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5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 559' 170 m
Descent: -489' -149 m
High: 4,679' 1,426 m
Low: 4,499' 1,371 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)


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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

Awesome introduction to Sedona; great on its own or as part of a bigger ride in the Dry Creek area.

Leslie Kehmeier

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Chuckwagon begins at the Dry Creek Vista Trailhead on Vultee Arch Road (FR 152). The main part of this trail (AKA "Chuckwagon Loop") is four miles, and accessed from Long Canyon road just south of Long Canyon trailhead. The trail can be pedaled in any direction but going counter-clockwise on the loop portion will save the best part of the trail for last.

From the Dry Creek Vista Trailhead, the trail drops 150 ft in just under 1 mi. When arriving at the Chuckwagon Connector, stay right on Chuckwagon. This section is a rolling, playful trail that contours in and out of slickrock washes. There will be a few techy challenges that require a few hard pedal strokes to navigate some rock steps before getting back to swoopy trail.

The middle part of the trail is a gradual climb and descent through the intersection with Brinns Mesa trail. Stay left to continue on Chuckwagon, crossing a drainage and the road before climbing again up a small hillside.

The route levels out and heads south after a quick punchy climb up a section of exposed slickrock. From here the trail twists and turns through the pinion/juniper forest towards Long Canyon. Although there are few sections of the descent that are loose and rocky, the route is fun and fast.

The Chuckwagon Loop ends at the Long Canyon Trailhead. Cross the road to access Mescal and Long Canyon Trail.


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Mar 4, 2020
Steve Baker
First ride. Modified West Sedona Tour to include trails: Cockscomb, Dawa, Arizona Cypress, Girdner, Chuckwagon, Long Canyon, Deadmans Pass & Aerie. 12.4mi — 2h 06m
Feb 18, 2020
Dp Mn
Rented giant anthems for James charet and I. Biked the desert had a great day. Bike a long run, charet did great overcame here hesitancy from vail
Oct 18, 2019
Marc Helfer
Jun 7, 2019
Matt Chan
Apr 22, 2019
Rick Garcia
Mar 27, 2019
Kevin Koltz
Did the loop counter-clockwise to the Mescal connector back to the Mescal trailhead. Originally planned to do Mescal and Long Canyon
Mar 7, 2019
Don Rizzo
So beautiful. Great trail with great trail features. Had to cross the wide stream 3 times. Had to carry bike over shoulder and water up to shorts 5.1mi
Mar 4, 2019
Don Rizzo
Great riding! So much fun!

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The west side of Chuckwagon climbs through some slickrock to get some great views of Dry Creek Canyon.
Feb 24, 2014 near West Se…, AZ
Chuckwagon is a great way to warm-up to Sedona riding; plenty of flowing singletrack.
Feb 24, 2014 near West Se…, AZ
Chuckwagon is mostly smooth singletrack with a few exceptions.
Feb 24, 2014 near West Se…, AZ
Spectacular views on Chuckwagon
Nov 10, 2015 near West Se…, AZ
Chuckwagon features unique, ledgy drops.
Nov 10, 2015 near West Se…, AZ
There's some fun slick rock here and there on the Chuckwagon trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near West Se…, AZ

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