Friday, April 3, 2009

Day 4: Slide Rock State Park Vista Trail

Distance: 1 mile round trip
Elevation Gain: Negligible

Standing on the bridge looking up at the park. The water shoot it at the far end of the photo.

We drove up Oak Creek Canyon for a ways after visiting Tuzigoot and Jerome. Oak Creek Canyon is not as spectacular as I thought it would be. It is mostly the creek and trees and not as many red rocks as I anticipated. Most of the trees were barren but I suspect in the heat of summer, those trees and that water would be a welcome respite.

Red rocks along the trail. It was late afternoon and I was shooting into a harsh sun.

One of the most popular areas in Sedona is Slide Rock State Park. Here you can slide through a narrow slot of cool water. In March, it was far too cold to even contemplate getting wet. In fact it was not until the day we left that I could even wear shorts.

Just past the bridge over Oak Creek at the southern end of the park is a parking area and a short trail through the scrub oaks. This trail follows the road back down to the bridge for a nice panorama of the park itself. While short, this little trail is very pleasant. It gave us a chance to view some of the few red rocks in the area.

Another view of the park near the bridge. You can see a few hearty souls playing in the water.

1 comment:

Purest Green said...

Wonderful photos. I love those red rocks - like another world.