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Sycamore Canyon, Williams

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Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in the Arizona redrock country, after Oak Creek Canyon. The 21mi long scenic canyon reaches a maximum width of about. It is in North Central Arizona below the Mogollon Rim west and northwest of Sedona in Yavapai and Coconino counties.DescriptionSycamore Creek, a tributary of the Verde River, flows though the canyon. Sycamore Canyon enters the Verde River canyon 6.5mi north-northwest of Clarkdale.Located within three different U.S. National Forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, and Prescott National Forests, Sycamore Canyon is home to a variety of wildlife including black bear, deer, and mountain lion. Unlike the nearby and more heavily visited Oak Creek Canyon, much of Sycamore Canyon is protected by the 56000acre Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, located at, and therefore roads and developed campgrounds are nonexistent. Hiking and horseback riding are the only ways to visit the canyon. The most popular access is via the Parsons Spring trail, upriver from Tuzigoot National Monument. A high clearance vehicle is helpful to reach the trailhead.
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  • We packed a picnic and drove out to Sycamore Point, driving down the fire roads from Williams. The roads were in excellent condition, even though we took a four wheel drive vehicle, which was not need...  more »
  • Lovely trail in the pines, with some water on the way. Bring a camera, and if you enjoy wildlife, there are good chances you will encounter some.  more »
  • It's a good idea to stop at the Williams Ranger District Office for a free copy of the Motor Vehicle Use Map to find the trailhead for the Sycamore Rim Trail. We drove unpaved roads to a remote locati...  more »

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Where to stay in Williams

Located about 90 km (60 mi) south of the Grand Canyon, Williams' accommodations cater to visitors unable to get rooms just outside the national park or who want to take a scenic train ride into the park. An ideal base for exploring the wider region around the world-famous canyon, the city features dozens of affordable motels and inns. If you do not intent to spend much time indoors, consider pitching a tent at one of the area's many campgrounds, located just a short drive from the city's shops and restaurants.
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