Nestled in a scenic valley
five miles south of Sedona, and surrounded by the same spectacular red
rock formations, is the unincorporated community of the Village of Oak
Creek (VOC). The community, historically
called Big Park, was established by farming and ranching settlers in the
late 1800s. Many westerns were filmed in the area, and today it is a haven for hikers and mountain
bikers with its range of trails.
The VOC is built on
land that once belonged to a colorful character by the name of Fannie
Belle Gulick, a successful gold prospector in Goldfield, Nev., and successful
proprietor of a bordello in Las Vegas. Fannie Belle moved
to Sedona in the 1940s and began acquiring land. One thousand of those
acres constituted the part of the area known as Big Park in which the
Village of Oak Creek was built.
In 1967 a group of investors
headed by Irving Jennings Jr. announced the development of the property
and a 920-acre master planned community was begun.
The Village of Oak Creek has
grown to encompass other surrounding developments, although there are
several other developments in Big Park that are not part of the Village
of Oak Creek Association (VOCA), which is essentially a homeowners association.
Most of the services to the
Village of Oak Creek and the surrounding community are provided by Yavapai
County. Big Park does, however, have
its own sewer and improvement district along with two private water companies.
The community boasts
several businesses, including numerous restaurants, resorts, the Oak Creek
Factory Outlet stores and two top-rated golf courses.