Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway is a well-used trail winding through the large red rock formations that make Sedona famous. I walked around some of the more notable formations – Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock – using the connecting Big Park Loop and Courthouse Butte Loop Trails as well as the Llama Trail for a total of about 6 miles. I’ve seen a good amount of red sandstone before, most notable in my travels in Utah in Fall 2013, but I still get pretty giddy about it. Plus, it’s fun to climb on.

The morning I went was cloudy though about midday the weather cleared a bit; thus, my later pictures are better than the early-morning ones. Still, the saturated colors didn’t quite come through in the photos.

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Walking around Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Walking around Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

4-pack Pincushion Cactus, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

4-pack Pincushion Cactus, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Climbing on Little Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Climbing on Little Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte seen from top of Little Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte seen from top of Little Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Rock in the distance from Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Rock in the distance from Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Erosion on closeup of Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

Erosion on closeup of Bell Rock, Bell Rock Pathway, Sedona, Arizona

The previous day I had wandered north a bit in the evening through Sedona to Oak Creek Canyon, a deep cut gorge that betrays the elevation gain from the red rock of Sedona through the prevalence of pines. This area was beautiful and a place I can’t wait to return to and explore further.

Late afternoon sun at Midgely Bridge, Oak Creek Canyon, Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Late afternoon sun at Midgely Bridge, Oak Creek Canyon, Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Oak Creek Canyon, Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Oak Creek Canyon, Coconino National Forest, Arizona