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Sedona Trails + Antelope Canyon

Sedona Trails + Antelope Canyon

Old May 21, 17, 4:51 pm
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Sedona Trails + Antelope Canyon

What hiking trails would you recommend in Sedona? Was looking at maybe Devil's Bridge Trail, Cathedral Rock Climb, and Broken Arrow Trail.

Also for Antelope Canyon, help me out a little please. I'd like to see both lower and upper. So I believe the game plan should be go to Lower right at the open and knock that out, guide will be assigned when I show up.

Now for Upper what should I do because I'd like to see it around 11:30 or noon. Should I book a guide in advance or just show up and get one (but worried about possibly selling out).
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Old May 23, 17, 10:31 am
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Regarding Antelope Canyon, your approach is sound.

Do the Lower first thing at the open. Having a good guide, especially if you are a photographer, can make a big difference.

Book for the Upper around noon to prevent being locked out by the sell out, especially if you are traveling in high tourist season.

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Old May 24, 17, 4:52 pm
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Devil's Bridge is a good one. Note that there is a new(ish) preferred trailhead called the Mescal Trailhead that you'll want to use. The old trailhead was down Vultee Arch Rd/FR152, which is only passable by high clearance vehicles. Some maps (including Google Maps) still show this as the TH.

A couple other good trails nearby are Doe Mountain and Boynton Canyon. The West Fork trail is a good one too, but extremely popular, especially on weekends.

You'll need to get a Red Rock Pass to park at the forest service trailheads. Daily (and I think weekly) passes are available at the automated pay station at the Boynton TH; also you can get one at the ranger station visitor center on Highway 179 just south of the Villiage of Oak Creek. West Fork has a private TH with a separate entrance fee.

Devil's Bridge and Doe Mountain trails don't have a lot of shade so they can get pretty warm in the middle of the day. Boynton (except for the first mile or so) and West Fork get less sun so they stay cooler. West Fork follows a creek that you'll have to cross a few times too (typically the water is a foot deep and very gentle- it is possible to boulder hop to stay dry).

Never done cathedral or broken arrow so can't comment on those.

Last edited by Lost; May 24, 17 at 5:37 pm
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