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Arizona 188


Arizona 188 travels between Arizona 87 near Jakes Corner and U.S. 60 near Globe, meeting Arizona 88 at Roosevelt Dam after crossing Roosevelt Lake.

Arizona 188 was added to the state highway system in 1959 between Roosevelt Dam and Jakes Corner (Arizona 87). In 2000, the section between Roosevelt Dam and U.S. 60 was transferred from Arizona 88 due to an ADOT policy that two routes should not serve the same destinations.

Arizona 188 originally crossed Roosevelt Dam directly. In 1990, the new bridge crossing Roosevelt Lake opened (as part of the project to raise Roosevelt Dam to handle flood capacity).

Perspective from Northbound Arizona 188
Arizona 188 begins at U.S. 60 in Miami. This distance sign shows distances to Arizona 288, Arizona 88, and Payson. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Distance sign to Tonto National Monument. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Arizona 188 is known as the Senator Hardt Highway. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Arizona 188 remains as a recently reconstructed four lane configuration for some distance north of U.S. Highway 60. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Arizona 188 now winds around Devore Wash to start climbing through the Salt River Mountains. Photo taken 02/10/08.
This unnamed summit (elevation 3883 feet) is the highest point along Arizona 188 south of Arizona 88. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Arizona 188 now descends into the Salt River canyon, and Roosevelt Lake becomes visible. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Advance signage for Arizona 188, 1/4 mile. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Arizona 188 meets Arizona 288 here, just before reaching Roosevelt Lake. Photo taken 02/10/08.
Jumping just north of Arizona 88, this shield is seen with the Roosevelt Lake bridge in the background. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Distance sign to Payson (49 miles). Payson is not even on Arizona 188, but along Arizona 87. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Passing under the arch of the Roosevelt Lake bridge on Arizona 188 north. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Perspective from Southbound Arizona 188
Advance signage for Arizona 88, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 05/26/07.
The Arizona 188 bridge was constructed to replace the former crossing along Roosevelt Dam. Photos taken 05/26/07.
Turn right on Arizona 88 to reach Apache Junction, or continue on Arizona 188 to reach Globe. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Arizona 88 separates from Arizona 188 here. Until 2000, this marked the end of Arizona 188, before the route assumed mileage from Arizona 88. Photo taken 05/26/07.
This is the first reassurance marker south of Arizona 88. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Arizona 188 meets the Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center here. The road paralells the shoreline for quite a distance. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Turn right here to access Tonto National Monument. The monument features two well-preserved cliff dwellings overlooking Roosevelt Lake. Photo taken 05/26/07.
This reassurance marker is seen just south of Tonto National Monument. In the background are the Salt River Mountains. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Distance sign to Arizona 288 (12 miles), U.S. 60 (30 miles) and Globe (34 miles). Photo taken 05/26/07.
Arizona 188 meets Forest Service Road 83 here. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Turn right to reach the Schoolhouse Recreation Site, which offers a boat launch into Roosevelt Lake and camping. At the time of this writing (December 2007), this recreation site was closed due to low lake levels. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Distance sign to Arizona 288 (3 miles), U.S. Highway 60 (18 miles) and Globe (22 miles). Photo taken 05/26/07.
Arizona 188 now begins a slow climb away from Roosevelt Lake to gain elevation along the alluvial fan. Photo taken 05/26/07.
The next intersection is Arizona 288. Arizona 288 is a mostly unpaved road that travels north to Young. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Turn left here to take Arizona 288 northbound, or continue ahead on Arizona 188 to U.S. Highway 60. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Arizona 188 now begins a climb through the Salt River Mountains. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Distance sign to U.S. Highway 60 (15 miles) and Globe (19 miles). This section of highway was reconstructed in 2005. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Arizona 188 climbs in elevation to reach it's ultimate summit, at 3968 feet. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Arizona 188 crosses Devore Wash here on this 2005-vintage bridge. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Arizona 188 meets old Arizona 88 here. As part of the reconstruction, numerous cut off segments of old Arizona 88/188 were relinquished to Gila County after completion of the present highway in 2001. Photos taken 05/26/07.
This recent (2006) section of Arizona 188 is four lanes wide as we near Claypool and the Miami Smelter. Photo taken 05/26/07.
Arizona 188 meets U.S. Highway 60 here. Turn left on U.S. Highway 60 to reach Globe, or turn right to head to Superior and Phoenix. Photo taken 05/26/07.



Photo Credits:

2007-05-26, 2008-02-10 by Kevin Trinkle

Connect with:
U.S. Highway 60
Arizona 87 - Beeline Highway

Page Updated 12-07-2007.

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