Just two hours north of Phoenix, Sedona is famous for its natural beauty. Tucked into a stunning backdrop of red rocks and thick green foliage, it’s also a wonderful pet friendly vacation destination!

Brindle dog in a green harness on a dog friendly trail in Sedona, AZ

Visitors from around the world are drawn to Sedona for its amazing scenery and lovely climate most of the year. It’s the perfect place to experience the outdoors – and who better to join you for that kind of adventure than your furry travel buddy?! If you’re looking for a dog friendly trip you’ll never forget, make plans to see Sedona.

Best Time To Visit Sedona

At an elevation of 4,350 feet, Sedona isn’t nearly as high as neighboring Flagstaff (almost 7,000 feet). But it does get a bit of snow over the winter and gets fairly warm in the summer. If you’re planning to explore the outdoors – and we highly recommend you do! – the best months to visit are March, April, May, October and November.

Red Rock Ranger Station And Visitor Center

When you’re ready to hit the trails, make your first stop the Red Rock Ranger Station and Visitor Center (8375 State Route 179). It’s a great place to get current information on trail conditions, pick up maps, and buy a parking pass.

Red Rock Pass is required when leaving your vehicle unattended at 19 specific day-use sites in the Red Rock Ranger District around Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Passes can also be purchased from kiosks in some parking areas and cost $5 per day, $15 per week, or $20 for an annual pass.

If you and your pup will also be visiting any national parks or national forests during your trip, consider purchasing an America The Beautiful Interagency Pass instead. These are also available at the Red Rock Ranger Station and Visitor Center and provide access to the federal lands as well as Red Rock parking areas.

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German Shepherd Dog and Shar-pei on the pet friendly trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Dog Friendly Hikes in Sedona

There are a variety of parks and wilderness areas throughout greater Sedona, and maps are available online. You’ll find dog friendly hiking trails in the Coconino National Forest, Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness, Munds Mountain Wilderness and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.

No matter where you hike, your pets must be leashed and cleaned up after. Below are a few of our favorites dog friendly trails to help you plan your trip to red rock country!

Map of hiking trails in Sedona, AZ

Bell Rock Pathway

  • Distance: 7.2 miles, out and back
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Parking: Red Rock Pass

Bell Rock is one of the four main vortexes in Sedona, making this trail very popular. It’s also one of the most dog friendly hikes in Sedona. 

You’ll have fantastic views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, and other landmarks. And most of the pathway is wide with a hard surface, so it never feels too crowded. Climbing Bell Rock is also fun!

Leashed dog in a green harness on the dog friendly Bell Rock Pathway in Sedona, AZ

Courthouse Butte Loop

  • Distance: 4.25 miles, loop
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Parking: Red Rock Pass

The Bell Rock Pathway and Courthouse Butte Loop are accessed from the same parking lot. Most people head straight to Bell Rock, so for more solitude, opt for the loop around Courthouse Butte. Fewer people and epic views? Yes, please!

You’ll share portions of the trail with mountain bikers and horse riders, so keep common trail etiquette in mind: Hikers yield to equestrians, and bikers yield to hikers and equestrians.

Man and dog walking a pet friendly trail in Sedona, AZ with Courthouse Butte in the background

Rabbit Ears

  • Distance: 6.25 miles, out and back
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Parking: Red Rock Pass

Rabbit Ears is a relatively new trail that can be accessed via Big Park Loop from the Bell Rock Vista parking lot or from the Jacks Canyon parking lot – both require a Red Rock Pass.

This was our favorite dog friendly hike in Sedona – both for the views and for the lack of traffic. A gradual climb to the top of the ridge provides a spectacular view of Rabbit Ears and the valley below. And watch along the trail for fossilized coral – proof that the Sedona area was at one time at the bottom of the sea!

Sign for Rabbit Ears Trail in Sedona, Arizona
Brindle dog in a green harness on the dog friendly Rabbit Ears Trail in Sedona, AZ
Brindle dog in a green harness on the dog friendly Rabbit Ears Trail in Sedona, AZ
View of red rock formations from Rabbit Ears Trail in Sedona, AZ

Cathedral Rock

  • Distance: 1.2 miles, out and back
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Parking: Red Rock Pass

As one of the four main vortex locations and a place of epic beauty, this trail gets quite busy. The 1.2-mile (round trip) hike up Cathedral Rock is considered difficult, but there are easier options if you want to stick to the trails along the base.

