Secret Mountain Wilderness in Arizona

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Secret Mountain Wilderness

Rediscover the wonder, beauty, and magic of nature with a journey through Sedona’s Secret Mountain Wilderness. Spread across the northwestern portion of Sedona, at the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, this pristine wilderness area is characterized by high mountains, lush forests, deep canyons, red rock pinnacles, natural arches, and Oak Creek’s west fork.

What can I do/see in the Secret Mountain Wilderness?

Though the Secret Mountain Wilderness is a favorite to many, it does receive a great deal of tourist traffic, making it the perfect nature retreat to find peace and solitude.

There are many trails and paths that weave through the Secret Mountain Wilderness. Climb to high peaks with epic panoramic views, and drop down into deep crimson slot canyons. 

Secret Mountain Wilderness Trails: Secret Mountain, Secret Canyon, Dry Creek, Sterling Pass, Vultee Arch, Brin’s Mesa, Fay Canyon, Loy Canyon, Boynton Canyon, Wilson, North Wilson, West Fork Trail, A.B. Young.

The wilderness area is dog friendly and open to hiking, horseback riding, climbing, and backpacking. Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes are not permitted in wilderness areas.

Where is Secret Mountain Wilderness?

There are a few routes to access the Secret Mountain Wilderness.

  • West Sedona: Drive west on Hwy 89a, turn right on Dry Creek Rd, turn right on FR 152 (be aware the dirt road is pretty rough), drive for 8.6 miles to the Secret Canyon Trailhead on the left.
  • Upper Oak Creek Canyon: Drive north on Hwy 89a through Oak Creek Canyon. About 1.2 miles after the switchbacks turn left on FR 535, slight left on FR 536. After 3.2 miles, bare right on FR 538, take this road 11.6 more miles to the Loy Canyon and Secret Mountain trailheads. The journey is long, but well worth it!

When is Secret Mountain Wilderness open?

Trails and are open year-round unless otherwise specified.

How much does Secret Mountain Wilderness cost?

If you plan to park at one of the trailheads, you will need to purchase a Red Rock Pass. Passes are available at the Red Rock Ranger District on Hwy 179 on the way into town.

  • Day Pass: $5
  • Week Pass: $15
  • Year Pass: $20

Who can I call if I have more questions?

(928) 282-4119