The 10 Best Mountain Bike Trails In Sedona, Arizona

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Looking for the best Sedona mountain bike trails? Honestly, you can’t really go wrong. Sedona is hands-down one of my favorite places to ride. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, but the mountain biking is world-class as well. There are so many amazing trails to choose from between the flowy descents near Village of Oak Creek, the cross-country terrain of West Sedona, and the off-the-beaten-path singletrack in Carroll Canyon.

They’re all great, but if it’s your first time visiting, it can be hard to know which trails are the best. So to help you make the most of your Sedona mountain bike adventure, I’ve put together a list of what I think are the best mountain bike trails in Sedona. They range from intermediate-friendly to expert (Sedona isn’t really a great place for true beginner riders) and they all have a great mix of flow, tech, views, and good times.

Now get out and ride!

Ready to ride some red dirt? Here are 10 of the best Sedona mountain biking trails to help you plan an epic adventure

Best mountain bike trails in Sedona

1. Mescal

I would go out on a limb and say that Mescal is one of the most beautiful trails in Sedona. It runs along the base of Mescal Mountain and a good portion of it is on red slickrock. Take a few moments to look back from where you came from, the views are epic!

Mescal is not super technical, but there is some minor exposure and tricky maneuvers that may need to be walked for beginner/intermediate riders. In my opinion, the best way to ride it is east to west, which is the opposite of what TrailForks suggests.

How to link up Mescal

Mescal Loop
  • Route difficulty: Intermediate
  • Mileage: 12 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1,058 ft
  • Route directions: Park at the Dry Creek Trailhead then pedal around the Chuckwagon Loop. This will lead you right into Mescal. Traverse along Mescal until you come to the steep switchbacks at the end. Hang a left toward Aerie (Upper) then connect that into Cockscomb. You have options to get back to the car. This loop suggests taking Dawa > Ok > Snake. You could also take Anaconda or Girdner back to the parking area. They’re all going to be a bit of a climb.
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, MTB Project

2. Slim Shady

Arguably one of the best descents in Sedona and definitely one of the best Sedona mountain bike trails, Slim Shady is fast and flowy with some features and whoop-de-whoops to boost and play off of. This is also a great climb trail if you’re want to get up to Hiline (see below).

The north end of Slim Shady is a bit more technical and less flowy, but still a great ride in either direction. I personally like to climb up the north end of the trail and descend down the south side.

The below loop is super quick and fun, but if you want something longer, the VOC loop under Llama incorporates the full Slim Shady trail as well.

How to link up Slim Shady:

Slim Loop
  • Route difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation gain: 554 ft
  • Route directions: Park at Bell Rock Boulevard then pedal up Slim Shady and down the other side. Hang a right onto Templeton then continue onto Hermit and Coconino to connect back into Slim Shady. Take Slim Shady back to the car.
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, MTB Project

3. Llama

Llama is a great pedally cross-country trail and a good introduction to the best mountain bike trails in Sedona. Most of Llama is pretty easy, mellow pedaling but there are a few features that come up quickly and might need to be walked for newer riders.

If the loop below is too ambitious, cut off the Easy Breezy and Templeton section by continuing on the HT Trail until you meet up with Slim Shady.

How to link up Llama:

VOC Loop
  • Route difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation gain: 950 ft
  • Route directions: Park at Bell Rock Parking area then pedal up Bell Rock Path to Llama. Follow Llama to Little Horse then turn left. Pedal up Easy Breezy to Templeton (optional) to Slim Shady and back to the car.
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, Llama

4. Grand Central

This is one of my new favorite trails in Sedona! Grand Central has great views and an amazing descent for not much climbing effort (although the last bit up to the top is a grunt, but totally worth it!). The descent is fast and flowy and this network of trails allows you to lap your favorite sections super easily.

If you only have a few days to ride, these are some of the best Sedona mountain biking trails to fit in. If you only want to do one climb, skip Javalina and just do the Grand Central descent.

How to link up Grand Central:

Central Sedona Rip
  • Route difficulty: Intermediate
  • Mileage: 8 miles
  • Elevation gain: 926 ft
  • Route directions: Park at Adobe Jack Parking area. Pedal up Adobe Jack to Jordan and then descend down Javelina (a fun, pedaly descent with fewer features). Then climb up Coyote to Adobe Jack and turn off onto Grand Central. Take Crusty back to the car.
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, Grand Central

5. Canyon of Fools

Different from anything else in Sedona, Canyon of Fools is a narrow canyon that feels like a slalom course for bikes. Keep your speed up and get your flow on! There are a couple of offshoots throughout the canyon, but they all lead to the same place so choose your own adventure. Just don’t head to Canyon of Fools after heavy rain or on a day when there is a flash flood warning.

I haven’t found a perfect way to incorporate Canyon of Fools into a route, but the below loop is pretty fun. If you don’t want to do the whole thing, simply cut out the Chuckwagon loop.

How to link up Canyon of Fools:

  • Route difficulty: Intermediate
  • Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation gain: 999 ft
  • Route directions: Park at Dry Creek Trailhead the pedal the Chuckwagon loop counterclockwise (optional). Connect into Mescal and after about halfway through, take a left down Canyon of Fools. Finish the loop via Ok, AZ Cypress, and Snake.
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, MTB Project

6. Little Horse

Little Horse is a great descent down from the picturesque Chicken Point. It’s not too technical aside from a few features, but it’s beautiful and has awesome flow. The most challenging section is a little rock garden chute that may need to be walked or sessioned.

