Grand vistas, vibrant red pillars, and scenery like nowhere else on the planet. Mountain biking in Sedona is some of the most jaw-dropping mountain biking on earth. Our guide has been living and guiding here for over three years, giving you the insider’s edge on these awe-inspiring trails.
Known for its breathtaking beauty, outdoor adventure, new age nuance, energy vortexes, and world class dining, it’s no doubt one of the best destinations to offer a unique mountain bike experience. This trip boasts riding the best of Sedona. Riding through miles of panoramic landscapes, juniper and pinion pine forests, and with famous rock formations and vistas around every corner, you’ll be sure to have a grin on your face with each punchy climb.
The trails here are as diverse as they are distinct, from fast and fun to technical features that will test every level of rider. There are endless slickrock playgrounds, steep and chunky descents, drops, technical climbs, sandstone rollers, and plenty of exposure.
At the end of the day we will take a dip in the refreshing Oak Creek with beautiful Cathedral Rock as our backdrop.
Is Sacred Mountain Biking in Sedona For You?
You’re a strong intermediate/advanced level rider that loves to challenge yourself on a variety of terrain— think rocky, chunky, loose, and technical. This tour will keep you focused and on your toes—you’ll be exposed to steeps, drops, punchy climbs, steep techy descents, and rocky chutes. You can handle continuously being in and out of your saddle. You like to push yourself on optional challenging lines. You have strong bike handling skills, yet are always looking to push your skills and progress as a rider. You live for long days on the bike with adventure-minded friends, rewarded by the comforts of a post-ride beer cooler, epics views, dips in the creek, world class meals, and cozy lodging.
DAY 1. Best of Phoenix — South Mountain
Welcome to Arizona, where you’ll find beautiful desert landscapes scattered with breathtaking rock formations. Arizona has some of the greatest natural sights in the world. After we do our early pickups, we’ll head to the trailhead and get you fitted on one of our rentals—or build your bike if you fly with it.
We’ll review the plan for the week and get to riding. Dive right in and head straight to the best riding in Phoenix—South Mountain, known as one of the largest urban parks in the nation. Here we’ll encounter boulders, drops, steep and loose descents, techy ups and downs, ridgelines, flow, and great views of the valley.
We’ll have lunch in town and head out on a 2‑hour shuttle ride to Sedona. Then we’ll get checked in to our quaint lodge for 4 nights of cozy sleeps in one of the few International Dark Sky Communities. (Learn more about the International Dark Sky Association here—an association “working to protect the night skies for present and future generations.”)
Time on trail: approx. 2–3 hours
DAY 2. Shreddin’ The Red
Today we’ll start with a well-balanced breakfast and get prepped for your first day on the red dirt.
West Sedona is known for its rolling terrain, wide open flow, and just enough tech to keep you on your toes. We’ll be riding a big loop today that encompasses a fun mix; this route brushes right up against one of Sedona’s famous vortexes. You’ll find yourself traversing a long sandstone bench that overlooks a forest of juniper, tackling tight corners, and smiling while you’re in a flow state.
Dinner will be at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.
Time on trail: approx. 3–4 hours
DAY 3. Hogs/Grand Central
Rise and shine! After a hearty breakfast we’ll head over to another one of Sedona’s must-ride areas and experience the famous Hog trails. You will be greeted by slickrock slabs, rollers, punchy climbs, exposure, and more incredible views.
This route takes us to one of the best overlooks in Sedona, Chicken Point. Just above you can see the iconic White Line trail. Don’t stress, we are not taking our chances.
Lunch will be at a local favorite—don’t eat too much, because we’ll still have some riding to do. Next up, will be the Adobe Jack trail network, where we’ll be diving into a whole lotta chunk on Soldier’s Pass, and that will lead us to some slickrock rollers. We’ll have a short, steep climb to the top of Ant Hill, where the views of town and Soldiers Pass are heart-stopping. We then drop into one of Sedona’s finest descents. Be ready for some fast and flowy singletrack!
Time on trail: approx. 3–5 hours
DAY 4. Locals’ Favorite — Hiline
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll hit the road and head south to Yavapai Trailhead where the fun begins.
Ahead lies one of the most desirable routes in Sedona, the famous Hiline trail. This loop packs a whole lotta punch, it offers steep and technical climbs, flow, slickrock slabs, exposure, steep and chunky descents, drops, and 360 views of the beautiful red rock formations.
We’ll head back to the hotel with our perma-grins and get ready for dinner at a local favorite, where the timeless recipes of southern Mexico meet the bold, farm-fresh flavors of the American Southwest.
This is a great day to check out our favorite local bike shop, Thunder Mountain Bike Shop if you are looking for a nice jersey to take home.
Time on trail: approx. 3 hours
Day 5. Shuttle Laps
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll pack our bags and jump in the van for a few shuttle runs before heading back down to the valley.
First run of the day will be short and fast. One of the locals’ favorite descents in town. This trail will bring you old school tech with lots of rock and a few drop options. Ready for a second lap?
The final two runs of the day are packed with a punch! You’ll find yourself on some fun chunky downhill flow mixed with a few punch climbs, steep rolls, rock gardens, and slickrock. Don’t be fooled, we’ll still have some pedaling to do, so keep a little fuel in the tank.
Lunch will be at our favorite wood fired pizza shop. The two-hour shuttle back to Phoenix will no doubt be filled with sharing photos and social accounts. The friends you’ll make riding in dream destinations like Sedona will never be forgotten.
Time on trail: approx. 2–3 hours