Sedona Red Rocks BaseCamp
A Geologist Experience

Trip Details

Type: BaseCamp Hiking and Kayak Paddling

Trip Code: AZSR

Duration: 5 Days

Distance: 32 mi/55 km

Fitness: 2
Comfort: 2
Solitude: 3

Origin: Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: $1350/person

Trip Description:

The Sedona Red Rocks BaseCamp tour combines outrageous scenery, tremendous adventure, great hiking, and the unique experience of a kayak trip down the famous Verde River.  We will venture into the world-class Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness, climb Sedona's highest peaks, delve into beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, and revel in the ridiculous scenery that has made Sedona a world famous recreation and hiking destination.  We will see fantastic natural arches, explore hidden side canyons, and take an opportunity to paddle down the Verde River, the main waterway in Central Arizona that snakes through lush riparian areas and fantastic soaring canyon walls, filled with unique geologic features.  This wonderful tour will lend you some excellent perspective not just on the beauty and majesty of Sedona, but of the fabulous surrounding areas from our comfortable and private campsite in the Coconino National Forest. 

  1. Secret Canyon, Sedona
  2. Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness, Sedona
  3. Sedona, Arizona
  4. Munds Mountain in Sedona
  5. West Fork Narrows, Oak Creek Canyon & Sedona
  6. Wilson Mountain, Sedona
  7. Red Rock Country, Sedona
  8. Verde River, Sedona
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

The Sedona Red Rocks BaseCamp tour begins with a short trip down from Flagstaff with a stop at the Oak Creek Canyon overlook, a sweeping view into Oak Creek Canyon and the beautiful Verde Valley.  We will then snake down into Oak Creek Canyon, and take a hike into the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the "Top 10 hikes in the USA" by Travel Magazine.  This tributary to Oak Creek offers a canyon full of towering sandstone walls, and excellent "subway-tunnel" narrows with outstanding photography opportunities.  This is a popular trail, but as we get back into the narrows we will find solitude, and even some refreshing swimming pools.  We will then head up to our comfortable and private campsite in the Coconino National Forest, and prepare for the epic journey ahead.
Drive Time: 45 minutes
Distance & Elevation: 10 miles, 160 foot descent
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

The second day of our tour brings us fully into Sedona, as we hike Sedona's highest peak, Wilson Mountain.  From Wilson's summit we will gain a bird's-eye view of the Sedona area, with nearly limitless views into the Red Rock-Secret Mountain wilderness, the Munds Wilderness, the Wet Beaver Wilderness, and across much of Sedona's iconic scenery such as the Coffee Pot, Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte.
Distance & Elevation: 6 miles, 2000 foot ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

After sunrise yoga from the rim of Oak Creek Canyon just a short walk fom our campsite, we will embark onto a special hike to check out some of Sedon's world-class canyons in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness.  We will do a day hike chosen by your geologist/guide that showcases Sedona's special red rock canyon country.  This hike takes us up and through some of Sedona's most outstanding wilderness, with intimate canyons, sweeping quintessential Sedona views, and solitude.
Distance:  8 miles, 400 foot ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After sunrise yoga from the rim of Oak Creek Canyon just a short walk fom our campsite, we will head out to the world famous Schnebly Hill overlook for an excellent day of scenery and fantastic rock climbing.  There are routes for every skill level out here, and your geologist/guide will choose the best route for your skills.  We will also have the chance to hike around and explore this unspoiled wilderness, with sweeping overlooks of scenic Sedona.
Distance & Elevation: 3 miles, Tehnical Rock Climbing 5.2-5.9+
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Today’s memorable hike leads us into one of the most remote and spectacular canyons in the Sedona area, Jacks Canyon, en route to another of Sedona's epic summits, Munds Mountains.  Jacks Canyon offer solitude, stunning scenery, and the spectacular beginnings of the Mogollon Rim, the physical end of the Colorado Plateau.  Munds Mountain offers more dramatic views of the fabulous Sedona landscape, as we observe millions of years of mountain-building, volcanoes, rivers, and geologic evolution of the landscape.
Distance & Elevation: 8 miles, 1000 foot ascent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Our final day is perhaps the most scenic, as we cruise down into the beautiful Verde Valley for our enjoyable kayak float down the National Wild and Scenic Verde River.  We will pass through scenic canyons and lush riparian areas along the way, with some of the best scenery and wildlife the Southwest has to offer, which is saying something.  We will then pack up camp and return to Flagstaff at the end of the day.
Distance & Elevation: River Paddling
Breakfast, Lunch
Drive Time: 2 hours

*Final itineraries are occasionally subject to change due to permit/campsite availability, park restrictions/closures, weather conditions and/or road closures.

