Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Arizona Trails

Hide Out in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness

Follow the trail of 19th-century robbers in Arizona.

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.

Bad guys like good views, too. As the legend goes, 19th-century bandits and bootleggers evaded the law—and the sun—in Robbers Roost, a cave just west of Sedona. It’s not hard to see why: Peer through the hideout’s natural window and it’s juniper and redrock as far as the eye can see. Get there on a short-but-steep, .4-mile walk from the unmarked trailhead (34.930957, -111.972109; high-clearance vehicle required). The skinny path follows a cliff edge the whole way, so prepare for exposure.