are trails that can accessed right from your hotel!
The red rock canyons surrounding Sedona are famous the world around for their spectacular vistas.
The remains of ancient wetlands, these crimson cliffs have been carved by the forces of nature into a most magnificent scenic masterpiece.
Driving through this wonderland allows a cursory introduction to its beauty, but Sedona’s red rock landscape deserves to be explored on foot. Even short easy hikes will bring you into a land of wonder and beauty, planting memories which you will treasure, bringing you back again and again!
Only by hiking in Sedona can you really be touched
by the magic of the place.
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Hiking is the perfect activity suited to any vacationer, as there are a variety of trails for any level, from novice to adventurer. There are numerous trails to choose from, varying in length and difficulty, and most are interconnected, as the wonderful expanses of the Coconino National Forest surrounds the city. The variety is almost endless, with trails along the lush Oak Creek Canyon, to magnificent natural arches and mysterious Indian Ruins.
The year round moderate climate, with four distinct seasons and comfortable temperatures allow nature lovers the opportunity to enjoy it non-stop.
Margs Draw trail head - immediately behind our Sedona Hotels
The famous "Snoopy Rock" is at the end of Margs Draw
Better than driving and parking, there are a
few hotels in Sedona that offer the hiker both accommodations
and the opportunity to step outside their hotel and enter into
the magnificent Coconino National Forest any time of the day.
For those people who simply love the outdoors, Sedona is like
a little piece of heaven, and these hotels make it just that
much better. If you stay at one of the hotels that have direct
access to these trails, you have no need to get in a car for
a hike, morning or evening, or anytime. And one trail connects
to many, so you can vary your experience from one trail to another.
The Kings Ransom Sedona Hotel, and her sister, the Comfort Inn
Sedona, are both Sedona hotels located adjacent to the Margs
Draw trail head.
Trails with Direct Access from Sedona Hotels
Margs Draw Trail
Margs Draw Trail can be hiked
from either of two Sedona Hotels, our Kings Ransom Sedona Hotel
or the Comfort Inn Sedona, as it is only a short stroll from
either to the Margs Draw trail head. You can walk out the door
of your room and take a morning hike without getting in your
car, a great convenience. From the entrance to the trail head,
a short walk up a hill begins the trail and enters Wilderness.
Shade is soon left behind and gorgeous red rock views open up
as the trail winds its way north across a nearly flat expanse
dotted with juniper, pinyon pine and Arizona cypress. In the
spring, there is a profusion of wildflowers along the trail.
In the fall, the scene takes on a nostalgic flair as the palette
switches to autumn hues. Be sure and take your camera.
Return by the same route back to the Kings Ransom Sedona Hotel. The hike can be extended to the north using Huckaby Trail and to the south using Broken Arrow Trail.
Access: Directly behind the
Kings Ransom Sedona Hotel, 771 Hwy 179, Sedona, AZ 86336, or
the Kings Ransom Inn Sedona next door (see www.kingsransominn.com).
Sedona Spring Wildflowers
General Hiking in Sedona and Sightseeing Information
Some of the more popular trails in the Sedona area include those that take you to some of the incredible rock formations that surround the city.
These beloved monoliths have been given such names as Snoopy Rock (from Margs Draw Trail), Coffee Pot Rock, Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock in recognition of their perceived shape and the hiking trails to and around them are well used and loved.
Part of the reason that some of these trails are so popular is based on the belief that Sedona, AZ is surrounded by four strong energy vortexes. These vortexes are often a point of destination for those visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the healing energies.
In preparation for any hike, keep in mind you are in a desert climate and that some simple precautions should be taken to stay hydrated and be safe. A good pair of sneakers or hiking boots, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat and a hiking partner are all recommended.
Overall, hiking in Sedona can't be beat. It’s
a great way to walk your dog (the Kings
Ransom Sedona Hotel is pet-friendly) or your kids. Hiking
can be the perfect family outing filled with the exciting educational
opportunities that only the great outdoors can offer.