Daytrip Drive 1 of 9: Schnebly Hill Road

This 12-mile-long, rocky, steep, twisty, red dirt road climbs over 2,000 ft from Sedona to Flagstaff. You’ll need a four-wheel drive vehicle, a few hours, and a brave soul, but you’ll be rewarded with beautiful diverse landscapes and some of the most spectacular views in all of Arizona.


Click below to watch the drive down Schnebly Hill Road in under 2 minutes: 


(That 42 minute estimate is incorrect!)

How to get there:

Option #1: Top to Bottom (Flagstaff to Sedona)

From Phoenix (about 1 hr 45 min): Take the I-17 North towards Flagstaff. Take exit 320 onto Schnebly Hill Road, and turn left. Keep left to stay on Schnebly Hill Road.

From Flagstaff (about 25 min): Take the I-17 South. Take exit 320 onto Schnebly Hill Road, and turn right. Keep left to stay on Schnebly Hill Road.




Option #2: Bottom to Top (Sedona to Flagstaff)

To begin the adventure from Sedona, head towards Tlaquepaque, near the center of town.

If you’re driving North on the 179, take the first exit (right) at the first roundabout onto Schnebly Hill Road.

If you’re coming from Uptown or West Sedona, head South towards the 179 at the main roundabout. Drive past Tlaquepaque, and then at the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit (left) onto Schnebly Hill Road.





The road itself is only about 12 miles long. But depending on how fast you drive and how many times you stop, the trip could take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 4 hours.




Know before you go:

↠ This dirt road is pretty rocky, rough, and not maintained. Only take a four-wheel drive vehicle with reliable tires.

↠ Bring drinking water.

↠ Pink Jeep Tours frequent parts of this road, so be aware of other vehicles and allow faster ones to pass.

↠ Take the turns slowly- it can be hard to see others coming in your direction around tight corners.









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