Must-Visit Swimming Holes
Grab your friends, pack your cooler, and slather on the sunscreen (after all, its easier to get burned at high elevations).
Here are some must-visit swimming holes that will have you planning out every weekend of summer.
“The Crack” at Wet Beaver Creek
Known for its diving board-shaped rock formation, this swimming hole lies at the end of a 3.5 mile hike. While the hike is relatively easy, it can be “long” and you will be grateful for the cool water when you arrive!
Take the I-17 to the Sedona exit East and park along the “bell trail” trailhead — but be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen for the sunny hike!
“Waterwheel Falls” at Ellison Creek
Just North of Payson lies the magnificent falls of the East Verde River. The water is chilly but refreshing after a short hike upstream.
Be sure to bring some cash for the parking permit at the water wheel day-use area and prepare to see why the main water fall is named “bridal veil” falls!
“The Bull Pen” at West Clear Creek
If you’re looking for a spot that has it all — the bull pen might be for you!
Perfect temperatures, deep pools for cliff diving, and shaded shallows for wading and splashing.
A five mile dirt road and 3/4 mile hike ends at the swimming spot that has a sandy bottom, unlike Oak Creek or Sedona’s rocky spots!
Feeling like a road trip yet? 🚗
“Red Rock Crossing” in Sedona
Not looking for a hike with your swim? Red Rock Crossing located in the heart of Sedona has amazing views of Cathedral rock without a long hike to get there.
Bring cash to park at the Red Rock Crossing campsite and you’re good to go! Shallow pools or deeper trenches lend themselves to a perfect spot.
Oldie but goodie — Slide Rock State Park
This classic Sedona attraction has even been featured on the Travel Channel!
Water flow has created smooth slippery rock slides that are a must-visit during the warm summers. Get there early to guarantee park admission and you’ll spend the day people watching, sliding, and sun-bathing!
Now grab your sunblock and pack some water — your summer awaits!
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