The odds are wherever you live, and wherever you’ve biked, it doesn’t compare to the throng of trails of Sedona, AZ. While this remote stretch of desolate desert in Northern Arizona may only have a population of 10,000, it provides a virtual dirt and rock playground that spans hundreds of miles and features some of the most amazing rock formations you can imagine. If you haven’t yet thrown your bike in your truck and headed out to the desert, it’s high time you gave it some serious thought.
The first thing you’ll probably notice in Sedona besides the rocks and glorious red dirt is the people. They’re an offbeat, often eccentric bunch of hippies, artists and outliers who mean well and know how to tell a good story. There are some nice hotels and bed n’ breakfasts to take shelter in if that’s your budget, like the Amara Resort and Casa Sedona. There’s also a nice selection of campgrounds like Red Rock Country and Manzanita. Wherever you post up in Sedona, you’ll be able to access a slew of great trails fit for any level of rider.
Sedona Mountain Biking must-ride trails for beginners:
Deadman’s Pass : This dauntingly-named trail is actually a nice, relatively flat singletrack with few tough turns and enjoyable descents any rider can handle.
Big Park Loop: Located in Southern Sedona, this three-mile loop winds through the forest beneath Courthouse Butte with few big climbs and some nice up and downs.
Must-ride trails for experienced riders:
Goldwater Lakes: This four-mile ride starts with challenging, but manageable climbs with amazing red-rock vistas. At the top, riders are rewarded with high speed, but safe descents.
Broken Arrow/Chicken Point: Definitely not for the faint of heart, this two-mile trail features technical climbs, drop-offs, stairs, narrow single-tracks along cliffs and awe-inspiring views. Sedona Mountain Biking at it’s finest while retaining a moderate but doable difficulty level.
Must-ride trails for experts:
Highline Trail: Highline is full of challenging terrain for even the most experienced riders, and is full of narrow, challenging climbs, and thrilling descents for those who dare take it on.
Hangover: Perhaps the most challenging trail in the area, Hangover features a memorable climb up a slick open-face rock, which follows a seriously daunting descent.
Must-Haves to Boost your Sedona Mountain Biking Adventure:
In Reach Explorer Satellite Communicator – by Delome
Stay in touch with or without cell connection with Iridium satellite network’s 100% global coverage.
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Bike Mount – by FUGOO
The rugged, tough-as-nails Bluetooth speaker that was built for the fun, fast, and hardcore in all of us, and easily mounts to your bike.
Charge 10 LR Hydration Pack – by CamelBack
This ultra-light, rugged hydration pack includes a lumbar-based reservoir pack with MTB-specific cargo.
Tire Sealant Kit – by TUFO
Quickly and effectively repairs flat tires. Can also be used to prevent flats by applying to the inside of the tire before use.