Arizona State Route 473

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State Route 473

Hawley Lake Road
Route information
Maintained by ADOT
Length9.91 mi[1] (15.95 km)
RestrictionsClosed winters
Major junctions
South endAt Hawley Lake Dam
North end SR 260 east of McNary
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Arizona State Highway System
US 466 SR 564

State Route 473, also known as SR 473, is a state highway in east-central Arizona, United States, that travels from State Route 260 to Hawley Lake. Hawley Lake is almost always the coldest place in Arizona.

SR 473 is marked as a spur of SR 73, but while the road itself continues to roughly intersect with that route in Fort Apache, it is not numbered beyond Hawley Lake and therefore does not connect to its parent at all. SR 473 was actually named as such because the adjacent stretch of SR 260 was formerly part of SR 73.

Route description

SR 473 is a 9.91-mile (15.95 km) highway located entirely within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation that links Hawley Lake to SR 260. The southern terminus of the highway is located at the Hawley Lake Dam. The southernmost 0.83 miles (1.34 km) of the highway are unpaved. The highway initially heads east along the north side of the lake before curving back towards the northwest away from the lake. It continues to the northwest before going through a series of hairpin turns before heading towards the east. The highway curves back towards the north before taking heading back towards the northeast. The highway curves back to the north as it reaches its northern terminus at SR 260. Portions of the highway are seasonally closed due to the road becoming impassable during winter weather.[1][2]


The route was defined in 1967 by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Since establishment, no major realignments have occurred.[3]

Junction list

The entire route is in Apache County.

Hawley Lake9.9115.95Hawley Lake DamSouthern terminus; road continues as Trout Creek Road
0.000.00 SR 260 – McNary, Springerville, EagerNorthern terminus; former SR 73
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Arizona Department of Transportation. "2008 ADOT Highway Log" (PDF). Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  2. ^ Google (2008-04-10). "overview map of SR 473" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  3. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation. "ADOT Right-of-Way Resolution 1967--044". Retrieved February 7, 2011.

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