Arizona Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads

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Arizona Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads
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The Arizona Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads program is a system of scenic and historic routes within the U.S. state of Arizona. The system is overseen and managed by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).


The Arizona Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads system was established in 1982, after being approved and being passed into law by a session of the Arizona State Legislature. The system is defined by Title 41 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, under sections 41–512 through 41–518. Routes within the scope of the system were later designated as National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads, following the passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991.[1]


The routes designated within the ADOT scenic roads program are divided into three separate designations.

  • Scenic Roads make up the majority of routes within the program. Scenic Roads need to be free from visible large-scale human development, and visually display natural scenery and features in a memorable way, using a "harmonious composite of visual patterns".[2]
  • Historic Roads display or have a strong relationship to subjects of cultural heritage or historical significance to the surrounding region, to the United States, or to the state of Arizona. These routes must also contribute to historic sites of exploration or settlement within the state, have easy access, and be unique from all other routes.[2]
  • Parkways are routes that meet the criteria for both Scenic Roads and Historic Roads, which have interpretive areas and other facilities for the use of travelers. Parkways also need to provide access to developments bordering the route and access roads need to be within a minimum distance of one mile (1.61 kilometres) of another access road.[2]

Any individual or group of interest may nominate a route within Arizona for designation to become a state-designated Scenic Road, Historic Road or Parkway. The nomination needs to be requested to the Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads Advisory Committee (PHSRAC). The committee has 11 members, six of which are appointed by the governor of Arizona. The remaining five members are representatives of ADOT, the Arizona State Parks Board, the Arizona Historical Society, the Arizona Office of Tourism, and the Tourism Advisory Council. The person or group of interest must file an application that includes the specific sections of road and maps of the nominated route, information on natural, cultural, and/or visual resources relating to the nominated route, as well as other supporting documentation and recommendations on protecting or supporting the route and its related resources. The report is evaluated by the PHSRAC, to see if the nominated route meets the specific criteria for one of the three designations of state-designated scenic roads.[3] Segments of designated routes aren't limited to highways and roads maintained by ADOT. Sections of highways and roads maintained by other local, state, and federal jurisdictions have also been nominated and designated by the state of Arizona.[4] However, the jurisdictions that maintain or own sections of the route need to adhere to specific rules and guidelines, regarding roadway construction, maintenance, interpretive sites, scenic pullouts, vegetation protection, access permits, development, and utilities along the route.[3] Routes within the Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads program are also designated by various federal agencies as National Scenic Byways, All-American Roads, National Forest Scenic Byways and Bureau of Land Management Back Country Byways. [1][5][6]


Currently, ADOT recognizes 27 state designated routes under the Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads Program. Four are Historic Roads, 19 are Scenic Roads and four are Parkways.[4][7][8]

