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Southwestern USA Hiking Trails including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Northern Arizona


Little Horse Trail Sedona, AZ

Directions: From downtown Sedona, take AZ179-S toward Oak Creek Village. Drive approximately 3.5 miles, turning left into Little Horse Trailhead parking area. You will need a red rock pass to park. A machine is available in the parking area to purchase a one day pass for five dollars.

The Hike: Little Horse trail is an easy 4.3 mile out and back trail with an elevation gain of 564 feet. This moderately trafficked trail offers nice views of several prominent Sedona landmarks.

The trail starts off with a beautiful distant view of the Court House Butte and Bell Rock.

We started our hike around 4:30 in the afternoon. Knowing it would be dark before we finished, we made sure to pack two flashlights.

The path is wide and curves around, descending downward towards a dry creek bed. Be sure to look for the trail marker directing you left to continue along the Little Horse Trail.

The trail winds narrowly upward, suddenly opening up to offer panoramic views.

The trail brings you closer to the two cone-shaped buttes. As we got closer, you could see a small cave and the stratifications in the rocks.

Pausing and looking back towards the west, the setting sun added dramatic overtones to the view of Cathedral Rock.

In the summer this trail can be busy; however, in early December we enjoyed a lot of solitude only seeing an occasional hiker. The views continued to not disappoint no matter which direction you gazed.

Along the trail, you will get an opportunity to capture the beautiful view of the Chapel of the Holy Cross built in 1956 and sits atop the red rocks of Sedona.

Along the trail, you come to the trail marking giving you the choice to continue along the Little Horse Trail or turn left and take the Chapel Trail.

Dusk was heavy upon us as the daylight was quickly dissipating. We decided it was best to finish our hike and then head back towards the parking lot. The Chapel trail would have to wait for another day.

Turning back the sun hovered low on the horizon.

I was able to capture shots of this beautiful landmark lit-up.

Behind Bell Rock, the descending sun splashed pink across the horizon.

Tips about this hike: I recommend doing this trail in the fall or winter months. Very little shade and the crowds are minimal If you do decide to hike in the spring or summer bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat or umbrella to provide you with a shady reprieve.

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