Located in Coconino county, in northern Arizona, USA Schnebly Hill Road is one of the most well-known and scenic routes in the Sedona area, with twists and turns, steep cliffs, wash out areas and great views from the pull off spots.
How long it takes to drive Schnebly Hill Road?
The road is also known as FS Road 153. It’s 19.31km (12 mile) long and runs west-east from Road AZ-179 (near Sedona) towards Road Interstate-17. The drive is a steep, twisty, unpaved and wonderfully scenic route that drops more than 2,000 feet from a wooded mesa into the wonderland of Sedona. It’s one of the premier drives in Arizona. Allow for about an hour to drive it at a decent pace.
Is Schnebly Hill Road open?
The drive is definitely worth it. Along the way, narrow turnouts provide an opportunity for travelers to marvel at the unfolding landscape. Schnebly Hill Vista, at 6,000 feet, overlooks the Verde Valley and Sedona below the summit, Steamboat Rock at the mouth of Oak Creek, and the mineral-rich Mingus Mountains to the west. The views from the back of Sedona are awesome, and the view from the top of the trail can't be beat. The overlook at the top of Schnebly Hill Road provides on of the most spectacular views in Arizona. It's especially good in the early morning when the sun is at your back, making it worthwhile to get up for sunrise and endure the very rough drive. This trail is closed in the winter.
Is Schnebly Hill Road dangerous?
It features some paved parts at the beginning and near the end. In the middle section it gets really rough with a few turns. The road is dirt, steep and bumpy. High clearance required. Four wheel drive strongly recommended. Most SUVs are not high enough. The road is very bumpy and not meant for average cars. Not for the faint of heart. It’s some what like an amusement ride. The road is rock face in most places with some drop-offs of 2-4 feet.
Pic: Pablo Pak