Philosophy Hikes

“If you think you have experienced Sedona, you haven’t even touched the surface. Go deeper with SPEX.”
Margot Carlson Delogne, Boston MA  

"We can recommend it highly to anyone interested in a meaningful involvement with ideas, Nature, and -- most gratifyingly -- both."
Ken Bork, Geologist

“I liked going on a hike that I had never been on before. Truly the best part though was the conversation and getting to know the people I was with a bit better. I appreciated hearing perspectives different than my own which led me to think differently.”
Carissa Authier, Psychologist

You two did an excellent job of setting the physical pace AND leading the conversations.  The fact that we had the opportunity to involve ourselves -- in multi-logue with others -- in the wide range of topics was rewarding.
Ken Bork, Geologist

"the group dynamics were such that we could consider science, politics, the meaning and merits of parks, and the rich variety of human intersections with nature.  It was a memorable morning.” 
Ken Bork, Geologist

"Using Red Rock State Park as a hiking venue was a wonderful concept, as it offered an ideal setting for interaction with spectacular scenery, a bit of physical exercise, and genuinely insightful discussion."
Ken Bork, Geologist

 

SPEX hikes at Red Rock State Park.

One of Sedona's coolest and quietest places to enjoy Oak Creek.

SPEX Group Hikes

2 1/2 hours

$110 per hiker

Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m

At Red Rock State Park

Hikes are limited to six people, so participants are encouraged to make a reservation

Call or text 928-274-8737, or email andrea@sedonaphilosophy.com

Reserve Your Spot On A Saturday Group Hike:

SPEX Private Hikes

2 1/2 hours

$135 per hiker, two person minimum

$100 for each additional person beyond two

At Red Rock State Park

 

Call or text 928-274-8737, or email andrea@sedonaphilosophy.com

Request a Private Hike:

SPEX Private Hikes

Half day, 4 to 4 1/2 hours

$199 per hiker, two person minimum

$135 for each additional person beyond two

At Red Rock State Park

 

Call or text 928-274-8737, or email andrea@sedonaphilosophy.com

Request a Half Day Private Hike:

As hikers explore the natural beauty of Red Rock State Park and the cool trails along Oak Creek, their guide introduces topics, ideas and questions that naturally help the distractions and stresses of everyday life drift away. Hikers are encouraged to participate in active discussions and contemplation in a way we often don’t make time for in our day-to-day activities. This transformative program encourages each individual to examine their own internal life, resulting in an experience that stays with everyone in a unique way long after they’ve finished the hike.

 

There are a variety of trails and routes that can be followed on these hikes depending on hikers' experiences and abilities, including paved accessible paths.

Route Options

Eagle's Nest Trail and Kisva Trail loop

This trail climbs up out of the cool riparian habitat to the Eagle's Nest overlook--the highest point inside Red Rock State Park with a 300 foot elevation gain.

Apache Fire Trail

This trail affords a close look at the historic House of Apache Fires, built by Jack and Helen Frye in the 1940s.

Coyote Ridge Trail

This trail offers numerous glimpses of Cathedral Rock as well as protected U.S. Forest Service land.

Javelina Trail

This is one of the most secluded corners of the park and affords intimate views of Cathedral Rock.

Kisva Trail and Smoke Trail loop

The coolest place in Sedona! On hot days in the middle of the summer we will stick to this trail, staying close to Oak Creek and enjoying the cool breezes that come off the water. This is one of the most intimate places to encounter Oak Creek far away from the crowds.

Mesquite Loop Trail and Bunkhouse Trail

These are the two paved trails in Red Rock State Park each with many informational kiosks to acquaint visitors to the sights and sounds of the park. These are also closest to the amazing Miller Visitor Center where ADA restrooms, cold water, and a gift shop can be found.

Sample Itinerary

8:30 AM Meet at Twin Cypress Ramada at Red Rock State Park

  • The park opens at 8:00 AM.
  • There is a restroom near Twin Cypress Ramada that guests can use before starting the hike.

Introduction

  • What is philosophy?
  • What does it mean to philosophize or do philosophy?
  • Why is going into nature a good way to start doing philosophy?

Follow the Rattlesnake trail to the Smoke trail

Cross Black Hawk Bridge

  • Talk about water and the riparian habitat of Red Rock State Park.

Walk uphill on the Eagles Nest trail

  • We will stop at Armijo Ditch, an irrigation ditch that brings water from the creek into irrigation fields. We will discuss the human imprint throughout the hike, and discuss ways that can be considered good or bad.
  • Along the way we will notice homes that are built and are currently being built near the boundaries of the park. We will discuss the concept of home and how this is related to the study of ecology.

Eagle’s Nest Overlook

  • We will stop at one of the most expansive viewpoints available at Red Rock State Park. Here we will see Sedona’s most iconic features.
  • What are some of the designations of managed spaces, such as Federal Lands, National Monuments, and National Parks?

Red Hawk Overlook

  • From here we begin to descend back down toward the creek.
  • What is wild and what is wilderness?

Coyote Ridge Overlook

  • What is a land ethic, or an environmental ethic?
  • What does it mean to “think like a mountain” (Leopold)?

Wildlife Viewing Area

  • Here we will be sitting on benches in a shaded area.
  • Where does morality come from? Only from people? From the Divine? What about from nature?
  • Can we be moral if we are disconnected from nature?

Kisva wildlife viewing platform – Facing Eagle’s Nest

  • The human gaze—having been up we appreciate the view from below, and recognize the significance of our actions.

Kisva trail

  • We will follow this trail alongside the creek back to Black Hawk bridge, then return to the Smoke trail and the Twin Cypress Ramada.

Sample topics

Environmental Topics

Why is hiking so helpful for thinking and talking?

What is a land ethic?

What is the difference between wilderness and wildness?

What are the land protection agencies and policies?

What is the evidence of climate change impact?

Why are dark skies important?

How do we relate to our home in nature?

Do we belong in nature?

How do we perceive time, and how do we perceive geological time?

What does separation from nature do to us?

How does immersion in nature affect us?

What does Taoism teach about the way of nature?

What does Buddhism teach about change?

How are attention and perception different in nature?

Can morality be found in nature?

How does life survive in the desert?

Environmental Philosophers

Edward Abbey

Wendell Berry

Buddha

St. Francis of Assisi

Aldo Leopold

Henry David Thoreau

John Muir

Lao Tzu

Terry Tempest Williams

 

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Call 928-274-8737

Red Rock State Park location.
See Red Rock State Park's trail map.

 

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