Broken Arrow

4.8/5 (70 reviews)
Sedona, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 09/21/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Situated in picturesque Sedona, Arizona, Broken Arrow is one of the most popular and iconic off-road trails around- for good reasons! With amazing red rock formations towering into the sky, this off-road trail is full of awe-inspiring beauty and moderate challenges for your vehicle and driving skill. If you arrive early in the morning, you can watch the sun's spectacular rise over the high Mogollon Rim cliffs to the north and east. Later in the evening, you can see more dramatic highlights of the natural features as shadows become more pronounced.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (70 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Did this trail twice in a day in a Rivian R1T. Honestly, it really wasn’t very difficult except for the steps. Novice off-roader and we took our time and got out to scope out lines but never felt like we couldn’t do an obstacle until the steps. The steps: photos don’t do it justice. It was intimidating but honestly, it was totally fine. We stayed middle/right and slid a little bit. Never scraped anywhere on the trail. Never had clearance issues. Beautiful trail and would definitely recommend.
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Todd Sparks
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Todd Sparks
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This is a great fun trail. I got through Waypoint 17, but I chose to save the rest of the trail for another day as I had already pushed my boundaries enough on this one. (2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee with lift, 31" AT tires, locking rear diff and 4 low). Only scraped the rear hitch once, after chickening out and going the wrong way back out from 17 via the Waypoint 15 "small hill" obstacle. (Obviously my approach angle beats my departure angle!) The Pink Jeep drivers are honestly one of the best things about this trail. They will not only show you the proper line over all the obstacles (if you just wait off to the side for one and watch it), but in my case one of them actually paused his tour long enough to coach me up the Waypoint 17 obstacle, with his passengers all cheering and taking pictures when I made it up! Several more Pink Jeep drivers went past me at that point (I pulled out of the way and parked), and another one stopped to chat, and I asked him if he thought I could make it the rest of the way down the trail and he said I would do just fine, but even after watching them just go down the steps after Waypoint 17 I decided to bail and get back out of there the way I came instead (technically a no-no, but forgivable because of ample passing room). Interestingly, two different drivers gave slightly different advice for the "Devil's Staircase" portion, with one saying to stay to the right, while the other said middle. I guess the summary would be to avoid the left side and you should do just fine. Can't say myself because I didn't do it. I do think this trail may be a notch harder than a 3, but it may also be that I'm just still a noob. If you're experienced you'll probably find it relatively easy. As always, watch for your pullouts and remember where the last one is, because you will encounter other vehicles, but that's a small price to pay for such a fun and scenic trail.
Status: Open
Visited: 10/10/2022

Great trail with outstanding views, seemed to be a easier trail than advertised.
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Brenan Booth
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I've run this trail in a wide variety of vehicles over the past 20 years. A short, fun, scenic trail that is a must do in Sedona. No problems with my lift 2016 Tacoma.
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Lyle Tanner
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We turned heads running this trail in our modified Jeep Renegade Trailhawk! We made it all the way through with just a couple of scratches under the front and rear bumpers. We tried every obstacle (yes, even the steps) and had a blast exploring the various areas. This scenery is gorgeous.
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Jon Arriaza
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Jon Arriaza
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