Coconino National Forest is a vast, diverse landscape encompassing a high desert pinyon/juniper habitat, lush riparian areas, wilderness red rock canyons, and the high country pine forest.

Sedona is virtually surrounded by wilderness areas; Red Rock Secret Mountain to the north, Munds Mountain, Wet Beaver Creek, and West Clear Creek to the east, as well as Sycamore Canyon Wilderness to the west. Wildlife including javelina, mule deer and coyote are abundant. Raptors such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and red-tailed hawks ride the thermals. Deep in the forest, bobcats, mountain lions, and black bear can be spotted.

With more than 130 trails in and around the Sedona area, hiking and photo opportunities are endless. In the shadows of Thunder Mountain and Coffee Pot Rock, some of the best scenery above West Sedona is explored. To the east, we skirt around the Munds Mountain Wilderness down to Bear Wallow Creek. Looming above – the picturesque red rocks, the Mogollon Rim, and postcard shots for your walls at home.

You can take advantage of our complimentary daily “Hike the Red Rocks” activity every morning. Also, don’t forget to ask the guides about the private hiking tours, customized to accommodate the most adventurous, as well as those more suited to take a leisurely stroll amongst the red rocks.