Pack snacks for you and your dog the night before so you can hit the trail for a sunrise hike and enjoy breakfast with a view. An early start usually provides easier parking and less traffic on the trail. Plus, you’ll get the see the rocks glowing in the morning sunlight. 

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Two dogs on one of the pet friendly Sedona hiking trails

Chimney Rock

  • Distance: 1.7 miles, loop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Parking: Free

The Chimney Rock area has several trails that intertwine. Hike just one loop for a short and easy outing, or mix and match for a longer adventure.

We opted for Chimney Rock Pass, a 1.7-mile trail starting from the Thunder Mountain Trailhead. Even though you’re right on the edge of a residential neighborhood, it doesn’t feel like that for long. Follow the trail counter-clockwise so you’ll pass the nearby houses first and then enjoy red rock views for the rest of your hike.

A smiling white dog on one of the pet friendly Sedona hiking trails with a red rock formation in the background

Devil’s Bridge

  • Distance: 4.2 miles, out and back
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Parking: Red Rock Pass

This is a classic Sedona hike featuring a natural bridge. As one of the more popular dog friendly Sedona hikes, parking at any of the trailheads for Devil’s Bridge can be difficult. Get an early start, or head out mid-afternoon to avoid the crowds.

The trail begins by following an old road through a canyon lined with juniper and prickly pear, then climbs the red rock cliffs. When the trail begins to climb it splits – one side goes to the base of the natural bridge. The other side allows you to explore the top of the bridge.

If you follow the trail up, expect to find a line of people when you reach the top. Everyone is waiting to have a photo taken of them standing on the bridge! And standing in line gives you time to enjoy the views.

View of Devils Bridge in Sedona, AZ
Woman and dog walking on Devils Bridge in Sedona, AZ

Long Canyon

  • Distance: 7.2 miles, out and back
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Parking: Free

Long Canyon is a great hike if you’re looking for a sense of seclusion. And you don’t have to hike all the way to the end to experience the beauty!

From the moment your dog’s paws hit the trail, you’ll be immersed in the wilderness. Aside from catching a glimpse of a golf course about a half-mile in, it feels like you are miles away from civilization.

Tan pit bull on a dog friendly trail in Sedona, AZ

West Fork Trail

  • Distance: 6.9 miles, out and back
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Parking: $10/vehicle

If your dog loves water, he’ll definitely appreciate the West Fork Trail. This hike takes you up the west fork of Oak Creek into the Coconino National Forest. There are several creek crossings on this hike with rocks for hopping across, but I’d still recommend wearing shoes you don’t mind getting wet.

Head out early to beat to rush for parking and be sure to pack plenty of snacks or a picnic lunch. The trail is doable in 2-3 hours, but with so many options to hang out in the shade or water, you’ll want to take your time to enjoy nature.

Man and dog admiring views of red rock formations on a dog friendly trail in Sedona, AZ

More Dog Friendly Hikes in Sedona

Honestly, there are so many dog friendly hiking trails in Sedona, you could explore for a lifetime and not see them all! Here are some we’ve heard are great, but haven’t gotten to try ourselves:

  • Aerie – 5 miles, moderate
  • Brins Mesa – 3.6 miles, moderate
  • Broken Arrow – 2.8 miles, moderate
  • Jacks Canyon – 15 miles, difficult
  • Little Horse – 4.2 miles, easy
  • Schuerman Mountain – 3.6 miles, moderate
  • Turkey Creek – 5.9, moderate

If you find more trails you want to try, keep in mind that pets are not allowed in the following areas in and around Sedona:

  • On the grounds of the Red Rock District Heritage Sites (Palatki, Honanki, and V Bar V Ranch Rock Art site)
  • At Grasshopper Point
  • At Red Rock State Park
  • Near the water at Slide Rock State Park
  • During “schools” and other planned programs at Elden Pueblo
  • The Inner Basin is closed to horses above the snow shelter cabin at the upper junction of Waterline Road and Inner Basin Trail

Dog Friendly Hotels in Sedona

Brindle puppy sleeping on a brown sofa

After all that hiking, you’ll need a place to rest your paws! Here is a list of pet friendly hotels in the Sedona area, along with their typical nightly room rates:

