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General Information: This drive takes you all the way around Arizona's highest mountain, winding through a land of pine forests and aspen groves, open prairies and rustic homesteads. Anytime is a good time to enjoy this drive, although the roads are closed through much of the winter (you might want to ski or snowmobile it then).

In the spring, wildflowers follow the retreating snow up the mountain. They color the meadows and decorate the forests reaching a climax just as summer comes to a close. Autumn then turns the mountain to gold, filling forest roads and trails with visitors come to enjoy the colorful display.

There are a number of places along this route where you can stop to take a hike, enjoy a lunch or even set up a primitive camp. That way you can take more than one day to do this drive or combine it with one or more of the other scenic drives in the vicinity of the San Francisco Peaks.

Road Conditions: FR's 418 and 151 are graveled and suitable for passenger cars in most weather. They are impassable for much of the winter, however.

Elevation: 9,000 Feet

Elevation Gain: 2,000 Feet

Distance: 44 Miles

Directions: From Flagstaff, Drive northeast 14 miles on US 89 to FR 418. Turn west 12 miles to FR 151, then south 8 miles to US 180. It's 9.5 miles back to Flagstaff.

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Coconino National Forest

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Telephone Number: 928-527-3600
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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