This road is comprised of sand, dirt, and sandstone, this trail is a mix of obstacles and simple dirt road. Broken Arrow is actually a grouping of Forest Service Roads that includes 179F, 179C, 179D, and 9868. Considered an out and back, it holds a loop in the middle, making the trail shape more like a lollipop. Portions of the trail are one-way only, and those sections are well marked.
It can get crowded, particularly on the weekends, making some spots challenging to pass through even if you follow the appropriate one-way markers. Additionally, with this and or any desert trail, wet weather can cause portions of the trail to be impassable. There is a regular flow of Pink Jeeps coming in and out of the trail, be sure to look up ahead and remember your pull-off points for when you need to let oncoming traffic pass.
For the majority of Coconino National Forest no permit or pass is required; however, if you plan to stop in any of the "improved" areas you will need to pick up a pass, and there is a high concentration of "improved" areas around Sedona. Also, be sure to stay on the designated roads and trails as much of the vegetation and rock formations are fragile.
The trailhead is just at the end of Morgan Road. Do not air down here as it disturbs the residents. Many people coming here are hikers, so it is common to see regular vehicles near the trailhead and in the parking lot. Please be respectful of the hikers and always yield to them.
2. Parking/Air Down Area – Continue Straight (0.11 mi)
This is a great location to air down and hold your driver meeting. The actual “Broken Arrow” Hiking trail #125 starts here as well as Margs Draw.
3. Ledge Obstacle – Slight Right Up (0.34 mi)
The ledge is to the right and is the first big obstacle on the trail. If you can't get up it, or are too timid to even try, there's a tight turnaround straight ahead. The easier line is along the left side. The trail continues towards the left as you come up the rock formation.
4. 179C Trailhead – Continue Straight (0.45 mi)
Turn right here if you wish to explore the Devils Dining Room Sinkhole, which is a bat cave.
5. Devils Dining Room Parking (0.52 mi)
A fun area to explore, the Devils Dining Room is sinkhole caused by the collapse of a cavern in the underlying red wall limestone. Bats apparently enjoy living in this area. The sinkhole is fenced off for your safety.
6. 179D Split – Stay Right (0.71 mi)
Stay to the right while remaining on 179F. 179D is simply a short one-way section of the trail to ease bottlenecks.
7. 179D – Veer Right (0.82 mi)
Upon reaching the hard rock surface veer right. Do not go straight as you will end up over a large ledge that is not considered part of the trail. Please stay the trail and avoid playing off to the side.
8. Submarine Rock Hiking Trailhead – Continue Straight (1.07 mi)
If you didn’t want to drive the hill obstacle up to the parking area for Submarine Rock, you could hike it by foot here. Just enough space for three or four vehicles to park here.
9. 179E (The Steps) – Stay Left (1.11 mi)
Stay to the left here. The Steps are considered a one-way trail in the down direction, do not attempt to drive up The Steps. This is also where you will come out after you finish completing the more challenging part of the trail along 179E.
10. 9868 Trailhead for Submarine Rock – Turn Left (1.19 mi)
This is purely an optional portion of the trail but well worth a visit up to Submarine Rock.
11. Submarine Rock Hill Climb Obstacle – Up (1.38 mi)
Before ascending, look ahead to watch out for any other vehicles coming down. There is plenty of room here for passing and being courteous. The hill climb is one of the more challenging portions of the trail. Engage 4-Low and let your vehicle do its job as you climb up to a wide-open area.
12. Submarine Rock Parking (1.32 mi)
Not as famous as Chicken Point, you really could spend a few hours up here soaking in the views of the famous red rocks and particularly Submarine Rock.
13. 179E Intersection – Turn Left towards Chicken Point (1.78 mi)
Follow the signs to Chicken Point. From here the road will be mostly loose dirt with a couple of hill climbs not depicted in this guide that have blind turns. Passing is tight through here, keep your eyes up the trail for oncoming traffic and if you are in a group, use your radio to communicate with your party so they can take advantage of any turnouts or areas to pull over. You could bypass Chicken Point all together here by turning right, but you would miss a very nice portion of the trail.
14. Chicken Point – Return to Waypoint 13 and Stay Left (2.14 mi)
This spot of worth the trip right here for not only colorful photos of your vehicle but also the surrounding area. Off in the distance you see Highway 179 and Courthouse Butte. To the east, is the Munds Mountain Wilderness Area. To your west is Chicken Point and Twin Buttes. Return to Waypoint 13 and stay left.
15. Small Hill Obstacle – Up and Left (2.53 mi)
A simple uphill obstacle where the trail veers to the left as you rise to the top.
16. Mushroom Rock – Go Counterclockwise (2.61 mi)
Aptly named, this rock formation looks much like a mushroom. As you see it, it looks like the trail goes down and to the right, but this is not the case. Drive towards the rock and follow it around on the right side, going counterclockwise where you enter will turn right about ¾ of the way through the other side.
17. Obstacle – Easy Line is Straight with Hardline Left and Up (2.65 mi)
Continue straight here for the less challenging line or try the harder line that goes up the rock formation the left.
18. Downhill and to the Right (2.68 mi)
After you follow the path for a short distance, the trail takes a sharp turn right and downhill. If you miss this turn you quickly find out that you missed it.
19. Obstacles – Drivers Choice (2.79 mi)
Stay on the main trail but there are a few different lines you can choose as you drive this portion.
20. Steps Obstacle/Trail End (3.05 mi)
4-Low is needed here. Be sure to allow ample space for the vehicle in front of you to get down before you start this portion as the steps can sometimes be rather sandy and slippery. Let your gears do the work and only use light brake pressure when required.
This concludes the trail and you will now backtrack the way you came in. Remember to keep your eyes open for oncoming traffic and stay to the right when you reach fork at Waypoint 7.