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Red Rock Basecamp Tour

Highlights

  • Challenge yourself on some of Sedona's best, most adventurous hikes
  • Enjoy multiple spectacular hikes throughout Sedona’s iconic, red rock canyons and wilderness
  • Discover the fascinating cultural & geological history of Northern Arizona as you hike
  • Explore the "secret garden" of central Arizona’s rim country
  • Relish in an all-around outdoor camping/hiking experience with front country comforts
  • Experience Sedona in a way that leaves you imagining less and remembering more!


Description

Our Red Rock Basecamp tour is an opportunity to hike the best of Sedona’s wild backcountry and have an all around outdoor experience, while still enjoying front country comforts like showers, swimming pools, cold drinks and elaborate meals. On this tour let us take care of everything, so you can focus 100% on exploring and enjoying the magical high desert world around Sedona.

In the mornings we'll embark on a mix of carefully selected day hikes that acquaint you with the unique and amazing features of Sedona's Red Rock Country: towering buttes, cliffs and other rock formations; deep canyons and rainbows of colored sandstone; spring-fed creeks; fascinating cultural and natural history; endless views and more! In the afternoons we'll return to our camp next to Oak Creek to relax and read a book on the beach, enjoy a dip in our campground's swimming pool, go for walks along the creek, or drive into Sedona to visit museums, shops and art galleries. At night we'll feast on wonderful, outdoor meals and relax around a blazing campfire.

If you’re looking for a chance to challenge your body, spirit, or camera lens, this is the tour for you! Your Sedona Adventure is waiting for you - give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more!

Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Red Rock Ranger District.


 

Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Hiking Mileage: 5.2 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 1850 feet

Campground: Lo Lo Mai Campground

The first day of this Sedona hiking tour we'll head toward Bear Mountain, one of Sedona's most exciting hikes. We’ll drive into Dry Creek basin, the heart of Sedona’s red rock country. You’ll notice the Mogollon Rim to the north as it climbs some 2,000 feet above the surrounding area.

Our hike takes us to the summit of Bear Mountain, 1,850 feet above us, and only 2.6 miles of hiking to get there. Our hike is challenging and rewarding as we travel through ancient layers of sandstone and limestone. As our trail approaches the back of neighboring Fay Canyon, we may have a chance to view native dwellings tucked high into the cliffs. After a final push we reach the top, and are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and an enchanting picnic lunch. We'll take our time returning to the trailhead to enjoy the downhill hiking and soak up the views.

After our hike we'll head to our campground where everything is set up waiting for us. We'll get "moved in" to our tents and enjoy some time to relax, swim, shower or explore Oak Creek before a fantastic dinner and campfire.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 8.8 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 2250 feet

Campground: Lo Lo Mai Campground

Today we'll head north to conquer Sedona’s highest peak at 7,122 feet - Wilson Mountain!

On today's hike we're immediately transported to an entirely new character of landscape - the ecosystem is lush, with tall, deciduous and coniferous trees. Towering red and white sandstone spires protrude from the mountainside and provide stunning views as we ascend to the summit of Wilson Mountain.

On the summit we’re rewarded with arguably one of the best views the Sedona area can offer - a panorama of the beautiful Red Rocks surrounding us and Oak Creek Canyon below us!


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 500 feet

Campground: Lo Lo Mai Campground

Today is a more relaxing but iconic Sedona hike. We'll walk 7.5 miles on one of Sedona’s most scenic hiking routes - Cathedral Rock. We begin near Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, two of Sedona's most prominent and beautiful landmarks, and quickly climb several hundred feet into layered shelves of red rock sandstone. We'll stop to appreciate and learn about all the different types and uses of desert plants in the area. Half-way into our hike we'll reach Cathedral Rock, a stunning, nearly 1,000 foot tall sandstone monolith.

We'll rest in the shade of cottonwood trees lining the banks of Oak Creek, along the northwest side of Cathedral Rock. Your guide will prepare a tasty lunch and share some of the native and indigenous history of the area - this very spot was once a fertile hunting ground. Nearby, petroglyphs hidden behind oak brush and manzanita tell the story of how deer were once hunted along the banks of this perennial stream.

After lunch we'll complete our hike among the towering cliffs, sheer pinnacles and pristine canyons of Sedona. We'll shuttle back to our campground, relax for an hour or two, and then enjoy another outstanding outdoor dinner.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 6-10 miles
1-way Elevation Change: 400-1400 feet

Campground: Lo Lo Mai Campground

Today is a perfect treat to top off our amazing 4 days of hiking! We finish this trip with a creek hike that brings us to a beautiful high desert oasis (with great swimming)! The hike is moderate and follows close to the creek the whole way until we reach our swimming destination about 3.5 miles in.

We will enjoy a nice lunch creekside and take full advantange of the shady trees. We will have the option to continue up into the Mogollon Rim 1,100 feet above Wet Beaver Creek or take the nice stroll back to the trailhead. This is an amazing hike and opportunity to see an entirely different side of the Red Rock District!

After the hike, we will travel back into Sedona proper and say our goodbyes after an amazing 4 days.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Roomy tent, supportive sleeping pad, and cozy sleeping bag
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Sedona hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour, beginning and ending in Sedona
  • National Forest recreation passes
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

This trip originates in Sedona. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the pre-trip orientation, which will be at 5:00 PM at a hotel in Sedona. We're happy to give you a ride to this meeting if you're staying at one of our recommended hotels. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport during the trip. For Private Sedona Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Sedona at an agreed upon time.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this tour is 4 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 6 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Sedona

Sedona is at 4500 feet elevation, which is considered high desert. It tends to be the most comfortable in Spring and Fall, but Summer and Winter are not extreme and are still great times to hike Sedona. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in the Sedona area:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Low
Hi
 
 
January
33°
58°
 
 
February
35°
61°
 
 
March
38°
66°
 
 
April
44°
74°
 
 
May
52°
84°
 
 
June
60°
93°
 
 
July
66°
96°
 
 
August
65°
94°
 
 
September
60°
88°
 
 
October
50°
78°
 
 
November
39°
66°
 
 
December
32°
57°