Road Trip from Sedona to the Grand Canyon
If you’re planning a road trip from beautiful Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park, you’re in for a treat. It’s no secret that this drive is chock full of breathtaking natural splendor as far as the eye can see. Whether the driver or the passenger, you can safely enjoy photo-worthy scenery along one of the route’s convenient overlooks. So buckle up, grab your camera and prepare for a picturesque adventure that took millions of years to create.
Embark on your picturesque road trip from Sedona to Grand Canyon in a vehicle that’s perfect for your adventure by renting at one of our many neighborhood locations around Sedona. Flying in? No problem! Start your road trip as soon as you pick up your rental from the airport.
Drive Time from Sedona to Grand Canyon: approximately 2 hours
Distance from Sedona to Grand Canyon: approximately 109 miles
Best Car for this Road Trip: SUV
1. Fort Tuthill County Park
This outdoor recreation area offers something for everyone all year round. Located just three miles south of Flagstaff, this 633-acre park features an archery range, a disc golf course, a bike park and an assortment of hiking trails. If you’re looking for a convenient place to camp, Fort Tuthill County Park provides cabins for rent. Or, for a more rustic experience, you can pitch a tent among the Ponderosa pine trees. Great for thrill-seekers, visitors can push their boundaries through a variety of challenging courses at the adjacent adventure park.
- Tip: The park transforms into a snowy wonderland during the off-season with downhill tubing and other winter-related activities
- Cost: No entrance fee for one section of the park; See website for details as pricing varies
- Dog Friendly: Yes
2. Grand Canyon Deer Farm
Located on the old Route 66, this family-owned farm features 10 acres of land dedicated to various animals. Great for all ages, visitors can hand-feed deer, learn about nature and spend some quality time outdoors. This animal wonderland is also home to camels, reindeer, mini horses, goats, pigs and more! Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy interactive animal encounters that are sure to put a smile on your face. Admission to Grand Canyon Deer Farm is valid until close, so take your time to stroll the grounds, give as many chin scratches as you can and check out the gift shop filled with unique souvenirs.
- Tip: Don’t wear loose clothes as curious animals tend to chew and nibble on clothing and shoelaces
- Cost: $16/adults; $15/seniors; $9/ages 3–13; Free/ages 2 and under
- Dog Friendly: No
3. Raptor Ranch
Before arriving at Grand Canyon from Sedona, stretch your legs and spread your wings at the Raptor Ranch. Located about a half hour away from the South Rim entrance, you’ll have an opportunity to watch birds of prey take flight. Visitors can get up close and personal with some of nature’s most beautiful creatures during live raptor flying demonstrations, falconry courses and more. This unexpected gem in the desert is also home to Bedrock City, a real-life adaptation of the beloved 1960s cartoon The Flintstones. Raptor Ranch is a fun place to stop for the night as it features its own RV Park and camping area, a diner and a variety of wild events that will have the whole family eagle-eyed with excitement.
- Tip: Guests receive free admission to raptor demonstrations and Bedrock City with the purchase of a campground or RV stay
- Cost: $8/person
- Dog Friendly: Yes at the RV Park and Campgrounds
4. Grand Canyon Railway
Since its first run in 1901, the Grand Canyon Railway has been taking passengers from Williams, Arizona to Grand Canyon National Park for more than 100 years. Hop aboard for a ride back in time inside one of the train cars for a relaxing two-hour journey filled with entertainment, stunning landscapes and delicious food. Look out your window and you might catch a glimpse of wildlife as the terrain changes from desert to forest along the historic tracks of the west.
- Tip: Bring cash if you’d like to tip the entertainers along the way
- Cost: Prices vary; Visit the website for details
- Dog Friendly: Not on the train, but there are climate-controlled kennels available
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FAQs for Your Road Trip From Sedona to Grand Canyon
What is the driving distance from Sedona to Grand Canyon?
The shortest drive along this route takes you to the Grand Canyon South Rim, which provides a bucket list-worthy view of the awe-inspiring canyon. The Sedona to Grand Canyon drive time is only about two hours, however, this scenic journey features stunning points of interest that can quickly add time to your drive.
Can you do a day trip from Sedona to Grand Canyon?
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is conveniently located about 109 miles north of Sedona, Arizona, making it the perfect distance for a day trip. Just make sure to allocate extra time to see the views along your Sedona to Grand Canyon drive as the breathtaking vistas and epic rock formations are a sight to be seen.
Is driving to Grand Canyon from Sedona, AZ worth it?
Listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is absolutely worth visiting. Showcasing millions of years of geology and stretching 227 miles long, driving the Grand Canyon provides visitors with steep, expansive views of the canyon, the Colorado River and a fantastic color palette that took millions of years of erosion and geologic activity to create.