Along the border of the Mogollon Rim of the Colorado Plateau is a gorge known as the Oak Creek Canyon. Running along the Oak Creek Fault, this remarkable canyon is 12 miles long. It is a staple along the West Fork Trail, which is said to be one of Sedona’s most pawpular hiking trails. This scenic path is a fan favorite with locals and out-of-towners, so the parking lot will fill up fast during peak seasons. This includes the changing of the leaves during fall, spring break, and summertime. Your best bet is to come early in the morning or later in the evening, especially if you plan to visit with Shiloh in tow.
The recommended time to visit this trail is from the spring to fall, but you can enjoy it just as well in the summer! Thanks to the abundance of water throughout the area, trees are plentiful, lending shade to trail-goers. If your pup has an aversion to water or will be reluctant to walk across logs and rocks to cross the creek, you may not make it to the end of the trail! There are numerous creek crossings along the way, so regular visitors recommend that you bring an extra pair of shoes and socks for the ride home.
Nestled inside the Coconino National Forest, this gem of a hike is truly a must-see for anyone near the Sedona area. While the secluded, shaded hike won’t lend many views to the rest of the wonders throughout the forest, many visitors extend their visit and explore beyond the hiking path. No matter what your goal is, be sure to bring along plenty of drinking water for you and Shiloh! The West Fork Trail can take some time to complete, so you may also want to include some snacks and treats as well.