Amara Resort & Spa ~ $169 – $659
The Andante Inn of Sedona ~ $99 – $275
The Arabella Sedona ~ $109 – $379
Arroyo Pinion Sedona Hotel ~ $139 – $279
Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas ~ $150 – $820
Cliff Castle Casino Hotel ~ $70 – $90
El Portal Sedona Hotel ~ $259 – $459
Element by Westin ~ $250 – $600
Enchantment Resort ~ $405 – $2,000
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock ~ $199 – $475
Holiday Inn Express Sedona-Oak Creek ~ $109 – $329
La Petite Sedona ~ $99 – $500
L’Auberge de Sedona ~ $349 – $999
Las Posadas of Sedona ~ $249 – $399
Lodge At Sedona ~ $149 – 349
Oak Creek Terrace Resort ~ $120 – $289
Orchards Inn ~ $149 – $499
Poco Diablo Resort ~ $149 – $389
Red Agave Resort ~ $149 – $249
Residence Inn by Marriott Sedona ~ $189 – $599
Sedona Reál Inn & Suites ~ $119 – $369
Village Lodge Sedona ~ $69 – $209
Sky Ranch Lodge ~ $154 – $354
Sky Rock Inn of Sedona ~ $129 – $379
Southwest Inn at Sedona ~ $99 – $299
The Wilde Resort and Spa ~ $299 – $699
Tiny Camp ~ $149 – $229


Where We Stayed

On our most recent trip to Sedona, we stayed at the Red Agave Resort and loved it! In addition to the accommodations being extremely comfortable, the view from our room was spectacular. And the $60 pet fee per stay was completely reasonable.

The Red Agave is great for dogs because the cabins don’t share walls, so you don’t hear your neighbors like in many hotels. And there are no hallways for people or dogs pass by. With no elevators, no ice machine, and no vending machines, the unfamiliar noises that can cause dogs to bark aren’t an issue. It was a wonderfully, peaceful place to stay with Myles.

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Outdoor seating area at the pet friendly Red Agave Resort in Sedona, AZ
Brindle dog looking out the window at the red rock formations at the pet friendly Red Agave Resort in Sedona, AZ

We were also able to walk to several popular trailheads – so there was no stress over parking. And even though we had a great kitchen, there were several restaurants within walking distance, so we had plenty of food options. We’re looking forward to visiting them again!

Kitchen at the Red Agave Resort in Sedona, AZ
Brindle dog laying on the floor in the living room at the Red Agave Resort in Sedona, AZ
Bedroom at the Red Agave Resort in Sedona, AZ

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Sedona

Brindle dog having lunch on the pet friendly patio at Shelby's Bistro in Tubac, AZ

After you catch your breath, it’s time to fuel up for the next adventure! You’ll find outdoor seating options at all of these dog friendly Sedona area restaurants:

  • 89Agave Cantina ($$) – 254 Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • Canyon Breeze Restaurant ($) – 300 Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • ChocolaTree Organic Eatery ($$) – 1595 Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • Creekside American Bistro ($$$) – 251 Hwy 179, Sedona
  • El Rincon Restaurant Mexicano ($$) – 336 Hwy 179, Sedona
  • Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen ($$) – 2675 W Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • Hideaway House ($$$) – 231 Hwy 179, Sedona
  • HP Café ($$) – 269 Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • Javelina Cantina ($$) – 671 Hwy 179, Sedona
  • Mesa Grill Sedona ($$$) – 1185 Airport Road, Sedona
  • Open Range Grill & Tavern ($$) – 320 Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • Pump House Station ($$) – 313 Hwy 179, Sedona
  • Rene At Tlaquepaque ($$$) – 336 Hwy 179, Sedona
  • Sedona Pizza Company ($$) – 320 Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • ShadowRock Tap + Table ($$) – 90 Ridge Trail Drive, Sedona
  • Sound Bites Grill ($) – 101 N Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • Steakhouse89 ($$$) – 2620 W Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • TC’s Bar & Grill ($$$) – 1752 Hwy 179, Sedona
  • The Angel Kitchen ($$) – 1600 Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • The Golden Goose American Grill ($$) – 2545 W Hwy 89A, Sedona
  • The Secret Garden Café at Tlaqueqaque ($$) – 336 Hwy 179, Sedona
  • The Vault Uptown ($$$) – 361 Forest Road, Sedona
  • Wildflower Bread Company ($) – 101 Hwy 89A, Sedona

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Sedona Pet Sitters, Boarding Facilities, Pet Supplies, And Veterinarians

Woman Hiking With a Dog in Saguaro National Park in Arizona

Sedona has a number of pet sitters, doggy daycare providers, boarding facilities, pet supply stores, and veterinarians. If you are planning activities that your pet can’t do, be sure to make reservations for his care well in advance – especially if you’ll be visiting during the prime season.

