Red Rock – Secret Mountain Wilderness
Extending north and west from Sedona, the immensely popular Red Rock – Secret Mountain Wilderness is home to some of the most iconic scenery on the Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest. Originally territory of the Hohokam, Puebloan, Hopi, and Apache, it was made part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1984. It comprises 43,950 acres, and is administered by the US Forest Service.
The 10 Essentials
- day hiking
- trail running
Red rock and sandstone cliffs drop from desert mesas into deep canyons, including perennial Oak Creek with its riparian surrounds.
Elevation ranges from 4500 – 7122’ (Wilson Mountain)
Open year-round. Check here or call the Red Rock Ranger District for current info on closures and restrictions.
60+ miles of established trail open to hikers and equestrians accessible from ~20 designated trailheads
There are no official campsites within the wilderness. Please follow LNT principles.
There are vault toilets and trash bins available at some of the trailheads.
PERMITS / FEES:
No permits or fees for general access. A Red Rock or America the Beautiful Interagency pass is required for parking at some trailheads.
There are several ‘fee-free’ days annually; more info here.
Check the website or call the Red Rock Ranger District for current fee information.
No ADA-specific amenities within the designated wilderness; some of the established trailheads have accessible parking & vault toilets.
No public transit
**NOTE: Several of the designated trailheads are accessible only by high-clearance +/or 4WD vehicles. Additionally, most are too small for horse trailers. Make sure to check trail info before heading out!
Sedona is the closest full-service town.
Risks include: climate- and temperature-related issues such as exposure and dehydration. Black bear, javelina, and rattlesnakes live here. Cell service is extremely spotty, and should not be expected, especially in canyons. Various fire bans or restrictions may be in effect, depending on the season and site.
Check here or call the Red Rock Ranger District for current info.
Flora & Fauna
In addition to the usual desert- and riparian-dwellers, the Red Rock – Secret Mountain Wilderness is also home to these species with special status:
Links & resources
- Red Rock – Secret Mountain Wilderness (USFS)
- Red Rock – Secret Mountain Wilderness (Wilderness Institute)
- Red Rock Ranger District
- Red Rock Recreation Guide
- Coconino National Forest
- Coconino NF Visitor Map (PDF)
- Friends of the Forest Sedona
- Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund
- Oak Creek Watershed Council
- Arizona Wilderness Coalition
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