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Sycamore Canyon Wilderness

National Forest
Jocelyn Gibbon

Sycamore Canyon is a scenic canyon stretching from the forested rim of the Colorado Plateau near Williams, Arizona, cutting through Red Rock Country, and opening into the Verde Valley, where Sycamore Creek joins the Verde River. The entirety of the canyon is encompassed by the 55,937-acre Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. The desert riparian area around the creek is a rare and productive habitat essential to the desert creatures who make the wilderness area their home--from bears and mountain lions to ringtail cats and canyon wrens.

Recreational Opportunities

Visitors to Sycamore Canyon can enjoy a wilderness experience far from crowds and roads. Hike the Parsons Spring Trail, which winds its way through a rare desert riparian area. The Canyon and Sycamore Creek are perfect for hiking and horseback riding, photography and wildlife viewing, swimming, fishing, and experiencing the magic of a cool and secluded desert creek.

No mechanized vehicles, including bicycles, are permitted in the Wilderness.

Recognize your role in preserving wild lands by practicing Leave No Trace principles.

In 2013, the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition treated populations of both tree of heaven and tamarisk along Sycamore Creek between Parson Springs and its confluence with the Verde River as part of a watershed-scale initiative to manage non-native invasive plants in the riparian areas throughout the Verde Watershed. If you’re hiking upstream of Parson Springs and you see these invasive plants please inform either the Forest Service or Friends of Verde River Greenway.


Seasons Accessible

The most popular access to the canyon in the Verde Valley is via the Parsons Spring Trail, upriver from Tuzigoot National Monument. The road is unpaved and may be inaccessible in wet or snowy weather. A high clearance vehicle is helpful in reaching the trailhead.

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