This pleasant, easy walk traverses the site of one of the most photographed scenes in Sedona, and is suitable for all ages. There are benches and spots along the path where you can sit and relax or meditate along the banks of Oak Creek with Cathedral Rock in the distance.

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, AZ

This pleasant, easy Crescent Moon Creek walk traverses the site of one of the most photographed scenes in Sedona, and is suitable for all ages. There are benches and spots along the path where you can sit and relax or meditate along the banks of Oak Creek with Cathedral Rock in the distance. In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee offers a “Purifying Emotions Meditation” that can be done from a quiet spot with the soft sound of Oak Creek’s flowing waters here.

A fee is required to enjoy this scenic area and parking is just inside. Park anywhere and from this, the west end of the park, follow the pink colored sidewalk toward the creek. It is here you will see the famous view featured in so many photographs of Sedona. Go east along the sidewalk, parallel to the creek. Take your time . . . there are benches and relaxing places to sit as you make your way in this lovely place.

After about a quarter of a mile, the sidewalk ends and a dirt path takes its place. This area is the site of the Old Chavez Ranch. From here, the trail moves closer to the creek, eventually traversing a broad, redrock shelf. There are many side trails as you go, but stay on the main trail, as they all lead to the same place, eventually ending at a big curve where the creek splits and a power line crosses.

How to Get to Crescent Moon Creek Walk
Beginning at the roundabout on Highway 179 known as the “Y” near Uptown Sedona, go southwest on Highway 89A towards Cottonwood for 4.2 miles (6.8 km), to the Upper Red Rock Loop Road. Turn left and follow the loop to the 6.0 mile (9.6 km) point and turn left on the paved road toward Crescent Moon Ranch Park. Follow this road for another 1.0 miles to the entrance booth at Crescent Moon Ranch Park, where you will pay a fee to enter.

FAQs

  • Open year round. Good all-weather hike except for very cold or very hot days.
  • Difficulty: Easy, pleasant walk
  • Usage: Moderate to heavy
  • Elevation gain: level
  • Length: Approximately 1.0 mile each way
  • Facilities: yes
  • Dogs allowed on a leash.

Special Tips

  • Hiking/walking shoes and hats are recommended.
  • This trail is recommended for all ages.
  • Always take plenty of water, especially in warmer weather, and possibly a snack, but please remember, “Leave no trace” and take what you brought along home with you.
  • Take your camera and binoculars to capture the views.
  • Parking: fee required
  • Don’t hike alone and let others know where you’re headed—just in case!

By Lynn A. Trombetta