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Schnebly Hill Road runs east to west from I-17(Exit 320) to AZ 179 near Sedona, Arizona. It is a dirt road and in some places a 4X4 is definitely necessary. Not too long ago, this was a free road but with budget cuts to the National Forestry Service having been made several years ago, there is a $5 daily fee or $20 per year access fee for this area. You can drive through it without a permit but you are not allowed to stop at any of the viewing points without a permit. There is a fine if you are caught doing so by the forest rangers. Camping is not allowed from AZ 179, seven miles up the road. until just past the Schnebly Rd Vista. At the Vista point, the view is incredible and well worth the bumpy road to get to this point to see the deep, rich reds of the rocks of Sedona. You can also take a very narrow road out of Sedona up the hill but the drive is difficult with many hairpin turns and rock overhangs. You definitely do not want to take any kind of RV on any part of this road.
Personally, I like to go from the I-17 access point and drive to the Vista toward Sedona. This part of the road, while bumpy, dusty and rough, is usually passable even for passenger cars. It would be wise however to check weather conditions before make this journey. Go slowly, use common sense and go down this road at your own risk. If you don't have a vehicle that will make the trip, you can always book a Jeep tour in Sedona to take you up around this area. The guides can also fill you in on the area as you go along. This is the safest way to see this area if you do not have a small jeep or other 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The beautiful Schnebly Hill Road Vista
Schnebly Hill Road Vista picture above © COPYRIGHT 2010 by myRVadventures.com
The road is 13 miles long with the Vista Point located around the 6 mile mark. When exiting I-17 to the west of the freeway, there is a fork in the road. Go to the LEFT as the right fork goes to a highway maintenance facility. For the next 5 miles, you will be in a nice pine trees. Many RVers dry camp in this area. You will pass a dry lake bed about 4 miles down the road that generally does not have any water. Occasionally, there will be water in the area if it has been particularly rainy but generally that is not the case. This area is a favorite camping area and I often pass dry campers in this area. The east side of the lake is private property so stay away from that area. It used to be where a former summer camp existed but now it has been sold off and closed off by the forest service with a road realignment.
 
When the pine trees thin out, this is where the road gets a bit rougher with many ruts and holes. Before you know it, the valley below appears in vivid colors. It is a gorgeous site that no picture can adequately capture. As you come to where the road bends around sharply to the left, this is Schnebly Hill Vista. Schnebly Hill Road was named for Carl Schnebly one of the pioneers of this area. You can continue on down the mountain and into Sedona from this road but again, the road is narrow, difficult, steep and there are many rock overhangs. Personally, I prefer to go back out the way I came in but that is just my preference. The Forest Service does occasionally station themselves at the Vista so if you intend to wander about, think seriously about getting a day access pass so you aren't fined. Occasionally, you will get to Schnebly Hill Road only to find that it is closed due to winter conditions or occassionally, forest fires in the area.
 
Again, if you don't have the right type of vehicle or prefer a more informative tour, you can always take one of the many jeep tours out of Sedona and enjoy the sights instead of having to navigate a rather difficult road.

 

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Recently, I have been asked quite a few times about conditions on Schnebly Hill Road for a particular day. The best way to find out up-to-date information is to call the Red Rock Ranger District at 928-282-4119. They can give you info on closures as well as weather and road conditions.
A jeep tour vehicle sits above. You will need a Red Rock Pass if you want to stop at the vista or any points on the way to Sedona until the pavement begins. If you just drive through without stopping no pass is needed. However, you will want to stop and appreciate the great beauty of this area. Red Rock pass information can be found by calling the ranger phone number above. There is a RV park near the junction of AZ 179. If you want to stay in this park, the best approach is to take AZ 89A from Cottonwood. Turn right on AZ 179 and then left on Schnebly Hill Road. Do not take the Schnebly Hill exit off of I-17 to try to reach the RV park. Also be aware that AZ 179 from I-17 can be challenging for an RV. The town of Oak Creek, AZ installed several small rotaries in the town making it a hassle to maneuver a large RV. If you intend to explore Sedona, it is better to park your RV and drive around with your tow car or truck.
Below are more Vista Pictures provided by Chris Maglanes
 
 
 
The above four pictures are © COPYRIGHTED by Chris Maglanes and are displayed here by permission of Mr. Maglanes
The town of Sedona and the beautiful red rock mountains are definitely worth a visit if you come to see Arizona. The town is interesting and unique and the views are eye-popping.
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