Red Rock State Park
Among the iconic red rocks of Sedona you’ll find Red Rock State Park, which has some of Arizona’s most beautiful and unique country. Here are three reasons you should make Red Rock State Park a stop on your Arizona vacation.
1. A Symbol of the Southwest
Red Rock Crossing, which is located in Red Rock State Park, is the most photographed place in all of Arizona. The red sandstone canyon and its Cathedral Rock and other rock formations are iconic symbols of the Southwest. This is what makes the area around Sedona a favorite spot for artists and also why it has appeared in over 60 Hollywood films.
If you drive south from Flagstaff to Phoenix, you’ll see these towering rock formations like Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. But Red Rock State Park gives you a closer look. You can enjoy its many hiking trails that wind through the park and give you “off the beaten path” views of the iconic scenery.
2. Alive with Flora and Fauna
The area around Red Rock State Park is a kind of meeting point between two very different climates, the low desert of the Valley of the Sun and arid high country of Northern Arizona. As a result, it offers a wide range of flora and fauna. Glimpses of rare wildlife are common and guided tours show you the unique plant life of the area.
The area is full of velvet mesquite, netleaf hackberry and alligator juniper trees, along with tamarisk, Johnson grass and tumbleweed. Wildlife includes cougars, coyotes, mule deer, river otters and collared peccaries. The birdwatching is especially spectacular here with many kinds of hawks, warblers, vultures, swallows and more.
3. Easy Access
What’s especially nice about this unique Arizona gem is that it’s so easy to reach from so many places. It’s not even an hour from Flagstaff and only a little more than an hour from the Phoenix area. You can head down here for a side-trip when you’re at the Grand Canyon, and it’s not too far of a drive from Las Vegas as well.
Things to Do at Red Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is a nature preserve and environmental education center located near Sedona. The waters of Oak Creek flow through the park, feeding its rich diversity of plant and animal life. The park celebrates the area’s unique natural history, and there are guided tours and other educational activities where you can learn about the area. The trails are easy to hike and there are plenty of spots for viewing the scenery and snapping pictures. You can also enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding on the park’s many trails
There are hotel accommodations nearby and all of the attractions of Sedona to enjoy. You can take in the park’s hiking trails by day and spend the evening enjoying one of Sedona’s excellent restaurants or checking out its art galleries. It’s also a great jumping off point for seeing other sights in Northern Arizona.