Explore the best scenic driving trails in Arizona 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
22 hours ago

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

on Ellison Creek Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike! Very rocky but the water was perfect to swim in!

off road driving
3 days ago

I wheeled it in my 2007 Tacoma prerunner with K02 tires and aired down to 19 psi. We had no problems climbing all the hill.
There are 3 gates that nobody mentions but just make sure to close them. The trail over all was a lot of fun.

We hiked the 3 mile Loma Verde Trail. Nice and easy trail to start off the day. A diamondback snake crossed our path while we were hiking.

had a good time. we even got lost doing the loop that what it all about.

ABOUT THE TRAIL
Not really a trail. More a nice paved stroll through an outdoor historical site. Appropriate for all ages. It's all paved and easy to maneuver with plenty of marked signage and interesting history. You can't go up to the ruins (to preserve them) but there are signs, a nice little museum, and you can of course see them from afar.

ABOUT THE VIEW
The ruins themselves are worth seeing; there are several sites that prove to be very interesting. Don't skip the museum; it's in the gift shop and totally worth a look.

STUFF TO KNOW
Super easy to find and there is a decent sized parking lot. Restrooms are fairly nice. The gift shop has plenty of interesting trinkets to purchase if you have some people from out of town with you. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids under 15 years old. There are discounts for those with other passes, and buying this pass will get you into several parks for free within a certain time frame. Overall a good hour or so activity that's worth doing.

off road driving
14 days ago

Great drive with beautiful views along the way.

off road driving
15 days ago

Fun trail. Ran it today in my 99 XJ. Took about 4 hours from start to finish. Then had lunch in Crown King. not sure if i would call this a hard trail, it can be in spots, but overall a lot of fun.

Very easy trail! Great history, interesting culture, etc. Something I highly recommend if you have children… Especially those in elementary or middle school age range. A short paved trail with informative park rangers on site. Also a small gift shop, which you enter and exit the trail from.

scenic driving
19 days ago

I've made this drive quite a few times living in Flagstaff and hiking in Sedona. I honestly hate this drive because 99% of the time people in the other lane will be straddling the line because they simply aren't paying attention to driving in the least. I'm honestly surprised there aren't more deaths on this road due to the fact that no one seems to care about safety as much as the view.

That all be said it is a beautiful drive with some relatively nice views...for the passenger!

off road driving
21 days ago

Ran this with some friends on 5/27/17. It can be a LONG day so be prepared with lunch and/or snacks. It can also be HOT so be sure to bring lots of water.

The southern half of the trail was a bit boring and hot. Mostly fire road type of terrain. There were three or four obstacles to break things up a little but not much. There was really only one significant obstacle. All the obstacles had bypasses so not to worry if an obstacle makes you uncomfortable.

It was just rough enough that I would not recommend trying this road without high clearance.

The north part of the trail gained some altitude. It got cooler, the terrain changed to forest, an the views were great. Part of the trail ran through a creek bed. Not a lot of water to worry about but the rocks were fun.

Make sure you have a spare. You probably won't need it but there are enough rocks, especially in the creek bed, that you could lose a tire...I did. Glad I had the spare and the jack.

Overall, it was a good day, but long. Not a super challenging trail, but I'm glad I did it at least once.

off road driving
21 days ago

Challenging trail 4x4 is a must

pretty simple trail. passenger cars can get around if they are careful.
pine trees for the last 15 minutes or so, mostly brush. there are a few nice places to camp along the creek.