This is one of the best motorcycle rides in Arizona. Why? The scenery is gorgeous. You will gain over 5,000 feet in elevation while driving one of the twistiest road in Arizona. This winding road has more than 400 curves to hug. Devil’s Highway is US 191, Coronado Trail Scenic Byway formerly Route 666.
Driving the Twistiest Road in Arizona Coronado Trail Scenic Byway
The first time we drove US 191 we made home base in Clifton and made our way up to Alpine and then drove back the same route to Clifton.
The next time we stayed in Alpine drove down 180 through New Mexico turned onto Highway 78 and then turned right on Devil’s Highway back to Alpine. The route through New Mexico was very pretty.
If you take the New Mexico route fill your tank in Alpine and in Alma, New Mexico. Gas stations are far and few between. If you take the route from Clifton fill your tank in town.
Where 78 intersects with 75 and 191 is called Three-way. There is a small gas station. We didn’t realize at first that it was a working gas station, but it is.
Morenci Mine is one of the largest copper mines in Arizona. Every year millions of pounds of copper are produced here. There are some great pull off areas where you can view this expansive mine.
The drive is a little over 100 miles, however because of all of the hairpin turns the drive takes about three hours one-way.
The second time we drove this route a storm was coming. The views were stunning.
The most popular overlook is the Blue Vista overlook.
On a clear you have sweeping views.
Snow in September is not unusual in this area. As we gained elevation, during our last ride here the temperature dropped quickly and we had to drive through a little snow right before Hannagan’s Meadow.
Hannagan’s Meadow Lodge is about 20 miles south of Alpine. You can stop here to grab a bite to eat if you want. Across the street from the lodge is a large meadow.