Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

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Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
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The Red Rock Scenic Byway is your Gateway to the world-famous Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona … just 110 miles north of Phoenix, about 40 miles south of Flagstaff, and only a few hours south of the Grand Canyon.
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,333 contributions
We have driven on many scenic roads around the world, but this was our first time on a road like this one. The colors, the red sandstone rock shapes and formations, and the views were fabulous and truly a sight to behold – especially when the sun hits the rocks at a perfect angle. There are several pull-off areas, and we actually entered them for a few minutes to take photos.

We were left flabbergasted and enthralled at the startling beauty of the scenery. I was so glad that I was not driving, and got to enjoy that mesmerizing beauty to the fullest -- without being distracted.

Our hotel was right on this road, so we had the opportunity to drive on it several times.

It is an absolutely gorgeous drive that one must do at least once in their lifetimes. Put it on your bucket list. We are thrilled to have checked it off ours.
Written December 3, 2021
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Liza Gray
World7 contributions
For the price of gas, you'll feel like you're in a live version of Cars. In fact, we played the theme to Cars while we were driving the byway. It's just gorgeous. Highly recommend that you do this at approaching sundown.
Written July 6, 2022
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Wicto
Tucson, AZ122 contributions
I've been coming to Sedona for close to 20 years; shocked at the crowds....on a random April weekend. Some trail heads are closed and others are seemingly always full with a line of cars ready to pounce - a new sport "parking spot vulching" . The city of Sedona has instituted a park and ride shuttle system to better handle the crowds. I did not use the shuttle so I can't review but that said, this adds more time and hassle to your hike
Written April 19, 2022
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Kathleen Warren G
Jacksonville, FL93 contributions
How can such naturally occurring magnificence get rated any less than 5? The canyons and formations are stunning. There many gradations in texture and texture are textbooks on billions of years of geology and climate. The way that they change colors and angles according to sunlight and moonlight and clouds must be seen to truly appreciate.
I wish that there were a few turnoffs so people could stop and get photos or just silently gaze at the wonders before them instead of being forced to just drive by. Perhaps the narrow roads would not support it? The only downside to this trip is that most of roads were narrow and many portions of them were in need of repair. The repair work being done was during peak travel hours, causing congestion and/or detours away from the red rocks. That was the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
Written August 26, 2021
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Carrie D.
Cleveland, OH1,532 contributions
We were on a weeklong road trip through Arizona, primarily hitting the national parks and national monuments, but we had so many people recommend Sedona and the Red Rocks Scenic Byway that we knew we had to adjust our schedule and go. We were so glad we did.

What an awesome way to spend an afternoon, just driving through the red rocks, stopping to take photos along the way. We did make a stop at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which was stunning, and grabbed lunch and did some shopping in the cute uptown district.

Our only regret is that it was a mostly gray and rainy day--I can only imagine how much more stunning those red rock vortexes would've been against a clear blue sky!
Written March 20, 2021
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AnitaS484
Dunnellon, FL979 contributions
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Wow is about all I can say! Photos do not do this area justice. We drove from Cornville into Sedona, stopping a the trailheads / scenic overlooks. Parking was a bit tough at some spots, I would recommend taking the Sedona Shuttle to avoid the parking dilemma if you are hiking. We were able to use our National Park Pass for the parking pass / usage fee.
Written May 14, 2022
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WMF
South Burlington, VT52 contributions
Family
Trying to imagine Sedona before you go is hard. There’s nothing quite like it. I read a lot of great reviews and stopped at Rangers station to get this map. Now you can plan Sedona!
We were staying in Scottsdale and had done Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon trip the day before. We only had one day for Sedona so tried to get in as much as possible before dark at 5:30.
We stopped at Montezuma Castle (open at 8am) first and paid $20 for the family to walk in and see the cliff side dwelling. It was the perfect start to our day. We left and drove about 20 mins to the scenic route 179 road into Sedona & stopped first at rangers station and got this excellent map and $5 parking pass (works for each trailhead). The views already were outstanding. We planned to stop at as many trail heads as possible for photos and do one trail walk before Sedona town lunch and our scheduled pink Jeep ruins tour at 3pm. Although it was super busy (still school vacation) there was parking at every trailhead. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was full so we decided to drive on. We decided on the Airport Mesa trail loop and it was great! The first (lower nearest) parking was full with about 10-12 cars, so we drove up to the airport parking $3. It had snowed so the trail walk down to Airport vortex was slippy and muddy in a lot of sections. Hiking boots would have helped but our sneakers did fine. It was about 30-40 minutes total to get down to the vortex hilltop but the views were fabulous. There’s about 60 “steps” and hand rope where needed to get to the top off the little hilltop. Way back up to the parking was just as fun surrounded with wonderful views of Sedonas Rocks.
We had yelped lunch options but didn’t make reservations (a must during peak times we learned) so had to eat at Hideway House which didn’t have a wait). It was ok. Pizza and peach cobbler. Right next door was a wonderful cafe Creekside Cafe, a must stop for coffee lovers!! Grabbed a scrumptious scone and espresso drinks. Then parked 3 mins later in Sedona (very difficult to find a spot give yourself ample time) and went to Pink Jeep tours for 2:30pm (separate review). Grabbed water and bathroom and checked in. We didn’t get to wander through uptown Sedona but wanted to see as much red rock as possible so that’s for next time! The Pink Jeep Ruins tour gave us what we wanted from Sedona! Got back in the dark, cold tired and very happy.
Written January 5, 2020
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Haswell4
Navarre, FL158 contributions
You can drive the length of the scenic byway in half a day but allow more time to stop at the scenic pull-offs or stroll a short trail. It is breath taking and you will want to take lots of pictures. Most pull offs have a trail head in the parking lot so alot of the parking lots are full and you can drive around waiting for someone to leave or hit the next pull off. We were there in October and it was still busy but not crowded.
Written November 3, 2020
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lquadros
San Ramon, CA158 contributions
This simply a road where you can drive and view the rocks around. Which is fine but .... when you look at the advertisements of Sedona, you literally see everywhere the Cathedral rock, the Bell rock and other rock formations. I mean that is the draw for the tourists i.e. to hike or to at least hike around these natural formations, if not on it. Problem is there is a huge parking problem. People scampering dangerously around with their vehicles, circling around in desperation. And if you are folks like me who came from a different state just to experience these; it leaves you enraged and cheated.

There is a vast expanse of empty land around the parking lot and nothing in the vicinity, so its not that there is a space issue. It's simply lousy planning.

So, unless you get here by 7.00 am, which if you don't stay in Sedona then its not practical, don't bother coming here. You have been warned.
Written May 12, 2021
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson17,485 contributions
Exceptional views of the vibrant red rock formations make this an enjoyable drive ... for awhile, anyway (until hitting the Oak Creek shopping center (where Clarks is) and then it is a mighty slow slog for the next hour or so as the traffic schlepps along at an amazingly, exceedingly slow speed ("speed" seems to be an oxymoron here). Sedona's popularity apparently knows no bounds. And so we all plod along. That is the price to be paid for seeking out this treasure which apparently everyone else on planet earth has "discovered."
Written June 15, 2021
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