Sedona, AZ

Getting Into Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in Arizona Will Be Harder Starting Dec. 3 - Reason: Rocks

Mark Hake

The Arizona Dept. of Transportation (ADOT) is going to make it harder to get into Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona.

Starting Dec. 3, and lasting through Dec. 9, ADOT says it will close State Route 89A north of uptown Sedona. There will be various daytime and nighttime closures and restrictions.

ADOT needs to remove rocks from an area above State Route 89A safely.

Here are the various closures announced by ADOT:

  • Daytime Closures: SR 89A will close to all traffic between the Owenby Way roundabout (north of uptown Sedona) and the Midgley Bridge picnic area from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to Saturday (Dec. 3-9) for rockfall mitigation.
    • Detour: Traffic will detour on State Route 179 and I-17 while SR 89A is closed.
  • Overnight Restrictions: SR 89A will temporarily be opened every half hour between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday through Saturday (Dec. 3-9) to clear any traffic waiting at the Owenby Way roundabout (northbound) and Midgley Bridge (southbound) closure points.
    • The temporary openings of SR 89A will occur once per hour between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night until the rockfall mitigation work is completed.
    • Detour: Drivers can consider detouring on SR 179 and I-17 during overnight hours.

Highway information and answers are also available via ADOT’s X (formerly Twitter) feed (@ArizonaDOT).
AZ511 app sitePhoto byADOT

Information is also available on the AZ511 app or on ADOT’s 511 Travel Information site.

Of course, you can always just call 511.


Mark R. Hake, CFA, writes articles on national and local news, stocks, and market events at,,, and as well as TalkMarkets.

He is also the Chief Strategy Officer for AnaChart, a new sell-side stock analyst tracking service.

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