In Traveling Mom’s “7 Free Things to Do in Sedona, the Heart of Arizona Red Rock Country” the Red Rock Scenic Byway is highlighted as follows –
2. Drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway – SR 179
Possibly the best free thing to do in Sedona is to take the 7.5 mile scenic drive along SR 179, also known as the Red Rock Scenic Byway. Even if Sedona isn’t your destination, it’s an easy detour off of Interstate 17 for travelers heading to and from Flagstaff, Phoenix and the Grand Canyon.
Sedona’s iconic red rocks get their color from deposits of iron oxide. Their beauty is on full display along the Red Rock Scenic Byway which is broken up by traffic calming roundabouts. There are a number of exits for scenic vistas. I recommend doing the drive twice, in both directions, so you can appreciate the views along both sides of the road. And switch drivers, so everyone gets a chance to gawk. I was traveling solo, so I stopped often to take in the view.
We all know that Mom knows best, so if you are nearby … come and enjoy the Red Rock Scenic Byway. It’s free!