Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 12:06 PM MST
Nestled deep in the Kaibab, Prescott, and Coconino National Forests, Sycamore Canyon is one of the few pristine and untouched environments left today. In 1972, Sycamore Canyon was the first area designated as a Wilderness Area by the State of Arizona, so there are no roads, hiking trails, or crowds inside the canyon. The walls of the canyon are marked by colorful cliffs, soaring pinnacles, and a desert riparian area, making it one of the world's rarest habitats. The road to Sycamore Point is a 5 mile long gnarly, beat up road impassable in all vehicles except 4x4's, but if you're willing to push the envelope and explore a little, you will be greatly rewarded for your efforts. We then top it all off with a drive down Perkinsville Road, which offers stunning vistas of landscapes ranging from 3,500 to over 7,000 feet elevation, but is certainly not for the faint of heart.
I apologize for the shaky video in places. Even the best anti-shake in the world would have been no match for those gnarly, unmaintained back roads.
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