How do you hike the Subway Cave in Sedona? Getting to the Sedona Subway is one of the biggest kept secrets in Sedona as locals and everyone likes to keep gems like this a secret.The Subway Cave is also home to Sinagua ruins that you must visit when you are up near and in the cave. You can also visit one of the Sedona vortexes on this Boynton Canyon Hike.
Of course our stance is we want everyone to have the best experience, views and get the biggest smiles possible so we want to share how to get to the Subway Cave in sedona!
It can actually be really tough as the directions out there for how to get the Subway are as clear as mud! All Trails suggestions and peoples maps didn’t help a ton so we have pictures, videos and more on how to get to the Subway!
You will be hungry after this hike so definitely check out our 8 best restaurants in Sedona article here, and you probably deserve a drink so see our top 3 wineries in Sedona here!
The hike itself isn’t hard at all, we would rank it as “easy” but it is 5.3 miles round-trip so to some that could be “moderate” if you are not able bodied. It is mostly flat with only a couple places of any significant incline.
See our top 7 hikes in Sedona as well here!
At the end as you go up to the Subway it is a little tough going to climb up the narrow gap however 85% of people can do it. If you can’t there is another way to do it by going to the left up towards the little ruins and wrap around vs. directly right up the mini cliff.
However, below you will find step by step instructions and markers to find the Sedona Subway. Check out our Sedona Bucket List and Top Restaurants in Sedona articles too so you can see those while there!
There are also a couple of ruins that you cannot miss! As you do the final trek up to the Subway you will notice the ruins on the side of the mountain to your left. You can easily enough walk around to there before or after your Subway visit.
26 thoughts on “How To Find The Sedona Subway Cave Hike”
I’ve been searching for clear directions to this cave for weeks now. We are going to Sedona next month and this was high on our list so I appreciate this article. thank you!
Glad we could help! It is a great spot! Check out our top restaurants and top hikes articles too!
We are headed to Sedona this weekend and I’ve been looking everywhere for the directions to this cave. Thank you so much! Was it very crowded?
You’re welcome! It wasn’t too bad actually. I would say like 10-15ish people up there right in peak part of the day. Everyone was really nice and helpful all taking pictures for each other and such. Just encouraging everyone to pick up after themselves and such to keep it in great shape!
Thank you guys so so much!! Going for my birthday in couple of days. Really want to see it!! Wish us luck!!
How long did it took you round trip??
Great! It is actually a really easy hike so only about 2-2.5 hours round-trip but then spending an hour up there hanging around.
Thanks- heading there next week and this is just what i was looking for!
Glad I could help, have a great time!
Going tomorrow…THANK YOU for these directions! 🙂
Amazing, have the best time!
Thank you! What a great article! We followed your directions and went there this morning, early! It was beyond amazing!
Amazing, glad you loved it and we could help!
Visited today, the directions were perfect! I had found another post earlier that wasn’t as clear as yours. Went late in the day on a Monday and there was nobody out there!
Great! Glad we could help!
Is there service? We tried birthing cave and had no service…
No there isn’t. Use Google Maps and download the offline maps to help you as well. Then it works without service. Would screenshot this article though to help as well.
Do you know how early you are allowed to start the hike?
You can go 24/7.
Are the pictographs on the wall next to the ruins real or recently made?
I actually am not sure, hopefully real!
I’m trying to figure out the best time of the day and lighting for photographs. Which way does the cave face – West or East? Thanks.
It faces more North I believe.
Very happy to have visited the Sedona Subway Cave today, and I must thank you for your very clear and accurate directions. The pictures you posted are a great help, and led us to a wonderfully satisfying hike! Thank you for sharing!!
Great! Glad I could help!
Family and I are hoping to go visit Sedona soon! Thanks so much for sharing this article – so helpful! Would you recommend this hike for kids? We have 2 daughters ages 9 and 11 and wondering if it’s do-able for them?
Great, you will love it! Yes, I think for active kids it will be fine, I know I would have loved it is a great adventure. It is a little tricky at the end but kids are resilient and probably handle it better than the parents do.