Sedona Mago Retreat is located 40 minutes southwest of downtown Sedona and 2.5 hours north of Phoenix. You can arrive by personal car or by booking shuttle services. If this is your first time driving to Sedona Mago Retreat, arrange your driving schedule so you can arrive during daylight hours because it goes through the National Forest and road signs and lighting are limited. If you arrive after 5:00 pm please arrange late check-in with the Welcome Center.
Directions from Phoenix & Southern Arizona
- Take Interstate Highway I-17 North for about 90 miles.
- Then take the Cottonwood Exit (#287). Turn left and follow Hwy 260 West toward Cottonwood for 12 miles to the intersection of Hwy. 89A.
- Turn right going toward Sedona. Go through two traffic lights and then you will see a brown sign indicating 761 or Bill Gray Road on your left side.
- Turn left onto Bill Gray Road. You will see two large gold colored statues on your right and the Immaculate Conception Church on your left.
- Continue on to an unpaved road on your right. This is Bill Gray Road. There will be a brown colored sign saying “761.”
- Bill Gray Road is an unpaved forest service road. The road is bumpy. You may see several narrow paths to your right and left, but do not go down them. Stay on main road, which is the widest main path.
- When you enter the unpaved road, set your travel odometer to 0.0. It will take 10.8 miles to drive to the retreat center—if you drive 25 mph, it will take 35 minutes. Although you may have only driven a few miles, it can feel like you have been driving a long time. Keep checking your odometer to see where you are on the road.
- Around 6.5 miles you will see a fork in the road; stay on the right path. (On the left you will see a brown sign marker that says “258”; do not follow this.)
- At 10.4 miles you will see a sign on your right for Sacred Mesa Trail. You will start to see the retreat center in the distance on your left.
- At 10.8 miles you will see a sign on your right for Ilchi Road. Turn left at this sign, cross the cattle guard, and go approximately 1,000 feet to the Sedona Mago Retreat’s main gated entrance. You will see a call box on your left. Push the “CALL button” to ring the Welcome Center attendant.
- Once the attendant lets you in, make a sharp left and follow the signs to registration.
How to drive down Bill Gray Road (Forest Service Road 761)
Driving down Bill Gray Road for the first time can feel challenging; however, it can also be an invigorating experience. Let yourself flow with the natural vibration of the drive and take in the beautiful scenery around you.
Directions from Flagstaff & Northern Arizona
- Take 89A South through Sedona OR take I-17 south from Flagstaff to the Sedona exit (for Hwy. 179); follow 179 into Sedona and turn left onto Hwy. 89A (going toward Cottonwood).
- Follow Hwy. 89A through Sedona until you see a brown sign for 761 or Bill Gray Road on your right side.
- Turn right onto Bill Gray Road.
- From this point, follow the directions on how to drive down Bill Gray Road