Long Canyon

Long Canyon

Long Canyon

Long Canyon is simply one of the must do hikes. The walking is not strenuous over the course of the entire hike. The views will fill you with wonder. If you only had a chance to do one hike on your visit here consider this one. Maroon Mountain is the big vertical bad boy of the Sedona backcountry and is in view most of the way. Get out there and enjoy.

You can read my Long Canyon Post in “Featured Hikes”

Below is what the Coconino National Forest website has to say.
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Wide and nearly level, Long Canyon Trail provides easy access into Sedona’s scenic red rock backcountry. For the first mile or so, the route follows an old jeep trail up an ephemeral streambed. Though this drainage is usually dry, it still supports a community of riparian or water-loving vegetation. Along the trail you’ll even find a number of cypress trees, Arizona cypress, which are easily recognizable by their shaggy bark and round, gum ball-size seeds.

Providing a scenic setting for this unique habitat are a sampling of the picturesque buttes and cliffs for which the Sedona area is so famous. Steamboat Rock, Wilson Mountain, Maroon Mountain, and a number of unnamed cliffs, spires, windows and arches are visible from this trail. The trail ends at a red sandstone cliff where there are a few small Indian ruins and some primitive rock pictographs. Please don’t disturb them.

Rating: Easy
Hiking time: 3 hours
No motorized vehicles, No Bikes in wilderness

Fees Red Rock Pass (minimum $5.00) or any America The Beautiful or valid Golden Pass.
Open Season: Year ’round
Usage: Medium
The elevation ranges from 4560 to 5000 feet.
GPS: N34° 54′ 23.976″, W-111° 49′ 27.1914″

Directions: Go West through Sedona to Dry Creek Road. Turn north (right) about a mile and a half to Long Canyon Road (FR 152D) and north (right) again about 0.5 miles to the Long Canyon trailhead on left.