Visit the Grand Canyon from Sedona
Sedona is an incredible place. Glowing red rock formations and lots of adventurous things to do. You can easily spend a week in Sedona and still not get to everything on your to-do list. One of the best things about Sedona is its proximity to other fascinating areas of interest in the state. The central, Arizona location of Sedona makes it an ideal home base for day trips throughout Northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon being one of the most popular.

Sedona Arizona Vacation Itineraries: Sedona to the Grand Canyon - The Perfect Day Trip


SedonaBizMag Staff


Sedona Journal


July 1st, 2021

How far is the Grand Canyon from Sedona?

103 miles
It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from Uptown Sedona, along SR 89A, US-180, and AZ-64 N, to the Grand Canyon. However, the time of year and traffic through Oak Creek Canyon and Flagstaff could affect this time. This route takes you through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, up through the city of Flagstaff, around the majestic San Francisco Peaks, north to Tusayan and Grand Canyon Village, finally arriving at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

We highly recommend visiting the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater before you enter the park. It is an excellent place to start your Grand Canyon tour. The film presents an interesting, informative, and exhilarating overview of Arizona’s most famous landmark and showcases parts of the canyon you will never see if you are just looking over the edge.

As you enter the park and head east along AZ-64, you can pull into various parking lots to gaze at the breathtaking vistas of the Grand Canyon. Make sure you visit the famous Desert View Watchtower on your way out of the national park, for superb views and an excellent gift shop.

Sedona to Grand Canyon

Returning to Sedona from the Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park

114 miles
It takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes to drive from the Desert View Watchtower (east entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park) to Sedona. However, you may want to stop at the Cameron Trading Post to browse Native American Arts and Crafts. And what Southwest adventure wouldn’t be complete without some Indian Fry Bread (also called Navaho Tacos)? There are several establishments in Cameron to get this hearty meal.

Drive east on AZ-64 to US-89. Turn south on US-89 to Flagstaff. Follow the signs to Sedona from there. Click on the map for detailed directions. If you are stopping in Cameron, drive north at the interchange of AZ-64 and US-89 first, before turning around and heading back home.

If you start early, this is a perfect day-trip from Sedona. Traffic may cause delays. Be prepared for much colder weather during the spring, fall, and winter at the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, and Cameron.

Desert View Watchtower at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA.

About this Sedona Grand Canyon Day Trip

This is a long day, but definitely worth it. If you are not planning on hiking down into the canyon or setting up a Plein Air canvas to paint the dramatic views all day, then a day trip to the Grand Canyon from Sedona is perfect.

We recommend not stopping along the way to visit other tourist destinations, such as Slide Rock State Park, or Flagstaff’s Historic Downtown. It is tempting, and you should definitely visit these places, just not during this particular road trip. Traffic can cause delays, both in Oak Creek Canyon, downtown Flagstaff, and at the Grand Canyon.

Bring your camera, water, snacks, hiking boots, and clothing for all types of weather. A great place for lunch at the Grand Canyon is We Cook Pizza & Pasta in Tusayan.

Read and follow the signs. Do not stray off the trails or viewing areas.

READ: Sedona Scenic Drives

Grand Canyon National Park Information


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