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7. Soldier Pass Trail

Water flowing in Sedona’s Seven Sacred Pools
Easy, short and filled with beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder Soldier Pass Trail is considered one of the best Sedona hikes.

March on through a desert Disneyland

Hiking the Soldier Pass Trail is like being on an amusement park ride—there’s always a new surprise waiting around the bend. Connecting several famous landmarks into a delightful 4.5-mile loop, this is hands down one of the best hikes in Sedona.

The first section is a short, flat walk to Devil’s Kitchen, a large sinkhole predicted to collapse even further. From there, a half-mile walk takes you to the Seven Sacred Pools, which are fed by a seasonal stream that provides water for the local wildlife.

Further on, you’ll find a fork in the road. What I like to do is take the right trail for a side trip to Soldier Pass Cave, a beautiful sandstone cave rife with photo ops, then return to the fork and continue left on the Soldier Pass Trail. The trail proceeds along a scenic ridge towards the Brins Mesa Trail, which is connected to your starting trailhead via the Cibola Pass and Jordan Trails.

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