Vultee Arch Trail #22 is a hiking and horse trail in Yavapai County and Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 4,802 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 434 feet. The Vultee Arch parking is near the trailhead.
Vultee Arch Trail #22 Professional Reviews and Guides
"A pleasant walk to a graceful natural arch in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Sedona (Falcon Guides).
"A pleasant walk to a graceful natural arch in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. This is an easy walk though pleasant pinyon-juniper-cypress forest, and the canyon is nearly straight."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Northern Arizona (Falcon Guides).
"This hike follows the streambed up Sterling Canyon to an overlook of Vultee Arch, a natural sandstone bridge. Vultee Arch is 40 feet high and spans 50 feet. The trail into Sterling Canyon has views of the surrounding mountains. It is a shady, forested route located in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Sedona, Arizona (Day Hike Books).
"This hike consists of two trails that go to the same destination from diff erent directions. Sterling Pass Trail 46 goes west from AZ 89A, climbing up and over its namesake to drop into the canyon and winding down to Vultee Arch. Vultee Arch Trail 22 goes east from Dry Creek, following the drainage up the canyon to reach its namesake, one of the largest arches in the area."
--Tony Padegimas, Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Two other trails spur here to the north—Bear Sign and Dry Creek; the Vultee Arch Trail 22 is to your right, running east from the trailhead. Once your dog is watered and leashed, head out—packing all the water you and your dog will need—on the narrow sandy path. This is a wellmaintained and fairly well traveled trail; as such, you and your dog will likely encounter other hikers and the occasional horseback rider. Cycling is not allowed."
--Renee Guillory, Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
"This short hike allows easy access to a well-known geologic feature of the Sedona area, plus it reveals some of the vegetation that is typical of this red rock country. A favorite among locals, this route sees a lot of activity, especially on weekends."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
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