On Four Wheels
It's easy to see Sedona by car; you'll get a red-rock eyeful just driving through town. But to gawk without causing a traffic jam (a common Sedona occurrence), head for the backcountry, where you'll find panoramic views and license to rubberneck. Here are two of the most popular drives:
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Ray and Joanne Reed
- Red Rock Loop Road
The upper end of this loop takes you to Red Rock Crossing, one of the most photographed scenes in the U.S. Here, you can wade across Oak Creek while admiring formidable Cathedral Rock in the background.
- Schnebly Hill Road
Snaking through valleys and over ridgetops, this unpaved 11-mile road has some of the best views in the area. Look for Snoopy Rock, a formation resembling the cartoon character lying down. And be careful: Do not drive this road in winter or during summer storms.
Jeep vehicle tours are another way to see Sedona's sights without burning a calorie; you can rent a 4WD vehicle or take a guided backcountry tour. The most kid-friendly tour we found? A Day in the West, a bumpy trip over fire roads and hiking trails that ends at a 90-acre ranch complete with western town movie set, horseback riding, and cowboy cookouts. The tour is suitable for all ages, but those under 6 are not permitted on horses.