Sedona in Spring – March and April

If you are in Arizona during spring, the town of Sedona is a must-visit. It is excellent any time of year, but March and April are prime months! The temps are pleasant, especially for doing anything active.

However, there are a few essential things to know to make the most of your adventure during this month. With our Sedona expert tips, you’ll get all the necessary details firsthand.

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Topics covered in this guide:

  • Weather 
  • What to Wear | Outfits
  • Best Things to Do
  • Hiking

Sedona, Arizona is located 30 miles south of Flagstaff, nestled within red sandstone canyons. The water flowing along the canyon floor made it a prime place to farm, even though it is in the middle of the desert.

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Spring Tour Tip

Almost every Sedona visitor and local will tell you that a Jeep tour is a must! We highly suggest, doing 1-2 jeep tours while you are there!

Tip: Make a reservation at least 3-4 days in advance to make sure you get the desired slot! It’s very comfortable as you will receive a mobile voucher on your phone (you can also print it if you like): Sedona Jeep Tours (our recommendation!)

Weather in March

While the first three weeks of March are not as cold as January or February, still technically winter, the actual temperatures in Sedona will feel like spring if you are from a place like Minnesota or New Hampshire, with constant below-freezing weather this time of year.

The Sedona weather is pleasant in March, with the average daily high being 65°F (18°C). The mornings are between 10-15°F (5-8°C) degrees cooler. In general, it is colder than in Arizona’s places at lower elevations, like Phoenix. It rains on six days on average.

  • Average High-Temperature March: 65°F (18°C)
  • Average Low-Temperature March: 41°F (5°C)

March’s daily high average temperatures start in the low 60s and end in the high 60s. For reference, most people set their home thermostat to 68°F. For many people, the end of March translates into t-shirt weather, especially if you are doing a high-output activity like hiking or mountain biking.

Temperature variation during March (average daily highs)

  • Early March: 61°F (16°C)
  • Mid-March: 64°F (18°C)
  • Late March: 69°F (20°C)
Daily Temperature Variation

At sunrise, the mornings start cool in March and warm up, with peak temperatures mid-afternoon. In the desert, the temperatures drop pretty quickly. When the sun goes down, be prepared with extra layers and a headlamp.

Good to know: Once the sun sets, it gets cold very quickly in March. It’s also chillier in the mornings, especially until mid-March.

Average temps during a day in mid-March:

  • 8 AM: 47°F
  • 12 PM: 59°F
  • 3 PM: 63°F

Red Rock State Park: The temperature at the park will be 2°F warmer on average, but that difference isn’t something you will notice.

Rain and Snow

Sedona will see an average of 6 days of precipitation during March. This is mostly in the form of rain. Snow is possible early in the month and overnight if the temperatures are below freezing. Due to the warmer temperatures during the day, any snowfall will tend to melt off fairly quickly.

Quote from a local: March is historically one of the wettest months in Sedona. However, while rain and snow can happen, it’s unlikely that you get drenched in the rain.

The average total precipitation during this month is 2.5” (63.5mm). The chance of precipitation is highest early in the month and gradually decreases as April nears.

How Busy Is Sedona in March?

Weekends get busy on the streets in Sedona during March

March is definitely a busy month in Sedona. Crowd levels during the week are acceptable, but it gets jam-packed on weekends when traffic rapidly increases, and parking lots can get congested quickly.

However, while Sedona can see a lot of traffic, it still doesn’t compare to the crowds that will fill a busy national park-like Zion.

First half: The first two weeks of March are quieter than the last two as spring break when both colleges and grade schools kick in.

Weekends/mid-week: We recommend visiting during the week, as the weekends are the busiest time, especially traffic increases a lot. On the weekend, try to get to town early before the public parking lots fill up.

Quote from a local: March is such a great month, but there are traffic and parking issues at the trailheads when arriving after 10 AM. Being there between 7 and 8 AM helps a lot. Friday afternoon is also a busy time.

