Sedona is one of the most famous mountain bike destinations on earth. This sacred and powerful place is home to an extensive trail system with unparalleled options for mountain biking. Sedona’s unique location between the Colorado Plateau and Upper Sonoran Desert yields astounding red rock vistas above desert scenery. Sedona is a perfect biking destination for the off-season months when the rest of the country’s trails are covered in snow.
Sedona Bike Rental
- Sedona Mountain Bike Rentals can sell out during peak seasons March-April, and September-October, especially on the weekends. So rent your bike in advance to make sure that you get the exact bike that you want.
- There are two main areas to rent a bike from and ride directly to the trails, they both offer beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain biking trails. Rent the bike from the shop closest to the trails that you want to ride and you can bike right out of the shop without having to transport the bikes on the car.
- For Sedona bike rentals that may need transportation, a 2″ receiver hitch vehicle or a truck will allow you to rent a bike rack from the shops and easily transport your bikes. If you have the option of the type of vehicle that you’re bringing or renting, we recommend a truck or something with a 2″ receiver hitch.
- Prevent unnecessary damage to the Sedona bike rentals by making sure that you transport them properly, most of the damages seen on rental bikes happens from improper transportation.
- Ask the bike shop what is covered and not covered in the Sedona bike rental damage protection plan. It’s good to know what you’ll be responsible for, in case damages do happen.
- Plan your mountain bike rides for earlier in the day and give yourself plenty of time to explore the trails and not feel rushed. If the shop allows you to, pick up the Sedona rental bike on the evening before the start of the rental date.
- Rent an electric bike in Sedona and explore the entire city and the different hiking trails by taking your e-bike around. You’ll skip the traffic and easily find places to park your e-bike at the crowded trailheads.
Best Bike Trails in Sedona
- The West Sedona Tour is a 13.1-mile singletrack loop with lots of turns, some climbing and descending, and the opportunity to link together 8 classic West Sedona trails. It can also be added to other trails like the Chuckwagon-Mescal-Long Canyon Loop (see #2) for a longer ride. These trails are some of the best riding in West Sedona, featuring the red rock terrain that Sedona is famous for.
- Rating: 4.7 (130)
- Ascent: 921’ Descent: -934’ High: 4,721’ Low: 4,482’
- The Chuckwagon-Mescal-Long Canyon trail is a 9.1-mile singletrack loop with not too much elevation or climbing. Riders who are in Sedona for their first time will find this trail a good introduction to Sedona without the strenuous climbs of other trails in the area. This figure eight loop has smooth singletrack and is moderately challenging, with gorgeous red rock scenery.
- Rating: 4.5 (61)
- Ascent: 805’ Descent: -791’ High: 4,710’ Low: 4,366’
- Twin Buttes Loop is an 8.5-mile singletrack loop that is rated intermediate/advanced. It links some of Sedona’s best trails into a loop featuring mind-blowing scenery. These trails feature slickrock riding, flowing singletrack and occasional technical sections. Be prepared to hike a bike at time, like for the rock steps on Broken Arrow trail. The views on this trail make it all worth it.
- Rating: 4.5 (40)
- Ascent: 751’ Descent: -749’ High: 4,613’ Low: 4,225’
- Cathedral Big Rock Loop is a 12.4-mile out and back ride with some climbing and descents, and several technical rock sections. The trail crosses the popular Cathedral Rock hiking trail (hikers only) so be courteous to hikers. This ride features all the best of this popular area, and intermediate/advanced riders will love the trail’s flow and incredible scenery.
- Rating: 4.4 (62)
- Ascent: 1,054’ Descent: -1,054’ High: 4,458’ Low: 3,963’
- Aerie Loop is a 5.4-mile singletrack loop that is a short, quick ride around Doe Mountain, and is good for beginners or riders with limited time. It features a few of the trails in the Dry Creek area with nice flow, slickrock riding, and a few technical sections. The views of the Sedona red rock and Sedona desert are outstanding.
- Rating: 4.3 (26)
- Ascent: 541’ Descent: -541’ High: 4,730’ Low: 4,510’
- Courthouse Vista Loop a 6.2-mile singletrack loop around some of the most incredible scenery in Sedona. It is a great intermediate trail with not too much elevation but lots of fast flowing singletrack and some fun technical sections that intermediate riders will love.
- Rating: 4.3 (16)
- Ascent: 386’ Descent: -387’ High: 4,446’ Low: 4,163
GETTING TO SEDONA
Phoenix is a great gateway to Sedona, an easy 2-hour drive from the town. Flying into Phoenix and driving to Sedona is the most popular way to access the area, due to the large international airport and easy access to rental cars. Las Vegas is another option with a large airport, only about 4.5 hours to drive to Sedona. You can even visit the quaint mountain town of Flagstaff on the way! Many people choose to combine their trip to Sedona with a visit to Flagstaff or the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, which is only about 2 hours away.
Sedona Bike Rental Shops
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