Must-Visit Swimming Holes

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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!

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“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!

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“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!

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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.

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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!

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Now grab your sunblock and pack some water — your summer awaits!

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