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Swift Trail

Southside District

AZ Hwy. 366
Safford, AZ 85548
United States

Phone: (928) 428-4150


The Swift Trail Parkway, added to Arizona's long list of scenic byways in 1992, follows Route 366 out of Swift Trail Junction. Its 32 mile climb twists and turns over 7500 feet in elevation on the way toward Mount Graham. Located in the Coronado National Forest, this biologically, isolated region of the Pinaleno Mountains provides a collection of highly adaptive plants and animals. Two of the most interesting standouts along the route include a stand of the oldest conifer trees in the Southwest, as well as the endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel. Located about a half hour from I-10's Exit 352, the byway leads to Riggs Lake and Riggs Flat Campground. Byway travelers may stop at Riggs Lake to enjoy a picnic lunch, fishing, hiking, backpacking, and plenty of scenic views.

928-428-4150, on AZ Hwy. 366, near Safford. U.S. Forest Service facility, open 24 hours during summer. Closed for snow mid-October to mid-April. Birding along the switchbacks of this mountain road can be surprising, especially good for warblers. There are many pull-outs and camping areas in a wide range of habitats as you climb from 3,000 to 10,000 feet along the 32-mile road.

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