Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in Coconino National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
15 days ago

This trail is seriously a hidden gem! It’s definitely very rocky, but we didn’t even need to use four wheel drive. You will encounter Jeep tours throughout, but they don’t usually hang out for too long at the rest points. There is an amazing view point at Schnebly Vista Overlook. Honestly amazing views through the whole trail. It’s so beautiful to see the transition of colors throughout this trail and you really get a little bit of everything. Pictures will be posted!!!

This is a great drive, easy, beautiful.

off road driving
21 days ago

Great fun, we took our stock JL Sahara from I17 over to Sedona. Road to to top from 17 is passable by almost any vehicle (within reason, don’t take your 911), but the west side gets moderately technical at times. I felt the need to have it in 4L most of the way down. If I was coming up the hill from Sedona, I think 4L would definitely be a handy bonus. Good clearance also helpful or else your really going to spend a lot of time plotting your line. We scraped once, I took on a rock that was boarderline. A lot of great places to stop, beautiful views!

off road driving
22 days ago

Got off I17 at exit 320. The 1st half isn't bad, avg 10 to 20 mph. But once you get to the scenic overlook at the 1/2 way point was a little more technical going down hill trying to pick the path of least resistance and lots of traffic and Pink Jeep tours, speed was more around 5 mph. The views are incredible making it a 5 star ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beautiful drive, road shaded with tons of trees.
Next time hope to be on the motorcycle.

off road driving
1 month ago

The trail route that is posted here is do-able in a Prius. There is nothing hard about it, well the hard part was not falling asleep while I was driving on it... however the real trail, which is called Diamondback trail OHV was pretty fun. I would at MOST rate it as moderate. I never even had to get into 4wd ( course I have a long travel turbo diesel on 37’s).. a stock Jeep could do it all without any problems.

Took the drive up there...there is a locked gate about halfway that prevents vehicles from accessing the higher potions of this trail. “Open all year” is a bit deceiving. You can get a permit... but good luck.

off road driving
1 month ago

This is a great trail that requires a 4x4 vehicle to get over some of the rocks. A little rough and bouncy but I find that enjoyable. Take the road slow and enjoy the views. There are many Pink Jeeps on the road and everyone is very respectful of each other. When you get to the vista the views are AMAZING!

off road driving
1 month ago

Great long trail. It has a couple of spots to get out of you vehicle and walk around, about 4 miles out you can pull over and with a small hike climb up to some beautiful rocks and look out over the valley and cow pies. Great photo ops and a dry creek bead to explore. Take your time, can be very rough at some points, take your time and enjoy the ride. Did this trail in a FJ Cruiser with 3 inch lift. Saw a Hyundai Santa Fe pull it off.

off road driving
1 month ago

Very rough on the bottom half ,averaged 3mph in a Trialhawk. Half way up it opens to much smoother dirt where all the camping is from the I17 side. Averaged 15mph. Great views, great for Cam-am , lots of pink Jeeps . Great easy course

off road driving
2 months ago

Hello all

Going to do this tomorrow with my family in my 4runner. I have a 3 inch lift and am not worried about clearance, however I was wondering if everyone aired down while on this trail? I see that it is very bumpy so I dont want to be bouncing all over the place.

Let me know!

Michael

2 months ago

Also known as Diamond Back Gulch, this is a great trail. Starts off with small rocks on a gravel trail but soon turns into a steep decent into a gulch and then ascent up and out. The trail wasn't cluttered with Pink Jeeps like the other popular trails. This trail could get tricky in the rain/ very wet. Recommend a very capable vehicle or RZR.

Very beautiful and scenic trail. Should be a moderate rating due to some larger rocks sticking out the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful!

off road driving
2 months ago

Nice views but trail was very rough. Hard areas even with Toyota 4Runner TRD. High clearance a must. Video on line isn’t accurate of the trail, not an easy trail.

Nice scenic trail. Coming out of Sedona a high clearance vehicle is a must. Scraped the skid plate a couple times with 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD. Also watched a 4x4 Jeep Compass turn around after he couldn't make it over some big rocks. I wouldn't classify this trail as easy from what I saw last weekend.

off road driving
2 months ago

Definitely leave the Prius or any low clearance vehicle home but 4WD not necessary, we took a stock JK Sahara and had no issues. Views were fantastic, it was a nice (read: bumpy) drive, lots of traffic on a weekend in May.

This was a only rocky, Annoying rocky dirt road. no skill required, no interesting features to climb over, it was a waste of time to drive on it if you are looking to do real off road trail driving.

breathtaking!!

off road driving
4 months ago

Very scenic road going either direction. I would not recommend driving anything but a higher clearance vehicle on this road. 4x4 is not exactly necessary. It gets bumpier all the time and the Jeep tour operators want it that way. It's their bread and butter to have it this way to thrill the tourists. I did take a little Honda Grom outfitted with knobby tires up and down this road and the Pink Jeep Tour guides were going nuts taking pictures and calling me their hero. It's rough as heck in some places but definitely doable. Leave the Prius home if you are wanting to go up/down Schnebly. Sure you could make it, I guess, but your little car will not be the same as when you started. Do yourself a favor and get some exercise by hiking up Mund's Wagon Trail to see Schnebly in all its glory.

off road driving
5 months ago

Beautiful views; rough roads but worth the bumps!

off road driving
5 months ago

My wife and I took my stock Chevy 1500 crew cab on this trail. It was a ruff ride for my wife. I had a blast. The bumps and beautiful views were well worth it. We turned back after 5 miles.

off road driving
7 months ago

Trail is an easy drive but is bumpy. 4WD wasn’t needed as it was just rocky and slow going. Scenery is what makes this trail worth going down.

off road driving
8 months ago

We rode our Polaris General 4 from Munds Park down this road to Sedona. The views were fantastic and we had plenty of places to stop and take photographs. The road itself isn’t challenging but it is very rough for most of the ride. A few sporadic places where full size vehicles would need to navigate carefully but nothing extreme. We made a day trip out of it riding from Munds to have lunch in Sedona and take a couple other trails before returning the same route back to Munds. Catching sunset from the top of this trail was pretty great and if it gets dark and you don’t want to head back down, you can just cut over to the I17.

off road driving
8 months ago

I did this trail in reverse from the I-17 exit 320 down into Sedona. The drive was beautiful the entire way and It took 2 hours of all downhill driving! It’s also a little rocky once you get out of the pines so it’s a slow trip but worth it.

off road driving
8 months ago

Easy, but very rocky (bumpy) trail with spectacular views of the red rock formations and Sedona valley. Great trail to stop and climb the rock formations along the way. Bring lunch/snacks to take in the view from Schnebly Hill Vista.

off road driving
8 months ago

It's rocky, views well worth it. Went in January, might come back and stay in the east end, lots of camping in the pines just oof I-17 exit.

off road driving
8 months ago

Great trail out of Sedona to I17. Took both our 4x4’s up before Xmas to tour Jerome and Sedona. This was a great route back to Phoenix. Amazing views! All of the reviews comment about it being rocky, it definitely is!

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