The hairdresser I went to on Thursday told me I should be sure to go see Oak Creek Canyon. So on Friday, using my Reader's Digest Most Scenic Drives in America book as our guide, we drove up Hwy 17 to Flagstaff. We were at 8000 ft and there was snow on the ground, but there should have been a lot more.
At Flagstaff we traveled back on Rte 89A. Our first stop was the Oak Creek Vista Point. There was a row of Navajo Indians selling jewelery, so I bought a bracelet.
It is 1000 feet to the bottom of this canyon.
Notice the switchback road going around the cliff behind us. It was fun driving down those hairpin turns!
We stopped at Pine Flat Campground to look up at the cliffs, and found this water supply from a mountain spring.
Many people stopped and filled up their water bottles.
At Slide Rock State Park we paid the $10 entrance fee and took a short hike.
You can slide down this 80 foot chute of slippery rocks. Fun in the summer but a little too cold today.
Larry climb down the cliff, but I decided to go back on the path.
Red rock of Sedona, this picture just doesn't show how beautiful.
Our book told us to stop at Schnebly Hill Vista for a spectacular view. The road is 6 miles of switchbacks, but only one mile is paved. We parked where the paved road ends and took a hike. We will have to take the Pink Jeep tours sometime and go to the vista.
We took the Munds Wagon Trail, agreeing to hike 30 minutes in and 30 minutes out, since it was getting late in the day.
The path was marked with these stacks of rocks.
What a beautiful place to hike.
Larry taking a rest.
We had also gone to Sedona on Wednesday and stopped at the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
You can see the inside of the church, very simple and peaceful.
When we left Sedona that evening a full moon was just coming up. Red rock country sure is beautiful!
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