Cow Pies is a system trail in the Coconino National Forest. It has its own designated parking area, is well marked with signs, and easy to follow. This is a half-mile hike through through the shade of pinion and cypress tree onto some massive red-rock platforms that resemble, well, cow pies (shown below). Painted white dots guide hikers across open slickrock, but you are free to wander up here. The parking area, the road, and the town of Sedona are always within sight, so getting lost isn't really a problem.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
From the junction of Hwy 89A and 179 (the double roundabout), take Hwy 179 south, cross the bridge over Oak Creek, and exit left onto Schnebly Hill Rd at the next roundabout. Take the paved portion of Schnebly Hill Rd approximately .5 miles to the paved parking area on the left just before the road turns to dirt.
A Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass is required. If you have a high clearance 4x4, you can park free of charge 2.6 miles higher up, on the right side of Schnebly Hill (see map below).
2.2 miles out and back
1 hour round trip
Any. Hike early or late in the day to avoid summer heat.
Yes. Must be leashed at all times. Please pick up after your pet and pack it out.