Step out of Sedona and into one of the most breathtaking landscapes imaginable. Amidst the vivid red rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon, far removed from the hustle and bustle, there is magic in the air and an overwhelming sense of peace that can captivate even the most hardened soul. While Sedona provides rejuvenation of the body, the wilderness that frames it, Oak Creek Canyon, provides inspiration for the mind.
Born from millions of years of laborious effort by Mother Earth, the sheer beauty and splendor of the canyon is truly a gift from the heavens. Its exquisite carving is attributed to Oak Creek, a tributary of the Verde River, eroding and shaping this twelve mile canyon into an eternal masterpiece of celestial art. It has been recognized as one of the most scenic drives in America as it ascends over 2,000 feet winding through lush forests to the top of the Rim on the way to Flagstaff, Arizona.
Oak Creek Canyon, akin to a natural art gallery for the gods, proudly displays enormous red rock cliffs looming at all angles. At the edge of Sedona, déjà vu may overwhelm your senses, since many of these formations are often featured on postcards, and in travel magazines such as Arizona Highways. As you venture into the canyon, looking out from Oak Creek Vista affords a panoramic view of the entire canyon. Moving throughout the lush, vibrant landscape, surreal color and texture will bombard your senses.
If adventure and activity call, spend some time at Slide Rock State Park, where nature provides built-in water slides along Oak Creek. If you prefer drier entertainment, tackle some of the canyon’s best trout fishing with miles of creek to enjoy. Hiking and climbing along one of Oak Creek Canyon’s many trails will elevate the heart rate, and take your breath away, if the view hasn’t done so already!
The West Fork of Oak Creek reigns as one of the best hiking sites in the United States. Providing a scale of difficulty from relaxing to rough as the climb progresses, visitors of all ages can find true enjoyment here. The West Fork, located in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness area, entices not only athletic types, but also those with a higher calling.
Oak Creek Canyon is a source of inspiration for all who enter. Whether you come to learn and explore, play and relax, or get in touch with what is truly important, Oak Creek Canyon can be either the beginning or the end of your journey!
Silver Spur includes a drive through Oak Creek Canyon in the comfort of a Mercedes built Sprinter Van on its tours to the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon from Sedona. Each tour includes both “ascending” and “descending” views of Oak Creek Canyon for you to enjoy.