Desert to Tall Pines – Part 3

Back in April we spent a weekend exploring some of Rim Road, and then down Desert to Tall Pines Scenic Byway south to Roosevelt Lake.

In this video we explore the east side of Roosevelt Lake on Forest Service Rd 60 (A-Cross Rd.). We started at Willow, and ended over at Gardens East.  The road straight thru is about 30 miles in length, but with the various side roads to explore took us most of the day and we probably ended up with about 50 miles on the odometer.

The lake itself was created by the construction of the dam in 1911, making it the oldest artificial reservoir in Arizona.

 

 

Desert to Tall Pines – Part 2

Back in April we spent a weekend exploring some of Rim Road, and then down Desert to Tall Pines Scenic Byway south to Roosevelt Lake.

In this video we head down Desert to Tall Pines, which is a National Scenic Byway ( read more here at Arizona Highways) and runs about 74 miles starting at State Route 260 near Payson to State Route 188 north of Globe, winds through ponderosa pines and grasslands before shifting abruptly to the saguaros of Arizona’s high desert.

We did take a detour while driving it to check our Cherry Creek Road, which is roughly 38 miles and runs parallel with the byway.  Unfortunately,  about 11 miles in on Cherry Creek the road was washed out and even a fewer of the narrow UTV’s didn’t attempt to pass it.  We opted to do the same and backtrack to the byway saving this for another day.

We ended out the day at one of the Roosevelt Lake overlooks.