21605 N 7th Avenue, Phoenix Arizona 85027
Named for area hot springs used for medicinal purposes in the late 1880s and early 1900s, the route begins about an hour west of Phoenix near the Gila Compressor Station (about 14 miles south of Arlington), and traverses a natural Sonoran Desert area formed by the Yellow Medicine Hills and the Gila Bend Mountains. The rugged Eagletail Mountain Wilderness and Saddle Mountain areas loom to the north; Face Mountain is south. The maintained, mostly-dirt road passes the ghost town of Sundad (visitors must hike over or use a four-wheel drive); hilly parts of the route offer expansive desert views of plains and mountains. The southern part of the route features the Sentinel Plain Lava Flow. The stark landscape of 15-45 meter-thick lava is the largest volcanic flow in the state. Other points of interest include several old mine sites in Sundad, and the Jackpot and Dixie Mines. Traveling this route is recommended October through May only due to extreme conditions.
Other Highways, Byways, and Scenic Drives nearby:
(Phoenix) Agua Caliente
10/01 Coming to The Phoenix area
National Festival of the West Scottsdale AZ March21-24 Nation Festival of the West is the country's largest celebration of the Old West and the American Cowboy.
Arizona Renaissance Festival Apache Junction AZ March30-31 In addition to village street and pathway events, the Festival has twelve stages of ongoing shows performing every half-hour. From the daily opening ceremony to the closing cannon shot, every Festival minute and every Festival acre is filled with mirth, merriment and marketplace exhibitions.
Marana Main Street Festival Marana AZ April6 Located downtown at Marana Main Street and Civic Center Drive, between the Marana Municipal Complex and the Marana Health Center. There will be:
Concert (Saturday night),
Pancake breakfast (Sunday), and
RV boondocking (Friday-Sunday).
10th Annual Polish Festival Phoenix AZ April13-14 Authentic Polish food, beef, raffle, live entertainment, fun activities for kids.
Prickly Pear Festival Superior AZ August24 The historic copper mining town of Superior hosts a new prickly pear festival featuring a morning “how to pick and juice ‘em” class by Jean Groen.