If you plan to hike or mountain bike, you will often find the trailheads busy. Tip: Being at a trailhead before 8 AM makes things easier. However, the crowds spread out once you are on the trails.

Accommodation Tips



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As Sedona is very busy in March, you should make your reservations as soon as possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of not getting the rooms you like or paying much higher rates. If you use booking.com (Sedona Hotel Deals), sort by price and rating to see the best deals.

What to Wear in March | Outfits

The perfect outfit for an early start in Sedona

As the weather during this month can vary from cool to room temperature, your clothing should adjust accordingly.

In March, you need to wear layers in Sedona as the temperatures change during the day. Pack a jacket or a sweater, a windbreaker, long pants, and long-sleeve shirts. Bring hiking boots or other sturdy footwear.

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Quick overview of essential clothing items:

  • jacket or a sweater
  • windbreaker
  • long pants
  • long-sleeve shirts
  • hiking boots or other sturdy footwear

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Mornings: Most days, if you get an early start, you will need to have at least a long sleeve base layer and a windbreaker.  In early March, light gloves and a thin beanie hat might be needed if you get cold easily.

During the day: As you hike and the temperatures rise, you will need to shed layers to keep from overheating, especially if doing any challenging activities like mountain biking and hiking.

What to Wear for Casual Sightseeing

If your activities won’t find you far from your car in March, then you need clothing to deal with the chillier temperatures in the morning and the warmer afternoons:

Mornings: Wear long pants and a jacket or sweater to handle the cooler temperatures right after sunrise.

Afternoons: On many days, the afternoons get very comfortable in March. A t-shirt is all you need when being out in the sun, especially towards the end of the month. You can often remove the jacket around noon.

Shoes: We suggest wearing sturdy footwear such as hiking shoes if you plan on doing any hiking, as even the easy and moderate trails can have some rocky or steep sections.

On colder days in early March: We would advise you to bring an insulated hat and light gloves on particularly cold days, especially if it is windy out.

What to Wear for Hiking

It is always smart to dress in layers when hiking, particularly in March.

Don’t wear cotton as it absorbs a lot of water and can lead to hypothermia.

Stick to synthetic or merino wool clothing to aid in wicking moisture, and it will dry quickly if it gets wet.

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Add or remove layers as the temperature, and your activity level dictates. Try to avoid getting wet from sweat as this can lead to getting chilled.

Our layering recipe for hiking in March:

  • Start with a wicking base layer T-shirt against the skin. This can be synthetic or merino wool.
  • Add a long sleeve such as Under Armour Cold Gear Top or merino wool. Depending on the temperature and your own body heat, you may need to add another insulating layer, such as a fleece sweater.
  • Finish off with a Gore-tex shell jacket or windbreaker.
  • For the lower body, a pair of hiking pants will usually be enough but if you get cold easily, then add a wick base layer underneath. Our favorite hiking pants are Outdoor Research Ferrosi pants.
  • On your feet, wear hiking shoes or boots with good support and traction. Merino wool hiking socks will help keep your feet dry and reduce the risk of blisters.

Things to Do in March in Sedona

Chapel of the Holy Cross in March
Recommended Tours

Our Sedona locals highly recommend the tours above. Make a reservation and receive a voucher (print or mobile via phone). Very comfortable.

Sightseeing

Even if you aren’t an avid outdoors person, Sedona is a fantastic destination in March. In every direction you look, you will see towering red sandstone cliffs.

On one of the cooler days in March, you can check out the Sedona Heritage Museum, located on a preserved homestead, to learn the history of the area while enjoying a casual stroll.

Sedona is also considered to be a place of great spiritual healing so many shops cater to this with crystals and art. There are reputed to be spiritual energy vortexes around Sedona that are said to connect you to the power of the earth. Whether it works for you, it would be fun to explore and find the 5 major vortex locations as they are in picturesque canyons.

Red Rock Scenic Byway

If you are looking to get a feel for the area without getting out of your car, we suggest taking a tour of the Red Rock Scenic Byway.

