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Coronado Trail Scenic Byway

  • Coronado Trail one of the best scenic drives in Arizona
  • Beautiful pine forests and amazing views on Coronado Trail
  • Coronado Trail is perfect for a summer motorcycle ride in Arizona
  • Switchbacks on Coronado Trail aka Devils Highway

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  • The Coronado Trail Scenic Byway traverses 120 miles from Clifton to Springerville.
  • The road was formerly numbered 666, earning it the nickname Devil's Highway.
  • It is one of the least traveled federal highways in the country but travelers are rewarded with amazing scenery and solitude.

 

 

 

Coronado Trail Scenic Byway

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For those that love solitude and incredible scenery, the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway offers plenty of both! Highway 191, the Coronado Trail, was formerly numbered as Highway 666, thereby earning it the nickname Devil's Highway but the views are quite heavenly. It's new name honors Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado who explored this area in 1540. This two lane road traverses 120 miles between the towns of Clifton and Springerville and is one of the least traveled federal highways in the country. The route meanders from desert environs to tall alpine forests.

 

Coronado Trail begins a few miles from Safford in the town of Clifton and continues to Morenci. The mining history of these towns is evident at the Morenci Mine Overlook with views of the largest copper mine in the U.S. The facility produces over 125,000 tons of copper each day. From here, a series of more than 400 curves takes the traveler up into cool alpine regions. The hairpin turns require careful driving but the scenery along the way is amazing and worth the effort. Once the road enters the forested regions, watch for Rose Peak Lookout where a short hike leads to a lookout tower at 8,700 feet elevation with views of the Mogollon Rim and surrounding countryside. About 17 miles farther, the road climbs the Rim and reaches elevations over 9,100 feet. Plan a stop at Blue Vista with incredible views of Mt. Graham, the Blue River and Pinaleno Mountains. 
 
From Blue Vista, the forest areas open to meadows and mountain views on the way to Alpine. In autumn, the fall colors are quite spectacular. Alpine offers year round activities with summer camping and hiking and winter cross country skiing. As the road approaches Springerville, visitors have the option to stay and enjoy the area or take the alternative White Mountain Drive on the way back towards Phoenix. Please note the Coronado Trail is not a winter route due to high elevations.
 
 


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