Schnebly Hill Road 4x4 Trail

EASY 52 reviews
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Schnebly Hill Road 4x4 Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Munds Park, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, scenic driving, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,624 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

views

wild flowers

Gorgeous backcountry descent to beautiful Sedona 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. The road descends over 2,200 feet from the top of massive Mogollon Rim to the town of Sedona. Memorable hiking trails depart from several places along the road, and dispersed camping is allowed above Vista Point. The drive is impressive in either direction. Elk may be seen before sunset. Mountain bikers looking for an easy day will enjoy the ride down. If you park, hike, or stop along the route, you'll need a Red Rocks Pass. Located in Coconino National Forest. For current conditions call Red Rock Ranger District (928) 203-2900. Easy. Signs recommend only trucks or off-highway vehicles, but cars (not low-slung) can make it in good weather. Although the road is wide and well-maintained, expect a bumpy ride. Much of the lower portion is a shelf road. This road is closed during the winter.

off road driving
11 days 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.

14 days ago

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
17 days 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.

1 month ago

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.

off road driving
2 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
3 months ago

Beautiful views; rough roads but worth the bumps!

off road driving
3 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
6 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
6 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
6 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!

6 months ago

Nice ride. Beautiful scenery.

off road driving
7 months ago

Rocky . Not an easy trail. Beautiful views.

off road driving
8 months ago

did it at night. really cool.

9 months ago

Great beginner trail. Started at the I-17 exit 320 and drove the trail back into Sedona. Totally the best way to drive this. The whole valley opens up to you this way making for an amazing trip. Lots of rocks, no real obstacles, you just have to pick your lines right and it's a breeze. We ran this late evening with the best views at sunset and finishing the lower portion of the trail in complete darkness. Amazing time

off road driving
10 months ago

Started out early morning This is a great trail plenty of wonderful scenery We took along a lunch and made plenty of stops along the way and at the end of the trail Sedona magnificent greg's wife

off road driving
10 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

This trail has a special place in my heart, my parents used to take us out here in our station wagon, much nicer in a jeep with the tires aired down

off road driving
Monday, June 26, 2017

Great views and a nice trip from Sedona to the I 17 freeway and back.

off road driving
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Road is a lot rougher than it use to be.

off road driving
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Fun trail

off road driving
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Heavy traffic trail. Absolutely amazing views and seeing the transition from red rock to pine trees is beautiful. While on the trail we saw a lot of UTV, ATV, and 4 wheel drive Jeeps and trucks. Whatever you take on the trail, make sure it has a little clearance to get through some rock areas.

off road driving
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beautiful drive with lots of places to stop and explore the area.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Very bumpy in my old leaf sprung, short wheelbase WILLY'S CJ3B. My long wheelbase Ram chase vehicle said it wasn't that bad. I also recommend this trail as a way to get to Sedona. Adds a couple of hours to the trip to Sedona but VERY scenic.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Trail was a great first day test for off roading with our Jeep Wrangler. Great bumpy ride, views and photos are amazing.

road biking
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Beautiful views from the summit.

off road driving
Monday, December 01, 2014

It's an easy trail for a good 4wd vehicle. It made for a good first day warm-up trail ride. You get great bird's-eye views of Sedona and the red rock formations. The Charlie Wing 4wd Backroads book starts you at the 179 but I recommend starting it from the opposite end at the 17. I got this advice from several locals and was glad to have it. When you start from the east, you descend into the canyon with the views opening up in front of you whereas when you start it from the west, you're just kind of looking up and can't see as well what's behind you. To get to the trail from the 179, we actually headed up the 179 for a short drive through Flagstaff and then headed south on the 17. Up the 179 on the way to Flagstaff, you drive along gorgeous Oak Creek and there are a couple of scenic view stops that are worth seeing. When you start the trail from the 17, an additional benefit is that you pop out on the 179, closer to Sedona.

off road driving
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The road up Schnebly Hill is very rough and rocky. There are not serious obstacles that a high clearance vehicle cannot make. I would recommend at least 6 ply tires because of all the rocks. Great views!

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