Arizona 89A begins in Prescott, and travels northeast via Jerome to Sedona. Between Sedona and Flagstaff, Arizona 89A travels through Oak Creek Canyon, one of the most scenic roads in Arizona (and the first designated scenic road in Arizona).

Arizona 89A began life in 1927 as Arizona 79, and was added to the US Highway system as US 89A in 1940. In 1992, the route was decomissioned as a US Highway, and reverted to a state-designated highway. The route is not recommended for long trucks due to a number of tight turns.


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Entering Oak Creek Canyon, we find this reassurance marker. Photo taken 04/10/06.

Trucks over 50 feet long are prohibited from the grade 12 mies ahead, due to tight turns and twists. Photo taken 04/10/06.

Arizona 89A has numerous twists through the canyon, and a relatively low speed limit. Due to the scenic nature of the road, most traffic tends not to speed. Photo taken 04/10/06.
Arizona 89A is a designated scenic highway, as seen on this sign. Photo taken 04/10/06.
This bridge over Midgley Canyon was constructed in 1939. The steel arch bridge is typical of canyon bridges of the era in Arizona. Photo taken 04/10/06.
The red rocks of Sedona are visible throughout the canyon. Photo taken 04/10/06.
The walls of Oak Creek Canyon tower 1000-1500 feet above the canyon bottom. Photo taken 04/10/06.
The best is yet to come in Oak Creek Canyon. Photo taken 04/10/06.
As we get further into the canyon, the road narrows and trees form an arching canopy across the road. Photo taken 04/10/06.
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Traveling through Oak Creek Canyon along Arizona 89A north. Photos taken 04/10/06.
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Continuing below scenic cliffs and rock facades along Arizona 89A north through Oak Creek Canyon. Photos taken 04/10/06.
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Traveling through Oak Creek Canyon along Arizona 89A north. Photos taken 04/10/06.
Climbing out of the canyon, we find a number of hairpin turns as we climb along the steep cliff. Photo taken 04/10/06.
Arizona 89A rapidly gains elevation as it climbs out of the canyon onto the Kaibab Plateau. Photo taken 04/10/06.
At the top of the canyon, there is an overlook that features amazing views of the canyon, as well as Native American vendors selling their wares. This was taken (on a windy day) overlooking the canyon from the overlook. Photo taken 04/10/06.
The twisting switchbacks of Arizona 89A can be seen from the overlook as well. Looking at this, it is amazing that we just drove up this sheer canyon wall. Photo taken 04/10/06.
On top of the Kaibab Plateau, Arizona 89A travels through pine and oak forest common to the Flagstaff area. Arizona 89A meets I-17 shortly and follows the freeway into Flagstaff. Photo taken 04/10/06.
Northbound Arizona 89A approaching Junction Business Loop I-40 in Flagstaff just north of the northern terminus of Interstate 17. The business loop follows Old U.S. 66 throughout Flagstaff. A right turn takes travelers to U.S. 89 to Page and U.S. 180 to Grand Canyon National Park, and a left turn reconnects with Interstate 40 en route to Ash Fork and Williams. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Northbound Arizona 89A at its northern terminus at Junction Business Loop I-40/To U.S. 89-180/Historic U.S. 66 in Flagstaff. Photo taken 05/23/03.



Photo Credits:

    05/23/03 by AARoads. 04/10/06 by Kevin Trinkle.

Connect with:
Interstate 17
U.S. 89

Page Updated 12-22-2006.