Travel Sedona’s Red Rock Country – The Legendary Schnebly Hill Road


Sedona, Arizona, is world famous for its beautiful and majestic red rock formations, many of which can be seen from Schnebly Hill Road. Schnebly Hill Road is a legendary dirt-stone trail that winds from SR 179 about 6 miles from the shore of Mogollon. It began as a spring road built by Jim Muns in 1883 and then upgraded for rail cars moving from the area now known as Sedona to the Flagstaff Mall shortly before the early 20th century. The original trail called the Munds Wagon Trail is still visible from the road and is very popular with tourists. Settlers of Sedona dragged their wagons along this steep path and on the limestone ledge, which forms the basis of the famous rock formation called the Carousel.

The limestone of Fort Apache surrounds the base of this dome mound, which was starred in John Wayne’s western “Angel and the Bad Man.” But the real saga is the story of how this road was born.

Schneblly Road is named after T. K. Schnebley, a local postman who named the city after his wife Sedona, whose hotel was at the end of the road where the current Los Abrigados complex is located. Hardscrabble settlers walked in front with a pickaxe and shovel, absorbing countless gallons of sweat and an unknown number of dynamite draughts. In 1896, after the death of Jim Munds, his son-in-law John Loy began construction of the road. He and a small team started at the creek and worked there until 1901, when they arrived on the merry-go-round. He reportedly received $1,200 for his efforts. History says that in 1902, T.K. and his brother Ellsworth asked county leaders to complete the construction of the road. The road is cut off from the valley. After that, J. J. Thompson, the first settler from England, watched the completion of the route, while the Schnebly brothers helped with work and fundraising. “Old-timers” called it Munds Road and even today. Descendants of these. Strong settlers argue over the name of this rugged road, arguing that it should not have been called Schnebly.

Schnebly Hill Road remains challenging even by today’s standards. The first mile is asphalted, but then it is a rocky dirt road. Tourists traveling by car will find it difficult to overcome many stone ruts and deep pits, as well as a few sharp turns. A car with a large road clearance or all-wheel drive is recommended. For those who want to leave someone else behind the wheel, there are plenty of local shops that offer jeep tours with stunning views of the Mughallon Rim.

For cars that can only reach the end of the paved road, there are many views and footpaths from the parking lot at the end of the paved road. Red Rock passes that must be shown when parking in Red Rock Country can be purchased there.

If you have or rent a car with a high clearance, driving on an unpaved road is worth it. A trip of just two and a half kilometers will take you to one of the famous rock formations of Sedona – Pies with cows. Looking from above, it is clear how this education got its name. This lump is similar to what you will find on a cow pasture. Entering the parking lot on the right can be difficult, as the entrance is steep, narrow and usually framed by rocks. The beginning of the Cow Pie Trail is right across the street, a short walk from Butte. This highly recommended hike offers beautiful scenic views and is considered one of the best Sedona Jacuzzi. For years, this formation belonged to the largest wheel of medicine in Sedona, but over the past decade the department of the park has dismantled many artificial stone circles, claiming that they are unnatural to the landscape.

The formation, which is directly adjacent to the cow pies, divides Mount Wilson in the north and Mount Mundo in the south. Known as Mitten Ridge, it may have got its name from the German word, which translates as center. Travellers can ride the ridge plateau and admire the panoramic views of the residential part of the city of Sedona and the magnificent formations in the west.

About a mile away, it has steel gates that close the aisle in the winter months. Right in front of the gate is a parking lot for tourists who want to climb and explore the carousel.


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