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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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Creek Side Cottage in Oak Creek Canyon
Creek Side Cottage in Oak Creek Canyon

Creek Side Cottage in Oak Creek Canyon

Sedona, AZ
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

    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 mi (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Sit in the Hot Tub Under Towering Cliffs at Sedona's Cliffside Canyon Getaway
      Sit in the Hot Tub Under Towering Cliffs at Sedona's Cliffside Canyon Getaway

      Sit in the Hot Tub Under Towering Cliffs at Sedona's Cliffside Canyon Getaway

      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 mi (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        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

        Sedona, AZ
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

          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 mi (20 km) of Slide Rock State Park and Sedona Art Center. Midgley Bridge and Forest Highlands Golf Club are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            A Charming Gem in the Big Woods
            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
              Gorgeous Canyon Home on Oak Creek for a Relaxing Getaway - Creekside Oasis
              Gorgeous Canyon Home on Oak Creek for a Relaxing Getaway - Creekside Oasis

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

              Sedona, AZ
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

                Junipine Resort $198
                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.