Salt River Canyon Scenic Drive

Salt River Canyon Scenic Drive

Salt River Canyon Scenic Drive
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We took a different route than usual on our travel between Albuquerque and Tucson and were sure glad we did. We had no idea this was here and it is so worth the few extra minutes. The Salt River Canyon is super scenic and there are plenty of pullout to get different vantage points. This rout beats the heck out of just taking the interstates!
Written 27 January 2024
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Arizona's "other Grand Canyon!" Whitewater rafting March and April is the best way to enjoy the canyon, thank you!
Written 29 February 2024
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Mr Z
Peoria, AZ5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We just finished the drive from ShowLow to Phoenix. It was beautiful, and the road was in great shape. The restrooms, however, at the rest stop by the salt River bridge or absolutely horrible. They were dirty damaged, and had garbage all over. What a disappointment for a beautiful area.
Written 12 June 2023
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Ha Ha! We are a small rafting company that has nothing to do with the Arizona Department of Transportation's public highway restrooms.
Written 29 February 2024
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JHAllen
Oro Valley, AZ464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A mini Grand Canyon with getting close to the river possible. Massive cliffs on either side with a great view upriver from the old road bridge open to pedestrians. There is also an informative set of signs outside the restroom building. There is plenty of parking for cars and RVs. AZ Rt 77, the road through the canyon is well maintained and mostly 3 lanes, a constant travel lane in each direction with an alternating passing lanes. There are switchbacks, but the turns are mostly gentle and the edges have guard rails in place. A wonderful day trip from Phoenix or Tucson, and a must travel if heading south from eastern Arizona.
Written 15 April 2023
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Susan B
Ontario, Canada715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
What a beautiful drive.
The switchbacks are not bad at all, you can only go 35 mph on the road. The biggest thing is the potholes coming down the road. Some of them are deep. so be careful.
We stopped at almost all the pullouts and the view is stunning.
We came on a cloudy day, so i think the colors were better for photography.
The river itself was running pretty good which added to the scenery.
Not to be missed
Written 27 February 2023
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Jan
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
TERRIFYING AND DANGEROUS! If you get motuon sickness and dont enjoy heights and hairpin turns, find another route. It was an absolutely miserable ride after a lovely vacation in Pinetop.
Written 27 September 2022
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,082 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Canyon is neat to drive by. It’s fairly local (maybe 10 to 15 miles long) with the Salt River rushing down below. Always neat hearing the roar of the river so far down below. It’s always amazing going up and down the mountains of central Arizona.

The Salt River Canyon Bridge is a place we’ve been by a number of times. Each time we’ve stopped to ‘drink and drain’ and walk across the older bridge. First, it’s a nice rest stop. The State has done a good job. Then, the walk on old bridge and look over the Salt River is very nice. We can look down below to the Salt River rushing below and the canyon on both sides.

The bathrooms and walk across the bridge are open. Unfortunately the walk down to the river is closed at this time. Oh, and beware, there are panhandlers with sob stories trying to get money at the rest stop.
Written 14 October 2021
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dexter s
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Salt river canyon is like a drug , the more I see the more I want to take that drive even at night.The most beautiful drive for me by far, we have stopped at every pullout and then some, as for this drive at night, it's a must do, totally different ??? Mind set ? Like being on another planet, so just do it ? Night and day , you won't regret it...
Written 7 August 2021
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maryricketts@gmail.com
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The Salt River Canyon is one of the most beautiful drives in the country. I have been in the mountains of Colorado and Utah and this drive rivals any of those. What tops it off is the walk to the water and the bridge.
Written 12 July 2021
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Gwen C
Prescott, AZ606 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
This is a beautiful drive through the canyons and mountains from Globe to Lake Roosevelt. Amazing boulders and vistas and views. We drove on a Tuesday and had the hwy to ourselves.
Written 16 May 2021
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Amazing views. When I made the drive last year I just wanted to get home so I didn't stop at any of the pullouts. This time I did. However, I did avoid the rest stop at the bottom because it looked closed. Other reviewers say you can still park there and walk down to the water. I wish I had done that. Many years ago I did this drive at night. I do NOT recommend that. Gotta do it in the daytime.
Written 21 April 2021
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