|Red Rock State Park|
Spectacular red rock cliffs frame this 286-acre nature preserve and environmental center on Oak Creek. Riparian tree species such as Fremont cottonwood, Goodding’s willow, Bonpland willow, Arizona walnut, Arizona sycamore, western soapberry and velvet ash thrive here, attracting rare and unique b...
Crescent Moon Picnic Area
|Description: One of the most photographed scenes in the southwest is towering Cathedral Rock reflected in the waters of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. It should come as no surprise then, that the picnic area located at that same site is as popular as it is beautiful. People come here to fish, swim, and wade in the creek, as well as to picnic and photograph the scenery. At times it can become quite crowded; but if you come early in the morning or on a weekday, it is possible to have the world class beauty of Red Rock Crossing nearly to yourself.|
Wildlife to Watch: Excellent birding along the creek area includes migratory birds that arrive in the spring to nest such as Bullock’s oriole, black-throated gray warbler, Western and Cassin’s kingbird, common black-hawk, and black-chinned hummingbird. Resident birds include great blue heron, American kestrel, Cooper’s hawks, great-horned owl, Gambel’s quail, belted kingfisher, western scrub-jay, and bridled and juniper titmouse. Other wildlife includes javelina, mule deer, raccoon, rock squirrel, terrestrial gartersnake, ring-necked snake, plateau lizard, ornate tree lizard, and collared .lizard.
Special Tips: Arrive early to beat the crowds.
Other Activities: Paved walkways access the riparian area, Oak Creek, the historic waterwheel, and interpretive kiosks.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service
Closest Town: Sedona
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