Feb 11

Red Rock Crossing

Cathedral Rock ReflectionRed Rock Crossing is a must visit stop in the Sedona area of Arizona.  It provides beautiful views of the Cathedral Rock formation one of the most photographed areas in the southwest.  Depending on what guidebook/website you are using this area might also go by the name Crescent Moon Ranch, but the area is a part of the Coconino National Forest.  This area is very popular partly due to the wonderful scenery but also visitors can swim, fish, and picnic here.Red Rock CrossingOur particular visit to Red Rock Crossing was in October and we went to see sunset and go for a little stroll. Once we were in the park we took the sidewalk to the left which led to a dirt trail that ended where the Oak Creek is overlooked by the Cathedral Rocks.   After exploring the area and dipping our toes in the cold water we headed back to the picnic area and took the sidewalk loop to the other side of the park which runs alongside Oak Creek and also gives nice views of Cathedral Rocks.Crescent Moon RanchRed Rock Crossing is worth a visit, but go with the understanding that if you go during the busy season, weekends, or times that are most convenient for others then your visit will not be a trip of solitude.  Sunset offers good lighting for photography, but it can be crowded.  Also know that private residences connect to the park so be respectful of people’s homes.Oak CreekKaren and I hope to visit the Red Rock area of Arizona again in the future, there are so many trails that we haven’t hiked yet and the scenery is topnotch.  The next time we are there we definitely are heading back to Red Rock Crossing.

Red Rock Crossing
Located FR 216 Upper Rock Loop Road
Hours Open Daily 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day the rest of the 8:00 a.m. to dusk
Cost at the time of our visit- $9.00 per vehicle
For more information visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino/

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