The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area is 55,937 acres.  It is a deep a 26-mile canyon sculpted out of sandstone.  Sycamore Creek runs at the bottom of the canyon.  The winding creek is surrounded by tree filled side canyons and wildlife.  The canyon runs parallel with Oak Creek Canyon, which is just to the east of it.  This canyon is one of the most breathtaking spots in the area. 

It is an ideal place for hiking and enjoying the sights.  There are several hiking trails in the area.  A popular hike in the canyon is Parson’s Trail.  It is a 21-mile hike.  The path will take you up the scenic canyon traveling by many cliff dwellings.

The canyon is a designated wilderness area, which means no wheeled or motorized vehicles are allowed. 

You can get to the wilderness area from Cottonwood by heading north out of town toward Tuzigoot National Monument.  Take the turnoff for the monument and follow the maintained dirt road past the golf course for approximately 12 miles.  You will then come to the trailhead at the end of the road.  If you are coming from Phoenix or Tucson, you will take Interstate 17 north out of town.  Then take exit 287 off the Interstate and head west on State Highway 260.  Continue on State Highway 260, until you get to Cottonwood.  Once you are in Cottonwood take the Main Street north toward the town of Clarkdale.  On the way to Clarkdale there are the signs to Tuzigoot National Monument.  Then take the turnoff for the monument and follow the maintained dirt road past the golf course for approximately 12 miles.  You will then come to the trailhead at the end of the road.  If you are coming from Flagstaff, you will take State Highway 89A southwest out of town.  Continue on State Highway 89A through Sedona and follow the signs into Cottonwood.  Once you are in Cottonwood take the Main Street north toward the town of Clarkdale.  On the way to Clarkdale there are the signs to Tuzigoot National Monument.  Then take the turnoff for the monument and follow the maintained dirt road past the golf course for approximately 12 miles.  You will then come to the trailhead at the end of the road.  If you are in Jerome, take State Highway 89A east to the town of Centerville and then turn toward Clarkdale.  Once you are in Clarkdale follow the signs to Tuzigoot National Monument.  Then take the turnoff for the monument and follow the maintained dirt road past the golf course for approximately 12 miles.  You will then come to the trailhead at the end of the road. 

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area is a secluded spot.  You can also view this canyon from the northern point of the canyon, by heading up to the town of Williams, just west of Flagstaff.  The Sycamore Canyon Point is a scenic view from the top of the canyon down to the Verde Valley.