Starting in the town of Oak Creek you follow Scenic Road 179 north, where it ends on Highway 89. This 16-mile tour passes a number of trailheads and pull-offs, allowing you to enjoy the views without getting into an accident.

Cathedral Rock / Chapel of the Holy Cross

This one-mile-out and back hike is moderately challenging and fun. There is a rock scrambling section but is attainable by just about anyone who is physically mobile. Located on the south side of Sedona just off of the Red Rock Scenic Byway, this hike is a great introduction to hiking the sandstone features of the area.

On the other side of SC179, you have the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a church built on top of the sandstone cliffs above the town. Erected in 1956, the Chapel was inspired by the design of the Empire State Building, giving a very modern look for the time. To visit the chapel you can drive right up so it is accessible to just about everyone.

Bell Rock

Another hike just off of the Scenic Byway is Bell Rock. This rock dome stands out against the skyline and is easily visible from the road. The 1-mile hike to Bell Rock is moderate but moves into the difficult rating if you want to climb to the top of the rock.

Due to its close proximity to the road and short distance, Bell Rock is a popular destination so aim to start early so you can get a parking space. There is a fee for parking, but if you have a National Park Pass then your parking is covered.

Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park is located just north of Sedona on Hwy 89. This former homestead was an apple orchard before being turned into a park for all to enjoy.

It is called Slide Rock because of the natural waterslides that are formed by Oak Creek.

Waterslides in March: Unless you have a particularly warm day, March will be too cold to enjoy the waterslides, but there is plenty of hiking and beautiful scenery.

The price during March is $20 per vehicle or $3 per person if you ride in via bicycle.

Red Rock State Park

This state park is just south of Hwy 89 in Sedona. Mainly an attraction for hikes and seeing the diverse nature in the area, you might be lucky enough to see a pack of javelina, the little wild pigs of Arizona, or mule deer.

Water levels in March at Red Rock Crossing: Water levels might be a little higher in March, and the water will still be cold. The south/reas side of the creek can be accessed via Verde Valley School Road. The last couple of miles is dirt and can be rough or dusty or muddy in March, depending on current weather.

There are hikes for all levels of fitness, from flat walks on groomed trails to strenuous hikes with a lot of climbing.

There are a lot of shops and restaurants to pass the time if you need a break from more strenuous activities.

Archeology Sites
Palakti Heritage Site (Google Maps) in March

Honanki Heritage Site and Palatki Heritage Site are both ancient native cliff dwellings north of downtown Sedona. You can learn from the local guides and explore the area to see how people lived almost a thousand years ago.

There are petroglyphs around the canyons as well which is a fun thing to look for when hiking.

Hiking
Sedona – Cathedral Rock

With canyons and towering rock in all directions, the hiking in Sedona is world-class. Whether you hike for the challenge, to get back to nature, or get cool pictures for Instagram, Sedona has you covered.

The town is home to many trailheads that have you hitting the dirt just a few blocks from the main road. Sedona’s unique location in the valley means the urban sprawl is limited by the terrain which leaves the canyons and spires open for exploration.

Trail conditions: March is often one of the wettest months in Sedona, with around 2.5 inches of rain falling over an average of seven days. However, some years can be wetter than typical. Sedona only gets 1.4 inches of snow each year on average, and it can get a lot sometimes in late February.

💡 Depending on the weather in winter, the hiking trails can be a little muddy in some spots from early to mid-March. However, it dries out mostly, and you can hike easily.

Nobody can anticipate the weather or trail conditions, but there are several things you can do to make an educated guess. If the year has been worse than average, the odds are on your favor. If you have any doubts, check with the Ranger Station before venturing out.

There are easy hikes with great views for those who aren’t ready to head out into the desert alone. But if you want a challenge or solitude, all you have to do is keep hiking higher and further from town to get a real wilderness experience.

Loy Canyon, Loy Ruins (Google Maps)

Desert towers, natural rock bridges, and caves are all linked by trails to explore. If you want to link a few of these features, expect to spend a full day of hiking. Don’t forget to bring your headlamp in case you need to walk out in the dark.

