Schnebly Hill Road

3 Reviews
Location Sedona, AZ
Rating Easy,
Length 10.7mi
Time 2hrs

Vehicle Types

Overview

Spectacular downhill shortcut to Sedona from I-17.

Towering red rock buttes set against a backdrop of deep-green forest and clear blue sky make this road one of Arizona’s most photogenic. A great way to enter Sedona from I-17 if coming from Flagstaff. Many hiking trails on the more scenic lower half of road. Recommend unlicensed vehicles start at top end where you can park, camp and explore side roads. No camping below Vista Point. Trail is closed from I-17 to Merry-Go-Round Rock in winter approximately December through April.

Rating

Easy
Trail Ratings Defined

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

Stats

Length

10.7mi

Time

2hrs

High Point

6,522ft

Best Time To Go

May-October

Current Conditions

(928) 203-7500Coconino N.F., Red Rock R.D,

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4/2017 Trail is currently a moderate rating.

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Trail Updates

8/28/2019
Submitted by Funtreks
This trail is bumpy but the views are spectacular. A stock vehicle can make it with high ground clearance.

7/28/2019
Submitted by Dave
Like other folks have mentioned, this trail used to be enjoyable and was easy many years ago. We ran it on 7/27/19, and in our opinion it’s no longer enjoyable. The views are really great, so there is a decent pay-off for your efforts. Airing down and going slow will help, but it is definitely now a lower-grade moderate trail. Lower slung SUV’s may want to avoid the trail below the vista. The road between I-17 and the vista is a much better ride.

7/12/2019
Submitted by Mike
Ran the trail 7/3/19 after running Broken Arrow. Get ready for a spine-jarring ride with amazing views. Frankly, the road sucks, you should air down and disconnect just to keep your sanity. By the time we were done some 3 hours later (we ran the entire thing all the way to the highway) I was pissed at the brutality of the jostling around.
We ran a 2″ lift, 33s aired down, discos, frame mounted rock rails and open diffs in a 2018 Sahara JL and had no problems with picking the right lines and making it through.

8/24/2018
Submitted by Charles Wells
Customer Mark Shishida phoned us today to say this road is no longer easy. He drives a Subaru Forester and found the trail quite challenging. We’ve had other reports saying similar things. Just a reminder to all our customers that you can now post updates yourselves directly to our new website.

Reviews

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Laura B. says

We drove from Sedona up to the vista. The road is very rocky and slow going. It looks like most of the dirt has washed away making this more of an intermediate trail. Wouldn't recommend for stock SUV & stock tires. We were in a ZR2 with 1" lift, & 32" BFG mud terrains and were able to make it easily, but slowly. The view is great from the top.
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Mike Zaboski says

I agree with Laura's review. The road has become extremely rocky (it was better a few years ago). While technically the road is"easy" (any 4x4 can do it given enough time and inclination) I would not consider it fun with all the non-stop bouncing, and personally classify it as intermediate. Driving a Jeep Wrangler TJ with 4" lift on 33" AT tires aired down, we made it up about 3 miles before turning back. We even saw one Pink Jeep tour turn around at the same point, and another with a very ill passenger. With the large number of tour companies going up and down the road helping to tear it up, someone should kick in to help re-grade it.
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Jim says

I agree with Mike. I did it back in 2013 in my 2012 Tacoma and was very enjoyable, a little bouncy, but still enjoyable. We did it in the last week of April in my 08 FJ and it was torture. And I have brand new MT tires, shocks, controls arms, etc. Technically, it is not difficult per se, but with the constant pounding the trail takes from speeding ATVs, UTVs, and pink jeeps the toll is becoming obvious. If you like going really, really slow, take it on. Going down hill might be a little easier on the kidneys and definitely more scenic, so I suggest starting at the entrance off I 17. At least you can start off the with gorgeous views and have something to remember as you bounce down the trail.
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