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