Arizona 286 is a fairly remote road that leads from Arizona 86 at Three Points/Robles Jct west of Tucson down to the border town of Sasabe. The road was added to the state highway system in 1955, but not completely paved until 1982.

The highway begins at the border crossing at Sasabe, which is unique for the lack of paved roads on the Mexican side of the crossing. As a result, traffic is very light across the border crossing.


Arizona 286 north
Arizona 286 begins at the Sasabe Border Crossing and immediately travels north into the unincorporated town of Sasabe (population around 30). Photo taken 07/04/08.
A sharp left turn leads into the actual town, which consists of around 2 blocks of buildings along the road. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Leaving Sasabe, Arizona 286 enters the wide Altar valley, which the road will traverse the entire way to Three Points/Robles Junction. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Reassurance marker for Arizona 286. None of the reassurance markers on the road have cardinal directions. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 passes through the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was established to allow native grasslands to reestablish themselves in the valley. Turn right to reach the visitors center. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 meets Arivaca Road here. Turn right to reach the town of Arivaca (12 miles away), or to travel to Interstate 19 (43 miles away). Photo taken 07/04/08.
Reassurance marker for Arizona 286, north of Arivaca Road. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Distance sign to Robles Junction (24 miles) and Tucson (46 miles). Photo taken 07/04/08.
Distance sign to Robles Junction (14 miles) and Tucson (39 miles). Interesting how Tucson is only 7 miles shorter despite 10 miles of highway travel. Photo taken 07/04/08.
This is the final reassurance marker along northbound Arizona 286. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 meets Diamond Bell Ranch Road. The road is getting closer to Robles Junction. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 meets Altar Road here. Altar Road is named after the valley that Arizona 286 travels through, which is named for a mountain that Father Kino felt looked like an altar. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 meets Three Points/Robles Junction here. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 ends at Arizona 86 at Three Points/Robles Junction. Robles Junction is named for pioneer rancher B. Robles. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Turn left to reach Ajo, or turn right for Tucson. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 south
Arizona 286 begins at Arizona 86 in Robles Junction/Three Points. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Distance sign to Arivaca Road (33 miles) and Sasabe (45 miles). These are the only two control points along Arizona 286. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 is subject to flash flooding over most of it's length. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 meets Altar Road here. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Reassurance marker for Arizona 286 southbound. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Distance sign to Arivaca (23 miles) and Sasabe (35 miles). Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 crosses Altar Wash here. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Distance sign to Arivaca Road (13 miles) and Sasabe (25 miles). Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 passes through the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. The vegetation gets more dense as the road enters the refuge. Photo taken 07/04/08.
South of Arivaca Road, we see this distance sign for Sasabe, 12 miles. Photo taken 07/04/08.
This is the last reassurance marker along Southbound Arizona 286. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 approaches the town of Sasabe and the Mexican border. The mountains in the distance are in Mexico. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 enters the town of Sasabe here. Sasabe is an unincorporated town in Pima county. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Sasabe is named for either a Papago or Mexican resident of the area. The town is a small town, with one store (located on the right side of the photo). Arizona 286 does a hard right turn at the end of the populated section. Photo taken 07/04/08.
Arizona 286 ends at the Mexican Border. In the background of this sign, you can see the buildings that comprise the border crossing. The crossing is only open from 8 AM to 8 PM. Photo taken 07/04/08.



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07/04/08 by Kevin Trinkle

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Page Updated 07-07-2008.