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US 60

In Arizona, US 60 runs from rural western AZ near Quartzsite to New Mexico. US 60 is a pretty major cross-country highway that runs from AZ to Virginia. US 60 used to run all the way to Los Angeles, however I-10 took over most of its route past Arizona.


Length: 2,655 miles in total, 369 miles in Arizona
Existed since: 1926 nationally, 1931 in Arizona
Current Route in Arizona: I-10 east of Quartzsite to New Mexico state line
Historical Route in Arizona: California state line in Ehrenberg to New Mexico state line
Current Route Nationally: Near Quartzsite, AZ to Virginia Beach, VA
Historical Route Nationally: Los Angeles, CA to Virginia Beach, VA
Major Junctions: I-10, AZ 72, AZ 71, US 93, AZ 74, Loop 303, Loop 101, I-17, AZ 143, AZ 87, Loop 202, AZ 88, AZ 79, AZ 177, AZ 188, US 70, AZ 77, AZ 73, AZ 260, AZ 61, US 180, US 191


Cool Features

US 60 east of Phoenix has many mountainous segments. There are many cool bridges, tunnels, winding curves, and views. The highway is named the Gila Pinal Scenic Road likely for its scenic views in both Gila and Pinal Counties.

Gila Pinal Scenic Road sign
5/15/2022 - Gila Pinal Scenic Road sign on US 60.
Historic Queen Creek Tunnel
11/26/2022 - 1952 Queen Creek Tunnel on US 60.

US 60 is also named in memory of Governor Rose Mofford east of Phoenix.

Governor Rose Mofford Memorial Highway sign
5/15/2022 - Governor Rose Mofford Memorial Highway sign on US 60.

One of the cool bridges on US 60 was the 1949 award winning Pinto Creek Bridge. You can view images of it on Arizona Roads. However, in 2021 ADOT has replaced the bridge with a modern bridge as the old one had reached the end of its useful life. You can see pictures of the new bridge here on the ADOT Flickr:
US 60 and Pinto Creek Bridge_082621

Between State Route 79 and the town of Superior, there is an exempt railroad crossing on US 60.

Exempt railroad crossing warning signs
5/15/2022 - The warning signs for the railroad crossing ahead.
Exempt railroad crossing
5/15/2022 - The railroad crossing.

US 60, along with SR 77 goes through Salt River Canyon. The old bridge pictured below was replaced by the new, wider bridge in the late 90s. The old bridge is now a pedestrian bridge.

Salt River Canyon
11/26/2022 - View of the Salt River Canyon.
Old Salt River Canyon Bridge
11/26/2022 - View of the old bridge over Salt River Canyon.

Related Routes

US 60X

US 60X is an unsigned route, listed by ADOT as two separate segments. Both of these segments are portions of the original alignment of US 60 through the Phoenix area. The first US 60X segment begins at Exit 160 on Grand Avenue and follows it southeast, ending at the intersection with 18th Ave and Willetta St. The second segment of US 60X is in Mesa and runs along Main St/Apache Trail from Sossaman Rd to Meridian Dr. An interesting feature of these segments is that they have mile markers posted, likely from the previous US 60 alignment.

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Significant Intersection/Exit List

Exit/
Mile
Eastbound Exits
Read down
Westbound Exits
Read up
31 JCT I-10
49 AZ 72 WEST
Parker
74 ENTERING
Maricopa County
ENTERING
La Paz County
86 AZ 71 NORTH
Prescott
110 US 93 NORTH
Kingman
Las Vegas
120 AZ 74 EAST
138 JCT AZ 303
142 Bell Road Bell Road
LEFT EXIT LEFT EXIT
148 AZ 101 SOUTH
149 AZ 101 NORTH
157 43rd Ave
Camelback Rd
43rd Ave
Camelback Rd
160 27th Ave
TO Thomas Rd
27th Ave
TO Thomas Rd
JCT I-17
171 ◊ HOV EXIT
WEST
Phoenix
EAST
Tucson
LEFT EXIT
WEST
Phoenix
172 Priest Dr
173 Mill Ave
Arizona State University
- Tempe
Mill Ave
Arizona State University
- Tempe
174 Rural Rd Rural Rd
175 McClintock Dr McClintock Dr
176A AZ 101 SOUTH
AZ 101 SOUTH
176B AZ 101 NORTH
AZ 101 NORTH
177 Dobson Rd
Mesa Comm College
Dobson Rd
Mesa Comm College
178 Alma School Rd Alma School Rd
179 AZ 87
Country Club Dr
Chandler
Downtown Mesa
Community Center
AZ 87
Country Club Dr
Chandler
Downtown Mesa
Community Center
180 Mesa Dr
Maricopa CO SE Complex
Mesa Dr
Maricopa CO SE Complex
181 Stapley Dr Stapley Dr
182 Gilbert Rd
Gilbert
Gilbert Rd
Gilbert
184 Val Vista Dr Val Vista Dr
185 Greenfield Rd Greenfield Rd
Gilbert Riparian Preserve Gilbert Riparian Preserve
186 Higley Rd Higley Rd
187 Superstition Springs Blvd
188 Power Rd Power Rd
189 Sossaman Rd
190A AZ 202 NORTH
AZ 202 NORTH
190B AZ 202 SOUTH
AZ 202 SOUTH
191 Ellsworth Rd Ellsworth Rd
192 Crismon Rd Crismon Rd
193 Signal Butte Rd Signal Butte Rd
194 Meridian Rd ENTERING
Maricopa County
ENTERING
Pinal County
195 Ironwood Dr Ironwood Dr
196 AZ 88 EAST
Idaho Rd
AZ 88 EAST
Idaho Rd
197 Tomahawk Rd Tomahawk Rd
198 Goldfield Rd Goldfield Rd
199 FREEWAY ENDS Old West Hwy
212 AZ 79 SOUTH
Florence
AZ 79 SOUTH
Florence
227 AZ 177 SOUTH
Kearny
Winkelman
AZ 177 SOUTH
Kearny
Winkelman
236 ENTERING
Gila County
ENTERING
Pinal County
247 AZ 188 NORTH
Kearny
Winkelman
252 JCT US 70 EAST AZ 77
Show Low
Springerville
Tucson
Safford
316 ENTERING
Navajo County
ENTERING
Gila County
318 AZ 73 SOUTH
Fort Apache
White River
Fort Apache Natl Historic Park
340 AZ 260 WEST
Overgaard
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
341 AZ 260 EAST
Pinetop-Lakeside
342 AZ 77 NORTH
Holbrook
352 ENTERING
Apache County
ENTERING
Navajo County
353 AZ 61 EAST
St Johns
384 US 180 WEST US 191 NORTH
St Johns
Lyman Lake State Park
388 US 180 EAST US 191 SOUTH
Alpine
401 New Mexico State Line

Page last updated: 11/26/2022