Spotlight: Sedona’s Red Rock Scenic Byway
Visit this natural and sacred place, a "museum without walls."
What You’ll Find
A diverse ecosystem and natural treasure, where people can sense, explore and imagine; where magnificent buttes and cliffs create unique habitats above the desert expanses and water turns canyons into corridors of life. To some a sacred place, this landscape has inspired and shaped diverse peoples for over 10,000 years.
Designated as Arizona's first "All-American Road," the Red Rock Scenic Byway winds through Sedona's Red Rock Country, often called a "museum without walls." Travelers are amazed by the high desert's power, diversity and sense of intimacy with nature. Inhabited for thousands of years, the stunning red rocks are alive with a timeless spirit that captivates and inspires.
Spring and fall seasons offer relief from hot summertime temperatures and are great times to view the giant red rocks, clear blue skies and amazing views. They are also terrific seasons for hiking, biking, and even golf—there are three public courses along or near the byway.
For more information on activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, backpacking, picnicking and more, visit the Coconino National Forest Red Rock Country website.
The Red Rock Scenic Byway is the gateway to the renowned Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona. This 7.5-mile stretch of highway is easily accessed from Flagstaff, Arizona (31 miles), or from Phoenix, Arizona (103 miles).
Make Sure You
Stop at the South Gateway Visitor Center in Sedona located just south of the Village of Oak Creek on the Red Rock Scenic Byway, State Highway 179. The office is open seven days a week and most holidays, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (928) 203-2900.
Continue your road trip on Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive on Arizona Highway 89A. Start the northbound tour after leaving Sedona driving toward Flagstaff. Or drive south just before you get to the top of the switchbacks at Oak Creek Vista. An audio tour of Oak Creek Canyon is available in two formats (.mp3 and .wma) and may also be downloaded to play on portable devices.
To get out and explore Red Rock Country. There are countless recreation opportunities for all to enjoy. No matter what you do in Red Rock Country, the scenery is breathtaking. Ways to get even closer to these amazing vistas include: hiking, horseback riding, taking a scenic drive, sliding down a natural waterslide, picnicking, camping, taking lots of photos and fishing in Oak Creek. Take a look at the national forest’s recreation guide for Red Rock Country for tips on enjoying a safe adventure.
For more information, visit the America’s Byways website where you’ll find suggested trip itineraries, information on activities such as mountain biking and golfing and more.