There are many fun things to do in Sedona with kids, but without question the kid-friendly hikes in Sedona are the best. Sedona’s dramatic, towering red rocks are so much fun for kids of all ages to explore.
Sedona, Arizona is one of the best places in America to share your love of nature with your kids. It’s world class scenery is the reason USA Today named it America’s Most Beautiful Place.
There is so much easy hiking in Sedona that parents will have no issues finding a trail to match their kid’s abilities. Parent’s with babies and toddlers will enjoy many easy hiking trails in Sedona, several of which are stroller friendly hikes.
We spent a week in Sedona with a baby and a 2-year old toddler and we enjoyed the easy family hikes in Sedona every single day. We were so encouraged by the positive reaction we got from our fellow hikers. “Wow! He’s only 2 months old?!? Good for you!! Get them started early!”
We wholeheartedly agree with our fellow hikers; we want to get our children outdoors as early and as often as possible to instill a lifelong love of nature in them. If you feel the same way, we encourage you to visit Sedona with kids.
These were some of our favorite easy Sedona hiking trails:
Bell Rock TRAIL
One of the best stroller-friendly hikes Sedona has to offer is the Bell Rock Trail, making it one of the best things to do in Sedona with a baby.
The Bell Rock Trail is an easy Sedona hike which leads you around the Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, which are widely considered two of the most beautiful rocks in Sedona.
From the Bell Rock trailhead, there are several hikes to choose from, but the most popular is the Bell Rock Pathway Trail due to its amazing views of Bell Rock.
The Bell Rock Trail is one of the short hikes in Sedona, measuring roughly 1 mile long. It’s very flat with virtually no elevation gain, allowing for amazing views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte the whole way.
If you plan on hiking with a stroller, use one with larger wheels which can handle a gravel pathway with a few rocks here and there.
If your baby or toddler is walking, expect them to get dirty due to the red shale gravel on the pathway. And despite having a few trees around, this hike is mostly open to the sun, so take steps to protect your baby from the strong Arizona sun.
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West Fork Trail
The West Fork Trail is one of the best family hikes in Sedona, and for good reason. This fun family hike runs through an evergreen forest, following Oak Creek with dramatic canyon walls looming overhead. Bigger kids love this hike as they have to cross Oak Creek several times using a series of stepping stones.
The fun Oak Creek crossings make this one of the best Sedona family hikes, but it also means the West Fork Trail is not a stroller-friendly hike. You will need a baby carrier and a good sense of balance to cross Oak Creek. There’s little to worry about though – the water isn’t very deep.
Being in a canyon means that you will be afforded reasonably good (but not complete) protection from the sun, making this a good activity to avoid the sun in Sedona.
The one-way distance of the West Fork hike is 3.4 miles, but it’s worth doing even if you don’t make it the whole way. We didn’t hike the full distance with our kids, but we still had a great time!
The West Fork Trail is the most popular hike in Sedona, but it has a very small parking lot, so get there as early in the day as you can.
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Located just outside the Village of Oak Creek, the Baldwin trail provides beautiful views of Cathedral Rock, especially at sunset.
At only 2 miles long with very little elevation gain, the Baldwin hike is another Sedona easy hike. Despite it’s short length, the Baldwin Trail is a real hiking trail with lots of rock steps, etc., so we’d recommend a baby carrier instead of a stroller.
The Baldwin hike is well treed and will provide some relief from the sun in the morning and afternoon, but the trees are not tall enough to protect you from the hot midday sun.
Portions of the Baldwin Trail pass by the shores of Oak Creek, so if you have enough time and energy you can take one of the side-trails the riverbed and enjoy some relaxing family time by the water.
Fay Canyon TRAIL
Another beautiful canyon hike, the easy Fay Canyon Trail is a good alternative to the popular West Fork Trail.
This Sedona kid-friendly hike was one of our favorites. Located 10 minutes northwest of Sedona, the Fay Canyon Trail leads into a beautiful red rock canyon which features a natural stone arch.
The path to the Fay Canyon archway is an offshoot from the main trail, but it is not marked and not easy to find. There are several side trails to choose from; the correct trail is marked by rock steps, while the incorrect ones have been blocked off by tree limbs etc.
The path to the arch is short, quite steep and hard work, but the views of the canyon are worth it. The arch itself is pretty underwhelming, so feel free to skip this section if your family is not up to a steep climb – the canyon is the real star of this show.
The Fay Canyon Trail is one of the most beautiful, yet easy hiking trails in Sedona. It’s one-way distance is only 1.2 miles and has hardly any elevation gain (if you skip the side trail to the arch).
We don’t recommend a stroller on the Fay canyon Trail as there are many rock steps along the path. Due to the canyon walls and tree cover, this hike offers good protection from the sun, making it a good activity to avoid the sun in Sedona.
Conveniently located just minutes outside Sedona, this easy hike offers great views of the town and it’s trademark towering red rocks in the distance. The Huckaby Trail is too rocky & uneven for a stroller of any kind, making a baby carrier or wrap a must. There are trees along this trail which will afford some shelter from the hot sun, but the protection will be limited at mid-day.
Sedona View Trail
This hike is also very close to town, beginning in the airport parking lot. This short Sedona hike offers sweeping views looking north over the town and the towering red rocks behind the town. The tree cover on this hike will not offer much protection from the hot sun. You could use a stroller with big wheels, but due to the narrow path and lots of rocks in the path, a baby carrier is probably better.
BONUS – Devil’s Bridge TRAIL
The Devil’s Bridge Trail is widely considered one of the best hikes in Sedona. The Devil’s Bridge hike is much more difficult than the others, but it’s very possible to do if you are a regular hiker with the ability to carry your baby for a longer period and up steep trails.
If you can manage the Devil’s Bridge with kids, the family pictures you will on the arch will be one of your favorite keepsakes from your trip to Sedona. It’s a popular hike, so there should always be people up there to take your family picture on top of the Devil’s Bridge.
Due to the uneven, rocky and steep nature of the trail, do not attempt to bring a stroller. Bring a carrier which gives you good balance and hiking boots with good grips.
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