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“Oak Creek Canyon: A Drive Worth Taking” 5 of 5 stars
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Oak Creek Canyon
Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 83149
928 282-4119
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Ranked #4 of 119 things to do in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Breathtaking in its red rock beauty, the Canyon is a spectacular 16-mile gorge with streams and waterfalls between sheer rock walls.
Sedona, Ariona
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“Oak Creek Canyon: A Drive Worth Taking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The only time of year you don't want to take this winding 40 mile canyon road is the WINTER. It's not wise under any circumstance. Not even with chains. This is a two-lane highway, narrow, winding and twisting as it goes from Sedona to Flagstaff in the north. The best time of year is in October when the leaves change and the color is breath taking. The canyon draws plenty of people and it gets nasty when some recreation vehicle decides to do it. It slows traffic way down. It's not for rec vehicles. Take your car, not your RV. Take your camera and video cam. The views are stunning. Stop at Grasshopper point, park and shoot. Stop at West Fork Trails providing there's parking room. Take the half mile hike into some of the most beautiful Nature you'll ever see. This is a slow drive...35 mph down to 20 mph or less depending upon the hairpin curves. Be prepared for a leisurely drive. It's a secondary way (other than taking I-17 north from Sedona) to reach Flagstaff. It's actually faster to take Oak Creek, but (again) you get these unnerving, large, unwieldy RV's on this highway and your time is blown. So, if you're needing to make an appointment in Flagstaff, take I-17.

Visited January 2013
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“SCENIC DRIVE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We are fortunate to drive through this canyon to enter Sedona on all of our visits coming from Nevada. A smooth winding canyon with spectacular views. There are also numerous hikes and picnic stops along the way. Bring your camera!

Visited October 2012
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“Nice drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

There aren't many places to stop along the way up/down, but the drive is beautiful and there's a nice viewing area at the top.

Visited January 2013
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“Great drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We must agree with most of the reviewers that Oak Creek Canyon has spectacular switchbacks and is an excellent, scenic drive. Unfortunately we were hoping to do some hiking and was surprised by the cost to hike as it is outside the park and is run by private operators. We had already purchased a parking pass for the area but it didn't apply and we didn't want to spend any more. We probably missed out on something good.

Visited September 2012
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“A must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

What a beautiful drive. A must when you go to Sedona. Even with no leaves in the trees in winter it's gorgeous. You get a better view of the rocks

Visited January 2013
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