Red Rocks/Sycamore Canyon Loop Scenic Drive

Coconino National Forest Recreation, Near Flagstaff, Arizona

Red Rocks/Sycamore Canyon Loop Scenic Drive does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!

Overview

This drive takes you into the heart of the magnificent Sedona Red Rock Country. The route hugs to the foot of those colorful cliffs and offers the option of four scenic side trips that lead to some of the most exciting features in Red Rock Country.

The Sterling Canyon Spur leads to two of the most spectacular rock formations in the area. Devil's Bridge and Vultee Arch are each just a short hike off the road. The Boynton Canyon Spur leads to a trail into an area described as one of Sedona's energy vortexes. The Loy Butte spur will put you in the middle of some of the area's more sweeping vistas. The Sycamore Canyon Spur takes you past Robber's Roost, where horse thieves once hid their contraband, and to Sycamore Pass, the gateway to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Visiting every place on this list should put you at Red Rock Crossing at just about sunset. There, you can enjoy a bit of refreshment at one of the picnic tables before you join the chorus of photographers there to record one of the world's most photographed scenes.

Length: About 23 miles, not counting spurs.

Season: All year although unpaved sections of the route may become muddy after storms.

Attractions: Red rocks galore, picnicking (primitive), hiking, biking, wildlife watching, photography

Driving Time: All day for the entire loop, but you may want to split it up into more manageable segments.

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