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Red Rock Byway Map


Red Rock Scenic Byway contains some of the most spectacular views that Arizona has to offer. Filled with natural beauty, the short drive is an excellent source of inspiration, history, and activity. Whether you want just a scenic drive during the afternoon, or an entire day filled with walking, hiking, biking, or other activities, it is sure to be fun for all ages. Close to Sedona, it is a quick escape into a very unique landscape.

This byway is 7.5 miles / 12.1 km in length.

Key Attractions

  • Little Horse Trail and Bell Rock Pathway (northern and southern) Trailheads

    • Be on the lookout for the special rock formations, “Three Nuns,” “Chapel of the Holy Cross,” and “Cathedral Rock”

  • Red Rock Crossing on Oak Creek – situated by the visitor’s center at the south end of the byway (right across from the entrance to Red Rock State Park), enjoy the uniquely formed red sandstone banks on the creek

  • Activities such as biking, golfing, and hiking, as well as driving

  • Beautiful red sandstone accented with colorful cottonwood trees and large, blue skies


  • 31 miles from Flagstaff

    • Take I-17 south from Flagstaff

    • Turn onto AZ-89A south heading toward Sedona

    • In Sedona, merge onto AZ-179 south

    • The byway begins at the intersection of AZ-179 and Back O Beyond Road (N 34.826° W 111.779°)

  • 103 miles from Phoenix

    • Take I-17 north towards Flagstaff

    • Take exit 298 and turn left at AZ-179, going towards Sedona

    • The byway begins about three miles north of the junction of I-17 and AZ-179 (Intersection of AZ-179 and Beaverhead Flat Road near Sedona, AZ (N 34.734° W 111.777°)

More Information

  • View map
  • Web site
  • May require a $5.00 park fee and driving pass at certain stops

(This site is funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.)