From the Desert to the Tall Pines Scenic Byway

Roosevelt, Arizona

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A 67-mile gravel and paved route through a variety of desert and high elevation environments, affording spectacular views of desert, forest, mountains, and lakes. From the Desert to the Tall Pines Scenic Byway climbs from an elevation of 2,100 feet along the upper Salt River to 7,600 feet on the dramatic Mogollon Rim at the route�s northern end. The two-lane route traverses the diverse landscape of central Arizona. Although much of the road is gravel (only 19 miles are paved), it is generally in good condition with frequent turnouts. Special attractions: Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest; Mogollon Rim Visitor Center (May to October); Theodore Roosevelt Lake; Sierra Ancha, Salome, and Salt River Canyon wilderness areas, scenic vistas, historic and prehistoric features, geology, Old West atmosphere, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, photography, and snow sports. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

From the Desert to the Tall Pines Scenic Byway Professional Review and Guide

"A 67-mile gravel and paved route through a variety of desert and high elevation environments, affording spectacular views of desert, forest, mountains, and lakes. From the Desert to the Tall Pines Scenic Byway climbs from an elevation of 2,100 feet along the upper Salt River to 7,600 feet on the dramatic Mogollon Rim at the route�s northern end. The two-lane route traverses the diverse landscape of central Arizona. Although much of the road is gravel (only 19 miles are paved), it is generally in good condition with frequent turnouts.

Special attractions: Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest; Mogollon Rim Visitor Center (May to October); Theodore Roosevelt Lake; Sierra Ancha, Salome, and Salt River Canyon wilderness areas, scenic vistas, historic and prehistoric features, geology, Old West atmosphere, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, photography, and snow sports. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Roosevelt
Distance: 67
Season: Year-round, although some sections closed by winter snows; sharp curves and free-roaming cattle
Local Contacts: Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to From the Desert to the Tall Pines Scenic Byway

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