State Route 61 and 64 in Arizona

By | October 18, 2022

State Route 61 in Arizona

Get started Show Low
End New Mexico state line
Length 77 mi
Length 123 km

St Johns

New Mexico NM-53

State Route 61 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road forms a north-south route in the east of the state, from US 60 near Show Low through St. Johns to the New Mexico state border. State Route 61 is 123 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

State Route 61 west of St. Johns.

About 12 miles east of Show Low, State Route 61 branches off from US 60 and then heads northeast through a flat desert area. Roads are hardly crossed, the only noteworthy place on the route is the village of St. Johns. West of St. Johns is a short double numbering with US 180 and north of St. Johns with US 191. State Route 61 leads through a desolate and remote desert area, with few elevation changes. More than 70 kilometers after St. Johns you reach the border with the state of New Mexico, after which State Route 53 continues in New Mexico towards Zuni.


State Route 61 was added to the network of state routes in Arizona in 1935. The road has little importance for through traffic, and State Route 61 has therefore not been developed to a high standard anywhere. The road lifts along US 191 north of St. Johns, the only major town on the route.

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Traffic intensities

Every day, 1,200 to 1,500 vehicles drive between US 60 and St. Johns and only 300 vehicles on the border with the state of New Mexico.

State Route 64 in Arizona

Get started Williams
End Cameron
Length 108 mi
Length 174 km

Grand Canyon


State Route 64 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road connects along the Grand Canyon in the north of the state, from Williams north to the Grand Canyon, then parallel to the Grand Canyon to Cameron. State Route 64 is 174 kilometers long.

Travel directions

State Route 64 near Williams.

State Route 64 begins at Williams on Interstate 40, about 31 miles west of Flagstaff. The road then heads north at an altitude of 1,800 to 2,100 meters over a plateau. To the east is a mountain range with Humphreys Peak below, the highest mountain in Arizona at 3,850 meters. The road leads mostly through desert area with hardly any vegetation. There are actually no places on the route up to the Grand Canyon, but there is the airport of Valle. From here to the Grand Canyon, US 180 also runs on State Route 64. The Grand Canyon is reached about 90 kilometers after Williams.

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is wooded with scrub and trees, and State Route 64 gives access to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is the most frequented by tourists. State Route 64 turns east here and runs parallel to the Grand Canyon, partly right along the precipices with spectacular views. There are 6 points where you have a view of the Grand Canyon directly from State Route 64. Elsewhere, the road descends a little further from the canyon.

After the Desert View Watchtower, State Route 64 curves south and then heads back through the desert, further away from the Grand Canyon. The road here gradually descends to about 1,300 meters at Cameron where the road ends at US 89.


State Route 64 was added to the network of state routes in Arizona in 1932, serving as a north-south connection from Williams to the Grand Canyon. In 1935 the route was extended east along the Grand Canyon to Cameron. In 1961, State Route 64 was extended further to the New Mexico state border via Tuba City. However, in 1965, the portion from Teec Nos Pos to the New Mexico border was renumbered State Route 504 (and US 64 in 1987 ). In 1965, the portion of US 89 to Teec Nos Pos was also renumbered, first as US 164 and since 1969 as US 160.

Beginning in the early 20th century, the Grand Canyon Village was developed by the federal government’s National Park Service. The first hotel opened in 1905, and in 1909 a railroad opened as the Grand Canyon Railway. In 1919, the Grand Canyon National Park was created. The area was further developed from 1924 under a master plan. In the early 1930s, State Route 64 was constructed as a tarmac road from Williams (on US 66) to the Grand Canyon. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the most visited by tourists, who drive there via State Route 64.

Traffic intensities

The view from Yaki Point on State Route 64.

Every day, 5,000 to 7,000 vehicles drive between Williams and the Grand Canyon. The section that runs parallel to the Grand Canyon to Cameron is less crowded with 2,500 vehicles per day.

State Route 64 in Arizona