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Phoenix, Arizona - Scenic Drives

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

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.

  • Phoenix - Mesa
  • 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...

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

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

  • Paved
  • 30 minutes - 1 hour
  • 6 miles

This short drive is marked with informative signs about the vegetation and natural features of the area. Views of the surrounding terrain are great.

  • Phoenix - Mesa
  • Allow 2-3 hours to fully enjoy this road.
  • 26 miles (41 km)

The Gila-Pinal Scenic Road was designated a scenic road on June 20, 1986, by the Arizona Department of Transportation. The route travels throughout the Sonoran Desert life zone at the desert floor and moves upward through four biotic communities. Evident in the higher elevated areas of the Pinal and...

  • 45 minutes
  • 10.5 miles (16 km)

The Harquahala Mountain Byway runs adjacent to the 22,880-acre Harquahala Mountains Wilderness, which lies in Maricopa and La Paz counties. The wilderness is perfect for nature lovers as it is filled with wildlife and has extremely diverse native plants. It even contains a rare species of cactus. Fo...

  • Rough Dirt or Gravel
  • 2 hours
  • 21 miles roundtrip

The Harquahala Mountain Summit Road is rugged and challenging for those with 4wd vehicles. The summit is the highest point in southwest Arizona with nice 360 degree vistas.

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Sedona Sedona Sedona
Central ArizonaSedona is known by many as "Red Rock Country” and is a magical place of art and culture located in Central Arizona. Friendly locals and beautiful surroundings make this quite the popular destination.
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Glendale Glendale Glendale
Phoenix Area - Central ArizonaLet us set the stage for your adventure be it edge of your seat sports showdowns, romantic evenings amid our colorful sonoran sunsets, rugged yet stunning outdoor escapes and to die for shopping and dining.
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Tempe Tempe Tempe
Phoenix Area - Central ArizonaArizona State University may be Tempe’s claim to fame, but there’s plenty going on in this friendly city just south of Phoenix. Boating on Tempe Town Lake, nightlife on Mill Avenue and performances at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium are just a few of our favorite Tempe temptations.
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Chandler Chandler Chandler
Phoenix area - Central ArizonaThe City of Chandler, AZ boasts world class golf facilities, Arizona resorts, fabulous restaurants of every cuisine, premier shopping and tons of fun activities.
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Phoenix AreaOne of America’s Top 20 Thriving Cities. Make your way to Gilbert, Arizona. Our welcoming town is just southeast of Phoenix and only a short drive away from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. One of the best places to live in America, Gilbert boasts sunny weather, safe neighborhoods and an exceptional school system, as well as a wide array of outdoor and cultural attractions.
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