If you are visiting Sedona, Arizona, it is hard to not notice the fact that the city is surrounded by enormous red rock formations. These beautiful towering rocks create an almost otherworldly landscape for those who come to visit this desert town.
Even though you are virtually surrounded by the beauty of the rock, it is the official Red Rock State Park that holds some of the most awe-inspiring examples of natural beauty in the area.
Specifically, the Cathedral Rocks and the associated hiking trail make a visit to the Park worthwhile. This 286-acre nature preserve — located about 10 miles southwest of the intersection of routes 89A and 179, along Oak Creek — has one of the most amazing views of Sedona’s most famous formations. Visitors can stop by the visitor’s center to get information about the history of the Park as well as to sign up to take part in one of the many guided nature walks that are available each day. For those who are interested in something a bit more romantic, there are opportunities to take part in evening hikes that occur during moonlight hours. There are several spots along the way in which guests can take advantage of scenic lookouts, enjoy a picnic next to the creek or even stop to take a dip and cool down, after hiking through one of the many trails that run through the area.
The Park is known locally and nationally as a great location for those who like to hike.
The natural beauty that surrounds the area offers the perfect backdrop for an afternoon or evening of adventure and exploration. Daily activities are scheduled throughout the year and the Park is open every day from 8 am to 5 pm with the last entry at 4:30 pm (the visitor’s center opens each morning at 9 am). Entrance fees vary depending on the age of the guest and are as follows: $5 for adults (ages 14 and older), $3 for adolescents (ages 7 to 13) and free for children 6 and younger. There are additional fees for guests who wish to camp in the Park overnight.