This road trip is an incredible journey to the whole new world of Arizona. The route runs through the central eastern part of Arizona and parallels the New Mexico border. Starting out in a desert setting near Clifton, AZ, the route leads you to a wonderful Alpine area. Along the way you can enjoy the incessant twists and turns that this remote section is loaded with. Heading north from Clifton you'll come to a scenic overlook that you can stop at to see the biggest open-pit mines in the world, a spectacular view in a beautiful setting. You will then travel along some cliffs and through a canyon. You'll also find yourself dramatically descending up the road. This route is truly amazing in the way it changes in scenery between the start and the end points. This diversity in terrain is due to the 5,000 feet difference in elevation from start to end. The route takes you through nice desert environments and interesting canyons; through open pit copper mines and Escudilla Mountain, one of the highest peaks in Arizona, 10,800 ft high. You'll also be passing by pine and aspen forests and tranquil meadows as you travel next to the White Mountains and through the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
Towns/Cities You'll Pass By/Through
The towns are few and far between on this route. Most of it goes through the Apache National Forest so there is little development.
Attractions & Points-of-Interests Along the Way
This route offers plenty of outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. There's a trail that you can take to the Rose Peak Lookout Tower. It offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. There are many pull outs for scenic views along the way. The Mogollon Rim is not-to-be-missed.