Tweet Up until recently I thought the only two parks offering any kind of wheelchair accessibility in Sedona were Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park. This changed when I visited the little known Crescent Moon Picnic Area. I was very impressed. It is not perfect, but if you have some tenacity and […]" />

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Crescent Moon Picnic Area



Up until recently I thought the only two parks offering any kind of wheelchair accessibility in Sedona were Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park. This changed when I visited the little known Crescent Moon Picnic Area. I was very impressed. It is not perfect, but if you have some tenacity and some friends you are in for a real treat.

First off, Crescent Moon is not easy to find. You will not see any signs that jump out at you. But most local maps show its location. The park is surrounded by suburban homes on the west side of Sedona. To enter the park, there is an $8 per car fee.

The park consists of two concrete pathways that offer nice flat wheelchair access. They are a little narrow but there is plenty of shoulder room for walkers to use as a wheelchair passes. The first path starts in a couple of places around the first parking area you come to. This path ends at the creek’s edge. The only problem here is that the sidewalk is 10 feet above the water level and 20 feet back. There is enough trees and bushes to block what would be a beautiful view, and unfortunately there is no way to get right to the water.

If you continue down the park’s road, you come to the final parking area. In front of you is a huge grassy area the size of a soccer field, and on the horizon is perhaps the best view from anywhere of Cathedral Rock. It is truly a postcard view. The concrete path goes around the perimeter of the huge field, and on the very far side you can hear the creek in the distance. There is a dirt path heading down towards the water, and this is where the adventure begins.

The first 30′ of the path down to the creek is pretty steep. We traversed it backwards with Karla working as a human brake. From here, you are surrounded by large shade trees and immediately feel a cool breeze. The path is now dirt and sand with a lot of a tree roots for speed bumps. We pushed about 100 feet east along the path and came to an open area exposing the creek. Finally, a place in Sedona where a wheelchair can get near to Oak Creek.

By no means is it easy to get down the last 20 feet to the water from here. It is loose rock and a little steep but we finally made it to Oak Creek. From here, the creek is flowing across flat rocks and we were able to roll across. Boy is it worth it. Sitting in the creek looking east is a gorgeous view of Cathedral Rock. Looking west is a small waterfall that opens into a beautiful pool. We swam and relaxed in the sun and shade for the rest of the day.

We were highly motivated to make friends because we knew that getting back up the creek bed was going to require assistance. Crossing the creek in a manual wheelchair is actually not too difficult if you scout out a descent path. The water is maybe 10 inches deep and the surface of the rock is quite smooth in places. No doubt this accessibility will vary depending on the rain fall, but in mid-May, we survived the raging rapids and reached the other side.

So here is my recap of Sedona: Slide Rock State Park offers a nice view of the gorgeous slide rocks below where able bodied people can enjoy the water. It really is not accessible. Red Rock State Park has a great path for wheelchairs. You can explore and see some pretty scenic views but like Slide Rock, a wheelchair can not get near the water.

Crescent Moon offers a spectacular view, good paths and the chance to get a little wet. Its the latter that makes this place a winner in my book.

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