The Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest will soon commence construction of six Red Rock Scenic Byway sign structures, several informational kiosks, and some trailhead improvements along a 7.5-mile section of State Route 179. The work is expected to take several months to complete.
Various improvements at Yavapai Point Vista will also occur, including the construction of a pathway to vista points, and the installation of interpretive panels. A temporary 60-day closure of Yavapai Point Vista will be in place during the construction period; all other sites will remain open, reports US Forest Service in a recent news release.
The Scenic Byway signs will be constructed of natural red rock and rustic appearing steel to blend in with the surrounding landscape and local architecture.
This section of SR 179 is special because in 2006, the US Dept. of Transportation recognized its uniqueness by giving it All American Road status, the highest designation within the National Scenic Byways Program. To date, this section of 179 remains the only All American Road in the State of Arizona.
Nationally, there are 125 National Scenic Byways in 44 states, but only 36 of the Byways, including the Red Rock Scenic Byway or “Gateway to Sedona”, have additionally earned the prestigious All-American Road designation.
The public may experience some inconvenience during the construction period, in and around construction sites.
Red Rock Scenic Byway
Length: 7.5 miles
Time to Allow: Take 20 minutes to drive, but allow several hours to include all activities along the byway.
Coconino National Forest
The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse national forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous Red Rocks of Sedona to ponderosa pine forests, to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish forest lakes, and wade in lazy creeks and streams.
Red Rock District Coconino National Forest
Address: P. O. Box 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341-0429
Administrative Offices: (928) 203-7500
Visitor Center: (928) 203-2900
Note: This is the second of a two-part series on the Red Rock Scenic Byway
Part 1: Exploring Red Rock Scenic Byway
God created the Grand Canyon, but he lives in Sedona.
—New York Times, 1997