Little Horse is a system trail in the Coconino National Forest. Designated at Trail #61, Little Horse is well marked with signs and easy to follow. It takes hikers to a dramatic view at Chicken Point.
Little Horse starts out as the Bell Rock Pathway. Follow this wide trail southward for 0.25 miles (shown below). Here, at a signed fork, take the old jeep road branching to the left and marked with basket cairns. The road drops to cross a dry streambed, climbs a bit and ends at the 0.75 mile point.
The trail continues to the left and climbs moderately, topping out on a large, flat expanse. Turn to the right here. The level trail leads into a stand of Arizona cypress and intersects Chapel Trail on the left coming from the Chapel of the Holy Cross as it nears the "Madonna and the Nuns" spire rock formation.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
The Little Horse Trailhead is located just off Hwy 179, approximately 4 miles south of Uptown Sedona. There is a sign on the highway for this parking area. A Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass is required to park here. Simply follow the Bell Rock Pathway to the sign marking a left turn on Little Horse.
3.5 miles roundtrip
450 ft roundtrip
2 hours round trip
Sept - May. Hike early in the morning to avoid the summer heat.
Yes. Must be leashed. Please pickup after your pet and pack it out. This is a popular mountain biking trail, so expect to meet bikers along the way.