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Phoenix to Silver City N.M.

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Phoenix to Silver City N.M.

Please can you suggest some interesting stops along Highway 70 between Phoenix and Silver City, New Mexico.

We have a full day for the journey (except for a quick supermarket stop to purchase a cooler and supplies).

We (2 adults and 16 yr old daughter) will be travelling in August 2013.

Many thanks

Ewell

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1. Re: Phoenix to Silver City N.M.

It's quicker to take I-10 to Lordsburg to reach Silver from Phoenix, but I assume you're looking for the scenic route. If that's true, consider taking Route 78 over the mountains. From US 70, you turn left onto US 191 north just east of Safford toward Clifton then, at the stop sign, you go straight (US 191 turns left) to AZ 78. Lots of switchbacks and high drop-offs, so it's not for everyone, but it's an absolutely gorgeous drive with very low traffic. Mileage-wise, I believe it's also actually shorter.

Between Phoenix and Safford, I don't know that there's anything specific where you can stop, aside from some minor attractions in Globe (click the blue link for info on those) and the casino just east of Globe. US 60 through the Superstitions is very pretty, but can be a little stressful because it's two-lane and has quite a bit of traffic.

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2. Re: Phoenix to Silver City N.M.

In Globe is the Besh Ba Gowah archaeological site which has some interesting restored buildings quite different from those in other parts of the state. After that, not much. I would concentrate time on the area around Silver City. There is much to explore there, and it's cooler in the summer.

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3. Re: Phoenix to Silver City N.M.

If you are interested in desert flora, a stop at Thomson Arboretum just before Superior is a great place. It will not take too much time and is quite worth it. Also, if you take Arizona Route 78, when you reach the junction of 78 and US 180 turn left (north) for a few miles to the Leopold Vista. It is basically a rest stop but has a magnificent view of the mountains and wilderness area named after Leopold, an early environmentalist. You would arrive in the afternoon which is a great time to see the vista. You can then turn south on US 180 and reach Silver City.

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4. Re: Phoenix to Silver City N.M.

Many thanks for your responses.

Colinaz, we definitely are looking to take the scenic route so taking the 78 over the mountains sounds fantastic.We certainly don't mind switchbacks and drop-offs.

Bob B, pleased to say that we have scheduled 3 nights for Silver City - it does indeed look interesting, hoping to go to the Gila Cliff Dwellings and Glenwood Catwalk / Mogollon area if time permits.

CurtCamb - really love the suggestion for the Aboretum, that's just my thing! I have had a look online and will certainly allocate some time here. Will try to find the Leopold Vista when we go up to Glenwood.

Looking forward to returning to the States again this summer, it's really cold over here in the UK at the moment!

Ewell

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5. Re: Phoenix to Silver City N.M.

Agree for 78. Fantastic indeed. There are constructions at the Catwalk so keep an eye on the website. If you like steep and narrow mountain drives you'll enjoy the short trip to Mogollon for sure. Partly one lane and very steep.

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6. Re: Phoenix to Silver City N.M.

Driving AZ 78 is a great idea as you catch the southern tip of the Apache National Forest. There is a ranger station right at the junction of 191 and 78. If you stop in, they will give you some pointers on good spots to stop/take in.

On the NM side, when you get to the US 180 Junction and start heading south, you will be driving through a valley with mountains in the distance. I thought it was a very pretty drive. We did the Catwalk last year and really liked it. There is a trout hatchery at the turnoff in Glenwood, if you like that sort of thing. You can park at the gate and walk around the runways filled with fish. Also, there is a general store/gas station, that you should stop in as well. It's worth it to just poke your head in and look around.

When in Silver City, don't miss eating at Shevek & Co., great food and one of the better beer offerings you will find.

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7. Re: Phoenix to Silver City N.M.

Thanks for your replies - 2 more thumbs up for AZ78 so that's decided..

Tet, will recheck closer to the time about the catwalk. Mogollon looks like an adventure - I've been researching a little online so I have some idea what we are letting ourselves in for!

ericksonpa - Visited our 1st USA fish hatchery in Oregon last year and much to our suprise our daughter really enjoyed it, so we will try and stop by the one you suggest at Glenwood.

Thanks once again everyone.

Ewell

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