A Little Drive Up Schnebly Hill (Sedona)


Aug 27, 2013
I'm a little delayed in posting this, and this is not some "hardcore" off-road adventure, but back in early August I took a quick trip out west to Sedona and Lake Powell, and hit Schnebly Hill Road one evening for some pictures and some fun on the rocks with my kids.
Schnebly Hill starts off near the branch of 89A and 179 in downtown Sedona, and heads up into the hills where it eventually connects with Munds Wagon Trail and I17. The road starts off paved, then turns into a gravelly, rocky and bumpy road up until the gate where Munds starts.
I drove the road a while back in a 2wd Nissan Frontier. We barely made it a mile. Although it can be smooth in some areas, there is a lot of rocky chunder that will jar the fillings out of your mouth if you aren't in a good 4x4. I aired down the tires and ran in 4wd Hi, since it wasn't necessary to crawl this road. Actually, 4wd isn't really necessary, but it seemed like the Jeep was more sure-footed over some of the rock in 4wd than 2wd.

This was near the top of the hill. You get some great views of Sedona and the major rock features. It's quiet up here too; not typically a touristy area. A lot of locals come up here and the Pink Jeeps make it out here too. But in the evening it was very peaceful.
For anyone looking for a nice and tame off road ride that is still a lot of fun, showcases some of Sedona's beauty, take the time to do this one. It's a great family outing, and the kids had a great time.
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Mar 19, 2014
We drove out a road west of Sedona the first week of August. It was a rough road interlaced with wet washes. Found a great remote campsite. Then came the tourist helicopters, then came the huvee full of tourists. First thing in the morning it was hot air balloons over our camp. Sedona is out of control.


Aug 27, 2013
It's hard to find anything "remote" in Sedona. The closest you can get is hiking all the way to the end of the West Fork of Oak Creek. The typical tourist can't or won't put it the effort. But the rest of Sedona is pretty tourist oriented for sure.

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