Oak Creek Vista provides panoramic views of the canyon. Slide Rock State Park sits on the Sedona end, and is a favorite among those seeking water adventure.
The smooth rocks and turbulent current create a natural water slide - a great way to cool off in summer!
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Between these points lies a twisting highway (State Hwy 89A) that takes you through pines, along a creek bed and over terrain that provides breathtaking views of the canyon. Numerous hiking trails provide a closer view of nature. The photo on the right was taken at a view point along the road.
Hiking areas are abundant, but due to the increase in the number
of visitors in recent years, it has become necessary to plan ahead and get to the trails early. Parking lots for trails fill up quickly, especially on weekends.
Although the cooler temperature provides much needed relief in summer, fall and early spring temperatures can be
quite cold. Snow can still exist in shaded areas.
Slide Rock is a popular spot in Oak Creek Canyon. Plan to get there early - wear sturdy shorts and slide over the rocks as you drift down the river.
The entire drive is not long. Plan to spend time in either Sedona or Flagstaff, or both. Picnic or dine along the river and enjoy this very beautiful, peaceful area.
Visit USDA Forest Service: Coconino: Oak Creek Canyon for more information.
Camping is available at Red Rock State Park
Sedona Dog Park Leash free dog park.
US Forest Service: Red Rock Ranger District campgrounds, trails, picnic areas, scenic drives, cabin rentals in the Red Rock District (Sedona area) of the Coconino National Forest
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Fields of emerald green ferns against a backdrop of brick red cliffs rising toward a dark blue sky create scenery that
Trees and cliffs provide shade in the warmer months.
The photos on the left and above were taken on a hike that travels through an old farming homestead. Fruit trees still stand, along with a storage building and
part of the main house.