If we had to create a list with reasons of why we love the Grand Canyon state, the endless outdoor activities would have to be at the top. With ideal warm weather throughout most of the year, it's hard to find an excuse to stay in. If you want to get some of the infamous red rock views the state is known for, you should check out hikes in Sedona, Arizona.\nThe Cathedral Rock Trail might only be about 1.4-miles roundtrip, but it's a challenging one.\nIt's open year-round and although the weather is cooler in the winter, you might still break a sweat. Before you get started on your trek, you'll need to purchase a $5 Red Rock Pass for parking.\nYou can buy one online, at visitor desks, entry booths, or vending machines. They're good for one day, so if you want to hit up multiple trails that require a pass, you can.\nAlthough the trip is short and unshaded, you'll have to climb up rocks on the steep ascent. It's possible that some of them may be wet or slippery, so plan your hike accordingly.\nIf your friends aren't available to hike this trail with you, no worries! You can bring your leashed furry friend along, however, there is a 600-foot elevation gain.\nView this post on Instagram ɪᴛ's ᴛʀᴀᴠᴇʟ ᴛᴜᴇsᴅᴀʏ--ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɢᴇᴍs ᴀʀᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀɪɴɢ ᴛᴏᴅᴀʏ? A post shared by xɪᴀ ʏᴀɴɢ (@xicalicious) on Dec 10, 2019 at 10:44am PST\nThe upwards scramble will be well worth the views. From the top, you'll get to see some of the best scenery and never-ending red rock views.\nSome of the best times to visit are in the morning or right before sunset. Parking at the trailhead is limited, so if you want to snag a spot the earlier the better, and preferably over a weekday.\nView this post on Instagram This sunrise was special, made some new friends and watched the sunrise over the horizon with the wife and kids! Shot along side w/ @ben3yuh @kellienicole @whereisweatherby @harrietrosecornick A post shared by Neil Bennette (@neilbennett3) on Dec 3, 2019 at 11:14am PST\nBefore you head back down to your car, we suggest visiting the "secret pillar." According to an explorer, "Once at the top of this best Sedona hike, swing a left and follow a rocky hill to a hidden pillar."\nThe rock formation makes for a great backdrop for photos. Whether you're an avid traveler or Arizona native, this is one of the best Sedona hikes.\nView this post on Instagram Sedona did not disappoint, slightly obsessed with this place 💛 A post shared by Jamie Feller (@jamie_feller_) on Dec 12, 2019 at 9:14pm PST\nCathedral Rock Trail\nDifficulty: Difficulty\nLength: Approx. 1.4-miles roundtrip\nAddress: Sedona, Arizona\nWhy You Need To Go: You'll get to break a sweat + see amazing red rocks.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.