What’s Included:
A professional, degreed, licensed and medically trained geologist/guide
All necessary gear: daypack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles
All cooking/eating gear: bowls, cups, utensils (your geologist/guide will prepare all meals)
All food, including a mix of fresh and pre-made backcountry meals
Roundtrip Transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff to Sedona and all activities/attractions
Entrance fees, camping fees, and backcountry permits

Meals: what to expect
We provide all your meals from a light breakfast on day 1 through lunch the last day. Your geologist/guide will prepare a variety of meals on the trail and in camp that will fit the day's activity. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. Some specialty diets may require an additional fee.

All meals will consist of one entree, prepared by your geologist/guide.  Fresh options will be available, and meals will be served cafeteria-style on covered tables.  There will be trail snacks that consist of nuts, fruits, chocolate, and other "gorp" style mixes.

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.

What’s Not Included:
Transportation to/from Flagstaff, AZ
Lodging the night before/after the trip
Clothing, raingear, and footwear
Personal toiletries, sunscreen
Water bottles/hydration bladder
Headlamp or flashlight
Guide gratuity (suggested 10-15% of trip cost)
*Upon booking you will receive a detailed trip information packet

How many people are in the group?
Most basecamping trips in Sedona will accommodate 6 people plus one geologist/guide. On occasion, a group may be as large as 10 people plus 2 guides.

Are there age restrictions?
Children under 12 are generally not permitted on any of Blue Marble's scheduled trips.  This can be negotiable on private tours, please contact us to discuss this policy

How do I sign up?
In order to confirm a reservation , we require an initial deposit of $500 per person, with the final balance due 90 days prior to the trip’s departure. If you book a trip within 90 days of the trip’s scheduled departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking.  Your deposit is payable over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee). Call our office Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Arizona time. 1-602-904-2536
Travel Logistics

Where does the trip begin/end?
This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, AZ and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Flagstaff. You will want to fly into either Phoenix (2 hour drive) or Flagstaff. Please visit our  Travel Resources  page for information on airports, shuttles/rental cars and recommended hotels.

Where do you meet our guides?
We will hold a pre-trip orientation at 4:30pm the evening prior to your trip’s departure at the host hotel in Flagstaff. Departure times and logistics for the following morning will be discussed at the orientation.  Most trips will depart between 5am and 6am.

*This meeting is not mandatory, but highly recommended, as we will depart early the next morning. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can make alternate arrangements.

What do we do with our car and extra stuff?
We will provide all transportation to/from trailheads for the duration of the trip. We will pick you up at the host hotel in Flagstaff and return you there at the trip’s conclusion. Guests staying at the host hotel can leave their cars at the hotel. These hotels will often store your luggage for you, as well. If not, we are happy to store extra luggage at a secure location for the duration of the trip. If you are staying at a different hotel, you will need to check with them as to whether you can leave your car there

What time will we get back on the last day?
Expect to be back in Flagstaff by 5pm at the latest on the last day of the trip. Some trips will return earlier but we cannot make any guarantees. In general, it is recommended that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Since each trip has slightly different logistics, feel free to contact us with specific questions related to the expected return time for your trip.

Trip Dates

2017 Dates
March: 10-14
April: 6-10
May: 8-12
June: 9-13
July: 18-22
September: 6-10
October: 3-7
November: 7-11

2018 Dates
March: 10-14
April: 6-10
May: 8-12
June: 9-13
July: 18-22
September: 6-10
October: 3-7
November: 7-11

More dates to come soon…
Don’t see your dates? Custom dates may be available!
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