Oak Creek Canyon
Begin your journey into Oak Creek Canyon, the luscious valley where water abounds, at Oak Creek Vista, 13 miles south of Flagstaff (on Hwy. 89A). Here you can enjoy an impressive stroll along the rim of the canyon and find Native Americans selling their handmade jewelry. The West Fork of Oak Creek is one of the most spectacular canyons in Arizona, with its colorful walls rising hundreds of feet straight up, picturesque stream and interesting flora and fauna. The trailhead of this famous, easy hike is right on 89A and open year-round. Down the road a piece (18 mi. from Flagstaff), in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, is the popular natural waterslide in the creek, Slide Rock State Park. Near Sedona, there’s a day spa nestled in the red-rock cliffs, complete with creekside whirlpool, sunning/massage decks and 50-foot cascading waterfall.