Arizona 83 connects Parker Canyon Lake with Interstate 10 at Mountain View, east of Tucson. Parker Canyon Lake is a small reservoir in the mountains of Southeastern Arizona, constructed in 1966 by the state of Arizona.

Arizona 83 was first designated in 1927, as one of the first state highways, between Mountain View and Sonoita. The road was extended south to Parker Canyon Lake in 1966, to correspond with the construction of the lake. However, the section from Sonoita to Parker Canyon Lake was not paved until the late 1990s.


Arizona 83 north
This photo, taken near the beginning of Arizona 83, tells traffic to head left to reach Parker Canyon Lake. Photo taken 12/14/06.
Arizona 83 begins at milepost 3. The mileposts between Parker Canyon Lake and Sonoita were determined by odometer mileage from a vehicle. Photo taken 12/14/06.
Arizona 83 travels through rolling ranch country between Parker Canyon Lake and Sonoita. Photo taken 12/14/06.
The road between Parker Canyon Lake and Sonoita follows land lines, and travels between ranches. Photo taken 12/14/06.
Arizona 83 has several 90 degree turns south of Sonoita, as it travels between ranches. Photo taken 12/14/06.
Advance signage for Arizona 82, in the town of Sonoita. Photo taken 12/14/06.
In the town of Sonoita, Arizona 83 meets Arizona 82. Use Arizona 82 to reach Nogales to the west, and Tombstone to the east. Photo taken 12/14/06.
Arizona 83 continues through rolling hills north of Sonoita. Photo taken 12/14/06.
North of Sonoita, a Border Patrol checkpoint is found. After this point, Arizona 83 travels through the Santa Rita mountains on the way to Mountain View and I-10. Photo taken 12/14/06.
Arizona 83 ends at Interstate 10, at the Mountain View interchange. Photo taken 11/10/07.



Photo Credits:

    12/14/06 by Sara Gradwohl. 11/10/07 by Kevin Trinkle.

Connect with:
Interstate 10

Page Updated 11-23-2007.