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Woods Canyon - Munds Mountain (Coming Soon)


  •   BEST panorama views around Sedona!
  •   Amazing high desert solitude
  •   Spring-fed creeks
  •   Wonderful 19th century ranching history
  •   Deep canyons and hidden valleys
  •   Ancient cultural ruins at a distance
  •   Stunning night skies


Are you interested in BIG Red Rock Sedona views, a very authentic adventure, and a deep wilderness experience? If so, this trip is for you! Clients often ask our guides, "where do you backpack on your own time?", Woods Canyon is one of those places. This trip takes us into the heart of Munds Mountain Wilderness, Sedona’s least visited, yet most stunning, backcountry area. This trip is our most adventurous in Sedona's Red Rock Country. With rugged and vast landscapes, wild animals, deep canyons, dark skies, and towering cliffs, this is authentic "Wild West"!

This trip offers expansive forest landscapes, rim-side camping above still partially unexplored canyons, diverse geologic formations, ancient archaeological sites, the possibility of viewing wildlife, and more. Few people, outside a small number of locals and experienced hikers, go into these canyons and warning signs at the trailhead caution day hikers against traveling too far into the wilderness. In addition to the spectacular solitude, one of the best panoramic views of Sedona is had on Munds Mountain. The downside: you may be left wondering, "will anything ever compare?" Give us a call today at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) to request more information or book a spot on this trip!

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

Please note: We are waiting for official approval from the Forest Service to begin running these trips (we have verbal confirmation but not official approval.) Unfortunately these trips cannot run until we have approval.
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Backpacking Trip
Sedona, AZ
3 days
22mi / 35km
$990 Per Person

Travel from Phoenix to Sedona

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to the trailhead: 30 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 feet

This multi-day Sedona hiking trip begins just below 4,400 feet and near the southern end of one of Sedona's most prominent mesas. During our climb we are blown away by the array of buttes, mesas, spires, towers and cliffs that surround Sedona. After reaching the top of the mesa we’ll hike for nearly four miles over rough terrain and rolling hills to the edge of Woods Canyon. From this viewpoint we may see Dry Beaver Creek, once a source of water for the Sinagua People who lived under the cliffs opposite us some 600-­1000 years ago. We’ll hike less than a mile to our remote campsite and soon be enjoying a hearty dinner and a peaceful evening in the middle of nowhere.

Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1400 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 400 feet

After a delicious breakfast we’ll hike through the Mogollon Rim, the southern terminus of the geologically uplifted Colorado Plateau, as we exit Woods Canyon. Munds Mountain is now visible and as we follow the trail to the top we're privileged with views of Humphrey’s Peak (60 miles away) and beautiful Red Rock formations. We'll set up tonight's camp next to a giant, ancient alligator juniper tree, then walk just a few hundred yards to have a celebratory sunset dinner in front of one of the most amazing landscape views you've ever seen. The resident coyotes, that can often be heard howling from this wonderfully remote locale, will with any luck put the final touch on our magical evening.

Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 400 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 2435 feet
  • Shuttle to Sedona: 30 minutes

After a big breakfast and watching the sunrise perched atop 1000 foot cliffs, we’ll pack up and return the way we came for two miles. We’ll pass through Sedona’s volcanic cap (what we now call "the rim") and hike toward the Schnebly Hill formation's massive spires, walls, and mounds of bright red sandstone and shale. We hike down Bear Wallow Canyon, marveling at the formations towering over Cow Pies (geologic features) to the north or those towering over us to the south. Eventually we'll reach our starting point and our relaxing shuttle back to Sedona.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles and Microspike Crampons if necessary (in winter)
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Sedona hiking guide
  • Comprehensive, roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Sedona and back
  • 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 (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles 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
  • Emergency communication device(s)

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, 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? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 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 to the trailhead. 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.


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.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on Sedona backpacking trips is 6 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 1-800-715-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)

Camping on Backpacking Trips

backpacking tent

Backcountry Sleeping

Tent Camping

Sleeping on backpacking trips is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

backpacking meals

Backcountry Cuisine

Fresh & Delicious

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

backpacking campsites

Amazing Campsites

In the Action

Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

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