Due to damage from recent storms, Blackhawk and Sentinel Crossings will be closed until further notice. Trails on the south side of Oak Creek remain accessible via the Kingfisher Bridge.
Explore Yavapai County and the Verde Valley
Nestled in the beautiful red rocks, Sedona is a great place to get outdoors. Numerous hiking trails can be found in and around Sedona. There are also opportunities for tours by horseback, jeep, bicycle, raft, helicopter, biplane and hot air balloon. Several ancient cultural sites are also nearby and open to the public. While swimming is prohibited in Red Rock State Park, several other recreation areas provide access to the cool water of the Oak Creek.
Much of Sedona can be seen while driving, as Highway 179 offers some close up views of red rock formations such as Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. More red rocks can be seen from Dry Creek Road and Boynton Pass Road, however, you will run into some unpaved roads where higher clearance vehicles are recommended. 89A North, towards Flagstaff, winds you through Oak Creek Canyon and is one of the most scenic roads in Arizona.
If shopping is more your thing, Sedona will not disappoint. Head to uptown Sedona where you will find many shops and galleries with signature southwest art and souvenirs. Many restaurants can be found in this area, as well as hotels and resorts.
Known for colorful rocks and unique formations, Oak Creek Canyon is world famous for its spectacular scenery.
The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous Red Rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in forest lakes and wade in lazy creeks and streams.
Comprised of about 1.25 million acres, the Prescott borders three other National Forests in Arizona. Roughly half of the forest lies west of the city of Prescott, Arizona, in the Juniper, Santa Maria, Sierra Prieta, and Bradshaw Mountains. The other half of the Forest lies east of Prescott and takes in the Black Hills, Mingus Mountain, Black Mesa, and the headwaters of the Verde River.
Montezuma's Castle National Monument
Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000-year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape.
Boynton Canyon Trail
Boynton Canyon is one of the most scenic of the box canyons that make Arizona Red Rock Country so famous. This particular trail enjoys the additional advantage of being conveniently accessible to nearby towns on well-paved roads.
Tuzigoot National Monument
Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures.
Oak Creek Canyon Task Force (OCCTF)
Slide Rock State Park is a member of the Oak Creek Canyon Task Force (OCCTF), a non-profit watershed group with a broad-based membership who dedicate themselves to protect and preserve the integrity of Oak Creek and the Canyon environment. It is founded on the principle that a voluntary association of members of the watershed communities, working together to understand both the watershed and each other, best accomplishes its goals and objectives.
Oak Creek Canyon and its unique waterway is such a valuable resource that volunteers spend countless hours on projects to keep the Canyon beautiful and its waterways safe for future generations.
Visit their website: Oak Creek Canyon Task Force
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