State Route 97

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Arizona 97 is a short route connecting Arizona 96 to US 93. The route was added to the state highway system on December 16, 1962.

Arizona 97 does not directly serve any communities, but connects Bagdad and the Bagdad Mine to US 93. The road was added to the State Highway System at the request of Yavapai County to serve the residents of Bagdad.

Arizona 97 north
Northbound Arizona 97 begins here, at US 93. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Arizona 97 crosses many washes as it winds through the mountains toward Arizona 96. All of these wash crossings are at-grade (no bridges are built on the route), so this sign warns motorists to be aware of potential flash flooding. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Distance sign to Bagdad (17 miles) and Hillside (31 miles). Neither town lies on Arizona 97, but both towns lie at either end of Arizona 96. Photo taken 03/25/07.
This is a typical panorama along Arizona 97. Arizona 97 winds along Bridle Creek and Cowboy Wash as it climbs up to Arizona 96. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Many of the wash crossings are marked with this sign, warning travellers not to attempt to cross the wash when it is flooded. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Arizona 97 ends here, at Arizona 96. Travellers may turn left to reach Bagdad and the Bagdad Mine, or right to reach Hillside. Photo taken 03/25/07.


  1. Minutes of the State Highway Commission. 10/23/1962, Arizona Highway Commission.
  2. Minutes of the State Highway Commission. 12/16/1962, Arizona Highway Commission.

Photo Credits:

03/25/07 by Kevin Trinkle

Connect with:
U.S. 93
State Route 96

Page Updated 02-14-2012.