Sycamore Canyon

Sycamore Canyon

Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in Arizona and offers hikers plenty of solitude and natural beauty. The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Trail System consists of 5 trails with a combined mileage of 11.3 miles with the longest trail being 5.6 miles. The 21 mile (33.6 km) long scenic canyon reaches a maximum width of about 7 miles (11.2 km) and is located in North Central Arizona below the Mogollon Rim west and northwest of Sedona.

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Located within three different U.S. National Forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, and Prescott National Forests, Sycamore Canyon is home to a variety of wildlife including black bear, deer, and mountain lion.

Unlike the nearby and more heavily visited Oak Creek Canyon, much of Sycamore Canyon is protected by the 56,000 acres. Sycamore Canyon Wilderness and therefore roads and developed campgrounds are nonexistent.

Accessing the Canyon

Hiking and horseback riding are the only ways to visit the canyon. The most popular access is via the Parsons Spring trail, upriver from Tuzigoot National Monument. A high clearance vehicle is helpful to reach the trailhead.