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Arizona Scenic Drives

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Scenic drives to consider in Arizona are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Roughly 40 miles
  • Maintained Dirt or Gravel

A drive on a maintained and mostly dirt road through a natural Sonoran Desert area formed by the Yellow Medicine Hills and the Gila Bend Mountains. The drive offers nice desert vegetation especially in the spring when the ocotillos, brittlebush and palo verdes are in bloom.

  • 1-2 hours
  • 21 mile loop
  • Maintained Dirt or Gravel

The 21-mile Ajo Mountain Drive winds along the foothills of the Ajo Mountains, the highest range in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Outstanding desert landscapes and impressive stands of organ pipe cacti are among the highlights of this tour.

  • Allow about five hours to drive this byway
  • 41.5 miles (66 km)

This historic road covers some of the most rugged terrain in Arizona. The land surrounding the road rises steeply to the north to form the Four Peaks Wilderness Area and to the south to form the Superstition Wilderness Area.The Superstitions have drawn people for thousands of years, and its innermos...

  • 2 hours
  • 48 miles oneway
  • Paved and Dirt / Gravel

Apache Trail National Scenic Byway is a 40 mile drive on Hwy 88 from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Dam. The route is mountainous.

  • 1-2 hours
  • 43 mile loop
  • Maintained Dirt or Gravel

This drive takes you all the way around Arizona's highest mountain, winding through a land of pine forests and aspen groves, open prairies and rustic homesteads.

  • 6 mile loop
  • Maintained Dirt or Gravel

Bajada Loop Drive passes through dense Saguaro forests.

  • about four hours
  • 164 miles (263 km)

Completed in 1976 and dubbed the "Bicentennial Highway," this road is the gateway to Natural Bridges National Monument, where erosion has created the world's largest display of natural bridges, formed out of 225 million-year-old Cedar Mesa sandstone.

  • 1 hour
  • 12 mile round trip
  • Maintained Dirt or Gravel

Bill Williams Mountain Road Scenic Drive takes you right to the top of the mountain. It is a good trip to take in the fall when the leaves are changing.

  • 2-4 hours to visit the byway.
  • 28 miles (45 km)

Bitter Springs Back Country Byway offers a drive with many rock formations, like the Muddy Mountains and colorful sandstone for sight seeing. Along the byway, visit abandoned borax mines and evidence of rivers that have long since dried up. Bitter Springs is close to many entertaining and informat...

  • 2 hours
  • 21 miles
  • Maintained Dirt or Gravel

The 21-mile-long Black Hills Back Country Byway, takes you on a journey back in time to the Old West. Try to imagine the first travelers on this road, rugged pioneers who lived close to land.

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