Arizona’s rugged beauty and numerous elevations offer the driver some of the best scenic drives in the southwest.
There are many scenic drives in Arizona, some of the most memorable may even be found on accident. These rides are especially fun on a motorcycle, but just as lovely taken by car.
Our Favorite Arizona Scenic Drives
- Apache Trail
- Superior to Globe
- Oak Creek Canyon
- Wickenburg to Jerome
- Sky Island Scenic Byway
- Gates Pass
- Coronado Trail Scenic Byway
- Route 66
- Monument Valley
- Vulture Mine Road
Apache Trail Scenic Drive
A 48-mile narrow drive that starts out on paved roads and turns into dirt roads that twist along steep canyon walls. The Apache Trail is often referred to as a smaller version of the Grand Canyon. It is the best ride near Phoenix.
This ride takes you through the ghost town of Tortilla Flat and ends at Roosevelt Dam. If you plan on riding a motorcycle your trip will end at Tortilla Flat. If you would like to drive the complete trail you will need a higher clearance vehicle.
Superior to Globe
A 24-mile drive with some amazing views. Striking rock formations on both sides of the road make this an enjoyable drive.
Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road
A 27-mile-long paved highway through spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, the red rock country in Sedona to the cool pine forests of Flagstaff.
Wickenburg to Jerome
Take the back roads to see the old western town of Wickenburg, through Prescott following the winding 89A to Jerome. This 100-mile road will take you through some incredible scenery.
Sky Island Scenic Byway: Mount Lemmon Highway
A beautiful drive to a cooler climate. This 25-mile-long paved byway tr ascends 9,157-foot Mount Lemmon in the rugged Santa Catalina Mountains.
Gates Pass: Saguaro National Park
Tucson Mountain Park to Saguaro National Park Scenic Drive is a 22-mile-long paved and gravel scenic drive that traverses Gates Pass and Tucson Mountain Park, passes the famed Arizona–Sonoran Desert.
Coronado Trail Scenic Byway (Devil’s Highway)
Hwy 191 from Clifton to Alpine, also known as the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway and Devil’s Highway, is one of the curviest roads in the U.S. This 90 mile road offers lots of tight curves (10 mph) right after another and will take about 2. 5 hours to drive.
You can take a tour through Monument Valley or you can take the scenic drive yourself. We drove the bike through Monument Valley. It is an absolutely stunning ride.
If you haven’t driven the historic Route 66 in Arizona, what are you waiting for? This roughly 370-mile route takes you from the New Mexico/Arizona border to the California/Arizona border.
Vulture Mine Road
A short 14.5 mile scenic drive from Wickenburg to Vulture City Ghost Town offers sweeping desert and mountain views. This curvy road is short, but it is fun to drive on and you can visit an old mining town.