Little Horse Trail begins as part of the Bell Rock Pathway. Follow this wide trail southward for 0.25 mile. Here, at a signed fork, take the old jeep road branching to the left and marked with basket cairns. The road drops to cross a dry streambed, climbs a bit and ends at the 0.75 mile point. The trail continues to the left and climbs moderately, topping out on a large, flat expanse. Turn to the right here.
The level trail leads into a stand of Arizona cypress and intersects Chapel Trail on the left coming from the Chapel of the Holy Cross as it nears the “Madonna and the Nuns” spire rock formation. Beautiful views. At 1.4 miles, it passes through a gate.
Length: Little Horse Trail 3 miles (round trip)
Season: All year
Hiking time: 2.5 hours (round trip)
Cumulative Elevation: 350 ft.
USGS Maps: Sedona
Location: 32 miles south of Flagstaff (2 miles south of Sedona) on paved roads.
Notes: A Red Rock pass is required to park. This trail is heavily used by mountain bikes.
Views on the Chapel and Little Horse Trails
Directions and Access:
From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church.