A nice long stretch of pavement radiating out from the Village of Oak Creek, The Verde Valley School Road is a good choice for up to 10 miles round trip. Start where the Verde Valley School Road meets Highway 179 and set out west on the wide shoulder past a series of classic ranch homes. It’s just east of Red Rock State Park. As you run further from town, the shoulder dwindles, but the views and some of the more remote homes here are impressive. You can continue all the way to the road’s end at Oak Creek before turning back. If you do the full length, it’s 10 miles, but you can turn around at any time for a shorter run.