An Arizona scenic road marker in use on Route 66
Also designated as a National Scenic Byway
Also designated as an All-American Road
§ Also designated as a National Forest Scenic Byway
List of Arizona Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads
Name Routes Length (mi)[4][9] Length (km) Southern or western terminus[7][10] Northern or eastern terminus[7][10] Designated[4] Description[11]
Apache Trail Historic Road § SR 88 40 64 SR 88 near Lost Dutchman State Park SR 188 September 20, 1986 The route follows most of SR 88, starting at milepost 201 near Lost Dutchman State Park and ending at SR 188 next to the Theodore Roosevelt Dam. The section through the Tonto National Forest is designated a National Forest Scenic Byway.[5]
Copper Corridor Scenic Road (SR 77) SR 77 35 56 SR 77 near Dudleyvile SR 77 near Globe October 17, 2008 Also known as Copper Corridor Scenic Road East. The route begins at SR 77 milepost 124 in a small community called Aravaipa, south of Dudleyvile. The route follows SR 77 north, passing the ghost town of Christmas and the defunct Christmas Mine. After entering the Tonto National Forest, the scenic route ends at SR 77 milepost 162, south of Globe.
Copper Corridor Scenic Road (SR 177) SR 177 20 32 SR 177 near Kearny SR 177 near Superior October 17, 2008 Also known as Copper Corridor Scenic Road West. The scenic route begins at SR 77 milepost 149 near the mining community of Kearny. THe route continues north along SR 177 passing the Ray Mine and the White Canyon Wilderness. The route ends at SR 177 milepost 164 south of Superior.
Coronado Trail Scenic Road US 191, US 180 103 166 US 191 near Morenci US 191/US 180 near Eagar January 16, 1989 Also known as the Coronado Trail National Scenic Byway. The route starts at the northern edge of the Morenci mine and travels north along US 191 through the Apache–Sitgreaves National Forests. The scenic route is also concurrent with US 180, starting in Alpine. The scenic route ends along US 191 and US 180 near Eagar.
Desert to Tall Pines Scenic Road SR 288, FS 512 74 119 SR 188 near Globe SR 260 near Heber July 13, 2001 The scenic route starts at the southern terminus of SR 288 and follows the state route through Young to its northern terminus within the Tonto National Forest. The scenic route follows FS 512 for the remainder of its length to SR 260 near Heber.
Diné Tah "Among The People" Scenic Road SR 264, N12, N64 100 160 I-40 in Lupton US 191 in Chinle June 15, 2001 The route begins at I-40 exit 357 in Lupton and follows N12 and a small section of SR 264 north through Window Rock to the New Mexico state line. The ADOT designated scenic route temporarily ends here, then picks up again further north once N12 crosses the state line back into Arizona immediately southeast of Wheatfield Lake. At Tsaile , the scenic route follows N64 west, passing Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and ending at US 191 in Chinle. The route is also designated part of a Navajo Scenic Byway of the same name by the Navajo Nation, which also includes all of N12 within New Mexico.[12]
Dry Creek Scenic Road SR 89A 100 160 SR 89A Milepost 363.5 SR 89A in Sedona January 15, 1993 The scenic route begins at milepost 363.5 on SR 89A, northeast of Cottonwood and travels northeast along SR 89A to milepost 370 where the route ends inside the city of Sedona.
Fredonia–Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Road US 89A 82 132 US 89A near Bitter Springs US 89A near Fredonia June 28, 1996 The scenic route begins at US 89A milepost 525 near Bitter Springs and follows US 89A north, crossing over the Colorado River and Grand Canyon over the Navajo Bridge, passing the Vermilion Cliffs and ending at milepost 607 of US 89A northeast of Fredonia.
Gila–Pinal Scenic Road US 60 35 56 US 60 in Florence Junction US  near Miami June 20, 1986 The scenic route begins on US 60, at milepost 214.5, just east of the interchange with SR 79. It follows US 60 east through Superior, Top-of-the-World and the Tonto National Forest, ending just outside the Miami Mining Complex just outside of Miami at milepost 240.5.
Historic Route 66 US 89, US 180, I-40 Bus., SR 66, Local roads 204 328 I-40 in Topock I-40 Holbrook December 20, 1987 The route is comprised entirely by sections of former US 66. Part of the route between Topock and Kingman is also designated a Back Country Byway by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).[6] The designation is discontinuous and connected together by sections of I-40 that have replaced US 66.
Historic U.S. Route 80 BL 8, SR 85, US 60, SR 79, SR 79 Bus., SR 77, BL 10, SR 80, Local roads 398 641 California state line in Yuma NM 80 near Apache September 21, 2018[8] This historic route is comprised entirely from sections of former US 80. It is a mixture of state and locally maintained roads. Historic US 80 begins at the California state line in Yuma and ends at the New Mexico state line near the locality of Apache. The route is discontinous and is connected together by segments of I-8 and I-10 which were built on top of former US 80.
Jerome–Clarkdale–Cottonwood Historic Road SR 89A, Local roads 10 16 SR 89A in Jerome SR 89A in Cottonwood January 15, 1993 Also known as and signed as Historic US 89A.[13] The route starts at SR 89A milepost 343.5, which also serves as the northern end of the Mingus Mountain Scenic Road. The historic route follows SR 89A to a roundabout outside of Clarkdale. The route continues along Clarkdale Parkway, Main Street and Broadway through Clarkdale, then along Main Street through Cottonwood before terminating at SR 89A.
Joshua Forest Scenic Road US 93 54 87 US 93 near Wikieup US 93 near Congress January 15, 1993 The scenic route begins at US 93 milepost 180 near Congress Junction north of the interchange with SR 71. It follows US 93 north passing the Tres Alamos Wilderness and the Arrastra Mountain Wilderness. The scenic road ends just south of Wikieup at milepost 126.5.
Kaibab Plateau–North Rim Parkway SR 67 30 48 SR 67 at the Grand Canyon National Park boundary SR 67 near Jacob Lake September 20, 1985 The scenic route begins at the park boundary for Grand Canyon National Park near the Grand Canyon's northern rim. The route follows SR 67 north and ends at SR 67 milepost 580, just south of the intersection with US 89A at Jacob Lake.
Kayenta–Monument Valley Scenic Road US 163 28 45 US 160 in Kayenta US 163 at the Utah state line June 28, 1996 The scenic route starts at southern terminus of US 163 at US 160 in Kayenta within the Navajo Nation. From Kayenta, the route follows US 163 north through Monument Valley, before ending at the Utah state line, where US 163 continues north into Utah.
Mingus Mountain Scenic Road SR 89A 12 19 SR 89A near Prescott SR 89A in Jerome January 15, 1993 The route begins at SR 89A milepost 332, northeast of Prescott and follows SR 89A northeast to Jerome, ending at milepost 343.5, which also serves as the southern end of the Jerome–Clarkdale–Cottonwood Historic Road (Historic US 89A).
Naat'tis'aan "Navajo Mountain" Scenic Road SR 98 66 106 SR 98 near Page SR 98 milepost 360 January 21, 2005 The scenic route begins in the Navajo Nation at SR 98 milepost 302, close to the defunct Navajo Generating Station, just east of Page. It then follows SR 98 southeast to milepost 360, where the scenic route ends, shortly before SR 98 terminates at US 160.
Organ Pipe Cactus Parkway SR 85 25 40 SR 85 near Lukeville SR 85 near Why December 19, 2008 The route starts at SR 85 mileopost 78, north of Lukeville, and follows SR 85 north through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument towards Ajo. The route ends at SR 85 milepost 57 just south of Why.
Patagonia–Sonoita Scenic Road SR 82, SR 83 57 92 SR 82 near Nogales SR 83 near Vail September 20, 1985 The route starts northeast of Nogales at SR 82 milepost 4.50. It travels eastbound on SR 82 to Sonoita, where the route turns north, following SR 83 towards Vail. The scenic route ends at SR 83 milepost 58, just south of I-10 exit 281 near Vail.
Red Rock Scenic Road SR 179 8 13 SR 179 Milepost 302 SR 179 in Sedona February 20, 1987 The scenic route starts at Milepost 302 on SR 179 near I-17 and travels through the Prescott National Forest and Sitgreaves National Forest, north along SR 179 until reaching the southern end of Sedona, where the route ends.
San Francisco Peaks Scenic Road US 180 31 50 US 180 in Fort Valley US 180 near Valle March 16, 1990 The scenic route begins on US 180 at milepost 255, southeast of Valle near the Kaibab National Forest boundary. The route continues southeast along US 180 through the national forest, surrounded by various cinder cones of the San Francisco Volcanic Field. The scenic route ends at milepost 224 in the community of Fort Valley, northwest of Flagstaff.
Sedona–Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road SR 89A 8 13 SR 89A in Sedona SR 89A at Oak Creek Vista August 24, 1984 The scenic route begins on SR 89A in Sedona and travels north out of town. The route meanders along through the Oak Creek Canyon alongside Oak Creek, which lies within the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness. The scenic route ends at the turn off for the Oak Creek Vista.
Sky Island Parkway FS 39, Local roads 27 43 Catalina Highway near Tucson Dead end near Summerhaven August 17, 2001 Also known as Catalina Highway. The route starts on the edge of the Coronado National Forest near Tucson. The route ascends Mount Lemmon and terminates at a end end south of Summerhaven.
Swift Trail Parkway SR 366 25 40 Swift Trail on Mount Graham SR 366 near Swift Trail Junction January 15, 1993 The scenic route starts at the western terminus of SR 366 on Mount Graham in a locality called Old Columbine. The route follows SR 366 east down the side of Mount Graham to the desert valley at the foot of the mountain. The route ends at SR 366 milepost 116, southwest of Swift Trail Junction.
Tse’nikani “Flat Mesa Rock” Scenic Road US 191 45 72 US 191/N8085 near Many Farms US 180/US 191 near Mexican Water January 21, 2005 The northern terminus of the scenic route is at the junction of N8085 and US 191 near Many Farms within the Navajo Nation. The route proceeds north along US 191 through Round Rock and Rock Point before ending at the junction of US 160 and US 191 south of Mexican Water.
White Mountain Scenic Road SR 260, SR 261, SR 273 67 108 SR 260 in McNary
SR 260
SR 273/SR 260 milepost 377.46 January 15, 1993 The scenic route begins on SR 260 in McNary, then heads east through the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and Apache–Sitgreaves National Forest. In Eagar, the route heads south along SR 261 back into the forest, to a junction with SR 273. The route follows SR 273, passing Mount Baldy, then ends at SR 260, the route having looped back on itself.
White River Scenic Road SR 73 11 18 SR 73 milepost 346.85 SR 260 in Indian Pine January 15, 1993 Beginning at SR 73 milepost 346.85 north of Whiteriver, the scenic route heads north along SR 73, paralleling the North Fork White River through the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, ending at SR 260 in Indian Pine, near the Mogollon Rim.