A&D Pet Services Pet Sitter (928) 316-0578
Applewood Kennels (928) 362-5454 – 24 E Cottonwood Street, Cottonwood
Bark N Purr Pet Care Center (928) 282-4108 – 30 Finley Drive, Sedona
BowWow Sedona Pet Supplies (928) 251-7969 – 313 Hwy 179, Suite A14, Sedona
Bell Rock Veterinary Clinic (928) 284-2840 – 45 Bell Rock Plaza, Sedona
Canine Country Club (928) 267-0679 – 1461 E Cherry Street, Cottonwood
Feathers and Fur Pet Supply (928) 592-8860 – 6446 Hwy 179, #219, Sedona
Golden Bone Pet Products (928) 567-5555 – 3080 W Hwy 89A, Sedona
Hillside Canine Resort and Spa (928) 362-5514 – 874 Industrial Drive, Camp Verde
Holistic Oasis Dog Boarding (928) 362-5390 – 1068 S Canal Circle, Camp Verde
Lisa’s Little Doggie Day Care (928) 399-8710
Oak Creek Small Animal Clinic (928) 282-1195 – 5 Pinon Drive, Sedona
Pet Sitter Extraordinaire (928) 362-5118 – 1130 S 8th Street, Cottonwood
PetSmart (928) 282-8572 – 2356 W Hwy 89A, Sedona
Sedona Animal Clinic (928) 282-4133 – 100 Posse Ground Road, Sedona
The Friendly Man Doggie Care (928) 399-0880 – 91 Spur Drive, Cottonwood
The Villiage Veterinary Hospital, Boarding and Doggy Day Care (928) 862-4086 – 6376 Hwy 179, Sedona


Day Trips From Sedona

In addition to the many dog friendly things you’ll find to do in Sedona, there are also some fantastic day trips you can take during your stay!

Grand Canyon National Park

Sedona is about 100 miles south of the Grand Canyon, one of the most pet friendly national parks in America. Leashed pets are welcome on both the 13-mile Rim Trail and the 13-mile Greenway Trail, which connects the town of Tusayan with the Grand Canyon.

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Man walking a German Shepherd Dog and Shar-pei on the pet friendly trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Become A BARK Ranger

Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument are both about a 30-minute dive from Sedona – and your dog can earn his BARK Ranger badge at both locations!

Take your pup to learn about the lives of the Southern Sinagua, who flourished in the Verde Valley hundreds of years ago. You’ll see the ruins of large pueblos built into cliff alcoves and on hilltops.

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Brindle dog in a green harness at dog friendly Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona
Brindle dog in a green harness "reading" a sign at dog friendly Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff is just 30 miles north of Sedona, but sits over 2,500 feet in elevation higher. Begin your visit at the Flagstaff Visitor, located in the Amtrak station on Route 66 in historic downtown. Well-behaved dogs are welcome inside, and the staff has the low-down on everything that will be happening during your stay.

Ask about local pet friendly businesses, and be sure to pick up free maps for the self-guided walking tours of downtown. Choose from the public art tour, the Route 66 tour, and the “Haunted Flagstaff” tour – or enjoy them all!

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Woman and dog admiring the Route 66 Street Art at the pet-friendly Flagstaff Visitor Center in Arizona

We hope this look at dog friendly Sedona will inspire you to plan a pet friendly trip of your own! If you’ve been to Sedona and enjoyed something that we missed, please let us know about it in the comments.

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  • This article was SOOO helpful! I live in California and am looking for a great spot to go with my dog that has some dog friendly trails. It’s so hard to find places to take dogs in California, at least in national parks. I’ve been wanting to check out Sedona and now I know it’s a great place I can bring my pup Maggie. I’ll definitely be checking out the trails you listed. Thank you!

    • YAY!! We had such a wonderful time in Sedona, Beverly. I hope you and Maggie enjoy it as much as we did.