Dry Creek Road

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain990ft
Trailhead Elevation4,803ft
Elevation Min/Max4768/5354ft
Elevation Start/End4803/4803ft

Dry Creek Road

Dry Creek Road is a hiking and horse trail in Yavapai County, Arizona. It is within Coconino National Forest and Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 4,803 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 990 feet. The Vultee Arch parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Bear Sign.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Sedona (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"This is an easy hike into the headwaters of Dry Creek, in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness." Read more
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"This high-clearance road is immensely popular with photographers who like the diversity of the red rock scenery along its length. At sunset especially, the rocks take on a luminescent quality as the red color deepens. The scene often produces some wonderful atmospheric photographs. The trail is roughly graded dirt along its entire length. There are many pull-ins at viewpoints along the trail, but because of the popularity of the area, camping is not allowed. The trail meanders alongside Dry Creek for much of the way, and the pull-ins can be used for picnicking or just relaxing amid some of the most beautiful scenery in Arizona. Special Attractions: Stunning views of red rock country; Access to a number of popular hiking trails; Historic cowboy cabin located a short distance from the main trail. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions." Read more

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this was a fairly easy and fun trial. the trip to the old cabin had a great rock crawling section, but not too technical. great day trip, but watch out for all the walkers on the road.
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Great short trip. Followed someone in a rental car. Wouldn't recommend that as he really beat up the underbody. Trail is beautiful but busy.

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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Coconino National Forest
Skill Level
Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
Wilson Mountain USGS quad
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