the wandering chick
...Sedona
a few return trips
Slide Rock State Park

Since I'm wintering so close to Sedona, a trip back up is essential, especially since I enjoy the great hikes that lend themselves so abundantly there.

So, here are pictures of a couple locations I hadn't been to on my first trip, taken on a day that couldn't have been more perfect.

Slide Rock State Park was a true highlight this trip. Located 7 miles north of Sedona on Highway 89A, its main attraction is the natural water slide through the Oak Creek Canyon, from which it gets its name.

Even if you don't get in the water, the walk over the flat red boulders along the edge of the water is just as enjoyable and very picturesque.

The park was originally called the Pendley Homestead, after Frank Pendley who acquired the land in 1907. By 1912 he had built a quite sophisticated irrigation system necessary for his apple orchard, both of which are still visible today.

The next several pictures are of the Oak Creek and water chute.

Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Wilson Canyon Trail
The Wilson Canyon Trail was an easy to moderate 3-mile roundtrip trail that started at Midgely Bridge. It followed the dry creek bed of Oak Creek Canyon, then the last less than 1/2-mile was a scramble up rocks to overlook the canyon, which offered the views above, right and below right.
Wilson Canyon Trail
Midgely Bridge
Wilson Canyon Trail
The Wilson Canyon Trail is one of a few that starts here at the Midgely Bridge Trailhead.
Sedona sunset
Midgely Bridge area
Chimney Rock
The view from the parking lot of Midgely Bridge
The Chimney Rock Trail was another easy hike in Sedona. As you see Chimney Rock from a distance, it appears as one solid rock, but as you get closer and at a different angle, you realize it's actually three vertical columns.
Chimney Rock
In this photo of Chimney Rock, we thought we saw Sherlock Holmes hiding in the shadows.
Sedona's red rock near sunset
tree silhouette at sunset
Marge's Draw Trail
The Marg's Draw Trail takes you around the north side of the well-known rock formation in Sedona called Snoopy. A picture of Snoopy Dog is to the right. The trail also offers stunning overviews of Sedona, and a few of those photos are below.
Snoopy Dog
Marg's Draw Trail
Marg's Draw Trail
Marg's Draw Trail
Marg's Draw Trail
Marg's Draw Trail
Courthouse Rock
on the Cathedral Rock Trail
An unobstructed view of Courthouse Rock can be seen from the Cathedral Rock trailhead just off Back O' Beyond Road in the Village of Oak Creek.

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from Overlook Point
Courthouse Rock
On yet another trip to this picturesque town, I learned of some gorgeous views from Airport Road. A small climb up to Overlook Point offers scenes in all four directions. This one is looking north toward Sedona's highest peak, Thunder Mountain.
Airport Road
Sedona's small regional airport is atop a huge mesa, and getting there is via this seemingly near-vertical climb.
Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque
Hiking, of course, is the favorite thing to do in Sedona, but it's hard to pass up the shops of the Tlaquepaque Village, especially with hints of spring popping up in big clay pots and other such places. The next several shots were taken at Tlaquepaque.
Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque
Viewing Highway 89 from Oak Creek Vista
A drive past Slide Rock State Park along the 89A takes you to an overview called Oak Creek Vista. It's worth a stop to take a short walk to the overlook point to see the ribbon of highway below. This and the next three shots were taken from there.
Viewing Highway 89 from Oak Creek Vista
Viewing Highway 89 from Oak Creek Vista
Viewing Highway 89 from Oak Creek Vista
hiking Oak Creek Canyon with fall foliage
A popular hike in Oak Creek Canyon is the West Fork Trail. And in autumn, it's supposedly breath-taking. I didn't get there early enough in the year, so I missed the peak, seeing just enough to make me want to get there earlier next year.
fall trees in Oak Creek Canyon
Fall trees in Oak Creek Canyon
Oak Creek Canyon
canyon walls in red rock
Yet another trip to Slide Rock State Park. It was a beautiful fall day, and the park was filled with people enjoying the comfortable temps as well as the surrounding beauty.
water of Oak Creek at Slide Rock SP
water in slow motion
water of Oak Creek at Slide Rock SP
I'm practicing a photo technique of slowing down the camera shutter speed to capture the water flowing in slow-motion, giving it a silky look. So far, I have a lot to learn. Any tips out there?
the Oak Creek meandering through Slide Rock State Park
the Oak Creek meandering through Slide Rock State Park
the Oak Creek meandering through Slide Rock State Park
two nuns at creek's edge
red rock mountains tower over the park
the Oak Creek meandering through Slide Rock State Park
short staircase made of the red rock
water flowing in slow-motion
water flowing in slow-motion
water flowing in slow-motion
I think I see an imaginary fish "swimming upstream."
water flowing in slow-motion
water flowing in slow-motion
water flowing in slow-motion
water flowing in slow-motion
the  walls of Oak Creek Canyon
Slide Rock State Park
Sedona mountains
Barely visible center and just above the tree line is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. More pictures and background informatioin can be found in my first Sedona page here.
Sedona mountains