Banjo Bill Picnic Site

Area Status: Closed
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Few places offer a more scenic setting for a picnic than Oak Creek Canyon. Home of a bubbling brook that flows through a lush green oasis framed by towering red rock cliffs and buttes, this canyonscape is known around the world for its unmatched beauty.

Banjo Bill is an easily accessible picnic area that will enable you to enjoy a snack or a banquet surrounded by this magnificent scenery and is next to the shimmering clear water pools of Oak Creek. If you've an appetite for beauty, here's a place to indulge it.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Due to a wet-weather event rockfall, Banjo Bill Day Use/Picnic Area is closed. Local forest and engineering personnel are working on clearing the area.
Operational Hours: 8:00 a.m. to dusk.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required. This site has a Red Rock Pass vending machine.
Open Season: Spring
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: No
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District

General Information


Location: 20 miles south of Flagstaff, 5 miles north of Sedona, 8 miles north of the "Y" junction of SR 179 and SR 89A, on a paved road in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. Elevation is 4,500 feet.

GPS (Map): 34°57'41.2"N 111°45'11.2"W

Access: Drive south from Flagstaff about 20 miles or north from Sedona for about 5 miles on US 89A. Watch for signs, the picnic area is marked with roadside signs.


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Map showing the picnic areas in Oak Creek Canyon


General Notes:

Attractions: picnicking, waterplay, fishing, wildlife watching, photography, creek access.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Viewing Wildlife


Facilities: 12 picnic sites with tables, cooking grills, parking, and toilets.


Picnic tables: 12 sites with cooking grills.
Toilets: Vault-type toilets.

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