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Posted: 12/31/20 09:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Mountain Directory West says that on Hwy 89ALT page 14 #22 "There are some long drop offs but it is generally a good road".
My question:
Can anyone tell me about these drop offs? Drop offs are NOT MY FAVORITE things!!





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Traveled this scenic byway many times, only once while towing our rig. Being that there is such an elevation change from Flagstaff to Sedona, there are lots of challenging sections in either direction. Sure, it can be done but I prefer using I-17 south to Sedona area than traversing 89A in our 40' Class A. We will use our toad for going up and down from Flagstaff to Sedona via 89A, a truly breathtakingly beautiful panoramic drive that is certainly less stressful when travelling by car.

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Just don't go on 89A over the mountain, via Jerome, in anything bigger than a pickup truck.

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We will be coming south from Utah and getting on Hwy 89A out of Fredonia, Arizona doing the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. 89A is the only route. My question is what are the drop offs like that are mentioned in the Mountain Directory? We are a 40' diesel towing a Jeep Liberty.

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The "drop-offs" between Fredonia and Vermillion are after you pass the exit to the North Rim. There's a long downgrade then. However, it is a good road, with shoulders, and the curves are not sharp. There are several viewpoint pullouts, also.
It's no problem in an RV towing, as long as you control your speed.

Plenty of RV's along that road.

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Did it in 35 ft mh towing wrangler. Would not suggest you take that route. While it was doable for me some switch backs were tight. Also if you run into any problems you're sol. It is a good shape but very few pull outs and not much shoulder.

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pigfarmer wrote:

We will be coming south from Utah and getting on Hwy 89A out of Fredonia, Arizona doing the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. 89A is the only route. My question is what are the drop offs like that are mentioned in the Mountain Directory? We are a 40' diesel towing a Jeep Liberty.


Coming from Utah is not so bad.

Going to Utah made my brother-in-law's face ashen.

And he was a pilot. lol.[emoticon]

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We've traveled that route several times with no problem. The route from Fredonia over Jacob Lake and down to the Vermillion cliffs is the area the Mountain West mentions, but is not a problem when taking it within speed limit. If you've driven over Monarch Pass or any mountain pass, this will be the same type of drive - with respect. It's a beautiful area and not to be missed.


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Rule 13 if there is any doubt about the route don't take it. One cannot turn around halfway if you don't like it :-(
Being a coward I don't drive on anything that states SCENIC on the map.


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