We closed down our Flagstaff stay with a drive to Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. We were originally going to stay in Sedona and spend a few days exploring this spot that has always been high on my “must see” list. Every time I would see a photograph of the beautiful, iconic red rocks that abound in the Sedona area I would be ready to pack up and head there. Perhaps that made my expectations a little too high. We found the cost of camping in the area ridiculously expensive, so we opted to do a day trip from Flagstaff rather than stay in Sedona itself.
The drive down was pretty, especially through Oak Creek Canyon.This curvy, wooded road snaked its way down the length of the canyon along a river gorge that stretched between Flagstaff and Sedona and offered many vistas and scenic views. Arriving in the town of Sedona itself was a shock after such a bucolic drive. We found it much bigger than we anticipated and so crowded and confusing with road construction and traffic that we didn’t bother stopping. We drove straight out into the Red Rock country, which is what we really wanted to see. It was as beautiful as the photographs I had seen.
We spent the day wandering the backroads, stopping for a quiet lunch and headed back to camp, disappointed in the town, but loving the surrounding area. Perhaps we will give the town another shot the next time we pass through. We started to pack up camp and get ready for our next stop, the Grand Canyon. We were quite sure that would not disappoint.