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4. Birthing Cave Trail

Female hiker standing inside Sedona’s Birthing Cave
If you stand at the right spot in Sedona’s Birthing Cave, you can look outside through a womb-like opening in the rock.

Discover a hike that will make you feel born again

There’s a lot of hidden caves and tunnels to discover in Arizona. Among them, the Birthing Cave stands out as a uniquely beautiful and accessible spot. Known for its distinct opening, this sacred landmark is said to be a special place where pregnant Hopi women came to give birth.

You’ll be delivered to the landmark starting from the trailhead located about 15 minutes outside Sedona. For the most part, the journey involves walking on a flat, wide, sandy trail that hardly gains any elevation until the short final stretch.

You start the hike by following the Long Canyon Trail for half a mile before turning left at the first fork. After a while, the trail curves to the left with imposing cliffs rising to your right. A heart-shaped depression in the cliff will indicate the Birthing Cave. To reach it, follow a scrambly and somewhat slippery path to your right. Once you’re inside, take a seat on the sloping walls and admire the iconic view.

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