For a moderate hike, the Airport loop is a fun option. As the name implies, the loop goes around the airport, which doesn’t sound that interesting, but the Sedona Airport is on top of a mesa which gives you amazing views and a moderately challenging hike.

If you start hiking in the morning, you will usually need to start with a few layers and a jacket, especially early in the month. As the day warms up, you can peel off layers to help regulate your body temperature.

Keep your jacket at the top of your pack, so you have something to put on when you take a rest. Hiking generates a lot of heat but you will cool down quickly when you stop, particularly if you have gotten sweaty.

There are so many trails and options you can go for 30 minutes or all day. Hiking in Sedona is a major attraction so target an early start, even during the week as the trailhead parking lots fill up quickly.

Check out the maze of trails on Alltrails.com

Mountain Biking

Sedona is an international destination for mountain bikers. With great weather, amazing scenery, and epic trails it isn’t surprising that mountain bikers flock to challenge themselves with the sandstone and desert riding.

In March, the conditions for biking are great, as the temps are not too and typically pleasant. However, check our clothing tips above, as it is chilly in the mornings.

Many of the trails are shared with hikers, so you need to keep your eyes open, especially around blind corners. If you are staying in town, you don’t even need to load the bikes on the car as many of the trailheads start right in town.

Expect big climbs and lots of rock obstacles. The climbs are paired with epic descents with drops and slab rides.

The mix of jagged rock and cactus warrant the use of aggressive tubeless tires with sealant. This will help keep you from getting cuts in the tire and flats. The sealant will seal cactus spine punctures almost instantly. We suggest riding with the widest tire your bike will take for the extra grip and cushion.

Our recommendation is the Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR combination in the widest size that will fit your bike. The tires are tough with amazing traction and braking.

Check out the mix of mountain bike trails in Sedona on Trailforks.com

Rock Climbing

With rock towers in every direction, it isn’t surprising that Sedona is on just about every rock climber’s itinerary when they hit Arizona. The mild weather in March and during other months in fall, winter, and spring means you can climb here when other places are covered in snow.

There are hundreds of climbs within a short drive of town. Many of the climbs are multi-pitch trad climbs, but there are also countless sport routes and boulders. It is also a short distance from Prescott, where you will find bulletproof granite if you want to mix up your climbing styles.

Since the climbing in Sedona is on sandstone make sure you wait a couple of days after it rains as the rock is porous and weakens when wet.

Weather in April

The average high temperature in Sedona in April is 72°F (22°C). The average monthly precipitation is low, with only 1 inch (22mm). The conditions in April are excellent for any outdoor activity.

The weather during this month becomes as close to perfect as it can get. Warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt but not so hot that you are at risk of heatstroke if you exert yourself.

Combined with the fact that the amount of rain is very low during April, you are close to guaranteed to get ideal weather, in particular from mid to late April.

Cathedral Rock in early April

The further north you go in Arizona, the higher the elevation and, therefore, the cooler the temperatures. This means Sedona will be more comfortable when lower areas like Phoenix are sweltering hot.

  • Sedona’s average high temperature in April: 72°F (22°C)
  • Sedona’s average low temperature in April: 48°F (9°C)

Sedona’s April daily high average temperatures start in the high 60s and end in the mid-70s. For most people, this translates into the Goldilocks zone for the temperature. Not too hot and not too cold.

Perfect hiking weather: If you plan to be active, you will find the combination of pleasant April temperatures and low humidity ideal for high exertion without overheating.

Quote from a local: April weather in Sedona is fantastic, generally sunny with clear blue skies. However, it can also be anything from the last winter snowstorm to early summer heat with temps in the high 70s and sometimes even 80s in late April. Regardless, it’s one of the best times to be here.

