Oak Creek Vista Overlook/Rest Area
Get your camera ready for this one. Before you drive into the canyon you’ll want to stop at Oak Creek Vista. Here you can get a bird’s eye view of what awaits you down the road and, at the same time, shop for Native American jewelry and other craft items from the local Native American artists who set up displays along the pathways.
Just south of Flagstaff, State Rt. 89A descends a breathtaking series of switchbacks into a scenic, smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. Known for colorful rocks and unique formations, Oak Creek Canyon is famous the world around for its spectacular scenery.
The expansion project at the Vista (the Arizona Natural History Association/Forest Service information booth-see photo) is now complete. The visitor center shed closes for the winter beginning in mid-November. The overlook walk and parking lot is open during winter from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Location: Drive south from Flagstaff on AZ 89A 14 miles to Oak Creek Canyon Vista or north from Sedona 13 miles.
GPS: N35° 1′ 45.1554", W-111° 44′ 0.9954"
Attractions: Hiking, Wildlife watching, Photography and breath-taking views of the canyon.