There’s no denying that Arizona gets hot and steamy in the summer months, and many locals and tourists turn to public pools and city splash pads to cool off. But there are also some wonderful ways to take a dip and cool off in nature if you’re feeling adventurous and love the outdoors.
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One of our all-time favorite swimming holes in Arizona is called Grasshopper Point, which is at the base of Oak Creek Canyon in the Sedona area. This is part of the Coconino National Forest and managed by the National Forest Service. Grasshopper Point is shady, cool, and refreshing along the side of a cliff and a perfect way to beat the summer heat.
You can reach Grasshopper Point from Allen’s Bend, which connects with the Huckaby Trail and the Casner Canyon Trail. It’s fun to plan a day hike and then end up at Grasshopper Point at the end of the day to relax and unwind.
The National Forest Service discourages people from diving and cliff jumping from high rocks for personal safety reasons. But you’re still more than welcome to hike in, take a dip, and enjoy the refreshing natural waters. Just be careful because the swimming hole has varying depths of water and may have hidden rocks at the bottom too. Bring along a pair of water shoes to protect your feet from potentially sharp rocks, a towel to dry off, and your sense of adventure!
This swimming hole is open year around from 9am to 6pm Mondays through Thursdays and from 8am to 6pm on Fridays through Sundays. There are picnic tables and vault toilets here for you to use, but no drinking water. The day use cost to visit Grasshopper Point is $8 per vehicle or $2 per person if you arrive on foot or by bike. This is an easy day trip from Sedona since it’s just a couple miles north of town and accessible via paved road.
Just be prepared for some crowds because this site is quite popular, especially on hot and sunny days. Parking is limited, so you may see a “full” sign when you arrive on a weekend day. However, Grasshopper point isn’t typically as crowded as Slide Rock State Park, another popular swimming hole destination in the area.
In addition to hiking and swimming, the Grasshopper Point area is a great place for picnicking, fishing, photography, and watching wildlife. You can’t camp overnight here, bring pets, or sip beverages out of glass containers. Keep this area naturally beautiful by cleaning up after yourself, leaving no trace, and experiencing the wonders of Arizona’s red rock country!
Grasshoppers Point Information:
GPS Coordinates: 34°53’16.3″N 111°43’56.8″W