Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 277 miles (446 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. The park is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon; a mile (1.6 km) deep, and up to 18 miles (29 km) wide. Layered bands of colorful rock reveal millions of years of geologic history.
Did you know that Petrified Forest is perfect for exploration and discovery? While the park has all the wonders known for a century, there are many new adventures and discoveries to share. There are backcountry hikes into areas never open before such as Red Basin. There are new exhibits that bring the stories to life.
The park is open year-round. Gates close at dark. Seasonal hours may apply. Day Use 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily Visitor Center/Park Store 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily Holiday Hours Thanksgiving: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Christmas Eve: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: All year & Friday – Sunday: Labor Day through 1st weekend of May 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Last entry at 4:30 p.m. Visitor Center 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Holiday Hours Thanksgiving: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Christmas Eve: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Please review the Park Rules before visiting. Last entry one hour prior to closing, swim area closes 1/2-hour prior to closing. Tuesday after Labor Day – November 30 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. December 1 – January 31 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. February 1 – May 22 8:00 a.m.
For nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons – longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. In the place called Tsegi, their homes and images tell us their stories. Today, Navajo families make their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in the canyons.
Take a lonely and rocky two-track road in a 4×4 to the edge of the Grand Wash Cliffs. Find a stunning solitary vista deep into the Grand Canyon. Relax in the shade of ponderosas at Mt. Trumbull. Touch ancient waters at Pakoon Springs in one of the driest places in the world.
Navajo National Monument Arizona The Hopi, San Juan Southern Paiute, Zuni, and Navajo are tribes that have inhabited the canyons for centuries. Springs fed into farming land on the canyon floor and homes were built in the natural sandstone alcoves.
Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.
Beneath vermilion cliffs, American Indians, Mormon ranchers, plants, animals, and many others have depended on the life-giving water found at the desert oasis at Pipe Spring. Learn about settler and Kaibab Paiute life by exploring the museum, historic fort and cabins, garden, and Ridge Trail.
The cinder cone volcano’s rim is the dusky red of sunset, but the crater is only part of the story. Around 1085 the ground began to shake, and lava spewed high into the air. When the eruption finished, it had changed both the landscape and the people who lived here.
Come gaze across curved canyon walls. Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon itself, the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident. Along the trails you can imagine life within Walnut Canyon, while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before.
Nestled between the Painted Desert and ponderosa highlands of northern Arizona, Wupatki is a landscape of legacies. Ancient pueblos dot red-rock outcroppings across miles of prairie. Where food and water seem impossible to find, people built pueblos, raised families, farmed, traded, and thrived.
Coronado Trail Scenic Byway captures thousands of years of history, from Native American Tribes to early pioneers and on. This byway is a little-known secret, a hidden treasure to Arizona’s beautiful desert. Come explore the many pristine trails and views, and think about the rich history that the area has to offer.
123 miles / 197.9 km, Morenci to Springerville
One of the lesser-known and traveled byways in the region, containing beautiful and pristine landscapes.
Hiking, biking, fishing, shopping, lodging, etc.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Abundant hiking trails.
Many lakes and streams to fish.
Wildlife, including deer, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, wild turkeys, various birds, mountain lions, black bears, and Mexican Grey Wolves.
Escudilla National Recreation Trail – near Alpine, AZ about 25 miles south from the beginning of the byway.
Hike to Arizona’s 3rd largest peak on a moderately difficult, 3-mile journey.
Hannagan Meadow – a village about 50 miles south from the beginning of the byway.
Hike to Akre Lake – an easy 3 ½ mile journey.
Blue Range Primitive Area – about 56 miles south from the start of the byway.
A preserve that contains impressive hiking and horse riding trails.
Steeple Trail is a rugged, 13-mile trail that takes you through forest, meadow, desert, and wildlife.
Located between Springerville and Morenci, AZ near the eastern border of AZ
174 miles southeast from Flagstaff to Springerville, AZ, 226 miles northeast from Phoenix to Springerville, AZ – get directions from major cities here
216 miles from Phoenix to the bottom of the route (at Morenci, AZ), 289 miles from Flagstaff to the bottom of the route
The junction at Main St. Springerville where byway begins – N 34.133° W 109.270°
Historic Route 66 in Arizona
Route 66 is our country’s “Mother Road,” complete with so much history from our nation’s past. Along the route in Arizona, discover stories of the Dust Bowl, World War II, iconic 1950’s/60’s, traditional family vacations, ancient civilizations, and a fragile desert ecosystem.
The Historic Route 66 remains, though segmented, in four U.S. states. The route is broken up, often paralleling other major roads, throughout Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. Clear route markers exist along most of the road. Below we have included directions and specifics for New Mexico and Arizona, if you would like the directions for Illinois and Oklahoma, visit this site.
The Arizona portion of Route 66 is a total of 370.0 mi / 595.5 km in length.
Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert (colorful buttes and mesas) – located near Lupton, enter I-40, then head west to exit 311 (the park exit).
Walnut Canyon National Monument – 1,000 year old, grand Sinagua Indian ruins and beautiful canyon located just off I-40, exit 240 (Winona) – just follow the road signs to the monument.
Winslow, Arizona – small town shopping, eating, and a monument – built to honor the Eagles and their iconic song, “Take it Easy,” which mentions the laid-back town.
Museums, mom-and-pop restaurants, and retro hotels, barbershops, motor courts, and eateries dot the landscape of small towns along the entire route.
