Scenic Roads

Types of Scenic Roads

State Designations

Scenic Road

This state designation includes a roadway (or segment of a roadway) that offers a memorable visual impression, is free of visual encroachment and forms a harmonious composite of visual patterns. Scenic roads are the most commonly state-designated type in Arizona; there are 19 roads designated as scenic roads. These scenic roads are some of the more popular in the state:

  • Kayenta-Monument Valley Scenic Road
  • Gila-Pinal Scenic Road
  • Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road
  • Dry Creek Scenic Road
Historic Road

This state designation includes a roadway (or segment of a roadway) that offers historical importance to the cultural heritage of the state, nation or region; contributes to a historical area or exploration/settlement of Arizona; is easily accessible; and is unique. This type of scenic road is far less common than state-designated scenic roads. There are currently three historic roads in Arizona:

  • Apache Trail Historic Road
  • Jerome-Clarkdale-Cottonwood Historic Road
  • Historic Route 66 (Topock to Ash Fork and Ash Fork to Lupton)
Parkway

This state designation includes a roadway (or segment of a roadway) that meets scenic or historic road designation criteria, has a one-mile minimum distance between access roads, allows visitor facilities/interpretive areas and offers controlled access and adjacent development. This type of scenic road, similar to historic roads, is far less common than state-designated scenic roads. There are currently four parkways in Arizona:

  • Swift Trail Parkway
  • Organ Pipe Cactus Parkway
  • Sky Island Parkway
  • Kaibab Plateau - North Rim Parkway