Little Horse Trail Best of the Red Rocks in Sedona Arizona

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Little Horse Trail in Sedona Arizona is in the Coconino National Forest. This hiking, biking, and horseback riding trail offers scenic views of the beautiful Sedona red rocks. I did this hike on an October afternoon, but during the hot summer months, it’s best to do the hike early in the day to avoid the excessive heat.

Bring water and snacks, sunscreen, sunhat, and sunglasses and enjoy one of the best hikes in Sedona.

Little Horse trail has stunning panoramic views of the gorgeous red rocks of Sedona.

Bookmark this page for when you do the hike. Alternatively, if you are looking for a Sedona hike with shade, I highly recommend the West Fork Trail at Oak Creek.

Sedona Arizona Little Horse Trail

Little Horse Hike Info

  • Distance: 4.3 miles (7 km)
  • Type of Hike: Out and back
  • Elevation Gain: 564 ft (172 m)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Duration: Allow about 2 hours
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes, but all dogs must be on leash
  • Facilities: Restroom at trailhead


Trail markers Little Horse Tr Red Rock Sedona

Watch for the trail markers at the start of Little Horse Trail Red Rock Sedona


Little Horse Trail Fee

$5 per day is the fee for Little Horse Trail parking lot. If you already have a pass you are covered for this hike.

Pay the fee at the vending machine next to the trail map and info.

Accepted Passes

America the Beautifulclick for more info at the National Park Service website
Red Rock Pass – Daily, weekly, or annual passes are available from the vending machine at the trailhead.


Sedona AZ Red Rock hike

This is one of the most beautiful Red Rock hikes in Sedona Arizona


Trailhead Address

Click here to access Google map for Little Horse Trailhead

There isn’t an exact street address for the Little Horse trailhead location but it’s easy to find.

Directions from Sedona

From Sedona take Hwy 89A south to AZ 179 S and continue for about 3.5 miles (5.6 km). Turn left after the United Methodist Church and cross AZ 179 northbound lane to get to the parking lot.

Allow about 10 – 15 minutes driving time from Sedona.


Biking Little Horse Trail Sedona AZ

Little Horse Trail is popular with cyclists


Description of Hike

First, you should know that this trail is not strictly for hiking. You will probably see a lot of cyclists on the trail and maybe people horseback riding.

And at the summit you will likely see several of the Pink Jeep tours or dune buggies parked at the top. This is the turnaround point for the jeep tours. They don’t hang around very long at the summit though. I had the place almost to myself, only 1 other hiker, after the jeep tour people left.


Pink Jeep tours Sedona AZ

Pink Jeep tours of Sedona AZ drive up to the summit of Little Horse Trail


Also note that the trail does not offer a lot of shaded areas and it gets extremely hot in the summer.

Watch for birds and wildlife such as lizards, rattlesnakes, and hummingbirds to name a few.

Agave, yucca, and various cactus species are visible along Little Horse trail. I also saw several large juniper trees towards the end of the hiking trail.


prickly pear cactus Arizona

You will see prickly pear cactus at Little Horse Trail


Yucca Sedona Red Rock Little Horse Trail

Yucca plants are common at Sedona Red Rock Little Horse Trail


Juniper Trees Sedona Arizona

Juiniper Trees Sedona Arizona Little Horse Trail


Little Horse Trail starts out at the Bell Rock Pathway then branches to the left – watch for the signs and cairns during the first quarter mile or so.


Bell Rock Pathway Litle Horse Trail

Little Horse Trail and Bell Rock Pathway trailhead in Sedona


You will see the Chapel of the Holy Cross to the left. Later in the hike, the Chapel Trail intersects with Little Horse Trail. As you continue the hike, you’ll get a closeup view of Madonna and the Nuns spire rock.


Madonna and the Nuns Sedona spire rock

Early on you will see Madonna and the Nuns Sedona spire rocks


Enjoy beautiful views from the summit with large smooth rock formations so you can sit down and enjoy the panoramic view.


People enjoy the Little Horse Trail Summit Sedona AZ

People enjoy the Little Horse Trail Summit Sedona AZ


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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling solo around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 5 of a solo road trip around the USA and Canada, living a nomadic life, and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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