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.

Facilities: Accessible Picnic Tables, cooking grills, vault toilets, and a group ramada.


  • Drinking fountain available. Bring your own bulk water.
  • No camping is permitted.

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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At a Glance

Operational Hours: 9 a.m. to dusk.
Reservations: Reservations are only available for the group ramada.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • Day Use: $10 per vehicle, per day (up to 5 people)
  • Walk-ins, buses, bicycle, extra person: $2 per person, per day
  • Small Wedding (3 spaces): $50 per group (up to 15 people, 2 hours)
  • Group Site (10 parking spaces): $125 per group (up to 75 people per day)
  • Wedding Reservation/Group Fee: $150 per party (up to 75 people per day). Reservations accepted online by Recreation.Gov or call 877-444-6777 (toll free number), TDD at 877-833-6777.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Accessible
Passes: The Crescent Moon (Red Rock Crossing) Picnic Area is operated by a concessionaire. Only the Grand Annual Red Rock Pass and the "Big Three" annual pass are accepted here, or you may pay the daily rate at the gate.
Operated By: Concessionaire - Contact Red Rock District at 928-203-2900

General Information


This facility has accessible picnic tables and restrooms.


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.

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Accessible Toilets and Picnic Tables
Picnic tables
Drinking water
Fire Danger Level: Moderate
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