Here you will find some of our recommended Southern Arizona back roads with links to more information. But first, there are a few things you might consider.

Southern Arizona back roads are generally scenic and most will also transport you back in history a hundred years or more. Many of our recommended back roads are paved. Some are not.

Our featured unpaved roads are usually passable in a standard sedan. However, they are usually washboards when dry, and muddy, flooded, or otherwise impassable during and immediately after a rain.

Arizona has a ‘Stupid Motorist’ law. If you’re stupid enough to drive into a flooded wash (that is usually a dry or shallow stream bed), the authorities will pull you out, but you will pay for this very expensive service. I have assured the authorities that this website has no stupid motorists.

Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to check on road conditions before heading out. If you want to visit a museum, also check to see if they will be open.

U.S. Forest Service Current Weather & Road Conditions
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Online or 5-1-1.

Start your tour with a full tank of gas and don’t let the tank get below 1/4. Sometimes it’s a long way between gas stations.

Take your mobile device. Make sure the battery is charged and stays charged.

In the back county, DO NOT rely on your navigation device. Take a real map, with back road details. I’ve been on unpaved roads where Google couldn’t find its hind end with two hands and a compass.

Take water or juices and some snacks just in case.

Tell a friend where you’re going and when you expect to return. If you’re running late, call that friend so they don’t panic and call ‘Search & Rescue’.

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Get out of your car occasionally. Take some photos. Use binoculars or a spotting scope to spot a few rare birds. Meet some interesting folks along the way.

Find a pleasant picnic area and enjoy the good life.

Watch out for bicyclists. Give them plenty of passing room.

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