Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
296.00 ft (90.22 m)
Trail type
1.90 mi (3.06 km)
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The Birthing Cave is one of Sedona’s “secret caves.” Don’t expect to have it all to yourself however, as this secret has definitely been out for a while. From the cave you’ll have great views and a chance for a unique photo (be sure to bring a wide angle lens).

Begin by finding parking along the Long Canyon Road and follow the Long Canyon Trail as it begins to head toward the canyon. The trail is wide, well traveled and mostly flat.

In 0.6 miles you’ll reach the unmarked junction to the Birthing Cave. Veer off the Long Canyon Trail and take the user trail to the left. There may be logs placed across the user trail to deter hikers, but it is open to the public so ignore these and follow the path as it heads toward the hillside.

As you near the cave you’ll likely be able to spot the depression in the hillside. The last stretch of trail gains some elevation as it leads up to the mouth of the cave.

Birthing Cave is a rather shallow cave. From inside you’ll have a fantastic view across the valley and of some prominent peaks in the near distance. Climbing to the back of the cave (the walls slope steeply, use caution) will provide for the best photo opportunity. The wider the lens you have the better!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Red Rock Pass

Open Year-round



Scenic cave with great view. Popular photography spot.



Trailhead Elevation

4,518.00 ft (1,377.09 m)

Highest point

4,806.00 ft (1,464.87 m)


Family friendly
Geologically significant
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping

Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest
Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest


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