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Oak Creek Canyon | Arizona, U.S.A.

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34° 54' 38.16" N, 111° 43' 36.6132" W
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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon - Photo: Coconino National Forest

Oak Creek Canyon is a river gorge located in northern Arizona between the cities of Flagstaff and Sedona. The canyon is often described as a smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon because of its scenic beauty. State Route 89A enters the canyon on its north end via a series of hairpin turns before traversing the bottom of the canyon for about 13 mi (21 km) until the highway enters the town of Sedona. The Oak Creek Canyon – Sedona area is second only to Grand Canyon as the most popular tourist destination in Arizona.

The spectacularly eroded walls of the canyon are formed mostly of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks. Exposures of the Kaibab Limestone, (the geologic formation found at the top of the Grand Canyon), and the Toroweap Formation are found only at the northern end of the canyon. The more predominant rock units exposed in the cliffs of southern Oak Creek Canyon are the buff to white colored, frequently cross-bedded Permian Coconino Sandstone and the red sandstones of the Permian Schnebly Hill Formation.

Unlike all the other formations exposed in Oak Creek Canyon, the Schnebly Hill Formation is not present at the Grand Canyon. The youngest rocks exposed in the canyon are a series of basalt lava flows that form the east rim, the youngest of which is an estimated 6 million years old.

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon - Photo: Coconino National Forest

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon - Photo: RV Bob

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon - Photo: sytsmas

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon - Cathedral Peaks - Photo: www.ibellhop.com

SUBMITTED ON 02.20.2016.