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Eagle's Nest Trail - RRSP, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,886 feet
Elevation Gain 260 feet
Accumulated Gain 282 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.34
Interest Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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1  2016-01-18 syoung
3  2015-09-29 cactuscat
11  2013-06-30
Red Rock State Park
3  2013-03-23 Sun_Ray
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Feb
Sun  6:14am - 6:26pm
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Approximate Hiking Trail Distances

(Round trip from Visitor Center)

Smoke Trail 0.4 mi
Kisva Trail 1.7 mi
Eagle's Nest Trail 1.9 mi
Apache Fire Trail 1.7 mi
Javelina Trail 1.8 mi
Yavapai Ridge Trail 1.5 mi

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Eagle's Nest Trail - RRSP
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Some nice hikes here, short and safe. Make sure you take their map, without it the trail signage is near useless...and without the trail signage the map is useless, but that is the worst I can say about this place. The Visitor center is excellent and staffed with very freindly folk. The trails are well placed and really showcase high desert life and the difference riparian zones make. I am sure... I know that there are better trails in Sedona but this one kept my interest. If you're looking to dip your toes into Sedona hikes this wouldn't be a bad place to start.
We made a bee-line for the Eagle's Nest Trail since that was where most of the elevation gain was and we could already feel the air warming up. Having come to this hike for some fall colors we found some in an unusual, to me, place. The ocotillo! I always thought the leaves were either green, a dead green, or nonexistant but here there were in orange and yellow.
Somewhere along the way I picked up a hitch-hiker. A tiny spider spent most of the Eagle's Nest bobbing up and down from the brim of my hat, right in front of my eyes. The Eagle's Nest has it's best views from the "Eagle's Nest Overlook". From here, there are signs that highlight Sedona's iconic Catherdral Rock, Seven Warriors and other natural wonders that make up the surrounding vista.
Somewhere along the shady Kisva trail he/she jumped ship. I can't say that I blamed my tiny friend, the section where Eagle's Nest ends and Kisva begins was lush and wonderful. "Kisva" the sign read, is Hopi for shady water. The shadows here keep the air cool and they're dark enough to keep the crickets making the music usually reserved only for the night, as such if I closed my eyes I could almost see the stars.
I brought my Garmin with me and had hoped to map the map's stated 5 miles of trails but we lost some ambition to our anticipation for our next adventure, Page Springs Winery, if I closed my eyes I almost smell the brushcetta.
The Kingfisher Bridge with-in the park is the place to eat a tasty little lunch. The bridge itself has a bold, sturdy personality that one would want in a structure that spans fifty feet high above the waters below.
I will post a GPS track shortly, and hopefully return soon for the rest.
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Red Rock State Park
This was an unplanned hike, even though I was in Sedona. It was cloudy and sprinkling here in Flagstaff, so I decided to head to Sedona for a Sunday afternoon hike. Initially I was going to hike a more difficult trail, but like any summer weekend there was no parking to be found. So...I headed off to RRSP to have a more leisurely hike to take in the views. It is not a difficult hike at all and the trails are all easy to find, but frankly the signage along the trails are not the most helpful. Regardless, you can't get lost and it is Sedona so there is no such thing as a bad hike even though it was cloudy there as well. I did encounter a couple of very friendly/brave deer along the way that didn't seem overly concerned that I was less than 20 feet from them.
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One of trails in Red Rock State Park, Sedona. Had a few hours in the AM before we drove home so checked out this park we had not visited in a long time. $10 to available to view and a small visitors center. No dogs allowed in the park. This was longest of the several short hikes in the area. With friends Rich and Sue.

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2018 Day Use Fees range from $2–$30

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Red Rock State Park Trailhead
From 1-17 & US260 take US260 12.4mi NW to Arizona 89A N.

Follow 89A north 13.1 mi.

Turn right onto Red Rock Loop Rd and follow signs into park.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 124 mi, 2 hours 2 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 229 mi, 3 hours 32 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 37.5 mi, 59 mins
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