Sedona Scenic Views | 3 Hidden Spots In Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Scenic View: creek

Sedona is so pretty and such a great way to spend some time with nature.  If you are not familiar with Sedona it’s a very spiritual place where you can really experience the beauty of nature and tap into the world’s energy.  Located in Arizona, this place is just as beautiful in the summer as the winter.  No matter what season you decide to visit, Sedon’s scenic views are breathtaking! I personally find Sedona so beautiful and magical during the winter.  I always make a plan around Christmas time to go see Sedona and its scenic views.

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Sedona is a very popular destination.  It can get really crowded, which is not ideal if you want to just experience the nature around you. Sedona is known for its amazing scenic views, and energy vortexes. It attracts large crowds because there are so many things to do in Sedona.  From the scenic views and different attractions, the energy and Sedona mountains attract most people!

I try to go to Sedona once a year. And each time I go, I explore new trails and places that I haven’t been before. I was able to find spots that many people do not go to.

The touristy spots are beautiful, but it can get really packed. That’s why I’m always looking for more hidden places to hike. Sedona Scenic Views are absolutely amazing and are so much better when there is not a large number of people crowding you for the same photo.  

Sedona’s Best Hidden Scenic Views

Number 1 – Airport Trail Loop  

Sedona airport trail
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Yes, I know, Sedona’s Airport Mesa is well known and a huge hub for crowds.  But instead of going through the airport trail, there is a trail loop off to the side that most people don’t bother with.  When you go the Airport trail, this lesser known trail is about halfway up and to the side. Wherever people are, look to the side and you will see the entrance of the trail.  The sign says it’s only 0.6 miles long.  THAT’S A LIE! LOL! That trail is so long you may feel like you are just talking around for hours!  The thing about this trail is that it is very easy and straightforward.  The further you go, the fewer people you will see and that’s what makes this one of my top 3 hidden spots.  

Sedona airport walk
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You can see amazing scenic views here because you are walking on a mountain.  You can really see the rock formations, which are so beautiful with different tones and colors.   This hiking trail has a lot of wrapped trees, which just shows how intense the vortex energy is here in this place.  The Sedona airport trail is a great spot to see.  The fact that its just right next to this less crowded trail makes it even better to see the amazing Sedona scenic views! 

sedona warp trees
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Number 2 – Bell Rock 

Bell Rock is yet another common Sedona sight.  But what most people don’t know is how to get close to the top.  Most people will walk up the trail to the rock and just start climbing it, this will only get you so far.  The secret is to walk around to the side towards the courthouse loop BEFORE starting your climb.  It’s really hard to find this opening so keep your eyes out!  You don’t need to walk so far around the side, but enough to get away from the major crowds. 

Sedona bell rock look out
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On the rocks, you are looking for a spot that looks like a dried waterfall on the rocks.  This small path will lead diagonally up the rock.  This path is really small and blocked by a boulder and tree.  You want to find a spot on the rocks that looks blocked, but if you can see the path and follow it up with your eyes to another landing (past the tree) then you are in the right place.  

You literally have to catapult get over the boulder and climb through the tree in order to get about three-quarters of the way up the mountain.  Yes, this is a really difficult climb if you are not experienced.  It can also be really hard to find this pathway.  But keep your eyes out, because it is so pretty and worth the intense climb! 

This is one of my absolute favorite places in Sedona because, at this landing, you are completely away from crowds!  You are able to take your time and really enjoy the Sedona scenic views from a new perspective.  Trust me, if you ever find this path, the end result is amazing!  I have yet to find a way to get to the very top, but this path is the closest I have ever been to the top of Bell Rock.  

Sedona Scenic View : bell rock
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*ALSO watch out for snakes! Many animals nest here because it’s usually undisturbed by people. LOL a majority of people see the boulder and tree, then give up. It is such a good challenge to get through all these things and make it to the top. And the views are absolutely amazing! I will only go on this path in the winter simply because the risk of snake encounters are way lower than in the summertime.  

Number 3 – Crescent Moon 

Sedona Scenic View: creek
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The Crescent Moon Picnic area is hands down my MY FAVORITE place in Sedona!  The creek is absolutely breathtaking.  It is normally very quiet and super peaceful.  This place is my favorite hidden spot in Sedona, where you can really take in the beauty of nature. 

To get here, you have to look for the Baldwin Trail.  When you hear water, try to follow the trail where you can walk right alongside it.  This will bring you to a rock platform!  In the Summer, you can picnic on these rocks if you want. These rocks are flat and perfect for a rest spot.  This creek has a gorgeous water view, but if you look up you can see other rock formations!  If you go in the winter, the air is nice and crisp, and the water has some icy glaze to it.  It’s really a magical sight!  

Sedona creek with aly monique
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The reason why I only go to Sedona in the winter is because of how this creek is during the winter months.  I absolutely love it! Especially when everything has a frosted look.  Sedona does not usually get snow. But, when I was there last, it started snowing as soon as I got to the creek.  It was one of the best experiences.  It was so beautiful and fun to witness snow in such a beautiful place. Even though it was freezing, I took my time to really absorb all the nature and energy around me.  This creek is so much easier to find than the Bell Rock path!  The fact that more people don’t go here is shocking, but it’s one of my best kept hidden Sedona spots! 

Sedona creek
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These are my top 3 hidden spots to enjoy the Sedona scenic views! They are all beautiful and not filled with a bunch of people.  Sedona is a very spiritual place and everyone should be able to experience it without too much of a crowd.  These spots will give you the space and views you need to enjoy nature and the energy surrounding it! Check out the official Sedona Trail Guide, and find the best trail that suits you!

Sedona is amazing and beautiful. My favorite season is in the winter because the views are just magical and romantic. This place is the perfect little romantic getaway. Need more ideas for a little romantic weekend? Head to Laguna Beach for some beach date ideas!

Share your thoughts! 

Have you been to any of these hidden Sedona viewpoints?  Share your experience!  Do you have other places in Sedona that you absolutely love? Share your secret places with us!  I would love to check them out next time I’m in Sedona! 

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