By Richard Fox
Sedona, Arizona is like a city within the Grand Canyon. Surrounded by amazing red rock formations that are mostly on forest service land, it has become a mountain bikers’ mecca with new trails opening up frequently. However, most of those are for more advanced ability levels. What is available to the more casual rider? Thanks to the reconstructed main N/S highway (179) and an existing spectacular novice level mountain bike trail, cyclists have the choice of traversing all of Sedona by riding in bike lanes along the highways , or, as we always choose, by staying completely off the roads, while visiting some of the city’s highlights that draw tourists by the millions annually. And there are of course plenty of places to complete your Bike ‘n Brunch! We recommend a hybrid or mountain bike for the most versatility. Be warned there are some hills involved and an altitude of about 4,200-4,500 feet, so it’s not as easy as some of the other rides that we have described, but it is very doable and rewarding with constant scenic vistas, so just take it easy; stop and take photos!