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Old 11-27-2020, 05:38 PM   #1
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Question Route in Arizona?

Question about traveling in Arizona: Leaving Mesa, headed to Lordsburg, NM. Garmin has one route headed west on US 60 to I-10, then I-10 to Tucson, I-10 all the way to Lordsburg. Route 2 goes EAST from Mesa on US 60, then pick up US 70 headed SE all the way to Lordsburg. I've been on the I-10 route before, the US 60 & US 70 route is a new one to me, but is about 50 miles shorter. Any thoughts on one over the other?
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A couple of years ago came down from Payson to Highway 60 at Globe and grabbed 70 over to Lordsburg ... was in a Tiffin Breeze with a toad then ... it was a pleasant trip. Did that in October as I recall.
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haven't been on 70 but we've done 60 between Mesa and Globe. as i recall it's 2-lane road a bit east of Apache Junction. a bit west of Globe i recall a fairly steep, curvy climb. it's been a few years so... the climb was certainly impossible or even difficult...but it's there. traffic on 60 also tends to go fast. if you have the time take a recon drive down 60 to Globe and judge for yourself.

if you do the recon drive in a 4WD toad you might consider returning to Mesa via the Apache Trail. take AZ188 west from US60 (a bit west of Globe) to AZ88 west at Roosevelt Dam. if 88 is open it's a very nice drive which will end at The Apache Trail in AJ which becomes Main Street in Mesa. Tortilla Flat is a great spot for lunch. The trail does close at times..it is not paved hence the recommendation for a 4WD vehicle...so if you decide to drive it be sure the entire length is open before starting.
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We were out there this past spring and Rt. 60 was closed going east out there somewhere around Superior. Check to see if it's opened back up.
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I'd go 60/70. It's a beautiful drive. You'll have an uphill on 60 but very doable. 60 is a major highway so I doubt it's still closed from the past spring as someone mentioned.

The Apache Trail was closed the last I looked... spring/summer, I believe but that also may be open. It's a great trip with a 4x4 but it doesn't seem you have one.
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I traveled 60 to 70 through Safford within the past 5 days. There is loose chat on 70 for miles northwest of Safford. I got 2 windshield chips. The repair shop in Safford told me that the chat is good for their business. For that reason I'd stick with the other option.
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