Average Daily High Temperatures During April:

  • Early April: 68°F (20°C)
  • Mid-April: 72°F (22°C)
  • Late April: 75°F (24°C)

Average Daily Low Temperatures During April

  • Early April: 45°F (7°C)
  • Mid-April 48°F (9°C)
  • Late April 52° (11°C
Daily Temperature Variation
Cathedral Rock in late April

Mornings start cool at sunrise and warm up, with peak temperatures being in the mid-afternoon. In the desert, the temperatures drop pretty quickly once the sun goes down. Thus, be prepared and bring extra layers.

Average temps during a day in mid-April:

● 8 AM: 48°F (9°C)

● 12 PM: 66°F (19°C)

● 3 PM: 72°F (22°C)

Precipitation

Sedona will see an average of 5 days of precipitation during April, which is defined as a day with 1 mm or more. The chance of rain is highest at the beginning of the month at 12% and decreases to 7% by the end of the month.

Snow: Snow is uncommon, but sometimes a late winter storm in early April may happen.

The average total precipitation during April is 1” (25mm). This is less than half of the average rainfall, as is seen during March.

Tip: If you plan to visit during the winter season again, check out our article about Sedona in December [Weather, What to Wear]

Accommodation Tips



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Because Sedona is quite busy in April, you should make your reservations as soon as possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of not getting the rooms you like or paying much higher rates than expected. If you use booking.com (Sedona Hotel Deals), sort by price and rating to see the best deals.

What to Wear in April

The temperatures during this month in Sedona, Arizona will start moderately cool in the morning and warm up to pleasantly warm in the afternoon.

In April, you need to wear layers in Sedona as the temperatures change during the day. Pack a light jacket or a sweater, a windbreaker, and long pants for the mornings. In the afternoon you can wear a t-shirt and often shorts. Bring hiking boots or other sturdy footwear.

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Morning temperatures will usually be fine with a light jacket or a warmer long-sleeve shirt. Optional: A light pair of gloves for the mornings will be helpful if you find your fingers getting cold easily.

By afternoon you will be down to a t-shirt as it gets slightly warmer than room temperature.

Tip: Layers mean outer garments you can take off easily! Don’t wear long underwear; while very warm in the mornings, it’s difficult to take them off on a trail.

Recommend basic packing list for April:

  • T-shirt
  • Long sleeve
  • Sweatshirt
  • Shorts for the day
  • Jeans for the night and mornings
  • Light jacket
  • Windbreaker
  • Sturdy shoes/hiking boots

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As the day warms up, you will need to shed layers to manage your core temperature, especially if you exert yourself hiking, climbing, or biking.

What to Wear for Casual Sightseeing

Mornings: For sightseeing, what you need to wear to handle the cooler temperatures in the morning can be as simple as long pants and a light jacket or sweater.

Perceived temperature: If you come from a colder climate, April temperatures will feel like an unseasonably warm spring day, so shorts and a windbreaker would do if you tend to run warm.

Shoes: We suggest wearing sturdy footwear such as hiking shoes if you plan on hiking or walking, as even the easy and moderate trails can have some rocky or steep sections.

💡  Usually, by noon, you will be shedding the extra layers as the temperatures get warm enough for short sleeves for most people.

What to Wear for Hiking
Hikers in April

It is always a good idea to dress in various layers when hiking.

Cotton should not be worn since it absorbs a lot of water and can result in hypothermia. Opt instead for synthetic or merino wool, which will absorb moisture and dry rapidly if it does get wet.

Depending on the temperature and your degree of activity, you should add or remove clothing. Try to prevent becoming wet from sweat because this can result in feeling cold and clammy, especially after sunset and in the morning hours during April.

Bring sunglasses and sunscreen as the sun is unrelenting out in the open.

