Soldier Pass Arches Trail

NOTE: The following summary information is to help with hike selection and is not intended to be used for hiking the trail. For your safety and enjoyment, please obtain a copy of Sedona Hiking Guide which is available here.

Summary:  A hike to view some red rock arches

Challenge Level:  Moderate

Hiking Distance:  About 1 1/2 miles each way, 3 miles round trip

Trailhead Location:  The parking area is located on Rim Shadows. The gate to the parking area is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you get back to your car after 6:00 pm, you won't be able to leave the parking area.

Description:  Follow the Soldier Pass Trail and pass through Devil's Kitchen and the 7 Sacred Pools. About 1.3 miles from the trailhead is a side trail that goes up to the Soldier Pass Arches. You'll be able to get to two of the three arches with some effort. The third arch requires walking along the cliff face on a narrow trail that to us wasn't worth the effort.

Here's a link to a video of the hike (


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For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.  


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March 31, 2021
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