Crescent Moon Picnic Site


Crescent Moon Picnic Area path with Cathedral Rock in Background

One of the most photographed scenes in the southwest is towering Cathedral Rock reflected in the waters of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. It should come as no surprise, then, that the picnic area located at that same site is as popular as it is beautiful. People come here to fish, swim, and wade in the creek, as well as to picnic and photograph the scenery. At times it can become quite crowded. But if you come early in the morning or on a weekday, it's possible to have the world class beauty of Red Rock Crossing all to yourself, or nearly so.

Attractions: Picnicking, waterplay, wildlife watching, photography, and fishing.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: 8:00 a.m. to dusk
Reservations: Group site reservations are accepted. Call 877-444-6777 or visit Single-use sites cannot be reserved.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Day Use Weddings
  • Small Wedding (up to 15 people): $50 (three day use spaces, two hours)
  • Large Wedding (up to 75 people): $150 (group ramada)
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring through fall
Busiest Season: Summer and weekends
Restrictions: Day use only. Camping is not permitted at this site.
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Accessible
Passes: Only the Grand Annual Red Rock Pass and Big Three Pass are accepted here, or you may pay the daily rate at the gate. America the Beautiful Interagency Access Pass holders receive 50% off the entry fee. Other America the Beautiful Interagency passes are not accepted here
Operated By: Concessionaire - Contact Red Rock District at 928-203-2900
Information Center:
  • Group site and large weddings: 877-444-6777 or
  • Small weddings (less than 15 people): 928-204-0028.

General Information


Location: 37 miles south of Flagstaff, 7 miles southwest of Sedona. Elevation is 4,000 feet.

GPS (Map): 34°49'35.7"N 111°48'25.5"W

Access: Drive west from Sedona on US 89A. Just outside town, turn south on FR 216 (Upper Red Rock Loop Road). Drive about 1.5 miles and follow the signs to Red Rock Crossing. All roads except the short segment leading from Red Rock Crossing Road to the picnic area are paved.



  • Red Rock Country Maps: Download Red Rock Country trail maps and find other Sedona recreation resources. See the Sedona Southwest map for this trail.
  • The Digital Travel Map: Whether you're driving, hiking, riding, or exploring, you will find this full-color, GPS-enabled map a handy reference to have on your mobile device. The map show trails, recreation sites, major landmarks, and forest roads.
  • Printed Maps: A variety of printed recreation maps for Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon can be purchased in our local offices and visitor centers, or ordered by phone.


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Map to Crescent Moon Picnic Area


This facility has accessible picnic tables and restrooms.

General Notes:

Can I hold my wedding at Crescent Moon?

Yes! However, due to high demand, weddings at Crescent Moon are by reservation only.

  • For parties of 15 or fewer people (including officiant and photographer), reservations may be made by calling the concessioniare at 928-204-0028.
  • Groups larger than 15 are required to rent the ramada; this may be done by calling 877-444-6777 or online at
  • See "Wedding Policy for Crescent Moon"

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Reservation InfoGroup ramada reservations accepted at, or call 877-444-6777 (toll free number), TDD at 877-833-6777.


Accessible Toilets, picnic tables
Picnic tables
Drinking water
Fire Danger Level: Low
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