If you’ve ever seen a photo of Sedona, chances are you’ve seen Crescent Moon Picnic Area, known locally as Red Rock Crossing. That image of Oak Creek flowing in front of majestic Cathedral Rock is one of the most-photographed images in the Southwest. Don’t be surprised to find radiant brides and glowing grooms posing for their wedding portrait on the rocky banks. The shallow stream meanders past the base of Cathedral Rock and through forested groves. On the bank opposite Cathedral you’ll notice dozens of stacked rock totems, looking like a miniature Stonehenge. This is Buddha Beach, considered to be the site of a powerful vortex. The main entrance to Crescent Moon is in West Sedona, but you can save a few bucks by coming in the back way. From the Village, travel west on Verde Valley School Road for 4.8 miles (the last mile is unpaved but smooth) to Red Rock Crossing parking area. A short unmarked path leads to Oak Creek. It costs $10 per vehicle to enter but only $2 for walk-ins.
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