Crescent Moon Picnic Site

Area Status: Open

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. If you want the world-class beauty of Red Rock Crossing all to yourself (or nearly so) visit early in the morning or on a weekday.


Crescent Moon Ranch

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

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • April 1 - September 30
    • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Exit gate is open until dusk
  • October 1 - November 30
    • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • December 1 - March 31
    • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Exit gate is open until 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: Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

Day Use
  • Day Use: $12 per vehicle (up to 5 people)
  • Walk-ins, buses, extra passengers: $3 per person, per day
  • Passes: Red Rock Grand Annual Pass & Big 3 Red Rock Pass is accepted.
  • Small (up to 15 people): $100 (three spaces, two hours)
  • Large (up to 50 people): $160 (group ramada)
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. Other Interagency passes are not accepted here.
Operated By: Concessionaire. 928-203-0624
Information Center:
  • Group site and large weddings (up to 50 people): 877-444-6777 or
  • Small weddings (less than 15 people): 928-204-0028

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 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: This full-color, GPS-enabled map is 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


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 concessionaire at 928-203-0624.
  • 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"

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery


Group Picnicking

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


Accessible: Toilets, picnic tables

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