Last week we headed for the hills. Literally. We met up with a group of outdoor enthusiasts for a drive to Sedona Arizona. We were planning on running the Broken Arrow Trail. But things do not always go as planned. We ended up on the off-road trail Schnebly hill and was able to earn a Jeep Badge of Honor.
Broken Arrow Lives Up To Its Name
When we arrived at the Broken Arrow Trail, one of our buddies was starting to have some transmission issues and had to return home. We were with a few other rigs, some built, some stock. Some of us decided to head over to the Schnebly Hill Road. A trail that can accommodate ‘almost’ any rig.
The Schnebly Hill Trail – A Piece of Sedona History
The Schnebly Hill trail is one of the only roads in Arizona that can qualify for a badge of honor from Jeep. Whether you are in a Jeep, a Toyota or a Land Cruiser, this trail has a little of something for everyone.
This road has a very interesting history. The trail was created by Jim Mund as a cattle trail. Later around 1902, a team was granted money to improve the trail. Later, a local by the name of Carl Schnebly and his wife Sedona used the road to transport goods and lumber between Oak Creek and Flagstaff. Soon the route became known as Schnebly Hill. For more information on the fascinating history of the area check out this article:
Sedona, Arizona from DesertUSA.com
A View Of Sedona From The Top
When you start nearing the top of the trail, you will see the Merry-Go-Round. This awesome outcrop is where you will see part of the Munds Trail. From here there is a fantastic view of the valley all the way down to Sedona. If you can’t make it up here in your own vehicle, check out one of the many Jeep tours that frequent this trail.
On to Flagstaff
The Schnebly Hill trail is a fairly easy road that leads from the heart of Sedona up to Flagstaff. The scenery changes dramatically from red rock to pine forest. Once you crest the very top, you start to see campsites, thick treed areas, and peaceful forests.
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