  1. ^ a b "Historic and Scenic Roads". Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 19, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Types of Scenic Roads". Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 26, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Designating a State Scenic Road". Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 26, 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d Arizona Department of Transportation (2014). "Arizona Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads" (PDF). Phoenix: Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 19, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Federal Highway Administration. "Apache Trail Historic Road". Archived from the original on April 1, 2007. Retrieved August 26, 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Route 66 Historic Back Country Byway". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved August 26, 2023.
  7. ^ a b c "Arizona Scenic Roads Map" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 19, 2023.
  8. ^ a b Davis, Shaq (2018-09-21). "Arizona's portion of U.S. Route 80, opened in 1926, wins 'Historic Road' status". Arizona Daily Star. Tucson, Arizona: Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  9. ^ Google (23 July 2019). "Historic US 80 in Arizona" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  10. ^ a b Emery, Todd A. (September 21, 2018). State Transportation Board Meeting - Former US Highway 80 Update and Recommendations for Historic Road Designation (PDF) (Slideshow Presentation). Presented by the Arizona State Transportation Board. Phoenix. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation, Multimodal Planning Division (2021). State Highway System (ArcGIS) (Map). Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 22, 2023.
  12. ^ Diné Biítah "Among the People" Scenic Road Corridor Management Plan. Prepared for Arizona Department of Transportation - Transportation Enhancement & Scenic Roads Section. August 15, 2008. pp. 3, 8. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  13. ^ Google (March 2021). "Historic US 89A signage on Jerome-Clarkdale-Cottonwood Historic Road". Google Street View. Google. Retrieved August 20, 2023.

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