A sample itinerary for Route 66 in Arizona can be found here. Recommended time to travel through all the segments in Arizona is 3 days to a week.
Location The Arizona segment of Historic Route 66 is a disjoint byway comprised of seven pieces. The first section follows I-40 through Holbrook, then a small section in Joseph City. The fourth section goes through Flagstaff. The fifth section goes through Williams. The sixth section is a little place in Ash Fork. Finally, there is a long section heading west on SR 65 from Seligman to Topock.
Specifically, the sections are:
Holbrook, mile marker 289-285
Joseph City, mile marker 277-274
Winslow, mile marker 257-252
Flagstaff, mile marker 211-191
Williams, mile marker 167-162
Ash Fork, mile marker 146-144
Topock, mile marker 167-0
Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway
Overview Travel through the Kaibab Plateau’s meadows and forests of dense ponderosa pine and mixed conifers to the brink of the spectacular north rim of the Grand Canyon. As beautiful as the North Rim Parkway drive is, it gets even better when supplemented with the views of the Grand Canyon.
Beautiful pine, fir, and aspen trees that comprise the scenic Kaibab National Forest.
Intriguing animal life – porcupines, mountain lions, bobcats, mule deer, various birds, and the endangered Kaibab squirrel.
Scenic views of one of the most iconic landscapes in the world – the Grand Canyon – at the North Rim, which is a staggering 1000 ft. higher than at the South Rim.
The community of Jacob Lake consists mainly of an inn, bakery, gas station, and grocery store.
The North Rim Parkway begins in the community of Jacob Lake, which is located at the juncture of U.S. Hwy 89 and State Route 67.
You will follow State Route 67 for approximately 42 miles/ 68 km where you will reach the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
There is no loop; therefore, you will retrace your path backwards on State Route 67 until you reach Jacob Lake once again.
Red Rock Scenic Byway
Red Rock Scenic Byway contains some of the most spectacular views that Arizona has to offer. Filled with natural beauty, the short drive is an excellent source of inspiration, history, and activity. Whether you want just a scenic drive during the afternoon or an entire day filled with walking, hiking, biking, or other activities, it is sure to be fun for all ages. Close to Sedona, it is a quick escape into a very unique landscape.
This byway is 7.5 miles / 12.1 km in length.
Little Horse Trail and Bell Rock Pathway (northern and southern) Trailheads
Be on the lookout for the special rock formations, “Three Nuns,” “Chapel of the Holy Cross,” and “Cathedral Rock”
Red Rock Crossing on Oak Creek – situated by the visitor’s center at the south end of the byway (right across from the entrance to Red Rock State Park), enjoy the uniquely formed red sandstone banks on the creek
Activities such as biking, golfing, and hiking, as well as driving
Beautiful red sandstone accented with colorful cottonwood trees and large, blue skies
31 miles from Flagstaff
Take I-17 south from Flagstaff
Turn onto AZ-89A south heading toward Sedona
In Sedona, merge onto AZ-179 south
The byway begins at the intersection of AZ-179 and Back O Beyond Road (N 34.826° W 111.779°)
103 miles from Phoenix
Take I-17 north towards Flagstaff
Take exit 298 and turn left at AZ-179, going towards Sedona
The byway begins about three miles north of the junction of I-17 and AZ-179 (Intersection of AZ-179 and Beaverhead Flat Road near Sedona, AZ (N 34.734° W 111.777°)
Sky Island Scenic Byway
Explore a section of vast biological diversity in just a few short miles, in Arizona’s Sky Island Scenic Byway. The byway begins in the arid desert, surrounded by redrock, spectacular rock formations, and giant saguaro cacti. Stop along several locations to enjoy recreation, or drive straight through to reach Summerhaven – a village located in a beautiful conifer forest. This byway offers a short distance to see amazing views of the islands in the sky (the clouds that are nearly level with the high altitude you reach).
27 miles / 43.8 km, Mt. Lemmon Highway, Tucson to Ski Valley
Grand, rocky cliffs with spectacular views over the arid desert
Large populations of the towering saguaro cacti
Many unusual rock formations, or hoodoos, including the Geology Vista and Goosehead Rock
Ruins of the old WWII internment camps
The skyride at the Mt Lemmon and the beautiful aspen-forests at mountain-top
Popular pastimes, including: rock climbing, horseback riding, skiing, camping at Rose Canyon Campground, and hiking or fishing at Rose Canyon Lake
Retail shopping and relaxing in Summerhaven, AZ – at the end of the route, located in a higher altitude and conifer forest
To see pictures of locations along the byway, click here
Located in SE Arizona, 14 miles from Tucson, Arizona
Directions from Tucson:
Take Speedway Blvd east (from the intersection of Speedway Blvd & Campbell Ave) – N 32.236° W 110.944°
Follow the Blvd until Wilmot Road, curve onto Tanque Verde Road
Turn to the left onto Catalina Hwy
The byway begins here, it turns into Mt Lemmon Hwy before passing into Coronado National Forest
Intersection of Catalina Hwy and Mt Lemmon Short Rd, Tucson – N 32.304° W 110.745°
Names of roads that are part of the byway:
General Hitchcock Hwy
Mt Lemmon Hwy
To drive the byway:
Drive northeast on Mt Lemmon Hwy from the junction at E Catalina Hwy & N Lemmon Short Road
Follow Mt Lemmon Hwy to Summerhaven, AZ, the end of the byway
Gasoline is only available in Tucson There are restrooms along the way, and camping is available in the Santa Catalina Ranger District
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