Birthing Cave

Location: Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ

Distance: 1 mile

Type: Out-and-Back

Rating: Easy

Dog Friendly?: Yes, on a leash

Permits & Fees: Many hikes in Sedona require a Red Rock’s Pass. These passes can be purchased via this website or by using a credit card at various trailheads. It’s $5 for a day pass, $15 for a 7-day pass, or $20 for a year pass.

Driving Directions to Trailhead: Parking is very limited. There is a small lot that fits about 6 cars. Parking is also available along the road a few hundred yards away from the trailhead. Click HERE for directions.

NOTE: Many of the trails require that you take the shuttle, including Cathedral Rock and Soldier Pass Trails. Information on the Sedona Shuttle can be found here.

During the summer, the shuttle runs Thursday – Sunday from 7AM – 5:30PM.

Preparation: Water and sunscreen!

The Hike:

AllTrails Map – CLICK HERE

After parking in the lot or along the road, locate the trailhead sign that reads “Long Canyon Tr”:

Take the trail until a fork is reached. There will be a fence and a sign with an arrow to the right. Do not take this trail. Instead locate the trail to the left; this will lead you directly to the Birthing Cave:

Continue on the trail a short while until the cave comes into view:

From here it’s a quick climb up to the cave. Take your time in the cave and enjoy the views! Take the same trail back to the trailhead: