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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.

Popular Activities at Oak Creek Canyon

It's worth giving yourself heaps of time at Oak Creek Canyon. Below are the top activities:

Your next exciting adventure has been waiting for you! You might like to try out a Grand Canyon Tour with Overnight Stay in the Canyon or a Scenic Desert Landmarks Tour.

For many more activities, have a look at our Sedona things to do page.


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Junipine Resort ¥21,374
Junipine Resort

Junipine Resort

8351 N Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on a river, this romantic condo building is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Slide Rock State Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Oak Creek Canyon and Coffee Pot.

    Inn-joy Lodge
    Inn-joy Lodge

    Inn-joy Lodge

    2897 Buffalo Trail, Flagstaff, AZ
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Flagstaff, this townhouse accommodation is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Kachina Trail and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Forest Highlands Golf Club. Northern Arizona University and Coconino County Fairgrounds are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Heavenly Hideaway
      Heavenly Hideaway

      Heavenly Hideaway

      3449 Awatobi Ovi, Flagstaff, AZ
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Flagstaff, this townhouse accommodation is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Kachina Trail and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Forest Highlands Golf Club. Northern Arizona University and Coconino County Fairgrounds are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Woodland Chalet
        Woodland Chalet

        Woodland Chalet

        3449 Awatobi Ovi, Flagstaff, AZ
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Flagstaff, this townhouse accommodation is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Kachina Trail and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Forest Highlands Golf Club. Northern Arizona University and Coconino County Fairgrounds are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek ¥19,508
          Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek

          Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek

          8067 N. State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Sedona, this lodge is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Slide Rock State Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Kuivato Gallery are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Treehouse
            Treehouse

            Treehouse

            3170 Kweo Trail, Flagstaff, AZ
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Flagstaff, this townhouse accommodation is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Kachina Trail and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Forest Highlands Golf Club. Northern Arizona University and Coconino County Fairgrounds are also within 9 mi (15 km).