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Old 05-07-2019, 12:19 PM   #1
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Mesa to Interstate 40

Wondering what is the best route from Mesa Az to Interstate 40. Final destination is Amarillo Tx. Thanks all!
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The scenic route would be to go north through Payson, AZ to Holbrook, AZ, then east on 40.

The quicker route would be to go up 17 to Flagstaff, then east on 40.
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:40 PM   #3
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I-17 to I-40 is how I would go
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We are looking at 87 to Winslow..is it RV friendly?
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Not too excited about going back through Phoenix
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We drive Payson to Holbrook every year a few hills and part is two lane road, but not bad. Skip
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Hello,

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We just drove from Mesa to Albuquerque last month. We like the scenic route without all the truckers to contend with. We take 60 all the way through Show Low, up through Quemado and through the El Malpias National monument. If your looking to stop there's Joe Skeen Campground which is a free BLM managed campground is just a few minutes off the highway https://www.blm.gov/visit/el-malpais-nca The campground is not very far from I-40 maybe 30-45 minutes, I don't think they have hook ups. It's a beautiful drive though the national conservation and only about 1.5 hours from Albuquerque.

That's the way we take every time. It may seem longer distance but it ends up being a shorter time and a much prettier drive.

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Is Hwy 101a really busy road? Thinking of taking it over to 17.
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We always go over Usery pass to the Bush Highway then 87 to 260 to 377.
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We drive Payson to Holbrook every year a few hills and part is two lane road, but not bad. Skip
Skip which one, I-17 or payson to Holbrook?
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We take 87 to Payson, (turn right at McDonalds) that will put you on 260 to 277 then 377 to Holbrook. Driving on I-17 to Flagstaff is about 100 miles longer. Skip
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I should have stated earlier I am driving a 34 ft. Class A pulling a toad
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welcome to my neck of the woods!

it has been stated several times. az-87 to payson, az-260 to heber, az-277 and az-377 to holbrook where you will meet i-40. az-87 to payson is a full 4 lane divided hwy. it is a great road. the rest is mostly 2 lane undivided hwy but there are many passing lanes. this route is the shortest route out of phoenix to i-40 east. it is traveled by all types of rv's and commercial trucks.

there will be some grades both up and down. but realize that you are leaving the phoenix area at about 1300 feet in elevation and you will be going up to the colorado plateau at over 7000 feet. if you were to take I-17 going through flagstaff you would have the same issues. flagstaff is over 7000 feet. there is one longer downgrade on az-87 just after mt ord. use your gears to descend not your brakes. but this entire route is traveled by motor homes and trailers constantly. you will just fine!

one final note. the speed limit on az-87 is 65 and it is heavily patrolled by the highway patrol. watch your speed. also, plan your gas and biology breaks as there are a couple of stretches with no services for 50 miles or so.
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welcome to my neck of the woods!

it has been stated several times. az-87 to payson, az-260 to heber, az-277 and az-377 to holbrook where you will meet i-40. az-87 to payson is a full 4 lane divided hwy. it is a great road.
Took these shots coming from Holbrook to Yuma last June on AZ-87...

Stopped at one of the brake check points at the top for a break...and a sandwich!
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Payson to Holbrook it is...Thanks all!!!
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We take 87 to Payson, (turn right at McDonalds) that will put you on 260 to 277 then 377 to Holbrook. Driving on I-17 to Flagstaff is about 100 miles longer. Skip
Ok so skip I-17 in favor of the payson route - thanks
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We just made the trip from Holbrook to Mesa 377-277-260-87 a couple of weeks ago it was a nice drive.
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