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Old 03-16-2016, 11:53 PM   #1
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89 Alt Through Jerome, AZ.

Good Sam Trip Planner has our route going through Jerome on the way from Cottonwood back up to the I40. That road looks really twisty going that way. Would you recommend going that way, or going back up through Flagstaff to the I40? We will be heading west when we get to the I40.

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Old 03-17-2016, 06:49 AM   #2
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Steep and twisty is putting it mildly. Just the pull from Cottonwood up to Jerome will give you an idea of what's ahead. Why not go to I-17 and on up to Flagstaff?


If you are camping in Cottonwood a side trip to Jerome sans trailer is worth it.
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:35 PM   #3
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Pretty much a straight 5.5% climb up to 7000 feet then down a couple thousand with up to 10% grades. Jerome is tight, hope for no traffic if you go that way. I would take 260 over to 17. 50 miles further, but probably wouldn't take any longer. You are going to 7000 feet either way, hard and shorter or easier and longer, take your pick.


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Old 03-17-2016, 01:52 PM   #4
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I wouldn't want to tow a trailer up and over Mingus Mountain. 89A is smooth and paved but fairly narrow and twisty without paved shoulders or passing lanes.
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Visit Jerome without the trailer. And then use I-17n to Flagstaff. We've been to Jerome numerous times and would never take our motorhome or 5th wheel there due to the narrow road without shoulders. And there isn't really any large vehicle parking within walking distance of the town.


Enjoy the trip! The town is great and the views from the Haunted Hamburger are wonderful!
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The streets coming into Jerome from Mingus Mt. is very narrow with some sharp turns for a RV, and very little parking for any types of vehicle. Probably best to go to Cottonwood then leave your rig and take a vehicle to Jerome. Bocce Pizza in Cottonwood is great.


You can travel I-17 and jump off at Camp Verde/Cottonwood then hit 89A again for a great ride through Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. The road up Oak Creek is twisty and I am not sure what rig you are in but take a look at it before you commit yourself to going up the mountain.


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Old 03-17-2016, 11:05 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the responses. Yes we are staying 4 nights in Dead Horse Ranch with planned side trips to Jerome, Sedona and the area. Want to take the Verde Canyon Railroad one day also.
I just did not want to take the trailer over twisty roads. We will be coming in from Flagstaff direction, so back up the I-17 to the I-40 sounds like the way to go back.
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:48 AM   #8
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Dead Horse is a nice Az State Park, you will like that area. If you are a gear head there is a place in Jerome kind of hidden away full of old cars, trucks and mining equipment that I really like to browse through. Sedona, meh, I loved it back in the early 80's before it went all high end. Still a nice place though. The shops and galleries at Talaqapaqui sp. are fun to browse. Oak Creek Canyon and Schnebly Hill road are nice side trips.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:20 AM   #9
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VERY narrow road.
WHAT road do you use to connect qwi
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Visit Jerome without the trailer. And then use I-17n to Flagstaff. We've been to Jerome numerous times and would never take our motorhome or 5th wheel there due to the narrow road without shoulders. And there isn't really any large vehicle parking within walking distance of the town.


Enjoy the trip! The town is great and the views from the Haunted Hamburger are wonderful!
What road do you use to connect between Cottonwood and Interstate 17? Hwy. 260, on MapQuest, looks like a very narrow dirt path?!!! Thanks for your anticipated response.
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What road do you use to connect between Cottonwood and Interstate 17? Hwy. 260, on MapQuest, looks like a very narrow dirt path?!!! Thanks for your anticipated response.
SR260 is a good sized state highway 2-4 lanes with passing lanes, paved shoulders, etc.
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Thanks everyone for the responses. Yes we are staying 4 nights in Dead Horse Ranch with planned side trips to Jerome, Sedona and the area. Want to take the Verde Canyon Railroad one day also.
I just did not want to take the trailer over twisty roads. We will be coming in from Flagstaff direction, so back up the I-17 to the I-40 sounds like the way to go back.
I agree with all on DO NOT TAKE TRAILER to Jerome. I am in that area 4 to 5 times a year on business. Verde Canyon Railroad is a nice outing.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:59 PM   #12
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Dont forget the Clif Castle clif dwellings at Camp Verde.
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Yep, as others have said, don't take an RV of any kind to Jerome. I have property in Cottonwood right on the Verde River and I make frequent trips to that area. But, I once had to wait 30 minutes for a tour bus to make a turn on the road in Jerome. The turn was almost 180 degrees, a U turn.

SR260 has had a lot of maintenance the past few years and is now a lot better drive from I17 into Cottonwood.

In addition to the sites others have recommended, I also recommend a trip to Prescott, the first capital of Arizona. This city was built around the "town square" plan with a lot of quaint shops located around the square. Ever see the movie "Billy Jack", particularly the fight scene. It was filmed around the square.

And do see Sedona. The red rocks are really something to see. Also, take Oak River Creek Road (89A) from Sedona towards Flagstaff (but don't take your RV - too twisty a road).

Relax and have fun. It's a great area to visit except in the Summer!!
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Make sure you pack a lunch/snacks/drinks for the railroad trip. There are only small snacks for sale for the ride.
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Rt 260 is fine, you can even continue on it to the east and hit Rt 89 to go north towards Winslow, but then take a Right at Happy Jack on County 74 I think is the #, it is the Lake Mary Road and brings you into Flagstaff. Great changes in scenery as you climb into the forest and past the lakes.


Black Rock is right, for a side trip travel south on I-17 from Flagstaff to the Schenbly Hill road exit, turn right and take the dirt road all the way 12 miles into Sedona. You should have a higher clearance vehicle but 4X4 is not necessary. The road is rough in some places but spectacular views. The Pink Jeep Tours charge you to take you on this same road, wave at them as you drive it for free!
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If you get near Prescott, the Costco there has diesel if you need that for you MH. It is at the pumps on the far right of the gas station forecourt and was much less expensive than anywhere else in the area. It must also be about the only Costco in the continental US that has diesel.
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Check out the Pink Jeep Tours:
https://www.pinkjeeptourssedona.com/
Somewhat pricey, but good fun.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:39 PM   #18
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[QUOTE=Black Rock is right, for a side trip travel south on I-17 from Flagstaff to the Schenbly Hill road exit, turn right and take the dirt road all the way 12 miles into Sedona. You should have a higher clearance vehicle but 4X4 is not necessary. The road is rough in some places but spectacular views. The Pink Jeep Tours charge you to take you on this same road, wave at them as you drive it for free![/QUOTE]

Have been looking over this suggestion and it looks really doable. Google Earth shows a nice country/forest service road like the ones we have near where I live, but better/different scenery. My f150 is stock height but it should probably be fine. Will check with Coconino Forest for road conditions the closer we get to leaving in mid May.
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Give it a shot, the forest roads opened about two weeks ago and are in pretty good shape. They will be fine, either dusty, muddy, or just plain rocky.

Plenty to do in Sedona, if you like Mexican food, try the Javelina Cantina, for Burgers and steaks, try The Cowboy Club and don't forget to sample the prickly pear cactus fries.

Just don't go shopping for anything other than T-shirts unless you have deep pockets!

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Old 04-08-2016, 08:19 AM   #20
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Old topic but I'm bringing it back. Heading to Sedona this weekend from so cal and the wife wants to stop in Jerome and see some of the shops. I get no RV but how you think I'll be with a 20 ft enclosed trailer. I'm a pretty experienced driver. What about parking? I don't mind parking far and walking. Or is it an absolute no go?

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