Schnebly Hill Road

This is one of Arizona's most beautiful trails.

Total Miles


1981.37 ft


2 Hours

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Trail Overview

Phenomenal scenery includes massvie red rock buttes and a thick, healthy forest. If you're going to Sedona from Flagstaff, this is a really fun way to travel. Take your time and explore some of the many hiking trails available along the route. Unlicensed vehicles can park and camp at the top end of the trail. There are some great little side roads to play on. There is no camping below Vista Point.


Easy: Rough, bumpy road, but, when dry, is suitable for almost any high-clearance SUV.


Schnebly Hill Road was originally an old wagon trail built by Jim Mund. The old Munds Wagon Road is marked just below Vista Point (see map). The Forest Service paid to improve the road in 1902. Just two years prior, entrepreneur Carl Schnebly settled in Oak Creek. He made his fortune partly by transporting goods along the improved road. The town is named after his wife, Sedona

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Access Description

From the roundabout at the intersection of Hwys. 89A and 179 in Sedona, head south on 179 to next roundabout. Circle around and head northeast on well marked Schnebly Hill Road. Go about one mile on pavement to parking lot and toilet on left. Road changes to dirt just after parking lot.