Coconino National Forest Recreation, Near Flagstaff, Arizona
Wet Beaver Wilderness does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!
This tucked away desert oasis is the smallest of four major canyons that cut the Coconino National Forest's red rock rim country. Though it may be small, the scenery you'll find here is none the less impressive. Much of the narrow steep-sided gorge Wet Beaver Creek Canyon has carved into the Colorado Plateau's southern face is quite remote and few people venture into its inner depths. The easiest access is upstream from the canyon mouth along a well used hiking trail. Even in this case reaching the gorge's more remote upper stretches is no easy task. Continuing upstream beyond where the Bell Trail climbs out of the canyon and out of the wilderness requires swimming or wading a number of coldwater pools which stretch from wall to canyon wall.
Most of those who come here confine their visit to the area's lower, more accessible reaches which provide a popular place to swim, fish, camp and hike in a picturesque, setting. Others venture upstream of Bell Crossing where the solitude deepens as you venture farther from this area's more popular haunts.