4 Best Cave Hikes In Sedona

How do you find the caves in Sedona? There are some absolutely stunning Sedona caves and you should make it a point to see these four and more!

These incredible caves are becoming not-so-secret so best to go out and see them now before it is swarmed with people like Devil’s Bridge!

Best Sedona Hikes Soldier's Pass Cave Hike Trail - Sedona Hike

These caves are some of my favorite things in Sedona… they are truly just so beautiful and unique inside. One of the caves felt like I was in some adventure novel, like I was the Hardy Boys… but I digress.

If looking for more amazing things to do in Sedona, see Here For The Sedona Bucket List article!

If you have frequented Sedona a lot and looking for the next great adventure and your next favorite picture for Instagram… then you absolutely have to get to these Sedona caves below.

If you are looking for some of the best hikes in Sedona then see our article here for the 6 Best Hikes In Sedona!

How to Find The Sedona Subway Cave

If you are looking for the Subway Cave trail then click here for the full guide to find this amazing place pictured below!

Subway Cave Trail Hike Boynton Canyon Sedona

This cave is not only a stunning place to visit the hike itself is also one of the best in Sedona.

It is a great length and there are so many other great viewpoints and things to see along the way including historical ruins.

Subway Cave Trail Hike Boynton Canyon Sedona

See our article here for the full directions and info on the Sedona Subway!

How to Find The Soldier’s Pass Cave?

Soldier’s Pass is one of my favorite hikes in Sedona.

Soldier's Pass Cave Hike Trail - Sedona Hike 11

It is made even better because along the way you get to see the Seven Sacred Pools as well as Devil’s Kitchen. Both of these make the hike pretty nice in their own right but the addition of the caves just take it to the next level.

It has become one of my favorite hikes in Sedona as the caves truly are just that stunning and unique.

The caves are hard to find so follow the step-by-step instructions in our article here. 

Soldier’s Pass is also a great hike like the Subway hike as it is a great length and not extremely hard but still a great workout.

How to Find The Sedona Keyhole Cave

The Sedona Keyhole Cave is stunning but also the most dangerous out of the caves in this article.

view from the keyhole cave in Sedona

The hike itself is easy to moderate but getting up into the cave can be quite sketchy.

See the Keyhole cave dangers as well as full directions in our article here.

How to Find the Sedona Birthing Cave

Finding the Sedona Birthing Cave isn’t too terribly hard and is just 3 turns to get to it!

See our article here for full step-by-step directions on finding it.

To be honest this is the least amazing of the caves as it is the smallest, will have the most people and the picture only looks like this if you use a zoomed out lense from a camera or a newer iphone.

With that said, it is the easiest to get to and to get up into. It is only 2 miles round-trip and relatively flat. See our article here for the full info.

 

Soldier's Pass Cave Hike

Difficulty:

Moderate

Elevation Gain:

900 ft

Length:

4.5 Miles - 2-3 hours - Out & Back

The hike begins at the parking lot where you get onto the trail passing the map that shows information and trails in the area… however it doesn’t show the location of the secret caves!

FYI: be sure not to get onto the ATV trail and that you go down the walking trail. Follow the trail and you will instantly cross a little stream or dry creek bed pending time of year.

Then it is up a little hill and go right. Within half a mile you will see Devil’s Kitchen.

Devil’s Kitchen is the largest sinkhole in Sedona. Devil’s Kitchen sinkhole is 150 ft wide and 50 ft deep, which was created in the late 1800s.

After checking out Devil’s Kitchen it is back on the trail towards your next treat, the Seven Sacred Pools.

The Seven Sacred Pools are less than a mile away and another great bucket list spot in Sedona.

What are the Seven Sacred Pools and how were they formed? The Seven Sacred Pools were naturally created and cut from the sandstone canyon. From there they are filled from a natural stream.

Some of their beauty comes from the reflection of the blue skies and surrounding red rock. Depending on the time of year you can spot the tadpoles living within them.

After exploring around the the Seven Sacred Pools it’s time to hop back on the path and get going to the caves!

