Nobody does canyons like Arizona.

We’ve got some beauties. There’s a big one just up the road from Sedona that you may have heard about, the one we call Grand. Then there’s Sedona’s personal playground—dazzling, water-carved Oak Creek Canyon.

Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park

While the Grand Canyon is epic and awe-inspiring, Oak Creek Canyon has an intimacy, a cradling serenity that touches visitors in unforgettable ways. It is a soul-nourishing place, as accessible as it is beautiful. Yet the two canyons are kindred spirits. Both wear their erosion scars with a jaunty air.

West Fork Canyon

West Fork Canyon

Make Sedona your base camp to explore these two mighty gouges in the earth. We believe when you have one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in your backyard, take advantage of it! It’s a short drive to the Grand where you can snap a photo of mule riders moseying towards the river and peer into the abyss to hear what secrets are echoed there.

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

Then it’s time to come back home to Sedona, where the splash of crystal-throated Oak Creek beckons you. Explore shady woodlands tucked among soaring sandstone cliffs along West Fork Trail, one of the most astonishing hikes in the Southwest. Go careening down a natural water ride where the red rock formations form the frothy chute of Slide Rock. Or spread a picnic blanket on the stream banks at Grasshopper Point as the kids discover what you’ve known since you were young: the ol’ swimming hole beats the public pool every time.

And you can do it all just minutes from your car. No mule ride required. http://www.visitsedona.com/

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