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Oak Creek Canyon

Take one of Arizona’s most beautiful scenic drives through this canyon and be sure to take your hiking boots, fishing rod, swimsuit and camera along for the ride.

Oak Creek Canyon is a steep river gorge that carves a breathtaking chasm between Sedona and Flagstaff in northern Arizona. Experience the region known as the little cousin of the Grand Canyon on the Oak Tree Canyon Scenic Drive, a magnificent stretch of road that that brings you some of the best views in the canyon. Wind through forested passes, keeping watch for the hiking trailheads dotted along the roadside. Find a spot to drop a fishing line in the heart of the canyon, Oak Creek, or swim in the gorge’s clear waters.

You can begin your journey as an ascent from Sedona or a descent from Flagstaff. Either way will present stunning views and a breathtaking 4,500-foot (1370-meter) change in elevation throughout the 14-mile (22.5-kilometer) road. Between Sedona to the peak of Mogollon Rim, you’ll see the lush foliage of tall oak trees and evergreen pines against a backdrop of red rock and rugged cliffs.

If you begin at Mogollon Rim, you’ll see a panoramic view of what awaits you at Oak Creek Canyon Vista. Peruse roadside displays of Native American handicrafts made by local artists as you wind down the narrow bends. Stop by Midgely Bridge for an opportunity to photograph the unfolding panorama of sunset-hued rock, sandstone cliffs and green foliage.

Once you’ve navigated the switchback turns, you’ll reach a lazy stretch of road alongside Oak Creek. If it has been raining, you might see waterfalls plunging into the coursing offshoots of the creek, as well as clear pools reflecting the crimson rock. Plunge into the canyon’s swimming holes or drop a fishing line. There are plenty of picnic spots and outlooks to linger at along the way.

Oak Creek Canyon is a free highlight of northern Arizona and easily accessible by car on the adjoining state and interstate routes. It should take 2.5 hours for the drive. Each season brings a different view to the region. While the road is regularly snow ploughed in winter, take care during slippery road conditions.

Past Sedona, you’ll reach the fascinating geological formations of Red Rock Country and the stunning hiking trails around Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock.


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Charming Log Cabin On Oak Creek -- Sedona, Grand Canyon, Snowbowl Retreat
Charming Log Cabin On Oak Creek -- Sedona, Grand Canyon, Snowbowl Retreat

Charming Log Cabin On Oak Creek -- Sedona, Grand Canyon, Snowbowl Retreat

300 North Harding Dr., Sedona, AZ
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Sedona, this romantic holiday home is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Oak Creek Canyon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km).

    New! Cozy Cabin Nestled in the Heart of Oak Creek, Minutes From Trails
    New! Cozy Cabin Nestled in the Heart of Oak Creek, Minutes From Trails

    New! Cozy Cabin Nestled in the Heart of Oak Creek, Minutes From Trails

    371 N Banjo Bill Dr, Sedona, AZ
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Sedona, this romantic cabin is 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from Oak Creek Canyon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km).

      A Charming Gem in the Big Woods £240
      A Charming Gem in the Big Woods

      A Charming Gem in the Big Woods

      360 North Banjo Bill Drive, Sedona, AZ
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Sedona, this romantic cabin is 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from Oak Creek Canyon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km).

        Hot Tub Under Towering Red Rock Walls - Oak Creek £677
        Hot Tub Under Towering Red Rock Walls - Oak Creek

        Hot Tub Under Towering Red Rock Walls - Oak Creek

        353 North Banjo Bill Drive, Sedona, AZ
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Sedona, this cabin is 3.6 mi (5.7 km) from Oak Creek Canyon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          Oak Creek Canyon Cabin Getaway - Peaceful Retreat in Sedona - Bear Howard Cabin
          Oak Creek Canyon Cabin Getaway - Peaceful Retreat in Sedona - Bear Howard Cabin

          Oak Creek Canyon Cabin Getaway - Peaceful Retreat in Sedona - Bear Howard Cabin

          400 Bear Howard Dr, Sedona, AZ
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Sedona, this historic cabin is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Oak Creek Canyon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km).

            Rustic Beauty in the Canyon
            Rustic Beauty in the Canyon

            Rustic Beauty in the Canyon

            210 S Banjo Bill Dr, Sedona, AZ
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Sedona, this cabin is 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from Oak Creek Canyon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km).

              Canyon Home on Oak Creek for a Relaxing Getaway - Creekside Oasis in Sedona
              Canyon Home on Oak Creek for a Relaxing Getaway - Creekside Oasis in Sedona

              Canyon Home on Oak Creek for a Relaxing Getaway - Creekside Oasis in Sedona

              520 S Banjo Bill Dr, Sedona, AZ
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Sedona, this holiday home is 3.6 mi (5.7 km) from Oak Creek Canyon and within 12 miles (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km).

                Oak Creek Retreat - Cabin Style Living Read Full Description Before Renting
                Oak Creek Retreat - Cabin Style Living Read Full Description Before Renting

                Oak Creek Retreat - Cabin Style Living Read Full Description Before Renting

                900 Shady Ln, Sedona, AZ
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Sedona, this cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Slide Rock State Park, Oak Creek Canyon and Midgley Bridge. Sedona Art Center and Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village are also within 12 miles (20 km).