The mountain biking in Sedona can be best described as technical, scenic and downright fun!
The trails around Sedona were built by long ago native residents, wildlife, and more recently outdoor enthusiasts like us. The trails include miles of scenic terrain including cool oak tree canyons with running water, juniper and pinion pine forests, slickrock, rough, rocky, classic desert landscapes.
The trails themselves range from well-groomed singletrack and jeep roads to some very rough, technical rock shelves. Around each corner you will find a new dramatic vista and new places to test your technical singletrack skills.
Today we’ll start off our week in the Broken Arrow and Big Park loop areas and we’ll have a few extra options up our sleeves depending on the energy level of the group. It’s the definitive introduction to Sedona singletrack—mostly fast and fun! There are a few technical sections to keep you on your toes, but nothing worth worrying about. We’re basing our entire week from a fabulous campground right on the banks of spectacular Oak Creek. This place is a real gem with beautiful shade trees, clear swimming holes and lovely forest service amenities. TOTAL MILEAGE: 8 - 15 miles
With almost too many trail options to list, we have worked hard to squeeze them all in! Our destination today is the beautiful Girdner Canyon Trail. The trail starts out with a challenging descent, then we’re in and out of the creek for a bit before climbing back up towards the Cockscomb area. Back here we’ll see very few if any other riders and be rewarded with some of Sedona’s most fun and flowing trail. The combination of the Aerie, Dawa, Arizona Cypress, OK and Rupp trails will keep us grinning all the way to happy hour back at camp. TOTAL MILEAGE: 10 - 17 miles
Day three will have us riding in the world class Carroll Canyon area right from our lovely campsite. Today’s trails include Old Post, Rams Head, Herkeham, Ridge and Bandit trails, the Airport Loop and a possible loop on the Baldwin Trail. While the previous two days have hardly been easy, this day steps it up a notch in the technical department and will test our mettle on several of the harder punchy climbs. A swim in Oak Creek back at camp will feel especially good and be just the capper to a full day in the saddle. TOTAL MILEAGE: 12 - 19 miles
Thursday will start out right from camp again with a nice little warm up on the Thunder Mountain Trail which will lead us onto the Chimney Rock Loop. From there we have a few options before we head up and over to the Jim Thompson Trail. Jim Thompson takes us high up above the valley for some all encompassing views where the lay of the land really starts to make sense. An afternoon option of riding the Huckaby Trail is a nice addition if the creek is not too high and our legs are not too tired. A short ride back to camp will round out another full day of Sedona singletrack. Our last night in camp is usually when we let our hair down a bit and the best campfire stories are shared. TOTAL MILEAGE: 14 - 18 miles
Our final day in Sedona brings us up the famous Schnebly Hill climb to the top of the Munds Wagon Trail. We’ll probably spot a few of Sedona’s now famous pink jeeps and possibly a few others enjoying one of the many amazing views, before finding our own for a nice lunch spot. The trail had always been a fun one, but some recently completed trail work has really brought the excitement level up another notch! The descent down Munds Wagon is so fun you just might want to do it again - or there’s that fabulous brewery right at the bottom of the hill... Either way we’ll wrap up our trip with toasts and high fives and many fond memories of the amazing red rock singletrack of Sedona. Don’t be surprised if you start looking at the real estate ads after your first visit here—it’s pretty easy to fall in love with the place. TOTAL MILEAGE: 8 - 14 miles
This tour contains some difficult riding on singletrack trails and some jeep roads. We will be without vehicle support during many sections of the ride. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.
Riding Surface: Mostly singletrack. Includes packed sediment, some rocky and sandy sections, a bit of slickrock, some smooth dirt sections and some asphalt sections.
Overall Rating: Intermediate/Advanced
Technical Difficulty: Advanced—rocky, loose, ledgy and sometimes steep singletrack.
Physical Difficulty: Intermediate—steep climbs, longer days and technical sections.
Altitude: 4,000 - 5,500 feet
For travel logistics and a packing list, please download the complete trip itinerary.