Harding Spring, Sedona, AZ  5/5 (1)

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This is a tapped spring. It is near Sedona and if you go to Raw Spirit Fest this is the spring nearest the event!

Nearest Address

Sedona, AZ

Directions from Nearest Address

This spring is super easy to find, it is right on Highway 89a between Flagstaff & Sedona.. you can pull right up to it in your vehicle! I will post the actual coordinates soon! It is a well frequented spot that locals have been going to for over 15 years and the spring is quite popular, even at night people were stopping to fill up bottles!

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 90
  • Temp: 40° F
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:




Map Link: Harding Spring Map

Submitted by: Kyle Nordwall & Ginger Robinson


  1. I’m looking for somebody who travels down to the valley from up north or goes up north from the valley to fetch water regularly and wouldn’t mind filling up an extra 5 gallon for me.  I would be more than willing to pay you for your time and gas.  I would love to be able to drink this water everyday, only I don’t have reliable transportation to get up there from the valley!  You can reach me at HeartSayer@gmail.com Thanks!  ~ Andrew

    1. buddey of mine and i go to three different springs in Sedona area and bottle it up, including this pine flat spring! We’d be glad to work something out so you can drink spring water everyday! i work with Sedona Sweet Cider down here in the valley, so usually it’s a weekly trip we take to bottle up!
      contact @970ecd8dd4b9600a476974cacb5eeb48:disqus
      We’d love to help!

  2. I would LOVE to be able to drink this water everyday.  I was drinking high quality water for a good month including from this spring and I felt GREAT.  Now I haven’t had access to good water for a few weeks and I’m starting feel groggy and tired. 

    I would definitely be making the trip up to the spring to fetch some of this delicious living water but unfortunately my little run down vehicle is too old for the journey.

    I’m looking for a wonderful person who would be so kind to regularly fill up a 5 gallon container for me on their way down to the valley from Flagstaff/Sedona or somebody who goes up north and back.  I’m more than willing to contribute to the cost of gas.  I live in the Phoenix area.  Please email at HeartSayer@gmail.com


  3. We go up once a month from Phoenix to fill up our eight 5-gallon water bottles.  This is the best water ever.  Almost bought a Kangen machine until we found this spring.  The taste and quality is much better than Kangen water. We’ve been getting our water here for about a year and hope that it never goes away!

  4. We get our water here all the time and it is delicious.  However some folks we have met at the spring have told us that sometimes the water gets bacteria. So we put some drops of food grade h2o2 (35% hydrogen peroxide) in our filled containers and it purifies the water. About 20 drops per 5 gallons works without changing the taste. 

  5. I know that they do a flush once a month with chlorine to treat it, I hope someone can find out and post exactly what day so I can best avoid it soon after! I have run into people who have been going to this spring for decades!

  6. I have been drinking from this spring since 1974 when I first went to AZ. It is some of the best tasting water I’ve ever had. It is at the north end of the Pine Flat Campgrounds (west side of the road). We locals know it as the Pine Flat Spring. I’ve seen it run at a trickle during times of drought – especially since they split the outlet pipe into two down spouts some years back. The only time I’ve ever seen it shut off was when someone had slammed into that rock cairn and skewed the whole thing sideways and twisted. That severed the pipes and so it had to be re-done. The spring itself is actually upstream a bit, across on the west side of Oak Creek up in the cliffside. Only downside for me is that water comes down through PVC (outlawed in parts of Europe, I’m told) which contains BPAs, and the pipe is galvanized and I’m not real keen on drinking Cadmium either! Hope this helps.

    1. Hiiii to all I had a question… Does any one know of a place called wales that is what the locals call it it also has spring water I herd it was also very spirtual??

  7. Hi… we are in Sedona… and came in from the 89a from Flagstaff however did not see it… can you give some more directions that we could find it… Much love and gratitude, DL

    1. If you are coming from Flagstaff it is about 1 to 1.5 miles BEFORE cave springs campground. It will be on your right. From Sedona, pass cave springs, go about a mile and look on your left for the stone enclosure. It’s right next to the road. Loving the living water!

  8. Anyone heard if this water has the same arsenic problems that the municipal water and ground wells in the area have? If not, that would make this a FANTASTIC find, since it’s delicious.

  9. Two weeks ago, it was closed due to high level of e. coli, but I stopped tonight(Mon. 07-27-10), and it was open again!! Yea!

    1. I just visited a couple days ago and collected 5 gallons. (Feb 2011)

      I also did a TDS reading (about 90) and temp. measurement (about 40 degrees F).

      Been enjoying it so far.

  10. I just wanted to comment on the quality of this water. I stop to get it all the time whenever I'm heading through the canyon to Sedona, Cottonwood, or Cornville, and back. I'm lucky to live in Flagstaff, which is so close to this spring. Anyway, the water is the cleanest, freshest water, and feels like “live” water to me. In all the times I've stopped(at any hour of day or night, it was running. I know they do test the water, but if they've ever shut it off because of bacteria–it would be a very rare occasion. Keep an eye out for the rock encasement that the pipe comes out of, because it blends into the envirionment, and would be easy to pass if you weren't paying attention.

