Scenic, Historic and Backcountry Byways in Arizona


  • Apache Trail Historic Road
  • Black Hills Back Country Byway
  • El Camino del Diablo Back Country Byway
  • Gila-Pinal Scenic Road
  • Jerome, Clarkdale and Cottonwood Historic Road
  • Joshua Tree Scenic Byway
  • Mingus Mountain Scenic Road
  • Red Rock Scenic Road
  • Historic Route 66
Cactus along the Joshua Tree Scenic Road

When I was young, my folks often kept copies of Arizona Highways on the coffee table. Reading each new issue was almost a religious experience for me as the magazine was always filled with great photos of other-worldly landscapes. And throughout those years of my youth, my family spent a lot of time dragging me back and forth across the continent: in the summers we'd be further north but the winter trips always crossed Arizona. I still remember waking up in the back seat of the car and looking out to see dinosaurs everywhere (it was in a gas station in Holbrook on Route 66, and those concrete dinosaurs were still there in 2009).

At one time or another, I've traveled nearly every designated scenic byway and highway in Arizona, the Swift Trail Parkway, the Desert-to-Tall-Pines Scenic Road and the Black Hills Back Country Byway being the only exceptions. I also haven't traveled El Camino del Diablo, the Agua Caliente Scenic Road or Rug Road but those look to be new additions to the BLM list of Backcountry Byways and Scenic Drives (and my most recent check shows Rug Road to have been dropped from the BLM list of late).

 

Scenic, Historic and Backcountry Byways in Arizona

Map of Arizona Scenic Byways
 
Red and white rocks rising above the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road
Just above the roadway of the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road