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Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona Photography Hot Spot Location
Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive – It has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Most Scenic Drives in America by Rand McNally. Breathtaking in its red rock beauty, the Canyon is a spectacular 16-mile gorge with streams and waterfalls between sheer rock walls. It is a river gorge located along the Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona between the cities of Flagstaff and Sedona. The canyon is often described as a smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon because of its scenic beauty. State Route 89A enters the canyon on its north end via a series of hairpin turns before traversing the bottom of the canyon for about 13 miles (21 km) until the highway enters the town of Sedona. The Oak Creek Canyon – Sedona area, is second only to Grand Canyon as the most popular tourist destination in Arizona.
Route 89A descends a series of switchbacks into a scenic area known for interesting rocks. Oak Creek Canyon is famous for its spectacular scenery.
We would stop at Oak Creek Canyon Vista. Here you can get a few shots, but these are what we call tourist shots. The ones for the memory book but not for our portfolio. It’s well worth stopping to take in the beauty from above the canyon. You can also shop for Native American jewelry and art from the natives who set up displays along the pathways. It’s a good breaking point if you need one.
You will want to get out of your car to photograph these crimson cliffs and crystal pools up close. It’s a winding road but get out and explore where ever you can.