Vultee Arch Trail 22

Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area, Arizona

Elevation Gain434ft
Trailhead Elevation4,802ft
Elevation Min/Max4802/5198ft
Elevation Start/End4802/4802ft

Vultee Arch Trail 22

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. This trail connects with the following: Sterling Pass.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Sedona (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"A pleasant walk to a graceful natural arch in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness." Read more
Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona (Menasha Ridge Press)
Tony Padegimas
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"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." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Renee Guillory
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"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." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"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." Read more

Vultee Arch Trail #22 Reviews

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This was the third of three trails I hiked this day. After meeting a forest ranger on the trail at Devils Arch he recommended this trail to me as one of his favorites. It is at the end of the road and the trail is one of three that start here. Look to the right and you will see it clearly marked. It is easy to moderate for those in shape and follows a stream bed for most of the time. There was some standing water so I did run into some misquotes for the first time today. This was fun trail with a great view from the back of the canyon out into a valley. The arch is just past an intersection on the left. Look for the dedication plaque in a rock highlighting why this is named Vultee Arch.
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The road to the trail head is 4 miles of dirt road, very bumpy, rough ridged and muddy in place. The hike is great. The creek intersects the trail numerous times and one is likely to get wet feet. But it is worth it. The trail is mostly shaded through pines and oaks. The arch is small and can be crossed but we did not do it. Hike is uphill. Enjoyed the hike very much.

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Trail Information

Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
Wilson Mountain USGS quad
Local Maps