This loop does require pedaling through some neighborhoods or you could follow the Mystic Connector Road.

How to link up Little Horse:

Llama to Chicken Point Loop
  • Route difficulty: Intermediate
  • Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation gain: 850 ft
  • Route directions: Park at the Little Horse Parking area the pedal over to Mystic, Peccary and/or Hogwash. Take Broken Arrow to Chicken Point then descend down Little Horse. Take a left onto Llama and return to the parking area via Bell Rock Path. If you want to add a bit more to your ride, a pedal out to Submarine Rock is definitely worth it.
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, MTB Project

7. Baldwin Loop

The Baldwin Loop is in a quieter area of Sedona (although ‘quiet’ is a relative term for Sedona) so it’s a good place to head if you’re looking to get away from the crowds. I only recently rode the full Baldwin Loop and I thought it was a blast! There are definitely some techy climbs to session as well as a chunky descent with multiple alt lines.

A lot of mountain bikers do a section of Baldwin as part of their Hiline ride (see below), but this loop is great for those who aren’t up for the Hiline tech or have already tackled it.

The Baldwin Loop is best ridden counterclockwise.

How to link up Baldwin Loop:

Slim n More Tour
  • Route difficulty: Intermediate+
  • Mileage: 14 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1,465 ft
  • Route directions: Park at Bell Rock Parking. Pedal up Slim Shady > Coconino > Hermit > right onto Templeton > Easy Breezy > back to Templeton > HT Trail > left onto Easy Breezy > Cathedral Rock > Templeton > Baldwin Loop counterclockwise > Templeton > right onto Slim Shady > Made in the Shade (optional – adds more tech and climbing)
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, MTB Project

8. Hangover

One of the two “pro” trails in Sedona, Hangover isn’t terribly technical in difficulty (although there are definitely some challenging features!), but it does have the most exposure out of any trail in Sedona. There are some places where you do not want to fall. Fall = Die. Be prepared to walk some sections.

The saddle at the top is a highlight for the trail and the steep red slickrock at the end is a good test of skill and control.

How to link up Hangover

Hangover Loop
  • Route difficulty: Expert
  • Mileage: 8 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1,085 ft
  • Route directions: Park at Huckaby Parking thenn pedal up Munds Wagon to Cow Pies. Traverse along Hangover Trail back to Munds Wagon.
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, MTB Project

9. Hiline

I love Hiline. The climb up is mellow(ish) and has some fun uphill rock gardens to session at the start. After the big climb, there’s a bit of exposure and traversy pedaling with a slight incline. The top of the climb ends at a flat plateau with amazing views out over Cathedral Rock.

The initial descent from the top is a super fun slickrock riding that has great flow and speed. Then you get into the real stuff. The last quarter mile or so of Hiline is the most challenging with a steep, loose chute that leads into a gnarly rock ladder and boulder roll that took me a few times to get the courage to roll. There are two more funky rock gardens that come up quick and then it’s over!

How to link-up Hiline:

Slim Shady, Hiline, Templeton Loop
  • Route difficulty: Expert (although only about 1/4 of the whole trail is super techy. If you’re an adventurous intermediate rider, I recommend trying it because the initial descent from the top is super fun. Just be prepared to walk a few sections on the lower part).
  • Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1,325 ft
  • Route directions: Park on Bell Rock Boulevard then pedal up Slim Shady to Made in the Shade (this is optional and will add some tech and elevation to your ride. If you want to keep it mellower just stay on Slim Shady). At the apex of Slim Shady, hang a left onto Hiline. On the return, take Baldwin to Templeton to Slim Shady back to the car.
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, MTB Project

10. The Hog Trails: High on the Hog, Hog Heaven, & Pig Tail

The Hogs are my second favorite trails after Hiline and I would argue that they’re the most technical out of all the Sedona trails. High on the Hog and Hog Heaven are pretty challenging and they have some exposure, so only attempt them if you’re a confident rider. That being said, they’re super fun and you can link up a great loop from the Broken Arrow parking area.

Pig Tail is a fun jump line at the end that can easily be lapped.

How to link up the Hog Trails

Broken Arrow to the Hogs
  • Route difficulty: Expert
  • Mileage: 7 miles
  • Elevation gain: 776 ft
  • Route directions: Park at Broken Arrow Parking then climb up Broken Arrow and pedal out to Submarine Rock and Chicken Point (both out-and-backs). After Chicken Point return on Broken Arrow to get on High on the Hog then Hog Heaven then Pig Tail. You can either climb back up Peccary and Hogwash to hit Pig Tail again or head straight back to the car.
  • GPS/Map: TrailForks, MTB Project

BONUS: Submarine Rock

Submarine Rock is a great little out-and-back trail that ends at a huge slab of red rock with amazing views. Definitely pedal out there if you’re riding the Broken Arrow trail up to Chicken Point. You won’t be disappointed! See the Hog Trails Loop or Little Horse Loop above for how to incorporate Submarine Rock into your ride.

Discover the best Sedona mountain bike trails for amazing views, flowy singletrack, techy challenge, and unforgettable red dirt riding.

Did I miss any? What would you say are the best Sedona mountain bike trails? Leave a comment below!

Discover the best Sedona mountain bike trails for amazing views, flowy singletrack, techy challenge, and unforgettable red dirt riding.

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