Above: Sedona hiking is easy along the well-marked Courthouse Butte Loop.
Sedona, AZ: Sedona is known for its stunning red rock views along with scores of great places to hike. Some trails pose challenges to the most seasoned hikers and climbers, while others, like those winding around Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health.
Fortunately for families visiting Sedona, some of the easiest trails are also among the best and located right by a good selection of hotels, from budget to luxury. This makes it possible for everyone to have a good and memorable experience on their Sedona vacation, including Grandma and the kids.
Classic Sedona red rock hiking includes the Bell Rock Pathway and Courthouse Butte Loop, all well-marked trails adjacent to State Route 179, the main highway which leads in and out of Sedona. Hikers will be treated to panoramic views with excellent photo opportunities, including clear shots of other famous red rocks like Cathedral Rock. These trails rise and fall gently over inclines that are not too steep, making them relatively walkable for almost everyone. For those who ponder safety issues, there's no sense of unnerving isolation. Mountain bikers occasionally whizz past those on foot and in good weather there's almost always another group of hikers within sight, either up ahead or lagging behind, sharing the day's experiences.
Family-friendly lodging faciliites along State Route 179 include the La Quinta Inn Sedona, the Red Agave Resort, the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, and the Wildflower Inn. This part of Sedona is also known as the Village of Oak Creek. Besides their proximity to the aforementioned easy hiking trails, these Sedona accommodations provide guests with exciting itineraries that include guided Pink Jeep Tours, Sedona star gazing tours, trips to Out of Africa Wildlife Park, excursions on the Verde Canyon Railroad, and visits to Indian ruins and the Grand Canyon.
Above: Panoramic views abound along Sedona's easiest hiking trails, such as the Bell Rock Pathway.
Lodging Near Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte
Gateway To Sedona features four places to stay near the Bell Rock Pathway and Courthouse Butte Loop trails. While these four offer different amenities and levels of luxury, all welcome families and all provide closeup, stunning views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte.
La Quinta Inn Sedona
La Quinta Inn Sedona lies at the foothills of Bell Rock and features stunning scenery and views. A courtyard pavilion surrounds a sparkling, heated outdoor pool and whirlpool. This family friendly hotel ensures guests' comfort with all the standard amenities: air-conditioned rooms, hair dryer, phone, radio alarm clock, cable TV, iron and board, coffee maker and Internet access. Say you found them on Gateway To Sedona when you call 928-284-0711 or visit La Quinta Inn Sedona online.
Red Agave Resort
Red Agave offers fully furnished chalets with lofts, studio suites with kitchenettes, a swimming pool, two spas, fire pits, grills, and access to world-class hiking and biking right at the front door. Nine chalet-style units are nestled around a spacious, central courtyard and pool area, and each has an unforgettable view of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. It also offers "pet friendly" Sedona lodging. Ask about their specials and packages and be sure to mention Gateway To Sedona when you call 928-284-9327 or visit Red Agave Resort online.
The Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa
Besides its reputation as a fine Sedona hotel with spectacular red rock views, sports enthusiasts can take advantage of the onsite 18-hole championship golf course with the award-winning clubhouse. Every guest room and suite offers a cozy gas fireplace, private patio or private balcony, microwave and wet bar. The Hilton Sedona is also a great location for meetings and weddings and is "pet friendly." Be sure to mention Gateway To Sedona when you call 928-284-4040 or visit the Sedona Hilton Resort & Spa.
The Wildflower Inn
Great for the budget minded, it's hard to believe the Sedona red rock views you can see from the Wildflower Inn. In this 28-room Sedona motel there are plenty of room choices, from the best view of Bell Rock, to a room with Jacuzzi tub or fireplace. Ask about their packaged tours too. Visit Wildflower Inn online or call 928-284-3937 for their latest specials. Let them know you found them on Gateway To Sedona.
About Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte Hiking Trails
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Article by Victoria Oldham, Co-publisher, Gateway To Sedona. Photos by Terree L. Duncan.