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Seven Sacred Pools

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Seven Sacred Pools - Sedona, Arizona

Photo by Tom Kelly
Tom Kelly Photography
Inset photo by Rob Jones

     The sights and sounds of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon are a treasure of enduring beauty for both local residents and area visitors. Those with a sense of adventure and a willingness to leave the hard pavement are rewarded with even more of nature's masterpieces.
     One of the many unique sights in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness is a series of natural pools, reached by way of an easy hike from Soldier Pass Road and Trail. Seven Sacred Pools - Sedona, Arizona The Seven Sacred Pools were naturally carved out of ocher colored sandstone and fed by a seasonal stream. In this transition zone between the Oak Creek Mountains and Sedona's arid desert land, the pools are a very important water source for the area's wide variety of wildlife.
     Those with time, the will, and a desire for solitude, taking the Brins Mesa Trail from Dry Creek Road and FR 152 (entering from the northwestern edge) will bypass some of the heavy jeep and foot traffic found along the southern approach from Soldier Pass Road. Along the Brins Mesa Trail (also accesses from Jordan Road to the east), hikers will climb 500 feet to the mesa top, and from this viewpoint, the surrounding peaks and Sedona come into view. This colorful mix of red rock, deep green juniper and the Seven Sacred Pools show why the land has held a special meaning for all of its visitors, both past and present.

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