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    One vacation plan fell through, so I'm scrambling for an alternative. I'd like to go nude hiking in a Southwest area. I've narrowed it down to Santa Fe, NM, & Sedona, AZ. Which has plenty of space to hike, without running into other hikers? Which might have nude group hikes? Or do you know any places better than these two?

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    You are not going to be alone anywhere in Sedona. Even in the summer when it's hot AF there will be people out in the early morning and evenings

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    • #3
      Correct that you will not be alone in Sedona, but you very definitely can find places to go nude. Get away from the most popular trails (usually means more difficult hikes) and away from the Pink Jeep tour routes. Go midweek and early, if you can. Beautiful hiking. I recommend it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Noodfellaz View Post
        You are not going to be alone anywhere in Sedona. Even in the summer when it's hot AF there will be people out in the early morning and evenings
        But what about the hours between morning and evening? I don't mind the heat when nude, because I want that all-over tan. I've grown a pasty white during quarantine. Do you know any spaces, where few or no one goes?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by seanotanline View Post
          Correct that you will not be alone in Sedona, but you very definitely can find places to go nude. Get away from the most popular trails (usually means more difficult hikes) and away from the Pink Jeep tour routes. Go midweek and early, if you can. Beautiful hiking. I recommend it.
          Thanks. I don't mind hiking the extra miles. Where can I find these trails or spaces?

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          • #6
            Mid day can be well over 100 Alltrails.com will tell you what's popular and avoid those trails Check out the Camp Verde area and Flagstaff as well when you look Less popular and not terribly far from Sedona

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Noodfellaz View Post
              Mid day can be well over 100 Alltrails.com will tell you what's popular and avoid those trails Check out the Camp Verde area and Flagstaff as well when you look Less popular and not terribly far from Sedona
              Yes, Flagstaff. This is the Kachina Peaks trail. Very nice hike through Aspen and pine forest. Parked at Arizona Snowbowl and hiked out and back. Saw a few deer, but no people. It was a mid-week day in May a couple years ago.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Will Sidh View Post

                Thanks. I don't mind hiking the extra miles. Where can I find these trails or spaces?
                I have had good luck with several. It kind of depends on the day in terms of how many people are out and your comfort level with possibly being "caught." I can't say I've ever hiked a full trail around Sedona nude, but there are definitely sections where it is possible to strip off for a while. Munds trail to Cowpies to Wagon wheel loop is an option. This one might sound crazy, but if you park at the very popular Bell Rock trailhead and start out on that trail and then take a right (about 1/4 mile in) on the Courthouse Rock trail you will very likely soon lose the crowds. Back side of Courthouse Rock trail. Then about half way through the loop, you will see some trails branching off. Following those on an out and back or piecing together a loop it is possible to be very alone. Nice thing about Arizona is the relative lack of vegetation allows you to see ahead and behind a considerable distance in many places and gives you plenty of time to throw on a pair of shorts when necessary. The Bell Trail (not to be confused with Bell Rock trail) departs from the Wet Beaver Creek trailhead. This is a pretty popular trail and the creek is a bit of a rarity in Arizona in that it flows perennially. But about 2 miles in you will see a (signed) trail called the Apache Maid Trail. It is lightly used, perhaps because it is a good climb up to the Mogollon Rim. But well worth it if you want a chance at hiking nude. Photo is me after gaining the summit of the Apache Maid Trail on a midweek hike in November '20. From here, you can explore abandoned trails for miles and be unlikely to have company. Most people who start out on the Bell Trail are headed to a swimming/diving hole up the creek another couple miles past Apache Maid. So taking the uphill Apache Maid is your ticket away from the crowds.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by seanotanline View Post

                  I have had good luck with several. It kind of depends on the day in terms of how many people are out and your comfort level with possibly being "caught." I can't say I've ever hiked a full trail around Sedona nude, but there are definitely sections where it is possible to strip off for a while. Munds trail to Cowpies to Wagon wheel loop is an option. This one might sound crazy, but if you park at the very popular Bell Rock trailhead and start out on that trail and then take a right (about 1/4 mile in) on the Courthouse Rock trail you will very likely soon lose the crowds. Back side of Courthouse Rock trail. Then about half way through the loop, you will see some trails branching off. Following those on an out and back or piecing together a loop it is possible to be very alone. Nice thing about Arizona is the relative lack of vegetation allows you to see ahead and behind a considerable distance in many places and gives you plenty of time to throw on a pair of shorts when necessary. The Bell Trail (not to be confused with Bell Rock trail) departs from the Wet Beaver Creek trailhead. This is a pretty popular trail and the creek is a bit of a rarity in Arizona in that it flows perennially. But about 2 miles in you will see a (signed) trail called the Apache Maid Trail. It is lightly used, perhaps because it is a good climb up to the Mogollon Rim. But well worth it if you want a chance at hiking nude. Photo is me after gaining the summit of the Apache Maid Trail on a midweek hike in November '20. From here, you can explore abandoned trails for miles and be unlikely to have company. Most people who start out on the Bell Trail are headed to a swimming/diving hole up the creek another couple miles past Apache Maid. So taking the uphill Apache Maid is your ticket away from the crowds.
                  This! I haven't hiked Bell Trail, I'll have to try that. One thing is for certain, you aren't getting to devils Bridge nekkid LOL

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                  • #10
                    What about SOUTH of the Village of Oak Creek. On Google Earth, I'm seeing a lot of empty spaces, full of trees, and no hiking trails. Is this really as empty as it looks?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Noodfellaz View Post
                      Mid day can be well over 100 Alltrails.com will tell you what's popular and avoid those trails Check out the Camp Verde area and Flagstaff as well when you look Less popular and not terribly far from Sedona
                      What are temperatures like in mid-October. I'm thinking of that as an alternative.

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                        • #13
                          Thank you. I've made a reservation for a cabin, in uptown Sedona, for October. .

                          Now what information do you have on hiking nude in the Munds Mountain, just east of Sedona?
                          Last edited by Will Sidh; 06-10-2021, 04:47 PM.

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                          • #14
                            My cabin reservation in Sedona fell through. The owners cancelled my reservation due to "lack of long-term rentals in the area." Scrambling for another accommodation, within 3 months, the only ones left are way over $100/night. So that kills it. I had also made a flight reservation to Phoenix, but instead of cancelling that, I'm looking at hiking around there. Available hotels there are far less costly. The area, north & east of Apache Junction, looks great for hiking. Any information on nude hiking in this area?

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                            • #15
                              you found one for less than $100/night in Sedona? That's amazing in and of itself

                              I hike the Superstitions on a fairly regular basis. I live 20 mins away. Can't be done nude, too many people and Arizona isn't exactly nude friendly. You might find an out of the way area you can get naked in but there isn't much vegetation so I don't know if you could pull it off (no pun intended lol) If you went really far out, midweek, and kept a look out for people and your clothes accessible quickly you might get away with it. If you go out further into the mountains, couldn't tell you as I haven't been.

                              I feel like I'm being a downer, sorry. I don't mean to. Arizonans are all about being outside, it'll be hard to find solitude. There are naked people at Verde Springs but that's "touristy", you'll get a lot of textiles too

                              The Superstitions are pretty amazing in their own way though. Definitely worth hiking if you can handle wearing something

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