Arizona State Route 83

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State Route 83

SR 83 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ADOT
Length53.63 mi[1] (86.31 km)
ExistedSeptember 9, 1927 (1927-09-09)–present
Arizona Scenic Road Marker.svg Patagonia–Sonoita Scenic Road[2]
Major junctions
South endParker Canyon Lake
Major intersections
North end I-10 in Vail
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Arizona State Highway System
SR 82 SR 84

State Route 83 (SR 83) is a scenic state highway in southern Arizona, stretching from its junction with Interstate 10 near Vail south to Parker Canyon Lake. It passes through sparsely populated areas of Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties, passing through the wine towns of Sonoita and Elgin. SR 83 was one of the original numbered highways established in 1927, originally running between SR 82 in Sonoita and U.S. Route 80 (US 80) in Vail. The highway was extended to its current southern terminus at Parker Canyon Lake in 1965.

Route description

The southern terminus of State Route 83 (SR 83) is located at the entrance to Parker Canyon Lake. It heads northwest from the lake and passes through Canelo and Sonoita before it reaches a four–way intersection with SR 82, at the northern extent of Sonoita. The highway continues north from this intersection, exiting Santa Cruz County and enters Pima County. SR 83 reaches its northern terminus at an interchange with Interstate 10 (I-10) exit 281 and Marsh Station Road in Vail, southeast of Tucson.[1][3]


State Route 83 (SR 83) was originally commissioned on September 9, 1927, coinciding with the creation of Arizona's numbering system, originally terminating at SR 82 in Sonoita, and ending at U.S. Route 80 (US 80) near Vail.[4] The total length of SR 83 as originally designated was 27.80 miles (44.74 km).[5] On July 7, 1965, SR 83 was extended south through Canelo to its current southern terminus at Parker Canyon Lake.[6]

Junction list

CochiseParker Canyon Lake0.000.00Parker Canyon Road / Montezuma Canyon Road – NogalesSouthern terminus; road continues west as Parker Canyon Road
Santa CruzSonoita28.1945.37 SR 82 – Nogales, Tombstone
PimaVail53.6386.31 I-10 – Tucson, El PasoNorthern terminus; exit 281 on I-10
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c "2008 State Highway System Log" (PDF). Arizona Department of Transportation. December 31, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  2. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation (2014). "Arizona Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads" (PDF). Phoenix: Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Google (2008-04-24). "overview map of SR 83" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  4. ^ Arizona State Highway Department (1927). Arizona State Highway Commission Official State Routes and State Highways of the State of Arizona (Map). 1:1,267,200. Cartography by W.B. Land. Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 15, 2023 – via AARoads.
  5. ^ Arizona State Highway Department and United States Public Roads Administration (June 1939). "History of the Arizona State Highway Department" (PDF). Retrieved May 18, 2023 – via Arizona Memory Project.
  6. ^ Arizona State Highway Department (July 7, 1965). "ADOT Right-of-Way Resolution 1965-064". Works Consulting LLC. Retrieved July 15, 2023 – via Arizona Highway Data. ESTABLISH SR 83 FROM JCT. SR 82 & 83 SOUTH VIA CANELO TO PARKER LAKE

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