Wet Beaver Creek

  

Tree lined stream with boulders on Wet Beaver Creek

This clear, cool brook remains pleasantly secluded in the deep red rock canyon it has cut into the southern rim of the Colorado Plateau. For much of its length, the land bordering Wet Beaver Creek has been declared a Wilderness Area, the Wet Beaver Wilderness. In addition to the opportunities for solitude such an area offers, the stream's pools and riffles are a popular place to fish, hike, swim, and bird watch. The waters of the stream are stocked with trout. The lush riparian area beside its banks is alive with a full palette of songbirds. The desert beyond that oasis bristles with the highly adapted plants of the upper Sonoran Desert.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Operated By: Red Rock District 928-203-2900

General Information

General Notes:

Attractions: Trails for hiking and horseback riding, Red rocks and other great scenery, Wildlife viewing, Fishing, Swimming

Notes:


Parking:

Trails

  • Bell Trail #13: the only developed route into Wet Beaver Creek Canyon and the wilderness area it shelters
  • Apache Maid Trail #15: starts at the mouth of Wet Beaver Creek Canyon, then splits from Bell Trail to climb the canyon's north wall

Day Use and Picnic Areas

Camping

  • Lawrence Crossing: Small free campground next to the creek, with toilet and fire rings, located 2 miles away: FR 618 to FR 121 to FR 618G.
  • Dispersed camping along Forest Road 618: Numerous locations, no facilities.
  • Clear Creek Campground: Fee-based campground with all amenities, located on West Clear Creek; follow FR 618 to SR 260 to Clear Creek Campground. Approximately 13 miles from Beaver Creek Day Use Picnic Site on dirt road. Single-unit sites are on a first-come, first-served basis only. Group site reservations are required from Recreation.gov.

Directions:

Location: 45 miles south of Flagstaff on graveled Forest Roads in scenic rim country. Elevation is 3,800 feet.

Access: Drive south from Flagstaff on I-17 to the AZ Highway 179 exit. Leave the freeway here and drive 2 miles east on Forest Road 618 to the campground. FR 618 is graveled and suitable for sedans in most weather.

Maps

 

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Wet Beaver Creek Map

 


General Notes:

Trails

  • Bell Trail #13: the only developed route into Wet Beaver Creek Canyon and the wilderness area it shelters
  • Apache Maid Trail #15: starts at the mouth of Wet Beaver Creek Canyon, then splits from Bell Trail to climb the canyon's north wall

Day Use and Picnic Areas

Camping

  • Lawrence Crossing: Small free campground next to the creek, with toilet and fire rings, located 2 miles away: FR 618 to FR 121 to FR 618G.
  • Dispersed camping along Forest Road 618: Numerous locations, no facilities.
  • Clear Creek Campground: Fee-based campground with all amenities, located on West Clear Creek; follow FR 618 to SR 260 to Clear Creek Campground. Approximately 13 miles from Beaver Creek Day Use Picnic Site on dirt road. Single-unit sites are on a first-come, first-served basis only. Group site reservations are required from Recreation.gov.

General Notes:

Trails

  • Bell Trail #13: the only developed route into Wet Beaver Creek Canyon and the wilderness area it shelters
  • Apache Maid Trail #15: starts at the mouth of Wet Beaver Creek Canyon, then splits from Bell Trail to climb the canyon's north wall

Day Use and Picnic Areas


General Notes:

Trails

  • Bell Trail #13: the only developed route into Wet Beaver Creek Canyon and the wilderness area it shelters
  • Apache Maid Trail #15: starts at the mouth of Wet Beaver Creek Canyon, then splits from Bell Trail to climb the canyon's north wall

Day Use and Picnic Areas

Camping

  • Lawrence Crossing: Small free campground next to the creek, with toilet and fire rings, located 2 miles away: FR 618 to FR 121 to FR 618G.
  • Dispersed camping along Forest Road 618: Numerous locations, no facilities.
  • Clear Creek Campground: Fee-based campground with all amenities, located on West Clear Creek; follow FR 618 to SR 260 to Clear Creek Campground. Approximately 13 miles from Beaver Creek Day Use Picnic Site on dirt road. Single-unit sites are on a first-come, first-served basis only. Group site reservations are required from Recreation.gov.

Activities


Fishing

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Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Picnicking

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