Red Rock Crossing in Sedona Arizona

Red Rock Crossing


One of the most visually breathtaking areas in Sedona, Red Rock Crossing has provided adventure and inspiration for filmmakers, artists, musicians, and visitors for years. Enjoy hiking and biking trails to panoramic vistas at the top of Cathedral Rock. Or explore the magical banks of Oak Creek.

What can I do and see at Red Rock Crossing? 

  • Photography, Trails, Creek: With its stunning red rock scenery this section of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing is one of the most photographed and areas in Sedona. Enjoy hiking and biking on nearby trails, or spend a warm summer day in the refreshing creek. 
  • Crescent Moon Picnic Area: Visitors come to this popular day use recreation area to enjoy scenic views of Cathedral Rock while swimming and fishing in Oak Creek.

Where is Red Rock Crossing?

Crescent Moon Picnic Area: From the intersection of Hwy 89a and Hwy 179, drive west on Hwy 89a through West Sedona. Turn left on Upper Red Rock Loop Road, drive about 1.5 miles and follow the signs for Red Rock Crossing.

You may also access Red Rock Crossing by way of Baldwin Trail and the Cathedral Rock and Templeton Trails.

Baldwin Trailhead: From intersection Hwy 89a/Hwy 179, drive south on Hwy 179 to Village of Oak Creek. Turn right on Verde Valley School Rd, and drive about 5 miles to the end where you will find trailhead parking (part of the road is unpaved).

Cathedral Rock Trailhead: From intersection Hwy 89a/Hwy 179, drive south on Hwy 179, turn right on Back O’Beyond Rd. Trailhead parking is a short distance up the road on the left. Take Cathedral Rock Trail about .3 miles to connect with Templeton trail, which will lead you to Red Rock Crossing.

When is Red Rock Crossing open?

Trails are open year round.

Crescent Moon Picnic Area: May-September 8am-8pm, September-May 8am-sunset.

How much does Red Rock Crossing cost?

If you plan to park a vehicle at the trailhead you will need a Red Rock Pass. Passes can be purchased for $5 at the Red Rock Ranger District on Hwy 179.

Crescent Moon Picnic Area: $9 per vehicle (up to 5 people), $2 individual/walk-in.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

(928) 282-4119


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