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Old 12-01-2019, 09:19 PM   #1
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Mesa to Holbrook to I-40 East

What is the best route from Mesa to Holbrook, AZ? I'm trying to avoid Flagstaff due to the elevation difference. Rt. 60 looks like there is a nasty set of switch backs around the Salt River. How bad are they? Planned time of travel around April 1st.
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87/260/277/377/77

done it several times in our 35' and now 40' gas MH towing our jeep suv. some climbs and descents but doable. figure 2-2.5 hours. way faster than i-17. your gps or google maps will guide you.
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I, personally would not recommend going through the Salt River Canyon. I would go up through Payson.
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agree. that's the route i suggested.
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We've gone all above ways... I-17, Hwy 87 and Salt River Canyon.

We really enjoy Salt River Canyon.

... not sure what your concern is of 'elevation' of Flagstaff. All three routes have you going 'up'.
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We had no problems at all navigating I-17 from Phoenix to Flagstaff. Yes the elevation at Flagstaff is considerably higher than Phoenix, but for the most part its a gradual climb and our Class C did just fine.

By the way, there is an RV campground about an hour south of Flagstaff called Distant Drums that is incredibly nice with lots of amenities and very reasonable prices. Its on our list of the best campgrounds we've ever stayed at.
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We've gone all above ways... I-17, Hwy 87 and Salt River Canyon.

We really enjoy Salt River Canyon.

... not sure what your concern is of 'elevation' of Flagstaff. All three routes have you going 'up'.
suggested route 87.... cuts 1 hour based on Google maps and also concerned about snow the higher up I go.
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In April you won't have snow at Flagstaff - would be very, very rare. We've boondocked in April.

If you haven't spent time in Sedona that would make a nice stop. Dead Horse Ranch State Park is awesome and makes a nice short day trip to Sedona.

Regardless, any route is good. Enjoy!
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All routes take you up to 7,000'+ elevation. 17 keeps you on interstate multi lane roads. Payson route from Heber to Holbrook has some very narrow 2 lane with no shoulders. Salt River route is windy. All are doable, just pick your favorite poison.
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