Arizona Hiking Sedona Women’s Adventure – Lodge Based

Trip Length4 Days
Group Size4–12
Activity level
Starting from
$2,499 for REI Members
$2,749 for non-members
DeparturesMar 2024-Dec 2024

Immerse yourself in Sedona’s red-rock splendor and Native American heritage on this 4-day women’s hiking adventure.

Join like-minded women for four days of spectacular hiking, sightseeing and cultural learning in a sandstone wonderland. At night, snooze soundly at a Sedona hotel. From pueblos to bustling markets, cactus forests to towering cliffs, we seek the treasures of the American Southwest. Expert female guides share insights and take us beyond the tourist hotspots. Thoughtful moments enhance our experience. We picnic under pinyon pines and indulge in private yoga sessions with a high-desert backdrop.

Each day, we explore extraordinary places. You’ll watch hummingbirds sip chuparosa nectar in a Sonoran Desert sanctuary. Hike ocotillo-lined trails amongst otherworldly canyons and mesas. Wander a ghost town turned art community once labeled “the wickedest town in the West.” Follow a murmuring desert creek to a mysterious ancient city. Get lost in time in labyrinth-like ruins a thousand years old. Use ample free time to explore at your own pace. Whether Sedona is on your wanderlust list or you’re simply craving sunshine, this trip is a spirit-nourishing, inspiring escape.

Expansive views of Sedona’s red rocks abound as we hit the trail to take in the natural beauty of this truly unique landscape.

Trip Highlights

  • Set out on invigorating daily hikes along some of Sedona’s most scenic trails.
  • Enjoy a yoga session surrounded by colorful mesas and canyons.
  • Explore the charming, historic town of Jerome and 1000-year-old pueblo ruins.
  • Spend each night in a comfortable Sedona hotel.
  • REI Women’s Adventure—designed for women, guided by women.

Activities

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. Participants should have experience hiking and be comfortable navigating challenging terrain such as loose rock, roots, and smooth rock slopes for 3–6 miles with elevation gains/losses of up to 1,000' for multiple days in succession. Hiking in Sedona is often exposed with limited shade and dry conditions. While daytime temperatures are typically comfortable, they can rise to over 90 degrees. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest beginning a regular exercise regimen at least 2–3 months prior to departure. Recommended exercises include hiking, jogging, cycling and/or swimming.

  • Hiking

What's Included

Three nights hotel lodging; all meals from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 4; guides; roundtrip transportation to Sedona from Scottsdale, AZ; yoga session; all national monument entrance fees and permits.

All trip operations are conducted under a Coconino National Forest Special Use Permit.

Accommodations

Hotel, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Arizona Hiking Sedona Women’s Adventure – Lodge Based
Day 1

Meet in Scottsdale and set off to hike the high desert surrounding Sedona

Our trip begins today in Scottsdale, Arizona. Meet your guides and fellow travelers this morning for a brief orientation to ensure we're all prepared before loading into our private van and setting out to the high desert surrounding Sedona. This morning our skilled female guide team take us to some of the most recognizable and photographed formations in Sedona, Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. We take time to circumnavigate both formations and become immersed in the diverse flora and fauna of Sedona, a perfect introduction to the local ecosystem. After a day warming up on our legs on the trail, we head to our comfortable Sedona hotel to get checked in and cleaned up before dinner. Overnight in Sedona for the next three nights. Box lunch and dinner included.

Transfer time: 2.5 hours; Hiking 4 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 458'/456'

Day 2

Hike the Sedona red rocks, get up close and personal with ancient ruins in the Verde Valley and explore a mining ghost town turned art oasis

This morning, we get our first real taste of Sedona’s colorful, captivating geology on a classic hike. Following our experienced female guides, we climb through the red rock to a vantage point offering magnificent views of the surrounding landscape. Later this morning, we drive to Tuzigoot National Monument. This large excavated pueblo features prime examples of pottery, baskets, tools, weavings and demonstrations of how these ancient farmers and craftsmen lived a thousand years ago. The charming 19th-century mining town of Jerome is today’s final destination. Built on a 30-degree slope, many of Jerome’s buildings were ravaged by fires or slipped downhill over time. A revised building code finally required structures to be made only of masonry and the town now hosts art galleries and tasting rooms featuring local wines. We will also enjoy a fabulous dinner at a local Jerome restaurant before returning to Sedona for the evening. All meals included.

Hiking: 4.7 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 349'/681'; Walking: up to 1 miles; Driving: 1.5 hours

Day 3

Hike the historic Munds Wagon Trail & an afternoon to choose your own adventure

After breakfast, we head to a trailhead just above town and hike the historic Munds Wagon Trail, once a popular route for moving cattle out of Sedona. Around each bend, an enchanting moment awaits—a fantastic vista, hummingbirds feeding at a blooming Ocotillo, or polished red, white and pink sandstone blended together to create a beautiful geological formation. Our guides help us find a spot for lunch with a view under the shade of pinyon pines. This afternoon, we have the flexibility to choose our own adventure (while the activities are on your own, our guides provide transportation to various drop-off locations). Take a self-guided hike, shop for local artwork or relax and catch up on some vacation reading. Regardless of your choice, the spectacular red-rock landscape is never far from view. All meals included.

Transfer time: 1 hour, Hiking: 6 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1000' (not including any optional hikes this afternoon)

Day 4

Morning yoga, hiking the gold hills of Red Rock State Park, visit the cliff city of Montezuma Castle National Monument, and return to Phoenix

We start our morning with a relaxing yoga session where all are welcome. After yoga and breakfast we head to Red Rock State Park, a 286-acre nature preserve filled with stunning scenery. Trails in the park wind through manzanita and juniper, and green meadows are framed by hills of striated red and gold sandstone. Oak Creek flows through the park, creating a riparian habitat brimming with plants and wildlife. Following a series of interconnecting trails, we learn about the geology of the Colorado Plateau and some of the fascinating adaptations that plants and animals have made to survive in this environment. En route back to Phoenix this afternoon, we stop at Montezuma Castle National Monument, a cliff dwelling located in a high alcove above Beaver Creek. Its purpose is still debated by archaeologists—was it a fortress, a religious center? After our visit to Montezuma's Castle we head back to Phoenix and plan to arrive in the late afternoon. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 3–5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 300'; Transfer time: 3 hours

Itinerary map for Arizona Hiking Sedona Women’s Adventure – Lodge Based

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

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