Red Rock State Park
- Type: Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Although Sedona is surrounded by towering red rock formations, many recent visitors recommend a trip to the official Red Rock State Park. This 286-acre nature preserve -- located about 10 miles southwest of the "Y" (the intersection of routes 89A and 179) along Oak Creek -- boasts great views of Sedona's more famous formations like Cathedral Rock. Stop in at the Visitor Center to learn about the area's history, guided nature walks and moonlight hikes. Pack your swimsuit if you're visiting during the summer; the park's Oak Creek offers an opportunity to cool down.
"Words literally cannot do justice to the stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty of this place," one traveler tells Yelp.com. However, another visitor on TripAdvisor says Red Rock isn't worth the park entrance fee. "There are so many better places in Sedona to see the scenery, including free scenic pull-outs … If you want a really great hike, climb up Cathedral Rock itself!"
Red Rock State Park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the Visitor Center opens at 9 a.m.). An entry fee of $10 is required for visitors with cars and $3 for those who come on foot or by bike. For more information, visit the Red Rock State Park website.