We have many awesome hikes in New Mexico, but one of the most spectacular hiking destinations we have come to appreciate is in our neighboring state of Arizona. It’s pretty hard to beat the beautiful red rock formations in Sedona, Arizona. Fortunately for us, it’s only a 6-hour drive from Albuquerque, making it doable as a short vacation getaway.
Arriving here yesterday in the early afternoon we had time to hike the Doe Mountain Trail, which gives a nice birds-eye view of Sedona.
Today started with a hike up Cathedral Rock, a relatively short trail. But there are some challenges involving rock scrambles. At one point I looked up a steep, narrow slot that had to be navigated and was ready to call it quits. But a woman behind me gave me a little pep talk, which was just enough to give me the confidence that I could do it.
The second hike of the day was longer, but much easier. It meandered through pinon and juniper forests with enough open views to make the climb worthwhile.
We had hoped to see some cacti in bloom, but, like northern New Mexico, it’s a bit too early. There were many wildflowers, though.
We will have time for another hike tomorrow before driving back to Albuquerque. It won’t be a problem finding one, because there are literally hundreds to choose from. And, for sure, we will be back here again because even if it is a hike we’ve done, the beauty of this place doesn’t get old.