Our layering recipe for cool mornings:

  • Start with a wicking base layer T-shirt against the skin. This can be synthetic or merino wool.
  • Add a long sleeve such as Under Armour Cold Gear top or merino wool. Depending on the temperature and your own body heat you may need to add another insulating layer such as a fleece sweater or a windbreaker.
  • For the lower body, a pair of hiking pants that zip off into shorts will usually be enough. Our favorite hiking pants are Outdoor Research Ferrosi Convertable pants.
  • On your feet wear hiking shoes or boots with good support and traction. We don’t recommend waterproof footwear in the desert as it doesn’t breathe well enough to get all your sweat out of the shoe. Merino wool hiking socks will help keep your feet dry and reduce the risk of blisters.
  • You may need a light glove on cool mornings but will quickly stow them in your pack as it warms up.

How Busy Is Sedona in April

Sedona will be pretty busy most of the time in April with crowded parking lots and trailheads on weekends. It’s less busy mid-week and early in the morning.

However, don’t let the busier period stop you from enjoying the sights and outdoor adventures. While Sedona can see a lot of traffic, it still doesn’t compare to the crowds that will fill a busy national park such as Zion.

The traffic in Sedona is pretty steady for the whole month of April as the weather is nice, but it doesn’t line up with any holidays other than Easter, so no times are notably busier than others except the weekends.

Try to avoid weekends: We suggest visiting during the week, as the weekends are the busiest time with traffic jams going into the middle of Sedona.

Parking: If you are going on the weekend, get to town early before the public parking lots fill up. This means getting up early, as many of the parking lots will fill by 9 AM.

If you are planning to hike or mountain bike, you will likely encounter a large number of people at the trailheads, but the crowds will thin down once you are on the trails.

Tip: Try to arrive as early as possible, because trailheads start to get busy after 9 AM.

What to Do in April in Sedona

Recommended Tours

Our Sedona locals highly recommend the tours above. Make a reservation and receive a voucher (printed or mobile via phone). Very comfortable.

Sightseeing

Sedona is a beautiful destination in April, even if you aren’t an active outdoors person. Every direction you look, you will notice towering red sandstone cliffs.

Additionally, there are a lot of shops and restaurants to pass the time if you need a break from more strenuous activities.

Red Rock Scenic Byway

We recommend driving down the Red Rock Scenic Byway to get a sense of the area without getting out of your automobile. From Oak Creek, take Scenic Road 179 north to Highway 89. This 16-mile journey includes various trailheads and pull-offs so you can enjoy the vistas without risking a collision.

Cathedral Rock / Chapel of the Holy Cross.

This one-mile hike is moderately difficult and perfect for an April visit. The rock scrambling section is accessible to most physically mobile people. This hike is located on the south side of Sedona, just off the Red Rock Scenic Byway.

On the other side of SC179 is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a church located on sandstone above town. The Chapel was built in 1956 and was influenced by the Empire State Building, giving it a very modern style. The chapel is easily accessible by car.

Bell Rock

Bell Rock is another hike off the Scenic Byway. This rock dome is easily visible from the road. The 1-mile journey to Bell Rock is moderate, but the climb to the summit is challenging.

Bell Rock is a popular site due to its proximity to the road and short distance, so get there early to grab a parking spot, especially in a busy month like April. Parking is fee-based, however with a National Park Pass, it is free.

Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park can be found just north of Sedona on Hwy 89.

It is called Slide Rock because of the natural waterslides that are formed by Oak Creek. On a warm day in April, especially in the latter half, you can bring your bathing suit and enjoy sliding down the smooth rock shutes. Bring a towel and some warm clothing to change into as the water is still pretty cool.

The price during April is $20 per vehicle or $3 per person if you ride in via bicycle.

Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park is located just south of Highway 89. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, there’s a trail to suit your needs: From flat walks on groomed trails to strenuous hikes with a lot of climbing.

Hiking

With canyons and towering rock in all directions, the hiking in Sedona is world-class. Whether you hike for the challenge, to get back to nature, or get cool pictures for Instagram, Sedona has you covered.

The town is home to many trailheads that have you hitting the dirt just a few blocks from the main road. Just keep in mind to get up early in April to avoid crowded trailheads.

Tip: The Airport loop is a fun option for a moderate hike. As the name suggests, the loop goes around the airport, which doesn’t sound that interesting, but the Sedona Airport is on top of a mesa which gives you amazing views and a moderately challenging hike.

