Built on land purchased by a woman named Rachel who felt this view should be available for all the world, Rachel’s Knoll has been used as a site for meditation, prayer gatherings, and simply to find peace.
Years ago I visited while taking a jeep tour. Apparently I was lucky. The site was closed to the public for years due to a legal conflict, but is now open once again for all to enjoy. You can read the whole story here.
From Phoenix, take I-17 north to Hwy 179 (exit 298). Turn left onto 179 and follow it past the Village of Oak Creek to the Sedona (Burger King) “Y”. Turn left at the “Y” onto West 89A. Drive 3.2 miles west on 89A and turn right on Dry Creek Rd. Go north on Dry Creek Road 2.9 miles to a “T” intersection.
Turn right and continue about a half mile to the entrance gate to Seven Canyons. If you go to visit Rachel’s Knoll, a guard at the entrance gate will ask you to sign an agreement to comply with the regulations. You can now drive right up to the top of the Knoll using this map. There are a couple of houses on the Knoll now and a golf course community below, but there is still plenty of open land and great views. Open 9am to 4pm.
Things to bring:
Bring a camera and water in the summer.