Oak Creek Canyon, Autumn leaves

This early autumn sunset was saturated with warm hues of gold and green, the perfect ambience for an intimate destination wedding. West Fork is a popular trail head for both the serious backpacker as well as the day hiker. Deep in the canyon of Oak Creek, 30 min. north of Sedona, West Fork is the entrance to the Ponderosa Forests of the Flagstaff region. A short drive up the switch-backs and you are in the thick of the pine trees and overlooking the vast valley of red rocks. 

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There are numerous glamorous National Park locations for a destination elopement, yet West Fork is one of those hidden treasures you won't have to fight the crowds, permits, or crazy cold weather.  Next door to the Grand Canyon, the Oak Creek Canyon-Flagstaff area is the intimate version of greatness.

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One of my favorite stops on the way to West Fork is the Indian Gardens Cafe & Market.  Located in Oak Creek Canyon, 4 miles north of uptown Sedona.