Bootlegger Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
Bootlegger Picnic Area Entrance
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At this creekside picnic area you'll have a fishing hole and that's not all. Add spectacular scenery, clear water swimming holes, picturesque hiking trails and excellent wildlife watching (in other words, the standard amenities of Oak Creek Canyon) and it should come as no surprise that these pieces of recreational real estate are in high demand.

The decor at this day-use site is Arizona ash and box elders, gravel beaches and stream-bed boulders. The creek is regularly stocked with trout. Colorful songbirds add a flash of brilliance to the trees.

The A.B.Young Trail leaves from the southernmost end of the grounds. Take steps down to the creek, cross the creek and find an old metal sign indicating the trailhead.

Attractions: Picnia area, fishing, swimming/wading, hiking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, photography.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: When open, hours are 8 a.m. to sunset.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass is required.
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, Arizona
Water: No drinking water
Restroom: Vault toilet

General Information


Location: 18 miles south of Flagstaff, 9 miles north of Sedona in scenic Oak Creek Canyon.

GPS (Map): 34°58'10.8"N 111°45'03.0"W

Access: On US Highway 89A, drive south from Flagstaff or north from Sedona, located just off the paved highway. 18 miles south of Flagstaff, 9 miles north of Sedona in scenic Oak Creek Canyon.


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Map showing location of Bootlegger Picnic Area

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Viewing Wildlife


Facilities: Picnic tables, fire rings and cooking grills, vault toilets (barrier free). No drinking water is available at this site.


Picnic tables: Fire rings and cooking grills.
Toilets: Vault-type toilets.

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