State Route 473

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Arizona 473 is a short, nine mile route connecting Arizona 260 to Hawley Lake, on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. The road was constructed in 1963, and added to the state highway system in 1968. Arizona 473 is closed during the winter, from the first snowfall in November through May. Hawley Lake is known as the coldest spot in the state of Arizona.

Arizona 473 south
At the beginning of Arizona 473, this sign warns travelers that the road is not plowed during the winter closure. Photo taken 06/06/10.
Arizona 473 climbs through mountain grades as it heads to Hawley Lake. Photo taken 06/06/10.
Arizona 473 is not maintained, plowed, or even open from November through May. In years of heavy snowfall, the road has not opened until June. Photo taken 06/06/10.
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Arizona 473 travels through forests, around the North Fork of the White River, as it starts to climb towards Hawley Lake. Photos taken 06/06/10.
Arizona 73 meets one of the few road junctions along it's route here. This tribal road will eventually meet up with Arizona 73. Photo taken 06/06/10.
Arizona 473 slows around curves posted for 20 miles per hour as it nears Hawley Lake. Photo taken 06/06/10.
Pavement ends once Arizona 473 reaches Hawley Lake. The road ends just past this curve. Photo taken 06/06/10.
Arizona 473 ends just past this shield. Beyond this point, White Mountain Apache tribal maintenance assumes control of the road. Photo taken 06/06/10.
Welcome to Hawley Lake. Hawley Lake, at 8200' elevation, is noted as one of the coldest spots in Arizona, even more so than some higher altitude spots. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Arizona was found here. Hawley Lake impounds Trout Creek, and is known for summertime fishing. Photo taken 06/06/10.
Hawley Lake is nestled in the pines, and is quite scenic. Photo taken 06/06/10.
Arizona 473 north
After Arizona 473 leaves Hawley Lake, travelers are again advised of the curves ahead. Photo taken 06/06/10.
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Arizona 473 descends through the pine trees to reach Arizona 260. Photos taken 06/06/10.
Arizona 473 ends at Arizona 260, just east of Arizona 73. Photo taken 06/06/10.
Turn left for Mcnary and Pinetop, or turn right for Eagar and Springerville. Photo taken 06/06/10.

Photo Credits:

06/06/10 by Kevin Trinkle

Connect with:
State Route 260

Page Updated 09-26-2011.