Often times it’s easier said than done, but this easy hike in Arizona will leave you in awe. Surrounded by red rock and desert, The Seven Sacred Pools in Sedona is a one-of-a-kind sight to be seen.
Located in Sedona, Arizona, these sacred pools can be reached via Soldiers Pass Trail No. 66.Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Soldiers Pass Trail is about a 2.5-mile hike round trip that features many natural wonders. These wonders include Devil’s Kitchen sinkhole (one of Sedona’s largest natural sinkholes), the “Seven Sacred Pools,” cliffs and natural rock formations.
If you’re not up for walking, this trail includes horseback riding, jeep tours and biking. It’s worth mentioning that biking is only allowed for the first 1.3 miles because bikes are not allowed in the wilderness areas.
Narcity has reached out to park officials, and they’ve confirmed that travelers and hikers are prohibited from camping on these trails. Curious about the name? According to the Sedona Heritage Museum the Seven Sacred Pools were given the name by local jeep tour guides.
If your partner in crime is unavailable, don’t worry; furry friends are welcome as long as they remain on a leash. Also, don’t forget those doggie shoes, as the ground in Arizona can be very hot. Like other desert areas, these natural pools aren’t always filled with water. Avoid the pools around May and June as those are some of the hottest times of the year and they may actually be empty.
It’s best to go during the rainy seasons like July and August. Even when the pools are filled with water it’s not advised to play in them, as they are the home to many small creatures such as tadpoles.
With no shade, it’s probably a good idea to wear lots of sunscreen and a big ol’ hat, as temperatures here can reach over 100 degrees! The trailhead is very small so be sure to get there first thing in the morning. Parking is free, but it can be hard to find so plan accordingly.
Soldiers Pass Trail No. 66
Location: Wilson Mountain, Sedona, Az
Why you should go: The natural pools on this trail won’t disappoint. Along the way you can expect to see wildflowers, birds, and even tadpoles! If all your friends are busy, don’t fret because you can bring your furry friend along too!