Broken Arrow

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4.8/5 (94 reviews)
Sedona, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 01/05/2023
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Desert Category Icon Desert
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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

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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.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (94)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/11/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail with great views. Saw a lot of cars out there today and of course some pink jeeps. Went down devils stair case, would rank it easier than a 6, I’d say a 4. Was told by pink jeep driver to stay a foot left of the rock on staircase. He said he’s seen some roll overs because of that rock on the right. Probably best to run on weekdays if possible to avoid traffic.
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Will
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Will
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/28/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We ran this trail Jan 2023 after some rain/snow and it was a blast. Beautiful scenery and still good traction when wet. I do think this trail is harder than a 3. I would give it a 4 since there are ledges you must go up and down that require a bit of a lift or you will scrape and bang. The ledges can also be a bit intimidating for someone only used to running 2 and 3 trails. The trail is also tight and a bit busy so you have to deal with oncoming traffic and figure out how to get by each other. It can require some long backups. Overall a great trail but a little harder than rated. I made a video for the half way point of the trail "Chicken Point" to trail exit so you can get a feel for the trail and scenery.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/28/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

A fun trail with beautiful views all around. The devil’s staircase was the only part that was somewhat difficult. The rest of the trail was fairly easy. The scenery reminded me of some of the trails in Utah.
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Tony S
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Visited: 11/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail is beautiful. Some of the stop points are majestic and worthy of a good long stop to take it all in! The devil's staircase obstacle at the end is a bit harder than I expected. Definitely scraped my stock jeep at the bottom a few times coming down really slow. Would definitely recommend some lift if you don't want to experience that! If you can disconnect your sway bars, definitely recommend.
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Siddharth Rajiv Nair
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/26/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Spectacular trail, we went early Sunday morning and had the trail to ourselves other than a few pink jeeps. We've taken it several times over the years and it seems the steps have gotten much worse. The rest of the trail is moderate, beautiful and fun.
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Lisa Fariseo Visket
Trail Review: Broken Arrow - Lisa Fariseo Visket
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