Bear Sign Canyon

Sedona, Arizona

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This is a very easy hike into a red-rock canyon in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness. Start out on the Dry Creek Trail. (There are two trails that begin at this trailhead. The Dry Creek Trail goes north, and the Vultee Arch Trail goes east.) Hike 0.6 mile north, and then turn left (northwest) at Bear Sign Canyon, the first side canyon on the left. The trail continues about a mile up Bear Sign Canyon before fading out. It is possible to go farther, but the canyon becomes much rougher. There are great views of the cliffs of the Mogollon Rim, and after wet periods the creek will be running. The vegetation is the usual, but still delightful, mix of Arizona cypress, pinyon pine, juniper trees, and chaparral brush.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Sedona

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Sedona

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This is a very easy hike into a red-rock canyon in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness.

Start out on the Dry Creek Trail. (There are two trails that begin at this trailhead. The Dry Creek Trail goes north, and the Vultee Arch Trail goes east.) Hike 0.6 mile north, and then turn left (northwest) at Bear Sign Canyon, the first side canyon on the left. The trail continues about a mile up Bear Sign Canyon before fading out. It is possible to go farther, but the canyon becomes much rougher. There are great views of the cliffs of the Mogollon Rim, and after wet periods the creek will be running. The vegetation is the usual, but still delightful, mix of Arizona cypress, pinyon pine, juniper trees, and chaparral brush.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 280 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: Wilson Mountain USGS quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Sign Canyon

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