The Caves are a little hard to find and are 3/4 miles from the seven sacred pools.

You will come to a fork in the road (above), which one side has a little log and some sticks placed in front of it, which pushes people to the left.

You want to go right/straight & walk over those sticks to carry on for less than 1/4 a mile up to the table mesa.

From there looking up and you might be able to see a where the caves are. At the end of the Mesa in the far back right corner (NW corner) you will see the path to start going up (pictured below).

There might even be a cactus arrow still there for you.


From there the trek gets a little harder as you start to ascend up the hill. Less than a mile more you will get up close and personal to the caves.

Be sure to take your time and explore them all as they all have their own unique vantage points and pictures.

There are two sets of caves and both are pretty cool but the main one is unreal.

Tip: use Pano on your iPhone to get the whole cave entrance when taking a picture from within.

Be sure to climb up into the main cave. There are two different ways to do it, one from the outside and one from the inside. Both are not easy and shouldn’t be attempted by those that aren’t fairly athletic.

Again, the pictures within the cave are unreal! Definitely my new favorite picture in Sedona! Plus everyone has a Devil’s Bridge picture these days, go explore something new!

Pros

  • The one cave is maybe my favorite thing in Sedona
  • Three unique things to see on this hike
  • Not too difficult of a hike
  • Perfect length of a hike, not too long and not too short.
  • Stunning picturesque cave
  • The 7 Sacred Pools offer a really pretty picture contrasted with the hills behind it
  • Devil’s Kitchen sinkhole is a fun addition

Cons

  • Parking is really limited. Additional parking at Jordan Road Trailhead but it adds another mile to the hike
  • The caves can get very busy during peak times and on weekends
  • The main cave is hard to get up into and shouldn’t be done by people who are not pretty athletic

Tips

  • Additional Soldier’s Pass parking at Jordan Road Trailhead
  • Use the iPhone Pano setting when inside the cave if you can’t get the whole cave entrance
  • Go during the weekday to avoid crowds
  • Don’t hog too much time in the cave as others want to take pictures as well
  • Definitely get up into the main cave for the best area



Birthing Cave via Long Canyon Trail

Difficulty:

Easy

Elevation Gain:

300 ft

Length:

2 Miles - Out & Back - 1.5-2 hours

Getting to the hike in itself is a little confusing as Google Maps sometimes will take you past the trail. This is especially true as there is a good chance you might not have service out there.

Thus, definitely download Google offline maps before you go. You should always download the offline maps on any trip, it is such a good help!

Anyways, head to Long Canyon Trailhead and there will probably be cars parked to the left where you can see a trail entrance.

If you go to the golf course you went 1/4 mile too far and will get turned around by security.

Once you find the trailhead, there is a trail map just at the start. Start at Long Canyon Trailhead and go straight for about .6 miles until there is a fork in the road. From there you go left, which the sticks direct you that way.

From there just another .4 miles going directly at the mountain you are walking towards, which is where the cave is. There may be sticks crossed again to keep people off the track as at one point the path was closed for re-vegetation.

Thus, please stick to the path if you are hiking there. You will see the mouth of the cave and probably see people up there or hear them so it isn’t too difficult to find.

Once you make it there is one of the most immaculate views you will ever come across. It truly is stunning and so serene overlooking the red rocks of sedona.

Pros

  • Short & easy for all levels of hiker.
  • Dogs are allowed on a leash.
  • Very cool and serene place if you have it to yourself..

Cons

  • Pretty short so not major exercise, thus add another hike to it!
  • To take “the picture” you need a wide angle lens or use Pano on an iphone and crawl up into the belly button.
  • The crowding also makes taking any pictures tough.

Tips

  • Download Offline Google maps as a good chance you won’t have service as you get to the trailhead.
  • Good quick hike so you can also do Soldier’s Pass or Devil’s Bridge nearby.
  • Try not to go during peak times or it can get crowded.
  • As mentioned, use Pano on your iphone from the bellybutton to take the picture.
  • Don’t be the jerk who sits on the edge for 30 minutes while people want a picture.



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