Two Great Destinations, One Great Experience McDowell Sonoron Preserve Sedona Red Rock
Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Sedona's Red Rock State Park

Discover the Best of Both Worlds

It may not surprise you that Scottsdale and Sedona rank high among Arizona’s most popular visitor destinations. But did you know that they’re just an easy two-hour drive apart? That’s right – a mere 125 delightfully scenic miles are all that separate these two colorful cities. Each has its own distinct personality and both welcome guests with upscale amenities and breathtaking natural settings. Spend a day (or two or three) in each city and experience the magic both have to offer.

Scottsdale the Destination


The Magical Sonoran Desert

Scottsdale’s sun-drenched Sonoran Desert setting provides a rugged and breathtaking backdrop for the city’s posh resorts and spas, championship golf courses, and vibrant arts, dining and nightlife scenes.
Scottsdale Stay in Style

Stay in Style

Accommodations in Scottsdale run the gamut from five-star luxury resorts in the stunning Sonoran Desert foothills to chic boutique hotels in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown. You’ll also find romantic hideaways ideal for two and family-friendly options that will maximize your travel budget.
Scottsdale Play Outdoors

Play Outdoors

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve boasts more than 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Hot air balloon flights, seaplane adventures and guided tours by Jeep, Hummer and horseback provide spectacular desert views. And eight nearby lakes and rivers are perfect for fishing, rafting and water sports.
Scottsdale Soothe Your Soul

Soothe Your Soul

Scottsdale’s renowned resort and day spas – more than 50 in all – are known for innovative treatments inspired by Sonoran Desert Botanicals, Native American traditions, and healing techniques from cultures around the world. You’ll also find nutrition experts and workout options that will help you meet your fitness goals.
Scottsdale Hit the Links

Hit the Links

Test your accuracy off the tee at one of Scottsdale’s acclaimed desert target-style courses or enjoy the plush, tree-lined fairways of challenging traditional tracks – there are more than 200 courses in all from which to choose. And if you’re in town in January, swing by the TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the most highly attended event on the PGA TOUR.
Sedona the Destination


A Red Rock Wonderland

Located at the mouth of picturesque Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona is an eclectic, artsy community surrounded by massive red-rock monoliths with whimsical names like Snoopy, Bell, Cathedral and Coffeepot.
Sedona Stay in Style

Stay in Style

There’s no shortage of rooms with a view in Sedona, and they come in all sizes and price points. Full-service resorts offer all the amenities you could hope for, while cozy bed and breakfasts, creekside cabins, and well-appointed campgrounds provide oodles of nature-inspired charm.
Sedona Play Outdoors

Play Outdoors

To truly appreciate the grandeur of Sedona’s red rocks, you’ll want to get out among them. Guided Jeep, hiking and horseback tours will get you up-close-and-personal with Sedona’s geologic formations and energy vortex sites. Other adventure options include helicopter and hot air balloon flights and Segway and scooter tours.
Sedona Spas

Soothe Your Soul

With its extraordinary natural beauty and abundant energy vortexes, Sedona is known as a spiritual mecca that draws healers and aestheticians from around the world. From traditional spa treatments to crystal healing and aura readings, Sedona offers many options for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
Sedona Golf

Hit the Links

Sedona’s golf courses combine challenging play with stunning red rock views. Options range from 9-hole executive courses to 18-hole masterpieces designed by some of the biggest names in golf course architecture, including Jack Snyder, Gary Parks and Robert Trent Jones. Many courses offer noticeable elevation changes which result in breathtaking views from every tee.

Let the Pros do the Driving

Professional ground tour operators offer fun and easy day trips to Scottsdale and Sedona. Luxury vans, professional drivers and expert guides will take you from place to place while you sit back and enjoy the scenery.

DIY (Drive it Yourself)

The roads connecting Scottsdale and Sedona are smooth, open and easy to navigate. From Scottsdale, take the Loop 101 north to Interstate 17 north toward Flagstaff. Proceed north on I-17 approximately 85 miles to AZ-179 (exit 298). Turn left and follow AZ 179 approximately 15 miles to Sedona.
Simply reverse these directions when traveling from Sedona to Scottsdale. Just note that your connection from I-17 southbound will be the Loop 101 east to Scottsdale.
Map from Scottsdale to Sedona
Approx Drive Time: 2 hours
Approx Distance: 125 miles
*Rest stops, gas stations and convenience stores are available along I-17.

4 Must-See Sites Along the Way

If you have some time to spare, there are several fascinating things to see just off Interstate 17 between Scottsdale and Sedona.

1. Bloody Basin Road (exit 259)

Bloody Basin gets its grim name for being the sight of numerous battles between white settlers and local American Indian tribes in the late 1800s. Today, the road leads to the Agua Fria National Monument.

Bloody Basin Road

2. Arcosanti (exit 263)

This prototype town, a few miles northeast of Cordes Junction, is based on the late Italian architect Paolo Soleri’s concept of “Arcology,” architecture coherent with ecology. Public tours are offered daily.

Arcosanti exit

3. Montezuma Castle National Monument (exit 289)

This expansive, five-story cliff dwelling was inhabited by the Sinagua people for more than 300 years. A self-guided 1/3-mile loop trail leads you past the dwelling along spring-fed Beaver Creek.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

4. Montezuma Well National Monument (exit 293)

Another Sinagua cliff-dwelling, Montezuma Well is a tranquil site offering trails around the rim and to the bottom of the well. More than 1.5 million gallons of water flow into the well every day.

Montezuma Well National Monument