Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon

If I didn’t know that we were in Arizona, I’d swear we were somewhere in the northwest. 

One summer back in the middle of the last century, Tinka was in college in Flagstaff.  She said that she would go down toward Sedona, AZ to what is now Slide Rock State Park.  In those days it was an apple farm but Oak Creek ran through the middle of it.  It was also before water slides, but Slide Rock is a natural 75-foot butt-ride down the hill.  The weather was a little to cold for Tinka to relive an old experience, but others weren’t so chicken.


The apple farmer that owned the area prior to it becoming a state park, Frank L. Pendley, built a few tourist cabins on the property in 1933.  Sorry, they aren’t renting them out any more.


Heading south on Hwy 89a toward Slide Rock we were treated to a beautiful drive through the pine-covered mountains.  Happily we did not have our 5th wheel with us on this trip.  One stretch of the road drops about 1800 feet in about a three mile stretch of switchbacks.  There are three of them in this photo.


From up on top, we could look down at our road on the valley floor.


Once we made it down, here’s a look back at the hill we descended.


After not sliding on the rocks, we headed another 8 miles south to the town of Sedona.  Sedona was made popular by more than 40 movies that were filmed in the area between 1931 and 1985.  The first was the filming of Zane Grey’s novel, “Riders of the Purple Sage”.   Once the famous panorama hit the screens it was hard to keep people away. (CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ENLARGE)


The town of Sedona has grown into quite a tourist area.  The homes are spread out around the hills.


Shops line Hwy 89a.


On our return trip back up the hill toward Flagstaff, we spotted some Indian art and jewelry vendors.  Like we haven’t seen enough vendors lately.  Anyway, we stopped and escaped unscathed.


One Response to “Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon”

  1. Mark and Donna says:

    Nice to see your report on our old home…..
    We are in Kanab, UT, but think we are heading north to West Yellowstone, MT

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