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Oak Creek Canyon
Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon is a beautiful river gorge located in Arizona and is close to Sedona and Flagstaff. The canyon is often described as the second most beautiful canyon after the Grand Canyon.

In sharp contrast, the Oak Creek Canyon is an accessible and enclosed attraction that continues to charm nature enthusiasts with its great serenity.

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The canyon can be reached by car using the Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive. This route, just as the name suggests, makes for a scenic ride as it winds up the road to the Mogollon Rim. The canyon boasts a spectacular landscape whose buttes and towering cliffs make for a breathtaking view.

There are two route options, including ascending the canyon from Sedona or taking the descent from Flagstaff. Both routes are idyllic and lead up to the collection of oaks. Here, the evergreen pines against the background of the red rocks, offer a delightful contrast for photography enthusiasts. Hikers have the chance of a lifetime to explore the crimson-surfaced rocks and relax in the crystal pools while enjoying the quiet of the canyon.

Additionally, Oak Creek Canyon is home to amenities such as swimming holes, hiking trails, viewpoints, as well as picnic areas. The Picnic areas are a favorite for families as they allow the kids to immerse themselves in nature.

The flow of Oak Creek allows for lush greenery to thrive in the canyon, with the best views during spring and summer when the colors come alive in bright hues. This canyon is also loved for its excellent photo location. Stop by at the Midgely Bridge, which is a popular point that stands out for its postcard-worthy pictures taken at this place.

For nature lovers looking for a place to stay, this wooded paradise does not disappoint. There are different accommodation options onsite, and these range from basic camping sites to opulent cabins by the creek. Manzanita is a great option for happy campers and remains open all year long.

Whether you would like to get away from the city’s hectic pace, or would simply love to soak in the tranquility, Oak Creek Canyon is the place to be!

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Daily Red Rock Pass: $5 (one calendar day)
Weekly Red Rock Pass: $15 (seven consecutive days)
Annual Red Rock Pass: $20 (twelve consecutive months)

America The Beautiful Interagency Passes accepted

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