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Red Rocks and Sycamore Canyon Scenic Loop

Basics
Location:
In the Sedona area
Surface:
Paved and Dirt / Gravel
Suitable Vehicle:
Any Vehicle
Length:
23 miles
Time:
2-6 hours
Season:
Drivable year round

Description

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.

The Sterling Canyon Spur leads to two of the most spectacular rock formations in the area. Devil's Bridge and Vultee Arch are each just a short hike off the road. The Boynton Canyon Spur leads to a trail into an area described as one of Sedona's new age vortexes. The Loy Butte spur will put you in the middle of some of the area's more sweeping vistas. The Sycamore Canyon Spur takes you past Robber's Roost, where horse thieves once hid their contraband, and to Sycamore Pass, the gateway to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.

Visiting every place on this list should put you at Red Rock Crossing at just about sunset. There, you can enjoy a bit of refreshment at one of the picnic tables before you join the chorus of photographers there to record one of the world's most photographed scenes.

FR 152C is paved to Boynton Canyon, and the Red Rock Loop Road is paved except for the last mile or so. The rest of this route is unpaved and can become muddy and slippery when wet.

Details

Location:
In the Sedona area
Surface:
Paved and Dirt / Gravel
Suitable Vehicle:
Any Vehicle
Length:
23 miles
(without spurs)
Time:
2-6 hours
Depending on spurs
Main Roads:
Arizona 89A S
Season:
Drivable year round
Additional Details:
To get there:

From Flagstaff drive south 29 miles on US 89A through Sedona to Dry Creek Road (FR 152C). Turn north and proceed along FR 152C for 2 miles to the Vultee Arch road and another 2.5 miles to the intersection with Boynton Canyon Road. FR 152C continues southwest left onto an unpaved road. In about 4 miles, FR 152C intersects FR 525. From here you can turn north (right) to the Loy Butte spur or south (left) to continue the drive. In another 4 miles FR 525 intersects FR 525C (Sycamore Pass spur). This road will take you to the East side of Sycamore Canyon. Continue south 5.5 miles to US 89A and another 5.3 miles on pavement back to Sedona. The Red Rock Loop Road, which accesses Red Rock Crossing and the Verde River, is located off US 89A about one mile south of Sedona.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From Flagstaff drive south 29 miles on US 89A through Sedona to Dry Creek Road (FR 152C). Turn north and proceed along FR 152C for 2 miles to the Vultee Arch road and another 2.5 miles to the intersection with Boynton Canyon Road. FR 152C continues southwest left onto an unpaved road. In about 4 miles, FR 152C intersects FR 525. From here you can turn north (right) to the Loy Butte spur or south (left) to continue the drive. In another 4 miles FR 525 intersects FR 525C (Sycamore Pass spur). This road will take you to the East side of Sycamore Canyon. Continue south 5.5 miles to US 89A and another 5.3 miles on pavement back to Sedona. The Red Rock Loop Road, which accesses Red Rock Crossing and the Verde River, is located off US 89A about one mile south of Sedona.
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