It’s an old-fashioned way to spend a summer day, but the simple fun and breath-taking beauty these swimming holes have to offer will create the type of memories people take with them forever. Plus, nothing beats the water and shade they each provide in the Arizona heat.
Near our Sedona B&B
Red Rock Crossing: From Red Rock Crossing you can view the spectacular Cathedral Rock and wade and swim in Oak Creek. This swimming area can be crowded later in the day. To get there take Verde Valley School road to the end (park at the Baldwin Trail parking lot). You can hike along the creek to swimming holes. This can also be accessed from Crescent Moon Picnic area but you will have to pay an entrance fee.
Wet Beaver Creek: From the Bell trailhead it's a leisurely stroll. The trail is wide as it is an old jeep trail. There are many places to shoot down to the creek at the beginning. A fair percentage of people really only come for this section. It's quick and beautiful. Deep red Sedona sandstone levels cross the creek bed in sections. The trees canopy the creek and it's a refreshing play area during the hottest days of summer. Families with kids usually opt for this quick venture.
The Crack: Follow the Bell trail past the Weir Trail. Just before the trail drops down into the creek a spur trail takes off to your left. This is the path to the "Tongue of the Beaver" or what locals call “The Crack” Within a very short distance you will see the beaver's tongue. It looks like a big diving board but don't jump off, the water is usually only a few feet deep here. This is a great photo area so bring the camera. The Crack is said to be the largest swimming hole in the area.
Weir Trail: The vegetation found near the junction of the Bell and Weir Trails is typical Upper Sonoran species: prickly pear, agave, catclaw and juniper. Once you reach the creek, the vegetation changes to Arizona black walnut, willow, ash, sycamore, cottonwood, canyon grape, and blackberries. The trail continues upstream and enters the Wet Beaver Wilderness. The trail follows the north side of the creek and ends at a large cobbled area where the creek comes in from the northeast. This is a nice place to have a picnic and take a swim!
Beaver Creek Campground: Very inviting, large and deep swimming hole with rope swings and picturesque red rock bluffs on the far side. To get here, continue past the Wet Beaver Visitor Center and park at Day Use Area, across the road from Beaver Creek Campground. Walk across the road and follow the sign to the creek side trail. The swimming hole is just a short walk down this trail.
In Oak Creek Canyon
Slide Rock State Park: Slide Rock State park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. There are also picnic areas, hiking trails, wildlife viewing and fishing. This is a very popular spot and can be crowded on the weekend. This is a popular spot with our Sedona Boutique Inn hotel guests.
Grasshopper Point: This is another extremely popular swimming hole in Sedona. It is located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon. People often jump off the cliffs into the deep green pool. This spot is more tranquil than slide rock and is perfect for an afternoon picnic. To get here take 89A north from Uptown Sedona. It will be about 2 miles on the right.
Rope Swing by Mormon's Crossing: This is a Hidden Beauty behind Oak Creek School in Cornville. To get here from Adobe Village Graham Inn, take 179 to Beaverhead Flat road to Cornville Road. Make a Right on Cornville Road and follow this to Page Springs road. Make a right here and take this to El Rancho Benito road. Turn Left here and follow it until you reach Purple Sage road. Continue straight onto a gravel Road. You will cross a bridge and park on the left side of the road. Follow the trail on the right side of the road a short distance and you will see the swimming hole and rope swing.
The Rapids: This is another Hidden Beauty behind Oak Creek School in Cornville. To get here from Adobe Village Graham Inn, take 179 to Beaverhead Flat road to Cornville Road. Make a Right on Cornville Road and follow this to Page Springs road. Make a right here and take this to El Rancho Benito road. Turn Left here and follow it until you reach Purple Sage road. Continue straight onto a gravel Road. You will cross a bridge and turn left and follow the road a short distance to a parking lot. From here follow the trail a short distance until you find a trail going down to the water. You will need some tennis shoes (not flip flops) for this trail. Here you will find a slick rock water slide through some small rapids.
Clear Creek Campground: This is a nice Forest Service campground and day use area with a swimming hole in West Clear Creek. To get there to east on RT 260 past the turnoff for FR 618 a short way to a sign for Clear Creek Campground. Go toward the campground and follow signs to the Day Use Area. Park (pay fee) and follow a short trail down to the creek.
Bull Pen: This is a short hike to a deep swimming hole in West Clear Creek. To get there take Highway 179 south and go east on RT 260, bypassing Camp Verde, then a few more miles to FR 618 on the left. Go about 2 miles north on FR 618 then turn right on FR 215 and go about 3 miles to a gate that is locked. Park and hike about .5 miles to West Clear Creek where you will see the swimming hole. There is said to be another swimming hole upstream from here about 1.5 miles
Verde Valley Hot Springs: In the past gangsters and hippies had a warm spot for these hot springs secluded at the end of this trek. Today the only impediment is the Verde River. You will need to hike up your pants at the river crossing. While there isn't much to see on the hike in but the Springs are magical with their 98 to 104 degree mineral water.
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