"Sedona: red rock country" Arizona Things to Do Tip by toonsarah

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The landscape around Sedona is famous for its dramatic red rock formations which contrast vividly with the lush greenery around Oak Creek. We explored Red Rock State Park for a close-up view of this landscape, and I was disappointed to read when researching this tip that the park is scheduled to close in early June of this year. I expect however that the trails and other facilities will remain accessible for a while, until the neglect that will inevitably follow closure hands them back to nature.

There are a number of such trails, winding through the woodlands or along the banks of Oak Creek. Lengths vary between less than half a mile (Smoke Trail which follows the creek for a short distance) to nearly two miles (Eagle?s Nest, climbing up above the creek for views across the area). Many of the trails interconnect, allowing you to put together a route of up to five miles. There is also a short interpretive walk near the visitor centre, offering a ?snapshot of the flora, fauna, and scenic views?. With limited time, we did this and also the Smoke Trail to take us down to the water?s edge. The latter was particularly good for photography, with the running water making an attractive contrast to the green of the trees and the red rocks.

Directions: A few miles south of Sedona of Hwy 89
Website: http://azstateparks.com/Parks/RERO/index.html

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  • Written Mar 17, 2010
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