Arizona 77 north
Distance sign to Catalina, Arizona 79 and U.S. 70, on the north side of Tucson. Photo taken 06/17/07.
Advance signage for Catalina State Park, one mile. Photo taken 06/17/07.
Turn right for Catalina State Park. The park offers hiking trails and other outdoor activities in the Catalina Mountains, which form the northwest boundary of the Tucson metropolitan area. Photo taken 06/17/07.
Arizona 77 enters the town of Catalina. Catalina is named after the nearby mountains, and functions as a bedroom community for Tucson today. Photo taken 06/17/07.
Advance signage for Arizona 79, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 06/17/07.
Turn left on Arizona 79 to reach Florence and Coolidge, or continue north on Arizona 77 to reach Oracle. This intersection used to be a T-intersection, and Arizona 79 (old U.S. 80) was the through route. Photo taken 06/17/07.
Arizona 79 travels over open terrain between Oracle Junction and Florence. Photo taken 06/17/07.
U.S. 60 east & Arizona 77 north
Now north of Globe, US 60 and Arizona 77 climb away from the city quite rapidly. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Distance sign to Show Low and Springerville. US 60 will cross some rugged terrain between Globe and Springerville. Photo taken 11/11/06.
North of Globe, US 60 passes through additional road cuts as it climbs in elevation. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 north of Globe is much less heavily trafficked then it was between Phoenix and Globe. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Scrubby hills are common around Globe. This type of brush cover is common in the high desert mountains. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Advance signage for Jones Water Campground. Jones Water Campground is part of the Tonto National Forest, and is a small, primitive campground (no water available). Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 has various stretches of passing lanes through the mountains. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 and Arizona 77 remain co-signed north of Globe, as seen on this sign assembly. Photo taken 11/11/06.
"Don't Drink and Drive" signs are commonly placed on rural highways in Arizona. Photo taken 11/11/06.
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Distance sign to Show Low and Springerville. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Advance signage for a Safety Pullout. Arizona places Safety Pullouts before long downhill grades. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 meets the ghost town of Seneca here. Seneca was a town established to support the nearby mines, but it has all but been abandoned. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Distance sign to the aforementioned safety pullout, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 11/11/06.
This advisory sign advises trucks and vehicles pulling trailers to check their brakes before heading down into the Salt River Canyon. Photo taken 11/11/06.
After the pullout, this sign advises motorists to use lower gears if they are a truck or pulling a trailer. It's a wild ride ahead, and a long way down to the bottom. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 enters the Salt River Canyon here. Photo taken 11/11/06.
This photo is rather deceptive, as US 60 will have a 6% grade for the next five miles. However, all motorists see right now are mountains on the horizon, not knowing about the canyon between here and the other side. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 travels through a number of roadcuts ahead, as warned by this sign (advising to watch for rocks). Photo taken 11/11/06.
In the 1990s, a runaway truck ramp was added. This sign advises motorists of the runaway truck ramp ahead. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Unfortunately, if stuck behind a truck, it will make your ride a lot longer to the canyon bottom. The two trucks seen here were traveling approximately 20 MPH. Photo taken 11/11/06.
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These photos were taken from an abandoned rest area on an old alignment of US 60, and have an excellent view of the grade and the twin Salt River bridges at the bottom of the canyon. Photos taken 11/11/06.
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These photos were taken of the runaway truck ramp, as approaching it northbound. Photos taken 11/11/06.
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The descent into the Salt River Canyon is a wild ride, and photos do not do it justice. Photos taken 11/11/06.
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The Salt River Bridge was built in 1933-34, with the parallel replacement bridge (red) built in 1994. These photos were taken from the rest area at the bottom of the canyon. Photos taken 11/11/06.
After crossing the new bridge, US 60 turns to follow the base of a small (relatively speaking) cliff. The old gas station and mini-mart located here is now closed. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Distance sign to Show Low and Springerville, the next two cities along US 60. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 gains a climbing lane as it climbs along the north side of the Salt River Canyon. Photo taken 11/11/06.
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US 60 climbs quickly along the north canyon wall, as seen here. Photos taken 11/11/06.
Climbing up toward Becker Lookout, the road pulls back and passes through some road cuts, similar to this one. Photo taken 11/11/06.
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Becker Lookout was named for Walter Becker, described as the father of US 60. Becker was one of the pioneers who lived in this area in the 1920s, and his work led to the designation of US 60 as a transcontinental highway. His work communicating road surfaces and traffic counts led to the establishment of US 60, and this lookout is dedicated to his memory, along with that of his son. Photos taken 11/11/06.
At the top of the canyon, the scenery changes dramatically. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 continues to twist and turn as it makes the final climb out of the Salt River Canyon, into high mountainous terrain. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 remains co-signed with Arizona 77 as it reaches the top of the Mogollon Rim. Photo taken 11/11/06.
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Distance sign to Show Low and Springerville. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 continues through the scrub-covered lands of northeastern Arizona. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Advance signage for Arizona 73. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Arizona 73 is the original road up through the Fort Apache Indian Nation, with the majority replaced by US 60. The present-day road begins here and travels through Fort Apache, Hon Dah and White River to Arizona 260. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Arizona 73 departs here from US 60. Arizona 77 and US 60 continue north to Show Low from this point. Photo taken 11/11/06.
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Distance sign to Show Low and Springerville. Photo taken 11/11/06.
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US 60 passes through Corduroy Creek canyon on the way up to Show Low. Corduroy creek, according to Barnes, is named because the creek next to the road was "corduroyed" (covered) with logs in 1880.1 Photos taken 11/11/06.
Corduroy Creek canyon widens out to a wide valley above the canyon. US 60 passes through the wide valley. Photo taken 11/11/06.
As US 60 climbs above the 6000 foot level, tall pine trees start appearing. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 enters Skiddy Canyon, which contains Forestdale Creek, as it makes the final climb up to Show Low. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 and Arizona 77 continue to be multiplexed all the way to Show Low. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Yet another distance sign to Show Low and Springerville. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Sometimes, it is hard to believe that scenes like this can be found in Arizona. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 leaves the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, and crosses the Mogollon Rim here. At this point, we are 6594 feet above sea level. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 enters the city limits of Show Low just after crossing the Mogollon Rim. Show Low is one of the major cities of northeastern Arizona, and was named from a game of Seven-Up. The quote is "If you can show low, you can win" to which the winner put down the cards and said "Showlow it is"2. Photo taken 11/11/06.
As US 60 descends through Fools Hollow, the road approaches Arizona 260. Photo taken 11/11/06.
US 60 is named "Deuce of Clubs Avenue" through Show Low. At this point, US 60 meets Arizona 260, which will be multiplexed with US 60 through Show Low. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Deuce of Clubs Avenue is the main street of Show Low, the commercial center of the White Mountains. Photo taken 11/11/06.
The multiplex with Arizona 260 ends fairly quickly, as Arizona 260 will split east to follow the Mogollon Rim to US 191. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Continue ahead on US 60 to Springerville, or turn right on Arizona 260 to Pinetop and Lakeside, at the upcoming intersection with Arizona 260. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Arizona 260 departs here, to head south to Pinetop, Lakeside, and Hon Dah. Photo taken 11/11/06.
The next road junction is Arizona 77. Use Arizona 77 northbound to reach Holbrook, or continue east on US 60 to Springerville. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Arizona 77 departs from US 60 here to travel north to Holbrook, after the long multiplex from Globe. Photo taken 11/11/06.



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11/11/06, 06/17/07 by Kevin Trinkle

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