Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona

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    Oak Creek Canyon Vista Point

    by Yaqui Updated May 24, 2009

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    We decided to head home the way we came, back North on Hwy 89A. We had passed through at night and had no idea of the beautiful lush scenery we missed on the way here. It is very curvy road so use caution with your speeds and have patience even if some idiot behind you is trying to pressure you to go faster, so we would pull over when it is safe to and let them pass, that is what we do. You will see a sign letting you know you are coming up to the viewing point of the canyon. Plenty of parking, restroom, ranger station and many local Native Americans were selling jewelry and many other types of items.

    RESTROOMS are available here!

    Well we made our way down the path so we could look at the stunning view of the canyon. Simply beautiful what God as created for us. You can see some of the road we traveled along and I was like, it was a good thing it was dark when we came our first night…wow!

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    See Beautiful Oak Creek Canyon

    by Basaic Written Feb 6, 2009

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    The climate and terrain of Oak Creek Canyon supports a wide variety of plant and animal life. Some uncommon species of small animals are attracted to the area like ring-tailed cats, spotted skunks and pack rats. Birds that prefer colder climates, along with those that prefer dry desert and water loving species all live here in the canyon. Oak Creek Canyon is also diverse geologically with five groups of rocks forming the walls: Basalt; Kaibab Limestone; Toroweap Sandstone; Coconino Sandstone; and Supai Sandstone.

    They have several picnic areas along Oak Creek and Oak Creek Canyon. For about all of them except the one at the main Oak Creek Overlook you will need to purchase a Red Rock Pass. The view from the picnic area at the overlook is spectacular.

    If you are lucky there will be a line of Native Americans at booths along the walkway where you can buy Native American Crafts and Food. It is cheaper than buying these in the shops in Sedona and probably more authentic.

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    Hiking in Oak Creek Canyon-Chavez Campground

    by AVG2319 Updated Jul 20, 2008

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    Chavez Campground is one of the many spots to hike along Oak Creek. We spent the weekend here hiking, camping, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. Although it will at first seem the campground is located too close to the golf course and homes, in reality it is tucked away in a grove of Sycamores and Arizona cypress right on the banks of Oak Creek. Truly a beautiful setting. We hiked up and down the creek and climbed up the rocks to get some great views of the Red Rock country.

    These pictures are from hiking in April, please see other tips for photos at different times of year.

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    Scenic Drive

    by ClariceStarling Updated May 21, 2006

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    The scenic road winds it way up to the top

    Oak Creek Canyon offers a scenic drive that displays the transition in environment from hot desert and red rocks to cool, lush forest. The drive from uptown Sedona to the overlook at the top takes around 30 minutes or so without stopping. There are plenty of scenic overlooks along the way. The road is very curvy and it becomes a little scary near the top, so unfortunately the driver will not be able to see too much because he or she should mostly be concentrating on the road. So I recommend one person drive up, while another drives back down. There are Native American men and women who sell jewelry and other craft items from the overlook at the top - that's where I bought one of my favorite necklaces! They also set up shop next to the Dairy Queen about halfway along the drive.

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    Oak Creek Canyon viewpoint

    by Redlats Updated May 10, 2004

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    View looking down into Oak Creek

    We travelled from Flagstaff south to Sedona on highway 89A. This highway follows the canyon following Oak Creek. It drops quite a ways (maybe 2000 ft) from Flagstaff to Sedona. We stopped at the Oak Creek Canyon viewpoint -- an area where you can walk along the canyon's edge for 400 yards.

    The view is outstanding - a precurser to the Grand Canyon. Although it is difficult to see on my amateur photo, the canyon is quite deep -- just to the right of my photo, highway 89A to Sedona snakes down that canyon. One big difference between this canyon and the Grand Canyon (besides their depth) -- this one is green (pine trees) from top to bottom.

    Unfortunately there are also tons of tables with people selling 'local?' goods. I found the tourist trade objectionable.

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    Yoga Buffs... this is it!

    by Chiky Written Feb 29, 2004

    Behind the new age store is the stream from Oak Creek Canyon. They have platform where you can meditate and/or practice yoga. I strongly advise at least going down for a peek. Here, across from the platform is an uprooted tree. It's so beautiful in the way that it remains though the water has eroded the very earth that it continues to thrive.

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    Oak Creek Canyon

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    The Road Ahead

    At the top end of the trail, near Flagstaff, there is a great recreation area with lots of parking, picnic sites and crafts for sale. We enjoyed walking along the edge of the precipice and enjoying the view down Oak Creek Canyon, where we could see the road snaking along towards Sedona. Here you can see the Ponderosa Pines on the mountain slopes because this elevation is still to their liking.

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    Contrasting Rocks

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    The Walls of Oak Creek Canyon

    This photo gives a good impression of the variety of rock types that you can see on the Oak Creek Canyon drive. The top dark layer is made up of volcanic basalt protecting a lighter layer of kaibab that was formed when this area was underwater. The red rocks in the foreground are sandstones and shales.

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    Oak Creek - Grasshopper Point

    by ThisQueenBee Updated Jun 27, 2003

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    Head to Oak Creek if you get to feeling parched.

    Arizona is not all tall rocks and dirt. I say this because I had no idea places like this existed in the Southwest. I see there are already many tips on this area, so I won't go into much detail. Just that I recommend Grasshopper Point if you want to add a little adventure in and leap into that water off of those tall rocks.

    Note that this spot, along with Slide Rock and a few others are not covered by your generally inclusive Red Rock Parking Pass.

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    Oak Creek

    by zrim Written Mar 25, 2003

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    Oak Creek Canyon

    The canyons of Oak Creek are truly awesome. The sheer cliffs did not always provide the necessary light for great photographs, but the physical beauty of the Oak Creek Canyon is pre-eminent with or without photographic proof.

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  • You MUST see Oak Creek Canyon

    by dzni Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    This canyon may extend farther than the portion I saw, but you can drive right through at least a portion of it on the main road from Flagstaff (SR 89A ??). Anyway, just beautiful scenery. I would suggest not taking the picture from the car, if possible. Pull over and take a picture. I didn't really follow my own advice. ;)

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    Visit Oak Creek Canyon....

    by basstbn Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Visit Oak Creek Canyon. Highway 89A snakes through the canyon on a path following Oak Creek. If you are driving on a summer weekend, a parking place will be difficult to find, as families from central Arizona flock to the area to relax in the cool shade, picnic and enjoy the creek itself. Oak Creek is nature's own waterslide, but if you decide to try it out, make certain to wear sturdy pants. A Swim suit won't last long on the rocks.

    I've never had the opportunity to stop and get into the water, but it looks like great fun.

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