• DesignationAll-American Road (2005)
  • Intrinsic QualitiesScenic, Recreation
  • LocationAZ
  • Length8 miles
Byway Visitor Information
All American Road Committee Sedona
Statewide Byway Partners
Arizona Department of Transportation
Downloadable Arizona Byways Map
Vermillion and amethyst clouds mix in the sky over the red rocks.
Harvey Stearn Photo


Winding through Sedona's Red Rock Country, this route is often called a "museum without walls." The high desert power, diversity, and sense of intimacy with nature is amazing. Inhabited for thousands of years, the stunning red rocks are alive with a timeless spirit that captivates and inspires.

Local Byway Partners
  • Big Park Council
  • Coconino National Forest
  • Sedona Village Business Association
  • Sedona Chamber of Commerce

Story of the Byway

In 2005, Red Rock Scenic Byway was chosen as Arizona’s first All-American Road. The Byway is a destination you will not only want to drive but stop, stroll, hike, bike, golf, shop, dine, stay, and enjoy! The Byway winds through the charming Village of Oak Creek (the historic name is “Big Park”). This community boasts three of Sedona’s finest golf courses and two of its most famous and beautiful Vortexes — Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock!

Winding through the evergreen covered Coconino National Forest, stop at the several scenic pullouts for great views and. enjoy the prehistoric Red Rocks with nearby parking (RV friendly). There are all levels of hiking and biking trails. More information is available at the Forest Visitor Center including what trails that are handicap accessible.

Driving Directions

South of Sedona, take Highway 179 south to the Coconino National Forest, passing through the Village of Oak Creek on the way.

Points of Interest

  • Bell Rock

    Bell Rock is north of Village of Oak Creek, elevation is 4,919 ft.

  • Courthouse Butte

    Red rock formation near Bell Rock

  • Spaceship Rock

    The flat loop around Courthouse Butte

  • Cathedral Rock

    Natural sandstone butte near Sedona in the Coconino National Forest

  • Chapel of the Holy Cross

    Roman Catholic Chapel built into the side of a butte.

  • Coconino National Forest

    A 1.586 million-acre forest originally established in 1898 as the San Francisco Mountains National Forest Reserve.

  • Mount Lemmon

    Has a summit elevation of 9,159 feet, the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains.


  • A Mountain Biker's Dream

    Starting from Flagstaff, pack your mountain bike and drive 31 miles south into scenic Red Rock Country. Park in the Bell Rock Vista parking lot, then cross over Highway 179 from the traffic circle south of the lot. Hop on the Slim Shady Trail—a popular smooth red dirt singletrack that flows for 1.2 miles. The trail connects with Made in the Shade, Templeton Trail and Hiline Trail, providing a full day of exploration. None of these trails are too vertical; good for intermediate mountain bikers. Stop in Sedona for a late lunch or early dinner before heading back to Flagstaff.

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