Call of the Canyon Picnic Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This is a remnant of guest cottage of the Mayhew Lodge. It was later used as a chicken coup.

This picturesque day use site in Oak Creek Canyon is at the trailhead of the West Fork of Oak Creek Trail. The trail follows the West Fork stream into a side canyon of Oak Creek Canyon, rich with maples and breathtaking beauty. Bring a picnic, your camera, and go for a hike!

For more information, see West Fork of Oak Creek Trail #108.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: During summer, fall color, spring break, and other busy seasons, Call of the Canyon (West Fork Trailhead) parking fills up every day by 9:30 a.m., seven days per week. Have a backup plan for a different hike or day use area if the parking lot is full.
Operational Hours: Regular hours are 8 a.m. to dusk for the summer months.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Cash and check only. Credit cards are not accepted. The West Fork Trailhead and Call of the Canyon Picnic Area are operated by a concessionaire.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring through fall
Busiest Season: Summer and weekends
Restrictions: Day use only. Camping is not permitted at this site.
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Water: No Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault-type Toilets
Passes: The Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass will be honored through 2018! Only the Grand Annual Red Rock Pass is accepted here, or you may pay the daily rate at the gate. Access Interagency Pass (for people with disabilities) receive 50% off the entry fee. Annual, Senior, and other Interagency passes are not accepted.
Operated By: Concessionaire. Call Red Rock District 928-203-2900

General Information


Location: 17.5 miles south of Flagstaff (9.5 miles north of Sedona) on paved roads in scenic Oak Creek Canyon.

GPS (Map): 34°59'26.4"N 111°44'32.7"W

Access: Drive south 17.5 miles south from Flagstaff or north 9.5 miles from Sedona to about halfway between milepost 385 and 384. The West Fork of Oak Creek trailhead is on the west side of the highway down a paved lane that leads behind a few creekside houses.



  • Red Rock Country Maps: Download Red Rock Country trail maps and find other Sedona recreation resources. See the Oak Creek Canyon North map for this site.
  • The Digital Travel Map: Whether you're driving, hiking, riding, or exploring, you will find this full-color, GPS-enabled map a handy reference to have on your mobile device. The map show trails, recreation sites, major landmarks, and forest roads.
  • Printed Maps: A variety of printed recreation maps for Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon can be purchased in our local offices and visitor centers, or ordered by phone.


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Map showing the West Fork Trail

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Known for its red maples, West Fork of Oak Creek is a popular fall color destination.

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