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Flagstaff, Arizona - Scenic Drives

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There are several possible scenic drives through the National Forests surrounding Flagstaff. Some drives are particularly good in fall when the leaves change color. Your options are presented below.

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  • Maintained Dirt or Gravel
  • 1-2 hours
  • 43 mile loop

This drive takes you all the way around Arizona's highest mountain, winding through a land of pine forests and aspen groves, open prairies and rustic homesteads.

  • Cinder surfaced except for final 3.5 miles
  • 1 hour
  • 17 mile round trip

This route provides outstanding views of Kendrick Mountain, the highest peak in Kaibab National Forest.

  • Rough Dirt or Gravel
  • 3 1/2 hours to all day
  • 25 mile loop

The Desert Canyon Scenic Loop features scenic desert country where you'll see colorful canyons, lush oases, picturesque ranches, and some off-the-beaten-path Indian ruins.

  • Dirt or Gravel
  • 1-2 hours
  • 17 mile round trip

Government Prairie Road Scenic Drive passes through the heart of Government Prairie, a broad expanse of grassland that stands out in stark contrast to the surrounding forest.

  • 5 to 6 days to drive this Byway
  • 1410 miles (2269 km)

"...and they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads, 66 is the mother road, the road of flight." -- John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath".Route 66 means different things to different people, but freedom is a common theme. For families like t...

  • Paved
  • 2-4 hours
  • 88 mile loop

Just south of Flagstaff, Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive descends a breathtaking series of switchbacks into a scenic, smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. Known for colorful rocks and unique formations, Oak Creek Canyon is famous the world around for its spectacular scenery.

  • Paved and Dirt / Gravel
  • 2-3 hours
  • 80 mile loop

South of Flagstaff, Plateau Lakes Scenic Drive takes you past a collection of large and small lakes fill natural depressions in the area's volcanic caprock. Plateau Country is popular with photographers for the lakes serve as reflecting pools for the surrounding mountains and forests.

  • Paved and Dirt / Gravel
  • 2-6 hours
  • 23 miles

The Red Rocks and Sycamore Canyon Scenic Loop takes you into the heart of the magnificent Sedona Red Rocks Country. The route hugs to the foot of those colorful cliffs and offers the option of four scenic side trips that lead to some of the most exciting features in Red Rock Country.

  • Paved and Dirt / Gravel
  • 1-2 hours
  • 26 mile loop

This drive provides easy access to great views of the San Francisco Peaks, cool ponderosa pine forests, lots of hiking trails, picturesque picnic spots where you can spend the day or set up camp.

  • Paved
  • 1 hour
  • 15 miles

Snowbowl Scenic Drive passes through thick forests before breaking out into the high mountain meadows of the San Francisco Peaks.

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