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CRESCENT MOON, AZ

part ofCoconino National Forest Recreation, US Forest Service
Photo: CRESCENT MOON
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Crescent Moon sits beneath the towering Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed scenes in the Southwest. This day-use area (group shelter also known as Ramada) is as popular as it is beautiful. Visitors will marvel at the reflection of the red cliffs in the waters of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing.

Natural Features:

Placed beside a tree-lined creek, the picnic area's location offers a serene place to enjoy nature, with Sedona's famous red rock cliffs setting the backdrop.

Crescent Moon lies in a high desert region situated at the base of the Mogollon Rim, a 200-mile long slope that ranges between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation. The unique landscape creates erosion that has shaped spectacular canyons and buttes that make the region an appealing attraction.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy picnicking, fishing and wading in the crystal clear waters of Oak Creek. Flora, fauna and rock formations in the surrounding area offer excellent photography opportunities.

Within a few minutes, visitors can access hiking, biking and scenic driving through Oak Creek Canyon to view majestic red-hued cliffs, buttes and canyons. The site is also conveniently close to developed entertainment like golf courses and stylish restaurants in the resort town of Sedona.

Facilities:

The scenery is the biggest draw to the facility. The group picnic shelter (also known as ramada) has picnic tables and grills and can accommodate up to 50 guests. There is ample parking around the site. Drinking fountains are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The towns of Sedona and Oak Creek offer plenty of lodging, camping, shopping and dining to entertain guests.

A variety of hiking trails and swimming holes are a short drive away. The Red Rock/Secret Mountain Wilderness area in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon is a popular destination, where visitors will find abandoned dwellings and rock art from early inhabitants.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Biking
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Scenic Drive
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Weddings at Crescent Moon are by reservation only; call 928-204-0028 for more info
  • Drinking fountain is available, but visitors should bring their own bulk water
  • Day-use only (group shelter also known as a ramada)
  • Enter through entrance station; park closes at 8 pm.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.82917, -111.80556
34°49'45"N, 111°48'20"W

From Phoenix, take I-17 north to State Highway 179. Go north on 179 for 13 miles to Sedona, then turn left on Highway 89A and continue south for 4 miles. Turn left on Upper Red Rock Loop Road and proceed another 4 miles to Crescent Moon.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CRESCENT MOON
COCONINO
  AZ 

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)282-4119
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