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Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 47,194 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Arizona and is managed by the Forest Service. The Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness is bordered by the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness to the west.

Description

Tan, buff, and predominantly red-rock cliffs mark the edge of the Colorado Plateau across this Wilderness, just east of Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Here the high mesas of Secret Mountain and Wilson Mountain jut out into the lower country, and outstanding canyons as deep as 1,500 feet drain into beautiful Oak Creek and the Verde River. The high rims are rather cool and moist compared with the lower desertland, and a wide variety of vegetation supports plentiful wildlife, including elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, javelinas, coyotes, rabbits, mountain lions, and black bears. A close look at the canyon walls may reveal ancient rock art and long-abandoned cliff dwellings.

Although this is one of Arizona's most accessible Wildernesses, you can still find solitude here, largely due to the deep canyons, the many hidden grottoes, and the dense riparian vegetation. The rough terrain prevents trails from crossing the entire area. The Secret Canyon Trail meanders delightfully for 4.2 miles along Secret Canyon as it climbs Secret Mountain. The Devil's Bridge Trail leads nine-tenths of a mile to a natural red sandstone bridge.

Planning to Visit the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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