  11. I just wanted to comment on the quality of this water. I stop to get it all the time whenever I'm heading through the canyon to Sedona, Cottonwood, or Cornville, and back. I'm lucky to live in Flagstaff, which is so close to this spring. Anyway, the water is the cleanest, freshest water, and feels like “live” water to me. In all the times I've stopped(at any hour of day or night, it was running. I know they do test the water, but if they've ever shut it off because of bacteria–it would be a very rare occasion. Keep an eye out for the rock encasement that the pipe comes out of, because it blends into the envirionment, and would be easy to pass if you weren't paying attention.

  12. I submitted a far more detailed post about this spring, but I'm glad this info is up. It is located at the Pine Flats Campground about 12 miles north of Sedona and flows freely 24-7 unless the forest service shuts it off (apparently this happens if the levels of bacteria get too high when they periodically test the water.) This water is potent!

  13. Bring all the empty bottles you can find! This water is incredible and I fill up every time I’m in the area. From Sedona it is exactly 8 miles from DQ (Dairy Queen) on the left. When you get to 7.99 miles get ready to pull over!!

  14. Incredible water. I stopped at this spring twice in February of this year, once with my sister on our way down to Phoenix & on the return trip during the freak snowstorm that happened from Vegas to Phoenix! The sound of the surging, gurgling water is so refreshing from the moment you get out of your car.

  15. WARNING : This spring water is unfit for consumption.

    This water is too high in minerals.

    Now we will explain the question you’re all waiting for and that of course is how we know this information.

    We perspire never. We get headaches never.

    If we do it is because we have deviated from drinking Evian and or creek water.

    We listen to our bodies and know if we perspire or have a headache we’re drinking water of which is not best for us.

    I run all the time and am very active but do not perspire, after drinking this water for several days and being thrilled to find the water I’ve been having trouble with circulation and perspiration.

    Either drink from the creek where the buildings are on the same road that say you’re not allowed to be here because we like to post a billion signs all over the place because we’re a bunch of pricks or buy Evian.

    The choice is yours, you’ve been warned.

    Have a nice day.

  16. Hello! This is a wonderful easy to reach spring. You can park your car right in front. I live in Sedona and collect water here regularly.

    For some reason the pipe that the water flows out of has been replaced and now the water flow is a spread out trickle instead of a solid fast flow.
    Instead of it taking 10 seconds to fill a gallon bottle, it took 2 minutes per gallon! There was a line of people and many dissapointed regulars who come to fill 5 gallon jugs. I will post and update if the water flow returns to it’s fast flow. In the meantime, allow some time to collect water and bring a funnel!

  17. I will be heading up through Oak Creek Canyon on July 10th 2017. Hope the spring is flowing…

  18. I was delighted to find this spring on December 16, 2016 as I was heading south on 89A from Flagstaff (which is an amazingly scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon). The spring is visible from the road (but if you are going fast and there is no one filling up at the spring, you might miss it as there is a stone encasement around the spring so it blends into the landscape) and there is an area for 3 or so cars to park immediately next to the road. Coming from Flagstaff the spring is located on your right. Coming from Sedona/Tucson, the spring would be on your left. From what I learned the spring goes by many names. I met a woman who has been filling up with water from this spring for over 25 years. She says it has only been turned off to put on new pipes and because of wild fires. The spring is artisan/ancient spring water that is recently bubbling its way to the surface. The woman I spoke to told me this water has been recently voted in a magazine as the third most healing water in the world. Again, this is just what I was told by a local. There were 7 other people filling up at the spring in the short time that I was there. Several were locals and several were tourists passing through. I was told that the water is tested regularly. While I was there several men from the watershed department came in their truck and filled up water for themselves. I didn’t have a change to speak with them, but I’ll take that as a good sign. There is a campground within Oak Creek Canyon called Pine Flat Campground. There is a half circle one-way drive way through the campground that has an obvious entrance and exit. The spring is located at the exit point of the driveway. You can’t miss it. Also, many of the homes and restaurants all the way into Sedona are fed by this spring. There is a delicious restaurant in Sedona called Chocola Tree. They have spigots throughout the restaurant and they encourage customers and non-customers to fill up for free at their restaurant. They are happy to share this gift. We topped off our bottles at the restaurant as we headed south to Tucson. For those coming from the south that wish not to take the full drive into the canyon, this might be a wonderful stop for lunch and water.

    My name is Liz. I am living in Tucson at the moment. I would love to connect with others in this area who would like to get water from this spring. Please email me at elizradl@gmail.com!

    I hope this submission is helpful!

    1. I have never been to this spring and water from springs can be very exhilarating to the taste buds. I just love drinking from natural springs and mountain tributaries high up mountains. older crowd know, s I drive to springs in experiencing that unforgettable favor of pristine H2O!!

