Fall color on Parsons Trail, November 8, 2017. The trail starts at the end of Sycamore Canyon Road (Forest Road 131) and enters Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Summer Spring and Parsons Spring feed Sycamore Creek, creating a lush riparian area. Sycamore, locust, cottonwood, and other leafy trees and plants put on a colorful show in late October to early November.
Sycamore Canyon is Arizona's second largest canyon. The Wilderness was Arizona's first designated Wilderness Area, originally set aside as a Primitive Area. Wilderness areas are set aside by an act of the U.S. Congress to preserve wild areas in their natural state in order to provide a primitive, natural experience and protect the beauty of these areas.
See the trail guide for Parsons Trail No. 144 to learn more about how to hike this easy trail into Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Photo taken November 8, 2017 by Deborah Lee Soltesz. Credit U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest.