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Border Road 61 Scenic Road

  • Border Road 61 scenic road
  • Windswept grasslands on Border Road 61 in Arizona
  • Beautiful and remote in Southern AZ


  • This scenic drives stretches from Sierra Vista to Nogales featuring magnificent scenery and history.
  • The area crosses some of Southern Arizona's most beautiful grasslands framed by rugged mountains.
  • Historic ranches dot the landscape on this lonesome road.

Border Road 61 Scenic Road


Border Road #61 is a 55-mile scenic gravel road running just north of the U.S. border from near Sierra Vista to Nogales. The landscape is beautiful and expansive with open grasslands, rugged mountains and canyons. Isolated "sky islands" surrounded by deserts and grassy prairies are home to a wide variety of birds, reptile and wildlife. Visitors also get a glimpse of historic ranches that date back long before Arizona became a state.

Begin the drive 17 miles south of Sierra Vista on Arizona Highway 92 to the Coronado National Memorial turnoff. Go south and continue through the Memorial, over Montezuma Pass to Forest Road 61. Continue on 61 all the way to Nogales on the Arizona-Mexico border. The panoramic grasslands on the route were used in the filming of the movie, "Okalahoma." Along the way, enjoy the views of the Huachuca Mountains and the far-reaching vistas of Southern Arizona and Sonora Mexico. Much of this land was part of old Spanish land grants. Later, the San Rafael Valley was dotted with ranches that served as the main economic source for the area. Nearing Nogales, visitors can see the remains of Washington Camp, an old gold mining camp (now a ghost town.) The drive ends in Nogales and you can return to Sierra Vista by paved roads. Border Road 61 is mostly gravel but can be traveled by passenger cars. For road conditions and other information, stop by the Sierra Vista Forest Service office in Hereford. 

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