On my way to Sedona from the Grand Canyon, my GPS app took me through Highway 40 heading East. This road can go up to 7335 feet of elevation. The drive was not like you would expect. The ascending and descending roads were surrounded by lush green trees on both sides of the road. It is not the dry and desert Arizona people would often expect.
When I reached the Flagstaff area, GPS led me to SR 89A which actually took me through the Coconino National Forest. About 5 miles into the forest, the road started winding getting sharper in almost every turn. This part of the forest in mountainous with towering cliffs. The road was built to follow the shape of the mountains. Soon after this part of the road ended, I saw the first glimpse of red rocks at the forest. This is when I realize that I am getting closer to Sedona. Though the red rock formation were still covered with lush green tall trees, it was beginning to look like I have entered Red Rock Country, what Sedona is famous for.
I drove alone for my trip to Grand Canyon and Sedona which did not allow me to take photos since I was the one driving. It was impossible to pull over at this part of the Coconino National Forest since the road was so narrow pulling over will cause serious traffic. Some might think that I regret not being able to take photos of this part of Arizona because I’m not able to show you what I saw. But the experience itself was amazing I’m glad I was able to do it.