Having been added in 1935, SR 61 is one of the older entries in the state highway system. The route begins at U.S. 60 just east of Show Low. Traversing sparsely populated range country, SR 61 heads to Concho and St. Johns, where it meets U.S. 191. State Route 61 combines with U.S. 191 north and east, before separating en route to Zuni, New Mexico, where it transitions into State Road 53 at the state line.

Arizona State Route 61 East
County Road 8235 intersects SR 61 soon after its split from U.S. 60. County roads are signed more often in rural Arizona than in the urban areas. 11/11/06
Distance sign to Concho (20 miles), St. Johns (30 miles) and Lyman Lake (43 miles). 11/11/06
SR 61 at milepost 355. The mile markers on SR 61 are based off those of US 60. Notice the adopt-a-highway sign in the right side of the photo. 11/11/06
SR 61 continues through high, gently rolling terrain as it heads east toward Concho. 11/11/06
The arrow-straight line of SR 61 can be seen in the distance in this photograph. 11/11/06
SR 61 traverses the high plains grassland of northeastern Arizona throughout its alignment. 11/11/06
Distance sign to Concho (5 miles) and St. Johns (20 miles). 11/11/06
Advance signage for SR 180A. SR 61 is entering the small town of Concho, named because the valley that holds Concho resembles a shell.1 The town was established in 1879. 11/11/06
Use SR 180A northbound to reach Petrified Forest National Monument and Holbrook, or SR 61 east to reach St. Johns. 11/11/06
SR 180A departs here from SR 61. SR 180A is a former alignment of US 180, bypassed in 1973 and signed as SR 180A in 1974. 11/11/06
Arizona places reassurance markers after every major road junction. 11/11/06
After leaving Concho Valley, SR 61 resumes its travels through the high grasslands of northeastern Arizona. 11/11/06
Advance signage for US 180. 11/11/06
Continue east on SR 61/US 180 to St. Johns, or turn left on US 180 to reach Holbrook and Petrified Forest National Monument. 11/11/06
US 180 continues east towards St. Johns alongside SR 61. US 180 turns northwest from here to Petrified Forest National Monument and Holbrook. 11/11/06
U.S. 180 Arizona Route 61 East
Reassurance markers for US 180 and SR 61, east of the US 180 junction. 09/11/11
Distance sign to St. Johns (4 miles) and Springerville (36 miles). 09/11/11
Entering St. Johns, the Apache County Fairgrounds can be reached off this turn from SR 61/US 180. St. Johns was named on San Juans day, June 24, bu Mexican settlers, and is the county seat of Apache County.2 09/11/11
Advance signage for US 191, 1/2 mile. 09/11/11
Turn right to continue to Springerville and Lyman Lake State Park, along US 180. 09/11/11
SR 61 meets US 191 here. Turn right to take US 180 eastbound and US 191 southbound, or continue north on US 191 northbound and SR 61 eastbound. 11/11/06
U.S. 191 North Arizona Route 61 East
Confirming markers at Commercial and Water Street in St. Johns. SR 61 and US 191 combine for 29 miles north from U.S. 180. 11/11/06
Turning north parallel to the Little Colorado River, U.S. 191/SR 61 venture into the Badlands. Sanders, located along I-40, lies beyond their separation in 51 miles. 11/11/06
Approaching the access road for the Coronado Generating Station on U.S. 191/SR 61 north. The Coronado Generating station is a coal-fired power generation facility. Generating electricity for Phoenix, the power plant is owned by SRP and was completed in 1979-80. 11/11/06
US 191 and SR 61 continue north through grasslands and ranch country. 11/11/06
Paralleling the dry Zuni River, US 191 and SR 61 travel through a patchwork of state, BLM and private lands. 11/11/06
Bee lining north, U.S. 191/SR 61 comprise a desolate road ahead of their split. 11/11/06
SR 61 branches northeast from U.S. 191 in one half mile toward Zuni, New Mexico. U.S. 191 remains northward toward Sanders. 11/11/06

Sources:
  1. Barnes, Will C. Arizona Place Names. 1933 (reprinted 1988), pp. 107. ibid, pp. 374-75.


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11/11/06, 09/11/11 by Kevin Trinkle

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