US Route 89-The West
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Alternate 89-Prescott to Flagstaff Road Trip Guide

Distance: 91.7 miles • Elevation Change: Prescott 5400 ft.-Flagstaff 6907 ft.

The road from Prescott to Flagstaff on Arizona Route 89A is among the most scenic drives in America. It is also a very dramatic transition from Arizona’s central mountains to the Colorado Plateau. 89A begins five miles north of Prescott and climbs to the top of Mingus Mountain. From there the highway descends to Jerome and the Verde Valley.

To follow the original route of 89A, continue straight at the roundabout between Jerome and Clarkdale. This will take you through Clarkdale and old town Cottonwood. In Cottonwood, follow the signs for Sedona as the road turns left and crosses the Verde River. From Sedona, 89A follows Oak Creek into one of the most scenic areas in Arizona, Oak Creek Canyon. At the head of the canyon, 89A switchbacks its way onto the Colorado Plateau and into Flagstaff.

Special Attractions:

Jerome: Perched precariously on the side of a mountain overlooking the Verde Valley, the old copper mining town of Jerome features art galleries, museums and unique gift shops housed in historic buildings. Stop here for a meal at one of many restaurants or spend a night or two in a restored hotel or a modern bed and breakfast.
Clarkdale Historical Museum: Founded in 1912 by William Andrews Clark, Clarkdale is known as Arizona’s first “Master Planned” community claiming to be one of the most modern mining towns of its time. The Historical Society Museum houses a collection of documents, photographs and artifacts. The Copper Art Museum housed in the old Clarkdale high school will open in 2012.
Tuzigoot National Monument: Built on a desert hilltop, Tuzigoot is an ancient pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. Learn about this prehistoric culture in the Visitors Center and then take a short hike through the ruins to get a feel for what it must have been like to live there.
Oak Creek Canyon: Outdoor adventurers will love Oak Creek. Minutes from Sedona, you can enjoy a picnic, take a dip in the creek, shoot photos or go for a hike. For a bird's eye view, stop at Oak Creek Canyon Vista at the top of the switchbacks where you can also shop for Native American jewelry and craft items.

Historic Route 89A Prescott to Flagstaff Map

Towns, Cities & Reservations:

Public Lands & Historic Places:
Woodchute Wilderness
The Verde Valley from Woodchute

Jerome State Historic Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Tuzigoot Nation MonumentThe Verde River from TuzigootTuzigoot Visitors CenterTuzigoot DoorwayTuzigoot Walls

Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Red Rock State Park
Slide Rock State Park
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness
Devil's BridgeRed Rock-Secret Mountain WildernessSunset on Red Rock Cliff
Hiking the West Fork of Oak Creek
The West Fork of Oak CreekGolden ColumbineRed Rock Cliff along West ForkButterfliesWest Fork of Oak Creek
West Fork of Oak CreekWest Fork ReflectionWest Fork Panorama

Lonsome Valley
Black Hills
Mingus Mountain
Verde River
Verde Valley
Oak Creek
Oak Creek Canyon
Colorado Plateau

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Title: Autumn in Sedona
I recently participated in an Arizona Highways Magazine photo workshop, shooting fall color in Sedona and Oak Creek. Below are some of the photos from that trip.
Created By: Jeff M.   Last Modified: 12/7/2010 9:23:28 PM
Jeff Maltzman, 2010
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Title: Upper Verde River Wildlife Area
Video from Arizona Game and Fish Department
Created By: Jim Cowlin   Last Modified: 7/12/2009 1:50:13 PM
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Title: Dead Horse Ranch State Park & Verde River Greenway State Natural Area
Created By: AZStateParks   Last Modified: 4/28/2009 7:25:27 PM
Photography Copyright © Arizona State Parks. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.
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Title: Slide Rock State Park
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Title: Red Rock State Park
Created By: AZStateParks   Last Modified: 4/28/2009 7:23:12 PM
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Title: Adventure in Old Town Cottonwood
You never know what you might experience along US Route 89
Created By: bcowlin   Last Modified: 3/25/2009 10:12:56 AM
Barbara Cowlin
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2010 Spring Road Trip

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