State Route 266, 273, 277, 287 and 288 in Arizona
State Route 266 in Arizona
|Get started||Fort Grant|
State Route 266 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road forms an east-west route through the southeastern part of the state, between Fort Grant and US 191 south of Safford. State Route 266 is 31 kilometers long.
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State Route 266 begins on the access road to Fort Grant, a desert prison. The road heads east and passes through the southern part of the Pinaleño Mountains. The road itself rises to approximately 1,700m, with the 3,267m Mount Graham to the north. You then enter a second valley, where the road ends 25 kilometers south of Safford on US 191.
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In 1872, the United States Army built Fort Grant to protect civilians from Native American attacks. In 1905, the military left Fort Grant, and Arizona became the 48th state in 1912 and a school was established there. In 1968 Fort Grant was granted as a future prison. State Route 266 was previously assigned to Fort Grant road in 1957. The prison became operational in 1973.
Every day, 300 vehicles use State Route 266.
State Route 273 in Arizona
|Get started||Big Lake|
State Route 273 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road forms a short north-south route in the east of the state, in the White Mountains.
State Route 273 begins at a recreation area of Big Lake. From here, Three Forks Road continues to Alpine, but is unpaved. The road heads in a northwesterly direction, fairly uniformly at approximately 2,800 meters above sea level. Near Crescent Lake, State Route 261 branches off toward Eagar. Further on there is access to a ski area. The road then ends well east of McNary on State Route 260.
State Route 273 was created in 1957 and is primarily important for tourism, with no site on or off the route, but the recreation areas around Big Lake and Crescent Lake, as well as the Sunrise Park Resort, one of the few ski areas in Arizona.
Every day, 300 to 400 vehicles drive on State Route 273. During the winter, the road is sometimes busier due to traffic to the Sunrise Park Resort.
State Route 277 in Arizona
State Route 277 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road forms an east-west connection in the east of the state, between Heber and Snowflake. The road is 49 kilometers long.
State Route 277 begins in Heber, a village with many scattered settlements, where it intersects State Route 260. The road leads first in a northeasterly direction, later in an easterly direction over a high plateau. The first part leads through wooded areas, but turns into barren desert. State Route 277 ends in the village of Snowflake on State Route 77.
State Route 277 was created in 1962. The road is of secondary importance.
Every day 1,400 vehicles drive at Heber and 1,000 vehicles continue to Snowflake.
State Route 287 in Arizona
|Get started||Casa Grande|
State Route 287 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road forms an east-west route in the center of the state, between Casa Grande and Florence, south of Phoenix. State Route 287 is 52 kilometers long.
State Route 287 begins in downtown Casa Grande, a small town halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. The road forms Florence Boulevard, a five-lane road with a center turn lane. There are several strip malls along the road. On the east side of Casa Grande it connects with Interstate 10. The road then continues east for 10 miles through an area of irrigated agriculture, after which the road north is double-numbered with State Route 87 through the town of Coolidge. From there the road continues eastwards and ends at Florence on State Route 79.
State Route 287 was assigned to the Coolidge-Florence road in 1932 and was a dirt road at the time. The road was paved shortly afterwards. In 1958, State Route 287 was extended to Casa Grande. The road runs through a somewhat fragmented urban area between Phoenix and Tucson.
Every day, 20,000 to 26,000 vehicles pass through Casa Grande and 5,000 continue on to the SR-87. 12,000 vehicles drive daily from Coolidge to Florence.
State Route 288 in Arizona
|Get started||Theodore Roosevelt Lake|
State Route 288 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road forms a mountain route in the east of the state and is mostly unpaved. The road connects the remote village of Young to the rest of Arizona. State Route 288 is 85 kilometers long.
State Route 288 begins east of Theodore Roosevelt Lake at an intersection with State Route 188. The road leads around the east side of the reservoir and then into the mountains. The asphalt ends fairly quickly, the rest of the route is alternately a dirt road or gravel road. The road is winding, narrow and poorly constructed, but leads through spectacular mountain scenery. The dirt road rises to a maximum of 2,000 meters above sea level. The last few kilometers to the hamlet of Young are asphalted again.
State Route 288 was created in 1960. Young is one of the few places in Arizona that cannot be reached on tarmac roads. The road is difficult for regular cars during bad weather.
Every day 100 vehicles use State Route 288.