Secret Mountain Wilderness Adventure

June 21 - June 27

Explore the high desert on this six-night adventure!

 

 

Get ready to explore the magical high desert landscape of Sedona and the surrounding Secret Mountain Wilderness! We’ll spend three nights backpacking in stunning red rock canyons, kayak the Verde River, hike to incredible caves and overlooks, and cool off in spring fed swimming holes. This is a great introduction to backpacking for first-time wilderness adventurers.  

Image by Dave Drury

THE DETAILS

DAY 1

Fly as a group from DFW Airport to Phoenix.  Begin the drive to Sedona in our 15 passenger van and stop to kayak the Verde River along the way. Check into one of our favorite local Sedona hotels with incredible red rock views!

DAY 2

We'll start off our morning with a hike to the Soldier's Pass Cave, a stunning 2-story cave hidden in the red rocks. Along the way, we'll see the Devil's Sinkhole and Seven Sacred Pools. Next, we'll picnic at Crescent Moon Ranch, a swimming hole with the most famous views of Sedona. 

DAY 3

We'll have another early morning hike to the Birthing Cave, a beautiful shallow cave nestled into a cliff's edge, and one of our favorite photo opportunities of the trip! We'll picnic at another favorite swimming hole, Grasshopper Point, before setting up our creekside camp at Cave Springs. 

DAY 4

Today is the day we begin our wilderness backpacking experience! We'll hit the trail early and will be surrounded by incredible Oak Creek Canyon views throughout our journey. We'll set up camp in one of the most secluded and beautiful parts of the canyon.

DAY 5

Day two of our backpacking journey! We'll continue exploring the remote reaches of the canyon and checking out the best swimming holes. 

DAY 6

We'll pack up camp and begin our trek out of the canyon. When we reach civilization, we'll be ready for a shower and a big dinner at one of our favorite local spots. We'll rest easy in a hotel tonight!

DAY 7

All good things must come to an end. We'll cap off our journey with one final hike to the infamous Cathedral Rock. We'll head back to the hotel to shower before driving back to Phoenix for our flight back home. 

Price: $2,600

+ travel insurance

Included: Airfare, all meals and snacks, lodging, group camping gear, sleeping bags and ground pads, backpacking packs, activities, ground transportation (outside of Dallas)

Age Range: ages 15-18

Group Size: 6-10 youth

Know Before You Go:

  • The hiking on this trip is rated moderate. This is an active itinerary that requires an average fitness level and sense of adventure. 

  • During our 3 nights of camping, we won't have access to modern facilities. Our guides will show you all the tips and tricks to maximize comfort in the wilderness. 

  • Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate hiking clothing, footwear, headlamp and water bottle. Sample packing list provided.