The Jordan and Cibola Pass Trail Loop is a vivid and colorful hike. Photo by Cheryl Hartz
The name of Sedona's North Urban Trail System might give hikers the wrong impression. This is no stroll on a city sidewalk. An interconnected series of nine trails divided into East and West divisions can take you for miles up and down mountainsides through pines and cactus in the Coconino National Forest. At the highest points, you'll get a great view of Sedona.
The Jordan Trail, in the East section, undulates over a succession of moderate elevations and depressions that will elevate the heart rate without depressing the hiker. Through scenic red rock country, Jordan connects in a loop with the Cibola Pass Trail (take the right path at the "Y") for a 2-mile hike along a red dirt path with a net elevation gain of about 200 feet. A portion of the Cibola Pass Trail enters the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, so bicycles are prohibited there.
Directions: From the junction of State Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 89A north 0.3 miles to Jordan Road and turn left. Follow Jordan to the T-intersection at Park Ridge Drive and turn left onto an unpaved road. About a quarter-mile on the left is a parking area and the Jordan trailhead, or a little farther on is a paved parking lot. The Cibola Pass trailhead lies in between the two parking areas. For more information, call Red Rock Ranger District, 928-282-4119.
Hints: You'll need to buy a Red Rock Pass to park. Take plenty of water.