Broken Arrow

Location: South of Sedona, east of Hwy 179.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Description: Although fairly short, this trail has to be considered one of the best in Arizona. It is extremely fun to drive and the red rock scenery is knock-out beautiful. This is an extremely popular route and traffic can be very heavy at times. Pull-outs are provided. Most of the trail runs through forest and is very narrow. Do not widen the trail by trying to pull over anywhere other than the pull-outs. You may have to back up. Please follow the arrows clearly posted right before one-way sections of the trail. This is also a very popular hiking and mountain biking area, so be alert and courteous at all times. Several large rock ledges require high ground clearance but the obstacles are not overwhelming because little articulation is required. Less than a mile into the trail, right after a parking area, there is a “go-no-go” rock you have to climb. If you can’t make it, it means your vehicle has no business being on the trail. There are few optional fun obstacles on the way back – you can skip them if you’re not comfortable. The hardest obstacle is called “The Steps”, which is driven downhill (no bypass). This obstacle is very steep and will be intimidating to an inexperienced driver, however stock SUVs with high ground clearance should be able get down just fine. Just take it slow. You may scrape bottom so skid plates are recommended. This trail is very well marked and easy to follow.

Time & Distance: If you take all the side trips, the entire drive is little over 4 miles. Allow about 2 hours. It could take longer on a busy weekend.

Trail Conditions: Coconino N.F., Red Rock Ranger District. Call (928) 203-7500.




Remember: trail conditions, fire restrictions, weather, and land ownership change constantly so everyone must take responsibility for themselves, both for their safety and complying with all laws. Please understand that means YOU.


Directions to the Trail: Drive 1.3 miles south on Hwy 179 from the intersection of 89A and 179 in the center of Sedona. Turn left on Morgan Road at a sign for Broken Arrow Estates. Follow Morgan Road through a residential area about a half mile. Continue straight at a “No Outlet” sign onto F.S. 179F.


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Get yourself and your rig ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are prepared for your next adventure.

Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of having your full-on bug-out-bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.

Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save the number to Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Their number is (602) 697-8306.


If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!




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