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what could be the itinerary for touring self only by driving

Saratoga, California
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Not much time in Sedona. Hiking might not have enough time to do. So, driving would be more efficient. Could anyone give a suggestions for a few scenic drives besides Red Rock Byway?

We will be there in less than 10 days

Thanks!

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Drive around the area off Dry Creek road in West Sedona. Can't get lost and there are many great viewpoints

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Drive up Airport Rd and also down Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, both for panoramic views.

Drive through Oak Creek Canyon (north on Hwy 89A from Sedona). Your itinerary might take you that way anyway if your are going north after Sedona.

All these roads mentioned are paved.

Edited: May 03, 2021, 8:04 am
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A full week is an ideal time for Sedona. Will you also be visiting Grand Canyon National Park? Choose trails where there’s minimal traffic in the parking areas. Views are awesome everywhere.

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Oak Creek Canyon is my favorite drive. The drive’s famous switchbacks at the end of the canyon lead you up to a pretty overlook of the canyon. Due to COVID the native Americans may not be present selling their jewelry and pottery. Do not miss this drive! Indian Gardens Cafe and Market is an interesting place to enjoy lunch on their open air patio out back. Open Thurs .- Mon. 8 am - 4 pm

https://www.indiangardens.com

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There were 6 or 7 tables set up by the Native American last visit early March at that rest area

Edited: May 04, 2021, 5:04 am
Saratoga, California
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Thanks everyone for the replies! Does ATV tour or Pink Jeep tour offer much more than mentioned above? I have a jeep 4x4, perfect for driving at Sedona. Is there a map for self driving? Any areas need professional driver to pass by?

Thanks a bunch! I'll be doing that tomorrow (5/13/2021). Hope to get feedback soon.

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Book a Pink Jeep tour for your first full day. You’ll learn more in that 2 hours than anything else we can teach you.

Please don’t rent ATVs in Sedona. They are destroying our environment.

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People have been visiting Sedona with their own off road vehicle or renting one for an adventure without realizing the irreparable harm they are doing to the environment. Arizona is experiencing a drought. Our arid environment has been impacted in so many ways including erosion, soil compaction, and loss of vegetation just to mention a few. Even the people who have confined their routes to a forest road are unaware of the damage to which they have contributed. Recent aerial shots of Sedona on local news gave a visual presentation of the negative impact off roading is creating on Sedona's environment.

Edited: May 13, 2021, 2:13 am
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