Red Rock Country
is a colorful collection of buttes, pinnacles, mesas and canyons and
is famous the world around for its red rock vistas. Over the years,
this area has served as the setting of many western novels and movies
and has been the subject of uncounted paintings, photographs and other
works of art. The remains of ancient wetlands, these crimson cliffs
have been carved by the forces of the desert into one of nature's
most magnificent masterpieces.
No matter what you do in Red Rock Country, you're always sightseeing.
Ways to get even closer to all this scenery include: hiking, horseback
riding, taking a scenic drive, sliding down a natural waterslide,
picnicking, camping, taking lots of photos and fishing in Oak Creek.
The splendor of Red Rock Country is obvious,
even through the windshield of a quickly moving car. Many routes
are "must-see" drives, including Highway 89A into Oak
Creek Canyon from Flagstaff, Highway 89A to Sedona from Cottonwood,
and Highway 179 to Sedona from I-17. Entering Sedona from the east,
via the Schnebly Hill Road, is an exciting experience; spectacular
views along 11 miles of narrow, twisting, bumpy road, built in 1904.
All routes feature scenery unequaled anywhere else in the country.
Also read about more scenic drives in the Recreation Guide - Free
at all Gateway Visitor Centers, Red Rock Ranger District and many
Please click the link above for more information on Scenic Drives.
The Sedona community and the Forest Service
are partners in building and maintaining trails both on and off
the National Forest.
Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and mountain biking opportunities in Red
Rock Country are virtually unlimited, with over 200 miles of trail.
Visitors may enjoy short and easy trips on urban trails or long
and challenging adventures through remote backcountry areas. Please
click the link above for a list of trails on the Red Rock District.
Red Rock Country boasts three federally designated
wilderness areas, totaling over 124,000 acres. The Red Rock-Secret
Mountain, Sycamore Canyon, and Munds Mountain Wilderness Areas are
marked by colorful cliffs and soaring pinnacles, dry desert, thick
pinon-juniper forests, and lush riparian areas. Please click the
link above for more on our wilderness areas.
and Day-Use Cabin
and picnicking are inviting ways to experience the splendor of Red
Rock Country. Within a short drive of Sedona,
several Forest Service campgrounds and picnic areas provide recreational
opportunities for the whole family.
Rent-a-cabin: "Rooms With A View" - Crescent Moon Ranch Cabin is a beautiful ranch house located in Sedona, Arizona adjacent to Oak Creek
and near the base of Cathedral Rock! Enjoy hiking, photography, and beautiful
Oak Creek, or just relax and take in the breath-taking view from the living
Dispersed Camping: Because of intense use of red rock country,
the area around Sedona is closed to camping except in developed
campgrounds. Specific boundaries for dispersed camping are show
on the Red Rock Country Map.
Please click the three links above for information on Camping, Day-use Picnic, Swimming areas, and Cabin Rentals.
Towering red cliffs and cool waters
have drawn people to Red Rock Country for generations. The natural
beauty and splendor found here has made this region a stopping place
a day or a lifetime - for millions of people, from the first inhabitants
many centuries ago to visitors and residents today. In Red Rock
Country, we see in remarkable form and color how the natural world
appeared millions of years ago. Monumental buttes, soaring multi-hued
cliffs, fantastic towering spires and rugged canyons assail the
eye and the senses. Vast sweeps of greenery refresh and inspire
our spirit and fill us with anticipation. Unified by Oak Creek,
the vital riparian link between the Mogollon Rim and the Verde Valley,
the landscape is a museum of life, a living crossroads connecting
us in time and space.
Wading and fishing the cool waters of Oak Creek
are the most popular forms of recreation in Oak Creek Canyon. Water
is essential to life in and around the creek and to life far downstream.
This high desert riparian ecosystem is very sensitive to contamination
and disturbance. Human activity can have a significant effect on
water quality, so please help protect this oasis in the desert:
Don't Pollute The Creek!
Shoreline vegetation provides an important buffer
to water sources, protecting water quality by absorbing and slowing
runoff and holding soil in place. Damage to this shoreline vegetation
can result in soil erosion, changing watercourses over time, contaminating
water, and damaging riparian ecosystems. Protect Oak Creek: Avoid
The warmer months bring high temperatures and
strong, drying winds to Red Rock Country. Rain is rare, days are
hot, and fire conditions are often "Very High" or "Extreme."
Wildfires under these conditions can be disastrous, destroying valuable
forest resources and endangering lives and property. During this
time of the year, special fire restrictions and closures may be
imposed to reduce the likelihood of wildfire. Fore more information
and current fire conditions, call the Red Rock Ranger District:
(928) 282-4119. Protect your National Forest: Observe Posted
Fire Restrictions and Closures! Get
the latest news and updates on the Coconino National Forest.