  19. I just called the number (928) 203-2900 and the lady told me the spring is open! It has been since October 1st (2014)

  20. I went to the spring on September 27th and it was off with a sign on it (text below). I called the number and the ranger told me that they would be testing the water frequently and she didn’t know when they would turn it back on. I guess that we can call the number for updates (928) 203-2900.

    Here is what the signs said:
    Attention Water Users
    This water source has been shut off due to effects of the Slide Fire.
    This water source flows from Sterling Springs via a pipe that is located within the flood zone of Oak Creek. Due to the Side Fire, there may be higher than normal flows in Oak Creek. Floods may contaminate the spring, or damage or obliterate the pipe. As a preventative measure this water spigot has been shut off and will remain off until monsoon rains cease and the water system can be evaluated.
    For more information call 928-203-2900

    1. I called the Pine Flats Campground ((928) 203-2900) and they stated the spring is still closed and may be open in a few more weeks, but the best way to find out is to just give them a call back periodically.

    2. Yes spring is out. I was just there in aug of 2017. I stop got water. There were about 5 other there getting water. I m starting to go every six months if anybody wants up dates on the spring water.

  21. This spring was closed as of a few days ago, when I drove up the lid was taken off and the pipes weren’t flowing. Apparently the city is waiting for the flood contamination to die down, although there’s nothing posted on the spring and no website I know of to notify when they turn it back on again. Good luck to all the people who look to use this spring in the future.

  22. 89a opened up a few days ago after the slide and junipine fires. I came up north from Sedona – its past both the cave springs and pine flats campgrounds – 200-300 feet past pine flats coming up from sedona on the left, with a pullout for about 5 cars. I missed it the first time up and had to turn around on the switchbacks and come back. Coming south its maybe a mile past the last switchback (a bridge called pumphouse wash) on the right, just go slow and keep your eyes open.

  23. My husband went to the spring today. You can only get there from the South, as the switchbacks are closed for paving until at least July.

  24. ok got gps way back in 2012 for all of you who couldn’t find it before went to this spring on Friday may 2 2014 and there was a warning about traces Coliform Bacteria being in the water due to a pipe break although so minute that unless you are pregnant or sick you should be fine that didn’t stop us or tons of others from getting water we got 30 gallons =D and shall be set for a while whole suv full lol so just know everyone is fine and ok don’t worry its the best water around

  25. I live in Kingman and my little p.o.s. car won’t make it that far, especially once a month or something.. however, if someone is coming or going through this area from Kingman, or to kingman, I’d love you to get in contact with me and we’ll partner up or something. mohaveuu (at) g mail

  26. I love this water! I was in Sedona for a few days and drank this water exclusively! It was snowy at the time and was a little tricky filling big jugs with all of the ice. Other than that, it’s awesome. It was very busy. A lot of people get this water and it’s has gorgeous surroundings!

  27. The last 7/8 years we’ve been drinking Natural Sedona Spring Water… from Sterling Spring in Oak Creek Canyon – every time we fill up 20 gallons we save $20+ !! And we drink naturally mineralized water the way God and Nature intended.
    FIND A SPRING around you and start wanting, enjoying what Nature wants to give you for free! If we start looking for them and using them…more will appear!

  28. This spring has been here for a very long time as I started getting water there 40 years ago when I lived in Flag. As some of the posts have said it is very easy to get to at the Pine Flats Campground on your right headed into Sedona. There are almost always cars there getting the healthy, refreshing water.

  29. I used to go to this spring to get my water when I lived in Sedona back in ’08. The water tasted great, and of course psychologically it’s a nice feeling to think that you are getting pure water directly from a mountain’s interior. But I always thought it was ridiculous that people do not put some large flat stones into the puddle at the base of the spigot. Helloooo…Are people just supposed to stand in the water. It would make it *much* more convenient to locate or purchase a few large stones or bricks and set them in the puddle so people could stand comfortably in front of the spigot while filling their jugs, rather than constantly trying to maneuver around the puddle.

  30. We live in Sedona and go to Harding Spring at least once or twice a month to fill our water jugs since the water in Sedona is so bad for drinking. Amazing how much better coffee tastes when made with this spring’s water. We’ve been getting our water here for the last four years and have never noticed a change in the flavor or purity. Directions: head up 89A from Sedona to Flagstaff, its about 8 miles from Sedona just before Pumphouse Wash.

  31. The spring was shutoff last time I went due to the fires or something, I’ll go again in a week to see if its on again.

    I should have checked online to see if it was open before I went 😐

    ‘Additionally, the public water Sterling Springs standpipe in Oak Creek Canyon has been shut off to protect the water system from potential contamination, silt and debris during flooding.’

    I heard Living Springs Camp (only a few miles from Arizona) has spring/artesian well water too, although I’m not sure if it’s open to the public. Chocolatree (in Sedona) claims it’s sat upon an artesian well, and allows people to fill up via a hose valve in their backyard garden.

  32. This spring is a flowing – and by god is it divinely delicious.
    When you go to collect the water though, don’t just collect.

    Take a moment to take a deep breath, and give gratitude to the spring, to the earth to the abundance that supports our livelihood in the form of flowing, crystal clear liquid of the gods known as water.

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