If you’re looking for blissful flow, sensational views and technical riding, you’ll love Sedona’s mountain bike area. Only two hours north of Phoenix in the desert state of Arizona, you’ll find a huge network of trails surrounded by a beautiful, deep red rocky backdrop.
This Collection is aimed at advanced mountain bikers and experts who appreciate technical challenges, climbs and descents, and love flowing trails. On 14 fantastic Tours, I’ll show you the different facets of this mountain bike hotspot including the three well-known trails: Hangover, Hiline and Hogs.
Sedona is popular with all manner of outdoor enthusiasts and it’s important to remember that hikers and horses always have priority on shared trails. You can enjoy sun-drenched rides year-round with conditions being perfect for biking from October to May. In the summer months it is extremely hot. Many Tours start at car parks and you need to buy a Red Rock Pass to enjoy the area. It’s available as a daily, weekly or annual ticket and the cost goes towards conservation and trail building.
Oh yes, I almost forgot one thing. There is an incredible number of cacti along the way. They’re beautiful but don’t be tempted to touch them; the thorns can be so aggressive that, if you hit them at full speed, they can even prick your big toe through your shoe. From my own experience, I recommend that you pack a pair of tweezers so you can remove any thorns with ease. It also makes sense to convert your tyres to tubeless if you can. This will save you a flat or two and increase the fun on the trail.
The small desert town of Sedona in Arizona attracts New Age fans and Vortex worshippers as well as mountain bikers. Whether you're into this mystical side or not, this enchanting place will have a magical pull on you too. Where else can you find such a tightly meshed, world-class trail network in close proximity to a city surrounded by fiery red sandstone formations? This combination makes Sedona a unique mountain biking mecca. The best way to see for yourself is to hit the red trails and stay true to the motto, ‘Shred the Red!’
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The tour begins at the Little Horse Trailhead. Here you take the Bellrock Pathway which will take you to the Little Horse Trail. After about a kilometer and a half you branch off to Llama, a beautiful trail with some technical uphill sections. Less experienced bikers will be challenged here. For the most part, the trail meanders smoothly through the desert landscape, which is why it promises pure driving pleasure.
The tour begins at the Devil's Bridge Trailhead. You can warm up on Chuckwagon and Mescal. Approximately in the middle of Mescal, the highlight of the tour, the Canyon of Fools Trail, begins at a beautiful vantage point.You won't find any other trail that resembles the Canyon of Fools in Sedona. Most of the time you drive downhill in a creek bed. Again and again you can build in wall rides and jumps, which makes this trail extremely varied.
This tour begins with a descent on the beautiful Brewer Trail. There are some difficult parts here that can be challenging for the less experienced. But all in all, this trail isn't very difficult by Sedona standards.Via Brewer Road you will then get to the Bike Tunnel, which leads you under Highway 89A and spits you out directly in the Soldier Wash Trail area.