Red Rock Crossing is a beautiful 1.1 mile trail in the Red Rock State Park, just outside the little town of Sedona, Arizona. The Park is a beautiful combination of high-country scenery and rugged charm, with lots hiking trails for every skill level. Red Rock Crossing is one of the most pristine areas in the Park and a very popular spot for both visitors and locals. Besides being a great picnicking, fishing and water-play area, it is also an iconic location for wedding or landscape photography.
Red Rock Crossing is set alongside the waters of Oak Creek. The area is extremely picturesque and offers the best view of the Cathedral Rock. Around sunset, the shallow stream turns past the base of this iconic rock formation, reflecting it like a mirror.
The iconic Cathedral Rock is one of the most photographed images in the whole Southwest. When you see Red Rock Crossing for the first time you may have a sense of déjà vu. If you have seen a photo of Sedona, you most likely have seen this exact spot with the famous Cathedral Rock in the background.
To get the best reflection of the Rock you have to cross the stream. In some places, the bottom drops 25-30 inches, forming nice pools.
Getting to Red Rock Crossing
Getting to Red Rock Crossing is a little tricky. You actually have to pass the State Park’s entrance and visitor center and continue on the highway. We visited this place some years ago, but couldn’t remember its exact name or location. We wandered through the park looking for it and asking around, but nobody seemed to know what we were talking about. Since Cathedral Rock is visible from many other areas in the park, people didn’t know what place we were referring to. On the way out we stopped at the visitor center and luckily found a ranger who understood that we were describing the Red Rock Crossing. So if you plan to visit this place, stop by the visitor center and ask for directions. They have them printed out and very clearly written.