Red Rock Scenic Byway, Arizona, USA
The Red Rock Scenic Byway is a relatively short stretch of road that takes drivers on a scenic adventure from the SR 89A to Interstate 17. Although the road is just over 12km in length, there’s plenty to see and enjoy along the way as well as in the immediate vicinity. For anyone visiting Phoenix, Flagstaff or making a trip between the two cities, this route is a must! A one way car rental is also a great idea for anyone who wants to make the trip without having to drive all the way back again.
Sights along the Red Rock scenic byway
If you are starting on the end near the Slide Rock State Park, it would be worth your while to spend at least half a day in the park itself. There are plenty of activities and sights to enjoy along with plenty of fresh air. Popular activities include hiking, fishing and swimming. Within the park, there is even a natural waterslide that helps attract fun loving visitors to this area. Please, note that if you want to visit the Red Rock State Park, you will need to take a slight detour from Sedona. Just after passing the area where the Sedona Heritage Museum is located, you will be able to turn to the right in the direction of the State Park. If you choose to follow the route towards Interstate 17, then you will reach Sedona Memorial Park and some local campgrounds too.
One of the main sights you will come across along the first stretch of this road is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This Roman Catholic Chapel has been built into the buttes of Sedona and construction was completed in 1956.
As you dive along the road, you will reach pleasant locations like the Village of Oak Creek. Here, you can enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants, some shopping and even a round of golf if you like. The views in the area also make it a popular place to stop before reaching the interstate.
Other nearby attractions
Car Rental can be picked up nearby at Flagstaff or Phoenix in Arizona; as well as Las Vegas, Nevada and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Condsider doing a one way rental between these locations to better explore the region. In Flagstaff, you can enjoy sights like the Walnut Canyon National Monument or take a trip to the Coconino National Forest through which the scenic route takes you as well. There are also plenty of hiking trails, equestrian trails, monuments and museums. As for Phoenix, this major city has plenty to offer everyone. Some of the top attractions include the Desert Botanical Garden, Camelback Mountain, Papago Park and many museums and historic and religious sites like St. Mary’s Basilica. Since you are already in the area, making your way to at least one of these lovely Arizona cities is certainly worth the trip.