BE LEGAL, NOT LOST
First thing on our agenda was to swing by the Sedona
Visitor Center, which is nestled within the artisan shops
of Sedona, for some maps and brochures. This is highly
advised, as the network of well-maintained trails that surround
Sedona are very specific to what your activity needs are. Trail
maps are very clear as to what each trail is designed and
specified for. Hiking-only trails are highly enforced.
While we wanted to experience what many consider one
the most beautiful places on earth, we also wanted to be considerate and respect where this new style of bike is allowed.
E-bikes are permitted on the same trails that jeeps may use.
This isn’t a bad thing, because there are hundreds of miles to
choose from within the Coconino Forest.
If you plan on doing any outdoor activity in Sedona, you
must first purchase (and display) a Red Rock Pass. They’re
available at the Visitor Center and throughout the downtown area at most stores and shops. The day pass costs
$5, the weekly pass is $15 and an annual pass is $20. They
can also be purchased at most trailheads.
On our first day of riding, we took one of the most
scenic 45-minute drives in all of Arizona up Oak Creek
Canyon to the historic town of Flagstaff. It’s two lanes and
a bit twisty, but also a camper’s paradise with many camp
grounds to choose from. Once we arrived in Flagstaff,
we stopped by Cosmic Cycles to get a feel for the area.