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Crescent Moon Campground is located in the Coconino National Forest Recreation Area in Arizona, near the base of Cathedral Rock, one of Sedona's iconic red rock formations. This campground is known for its beautiful scenery, rich vegetation, and proximity to Oak Creek. The area is popular for photography, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and simply enjoying the serene natural setting.

Campground Amenities

The campground offers amenities that are typical for forest service campgrounds, including:

  • Picnic tables at each site for outdoor dining
  • Fire rings with grills for cooking and warmth
  • Drinking water to stay hydrated in the dry climate
  • Vault toilets that are generally clean and well-maintained
  • Trash collection services to help keep the campground tidy

Camping Options

There are sites available for tent camping as well as some that can accommodate smaller RVs or trailers; however, there are no utility hookups for RVs. The campground has a combination of reservable and first-come, first-served sites. Group sites are also available for larger gatherings.

Reservation Information

For the reservable sites, it is generally recommended to book well in advance, particularly during peak seasons (spring and fall), as the campground and surrounding area are very popular. Reservations can be made through Recreation.gov or by calling the reservation line.

Nearby Attractions

Crescent Moon Picnic Site is another highlight of the area and is located nearby. It offers stunning vistas of Cathedral Rock, and access to Oak Creek, where visitors can wade, swim, or enjoy a picnic. Other attractions close to the campground include the following:

  • Red Rock State Park: Offers numerous trails for hiking and bird watching.
  • Slide Rock State Park: Features a natural water slide and is a fun spot for swimming.
  • Sedona: Known for its vibrant arts community, spiritual retreats, and off-road tours.

Important Regulations

To ensure protection of the environment and a safe experience for all visitors, the following regulations are in place:

  • Fire Restrictions: Depending on the season and conditions (often in summer), there might be campfire and smoking restrictions.
  • Wildlife: Food must be stored properly to prevent attracting animals.
  • Trash: Pack out what you pack in, and use designated trash receptacles.

Environmental Considerations

The Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest is a fragile ecosystem, and visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles:

  • Respect Wildlife: Observe animals from a distance and never feed them.
  • Stay on Trails: To reduce erosion and protect plant life.
  • Leave What You Find: Preserve the past; do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.

Access and Contact Information

Access to the campground from Sedona is typically via Red Rock Crossing Road, which is well marked with signs to Crescent Moon Ranch and Crescent Moon Picnic Site. Detailed directions should be checked as road conditions can change.

To get in contact with the campground for current conditions or specific inquiries, it is best to call the Red Rock Ranger District office of the Coconino National Forest.


Crescent Moon Campground in Coconino National Forest Recreation Area offers a serene getaway with stunning natural beauty and basic amenities conducive to a comfortable camping experience. Proper planning, reservations, and adherence to local guidelines will help ensure an enjoyable and respectful visit to this delicate environment.

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