Oak Creek

Sedona, Arizona 86339

Oak Creek

Oak Creek Professional Review and Guide

"Anyone who has ever visited Arizona has been to or heard of the beautiful red rock country of Sedona. Few of these visitors realize that the small creek running through town is one of the finest trout streams in the Southwest. Oak Creek is spring-fed from the upper reaches of Oak Creek Canyon. It flows 42 miles to the Verde River, and the upper canyon section holds good trout. Beyond the Page Springs area the water becomes too warm for trout. The creek flows cold and clear and fishes well most of the year.

The exceptions are during the brief spring runoff period or the occasional gully washer. The gradient is high near the top of the canyon but mellows around the confluence of the West Fork of Oak Creek. From here downstream there are lots of riffles and pools that test a fly fisher’s skills. Some parts of the creek canyon are tight and require a short rod and casting prowess, while other sections are wide open with more than enough room for even a 9' rod. The canyon is awe-inspiring when the Navajo sandstone is lit brilliant red by the high desert sun. Types of Fish: Rainbow trout, wild brown trout. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

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7/20/2018
Like everything in Sedona, this is a beautiful trail. Views of the red rock cliffs set off by forest and a creek underneath. It's a nice cool place to be despite the summer heat. You can also take a side trip to Slide Rock State Park which has natural "water slides" that people slide in to cool off. The water is really, really cold though! But it's gorgeous. The colors in the fall are just amazing with the golden tree leaves against the red cloves. Can't recommend visiting Sedona highly enough!
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6/14/2009
The trails are beautiful. We took our kids and really enjoyed the beauty of the spot.
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Trail Information

Sedona
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Year-round, although summer can be very crowded
Season & Limits
Slide Rock State Park
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Nov 2018