We’d like to help you with your vacation planning.
There is a major nighttime only closure of State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff, that started on March 20th and will last for 7 – 8 months. The closure begins at the Vista Point Overlook, above the switchbacks, and continues north of Griffith’s Spring (mileposts 390 – 397). The closure is scheduled to occur every night from 8:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. through the fall of 2017.
What’s the impact on Sedona visitors?
First, access to Slide Rock State Park and the rest of Oak Creek Canyon will not be affected by this closure. You’ll still be able to enjoy the wonders of Oak Creek Canyon. However, if you plan on an evening in Flagstaff past 8pm, you will have to return via Interstate I-17 and State Route 179 which takes longer than returning on SR 89A.
If you plan a day trip from Sedona to the Grand Canyon, you may also find yourself returning to Sedona via Interstate 17. It will add 30 to 45 minutes to your drive. The alternative is to stay overnight in Williams or Flagstaff and finish your return to Sedona the next morning.
This closure is going to be inconvenient, but worth it. The section of 89A that is being worked on will be widened with breakdown lanes and shoulders added and it will be a much safer road in the end.
(Story updated 3/21/17)