Another great hike is out to Devil’s Bridge, a natural rock bridge. Due to erosion over millennia the softer rock has been worn away leaving an impressive span.

There are so many trails and options you can go for 30 minutes or all day.

When hiking, make sure to bring adequate water, even if it’s not summer already. You should aim to drink 1 liter per hour if you are working pretty hard. Adding a backpacker’s water filter to your pack is a good idea as you can process safe drinking water on long hikes. Make note of where the streams are on your map so you know where you can get more water.

Check out the maze of trails on Alltrails.com

Mountain Biking

Many of the trails are shared with hikers so you need to keep your eyes open, especially during the busy month of April. If you are staying in town you don’t even need to load the bikes on the car as many of the trailheads start right in town.

There is also a bike park in West Sedona with a pump track, berms, and features to have fun playing on. While the riding is groomed the location and views are still the wild It is still only a ride of a few blocks to get into the trail network once you are done playing in the bike park.

The trails in Sedona form an interconnected maze so you have many options when putting rides together. The trails are all rated so you will have an idea of how hard they will be both technically and physically.

Green is easy, blue is intermediate, black is advanced and red is expert. The ratings are a little sandbagged in Sedona so expect the easy and intermediate trails to have more technical features than similarly rated trails back home. The trail rating system is subjective and ranked by consensus so locals that are used to this type of riding will rank things lower than visitors might.

Expect big climbs and lots of rock obstacles. The climbs are paired with epic descents with drops and slab rides.

Beginner

The Long Canyon Trail to Deadman’s Flat Trail will give you a taste of Sedona riding while still being pretty easy. The climbs are gradual and not very big with minimal technical features. You can do this as an out and back of 4.4 miles or link with other trails to make a loop.

Intermediate

By linking up the Templeton, Llama, Easy Breezy, and Slim Shady trails you have a nice intermediate loop that goes around 16 km. There are 275 meters of climbing which is a mix of moderate grades and steep punchy climbs. While there are a few drops and technical slick rock sections most of the riding is pretty flowy.

Advanced

When you are ready to push your riding to the next level you have to hit a loop that includes Hiline. This double black diamond trail (red trail on Trailforks) will challenge almost any rider with technical climbs, gnarly descents, and exposure that isn’t for the faint of heart. As it is in the middle of the trail network it is easy to mix it in with other black trails to make a loop.

Equipment for Riding Sedona

If you are riding any black or red trails then it is a good idea to don knee and shin pads, wear full finger gloves, and always wear a helmet.

Sunglasses are a must as it is almost always sunny in Sedona with very little shade as you are in the open desert. Sunscreen or long sleeves are advised to avoid sunburn.

Bring a hydration pack and any water bottles you can fit on your bike. Hard exercise in a dry environment very quickly leads to dehydration. Due to the low humidity, your sweat evaporates quickly so you don’t have that drenched feeling you would get in a more humid environment. Consider adding electrolytes to your water to replace what you are sweating out.

Check out the mix of mountain bike trails in Sedona on Trailforks.com

Rock Climbing

With rock towers in every direction, it isn’t surprising that Sedona is on just about every rock climber’s itinerary when they hit Arizona. The mild weather in fall, winter, and spring means you can climb here when other places are covered in snow.

There are hundreds of climbs within a short drive of town. Many of the climbs are multi-pitch trad climbs but there are also countless sport routes and boulders. It is also a short distance from Prescott where you will find bulletproof granite if you want to mix up your climbing styles.

Since the climbing in Sedona is on sandstone make sure you wait a couple of days after it rains as the rock is porous and weakens when wet.

Archeology tours

Honanki Heritage Site and Palatki Heritage Site are both ancient native cliff dwellings north of downtown Sedona. You can learn from the local guides and explore the area to see how people lived almost a thousand years ago.

There are petroglyphs around the canyons as well which is a fun thing to look for when hiking.

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