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Panoramic view from Schnebly Hill Road, with the town of Sedona and the 89 highway in the distance.

Schnebly Hill Road Panorama from the ViewpointView All Sizes

Scenic red rocks, Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona, Arizona

Soaring Red Rock Buttes near SedonaView All Sizes

Cowpie Rock is a vast, smooth, rock formation kind of like a big playground for hikers and climbers. As its name implies, it resembles a gigantic cowpie baking in the sun.

Cowpie Rock, SedonaView All Sizes

JOURNAL : May 14, 2007

Schnebly Hill Road to Sedona

Sedona > Arizona > United States

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When I saw this curvy 13-mile connector road on the map between the 17 freeway and Sedona it didn't look particularly malicious. It wasn't until we were bucking around on a rocky road that could have been ravaged by tornadoes, that I realized this was Schnebly Hill Road and that we had come this way before. This road should only be driven in a vehicle with four-wheel drive, some beater-car, or a rent-a-car, which is what we had last time. We had bought insurance so we didn't care. This time we were in our own vehicle, so we crawled cautiously down the ruined road.

Incidentally, Schnebly Hill Road is named after Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the town's first postmaster. The town is named after his wife Sedona.

Windsong and I, Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona, Arizona

Windsong and I

Cowpie Rock

Schnebly Hill Road is also an access road for Cowpie Rock and local environs closer to Sedona which offer splendid hikes and climbing amongst the red rocks. If you look closely at the high-resolution image of Cowpie Rock you can see a group of people walking around, giving reference to the immensity of its surface area.

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On the way down Schnebly Hill Road we saw countless jeeps from Red Rock Tours and Pink Jeep Tours and so forth. One company even had this huge, fat-tired truck with giant shocks that looked like a dune buggy with multi-level seating. Essentially a vehicle made specifically for this road.

Scenic red rocks, Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona, Arizona

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Schnebly Hill Road to Sedona

May 14, 2007

Sedona > Arizona > United States

Tags   Driving · Deserts · Elevated

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Within a couple miles of Sedona we came upon this rather scenic range of rocks that looked like a fortress or something akin to Cathedral Rocks nearby.

Scenic red rocks, Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona, Arizona

Scenic red rocks, Schnebly Hill RoadView All Sizes

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