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.