Hit the trails, pack your swimsuit, and get ready for the ‘creekend’!
Living in Northern Arizona has some pretty great perks — snowboarding, mountain hikes, and wilderness as far as the eye can see.
Swimming and sunbathing?
Yep, we’ve got that too! If you’re looking for weekend plans to fulfill your summer bucket list, you’re in the right place. We’ve got your guide on what to bring, where to go, and everything in between to make the most out of those summer ‘creekends’!
Where to go:
Just an hour outside of Flagstaff is Oak Creek Canyon — a fresh water creek that is fed from the snow run off and rain throughout the year.
Oak Creek Canyon provides more than just water for the plants and animals around Sedona, it’s also home to Grasshopper Point, Slide Rock State Park, and Red Rock Crossing for endless summer swims and sunshine!
Make sure you get directions and maps set up before heading out to ensure you arrive early enough to grab a good spot!
What To Bring:
Flip Flops are great for when you get to the creek but not so great when you are hiking into your favorite creek spot. Hiking shoes like Chacos can double as water shoes and sandals to help you pack lighter!
Backpacks and carry-ables
Your backpack is essential to carry all the other items we are about to mention! You want to be prepared for the creek, and comfortable on the hike.
#LumberjackTip bring a small trash bag with you to ‘pack out’ your trash/recyclables and ensure the canyon stays clean for others!
WATER! WATER! WATER!
Don’t let the cooler weather fool you — it can get hot in the canyon and combined with the higher elevation, water is something we all need! Bring a reusable water bottle, that you can refill at water stations at Slide Rock State Park and stay hydrated all day long!
Unless you want to drip-dry on the hike out, a towel is a must-bring. Whether you are going for a swim in the creek or not, bringing a towel or blanket to sit on when you arrive at the creek can help make your afternoon comfier!
SPF and Sunglasses
Spending the day in the sun at higher altitudes can accelerate the time needed to get a sunburn. Remember to pack your sunscreen in your backpack, even if you already sprayed at home, so you can reapply throughout your creek day.
Keep the summer-vibes going with a clip-on or a small, lightweight speaker. It will make the hike down to your creek a lot more fun! You can enjoy music with your friends once you have arrived, too! Looking for a playlist to jam out to? Check out some of our summer must-listens and enjoy our pre-made playlists.
Where To Park:
Depending on where you go in Oak Creek Canyon, some areas require a small parking fee of about $5 a car to park for the day. Free parking is available at certain locations but are first-come-first-serve throughout the day!
There are also bigger parking lots along 89A that may require a “Red Rock Pass” as well.
Plan ahead and find parking that works for you to make sure your trip goes smoothly and doesn’t leave you parking in un-safe areas!
After Your Trip:
Swimming and sunning all day is guaranteed to work up your appetite. Treat yourself to a snack while you’re in Sedona and check out the town for some spots to grab a bite to eat!
Indian Gardens Cafe & Restaurant is located off State Route 89A and is known for its great outdoor seating! Stop in for quick bites like sandwiches, coffee, and salads to help fill you up and keep your energy up throughout the day!
Oak Creek Brewing Company is located on Yavapai Drive in the town of Sedona. It’s been a Sedona staple for more than 20 years and has frequent live music and a full menu!
If all you need is a quick sweet treat, DQ has got you covered. Stop in at the dairy queen on Highway 89A before heading back up to Flagstaff and get your sugar-fill for the day to stay cool!
Weekends in Sedona are guaranteed to refresh, recharge, and re-energize your summer days. Pack your cooler, bring your friends, and slather on the sunscreen for a ‘creekend’ to remember! #NAUSummer