Deadmans Pass Trail

Area Status: Open

This trail features easy hiking and riding on open trails next to wilderness canyons and is a connector trail between the Long Canyon Trail and the Boynton Canyon Trail. For mountain bikers, this trail has a little bit of everything in the way of riding terrain - dirt road at the start, wide dirt trail along Long Canyon Trail and finally single track riding (some over rocks) on the Deadmans Pass Trail.

Rating: Easy

Trailhead Elevation: 5120 (300 ft. gain)

Uses: Hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking

Hiking time: approximately 30 minutes one-way


  • Should you venture northward on either Long Canyon Trail or Boynton Canyon Trail you would be in the Red Rocks/Secret Mountain Wilderness. No mountain bikes, wheeled devices, or mechanized transportation allowed in Wilderness.


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Trails: Deadman's Pass


At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Passes: Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required to park at the Boyton Canyon Trailhead.
Operated By: Red Rock District - 928-203-2900

General Information


Location: Just north and slightly west of Sedona

GPS (Map): 34°54'27.7"N 111°50'56.4"W


  • Red Rock Country Maps: Download Red Rock Country trail maps and find other Sedona recreation resources. See the Sedona Northwest map for this trail.
  • 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.
  • Forest Service Topo Map (FSTopo Geo-enable PDF)

Access: Drive 27 miles south from Flagstaff on US 89A through Sedona to Dry Creek Road. Turn north (right) about a mile and a half to Long Canyon Road (FR 152D) and north (right) again about 0.5 miles to the Long Canyon trailhead on left. Take the Long Canyon Trail about 3/4 mile to junction of Deadmans Pass Trail.

Alternately, you may turn southwest (left) at Long Canyon Road/Boynton Pass Road (FR 152C) junction to the Boynton Canyon trailhead. Park here and hike a 0.25 miles to the junction of the Boynton and Deadmans Pass trails.


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Map showing Deadmans Pass Trail


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Skill Rating: Intermediate for the Deadman and Mescal trails loop around Mescal Mountain (source: Cosmic Ray's Arizona Mountain Bike Guide)

See Bicycle Restriction: Red Rock Country under Forest Orders for information about off-trail biking and permitted slickrock areas in the Sedona area.

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

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1.4 miles

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  Elevation : 
4521 at trailhead