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Old 01-15-2019, 01:17 PM   #1
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Best route to Mesa

Planning a trip to Mesa in mid April.. Asking if it would be better to go south at Holbrook on 377 or go on to Winslow and take 87 south to Mesa. Thanks tor information. Looking forward to the trip..Any other information or advice is solicited and welcome!!!We are planning to stay at Mesa Regal..Thanks again!!
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Old 01-15-2019, 02:02 PM   #2
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I don't have any opinion about taking 377 vs 87 both have some pretty scenery. I would caution you against taking 60 between Show low and Globe. Going through the Salt River Canyon in your Georgetown would not be my idea of fun.

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either works. the shorter route is to turn off at holbook on 377. this route is the shortest route from the phoenix / mesa area to I-40. it is two lane hwy with turnouts so expect some traffic. both routes will have some significant downgrades as you travel off the rim. both will get you to payson at which point you will take AZ 87 south to mesa. south of payson AZ 87 is a very good 4 lane divided highway, again with a couple of significant downgrades. if you take AZ 87 south from winslow it is a 2 lane highway similar to the route from holbrook. there is a downgrade on AZ 87 as you are coming off the rim and approaching strawberry / pine that has a curve that is posted at 20 mph. we take it in our 16,0000 lb 40+ft fifth wheel without a problem. just shift to a low gear and take you time. none of the downgrades or curves would restrict travel on any of these roads. please note that we have seen highway patrol and / or reservation police on AZ 87 between mesa and payson every time we have traveled it. they are on the other roads also. enjoy!
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We have driven from Holbrook to Payson to Mesa several times with no issues. Enjoy the drive. Skip
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Thank you all very much!!!!!!!
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I don't have any opinion about taking 377 vs 87 both have some pretty scenery. I would caution you against taking 60 between Show low and Globe. Going through the Salt River Canyon in your Georgetown would not be my idea of fun.

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Going through Salt River Canyon on 60 is a beautiful scenic drive. Agreed, may not be great in the Georgetown, but just wanted to add for others reading this that 60 offers gorgeous scenery.
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We have driven from Holbrook to Payson to Mesa several times with no issues. Enjoy the drive. Skip
I've done that one twice last year.

Awesome drive!
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377/260/87 into Mesa shaves off taking I40 to the I-17 thru Phoenix. The roads are well marked. Take it easy on the grades, they can be daunting, views incredible. Just beware of the weather as it can be finicky in the spring. It is high desert/mountainous and will snow or freeze. Well worth the trip. Enjoy!

Big beware, try to avoid I-40 to Payson at dusk at that time of year. There are a LOT of elk, and they seem to like headlights!
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If you go through Winslow, you can stop by that famous corner we have almost all sung, or heard or hummed at some point in the past! Standin' on The Corner!
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If you go through Winslow, you can stop by that famous corner we have almost all sung, or heard or hummed at some point in the past! Standin' on The Corner!
Ditto on “The Corner” in Winslow. Fun stop, excellent Mexican food across the street & west of the statues. Lots of signs directing you to the spot!
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Oops, my post should read “try to avoid 377/260 into Payson at dusk”. The elk and deer tend to become somewhat suicidal and like to get on the roads!
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