U.S. 180 East - Valle to Flagstaff

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U.S. 180 east & Arizona 64 south
Arizona 64 leaves Grand Canyon National Park and enters the Kaibab National Forest here. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Distance sign to Williams (64 miles) and Flagstaff (84 miles). Photo taken 01/08/11.
Reassurance marker for Arizona 64 and US 180. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Arizona 64 enters Tusayan. Tusayan is a small town surrounded by the Kaibab National Forest, named after the Spanish name for the area (which is a corruption of the Navajo word for the area). The primary function of the town is to serve vistors to Grand Canyon National Park. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Use caution for low flying aircraft in this area. The Grand Canyon Airport is just off the side of Arizona 64. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Turn right for Grand Canyon Airport. The airport used to be run by the State of Arizona, but is now maintained by an airport authority. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Use headlights day or night along Arizona 64. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Use caution for elk while on the Kaibab Plateau. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Arizona 64 meets Forest Road 488 here. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Arizona 64 meets Forest Road 347 here. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Distance sign to Williams (44 miles) and Flagstaff (64 miles). Photo taken 01/08/11.
Arizona 64 now leaves the Kaibab National Forest. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Distance sign to Williams (34 miles) and Flagstaff (54 miles). Photo taken 01/08/11.
Arizona 64 enters Valle. Valle is a small town at the junction of US 180 and Arizona 64. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Advance signage for US 180, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Arizona 64 passes Bedrock City. Bedrock City is a RV park and small theme park, modeled after the Flintstones. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Turn left for Flagstaff, or continue ahead to Williams. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Turn left for US 180, or continue ahead for Arizona 64. Photo taken 01/08/11.
U.S. 180 east & 191 south
Reassurance markers for US 180 Eastbound and US 191, in St. Johns. Photo taken 09/11/11.
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Reassurance marker for US 180 eastbound. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Distance sign to Arizona Snowbowl (43 miles) and Flagstaff (50 miles). Photo taken 01/08/11.
Use headlights day and night along US 180 between Valle and Flagstaff. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 has scenic panoramas across the prairies to the distant San Francisco Peaks, which dominate the Northern Arizona skyline. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Watch for elk for the next 40 miles (until just past Flagstaff.) Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 is the San Francisco Peaks Scenic route. The route was designated as a scenic route in 1990. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 enters the Kaibab National Forest here. Photo taken 01/08/11.
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Reassurance marker for US 180 eastbound. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 enters the Coconino National Forest. Photo taken 01/08/11.
This is a point where the road can be closed due to snow. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Turn right for the Red Mountain trailhead. Photo taken 01/08/11.
At this point, we are 23 miles from Arizona Snowbowl and 30 miles from Flagstaff. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 climbs steadily from Valle up to the 7000 foot level. The road has not reached it's highest elevation yet, however. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 is a designated scenic route between Valle and Flagstaff. Photo taken 01/08/11.
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Mt. Humphries, the highest peak in Arizona, looms large over US 180. Photos taken 01/08/11.
US 180 enters the San Francisco Peaks recreation area. The forest preserves the majority of the Ponderosa Pine forest around Flagstaff. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 now turns south to follow the base of Mt. Humphries. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 now approaches Saddle Mountain. There is a lookout tower atop the low mountain. In the background is Mt. Humphries. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 continues to stay in meadows between the nearby mountains. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Distance sign to Snowbowl (13 miles) and Flagstaff (20 miles). Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 reaches the highest point along the route, at 8,046 feet in elevation. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 travels through dense Ponderosa Pine forests along the base of Mt. Humphries. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Daytime headlight restrictions end at this point. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Distance sign to Snowbowl (3 miles) and Flagstaff (10 miles). Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 remains as a scenic road until reaching Flagstaff. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Turn left for Round Tree road, or right for Bader Road. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 meets Arizona Snowbowl here. Snowbowl is one of two ski areas in Arizona. Photo taken 01/08/11.
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Reassurance marker for US 180 eastbound. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Turn left for Forest Hills Drive. Photo taken 01/08/11.
US 180 enters Flagstaff. Flagstaff is the largest city in northern Arizona, and a center of commerce. Photo taken 01/08/11.
Turn right to continue on US 180 in Flagstaff. We are approaching downtown Flagstaff and former Business 40. Photo taken 01/08/11.



Photo Credits:

01/08/11, 09/11/11 by Kevin Trinkle

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Arizona 64
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Page Updated 10-24-2011.