A view from the AZ-78 overlook. The picture doesn’t do the view justice. You have to see it for yourself!
AZ/NM-78 is 35 mi west of Safford, AZ. It was our favorite ride in the area. We didn’t ride too many different roads while we were in Safford because it took a lot of time just to get to any road. We won’t stay in Safford again for that reason. The road surface on AZ-78 is pretty smooth but bumpy in some sections. The scenery is awesome, and there are many challenging curves with little traffic and it is a fun ride. We could lean our bikes over in the curves, always a plus. The road consists of 15 miles in AZ and 10 miles in NM.
NM-78 dead ends at US-180. US-180 north of NM-78 is supposed to be a good road to ride. We did not get the opportunity to ride it. We would have needed to leave super early and have a plan for getting back late to Safford for that ride. The detailed route for riding AZ-78/NM-78 is shown below:
Go to the Three Way intersection stop sign (route described in a previous post).
Straight onto AZ-78. Go 15 mi.
Straight onto NM-78. Go 10 mi.
Turn around when NM-78 dead ends at US-180 and return to the Three Way intersection. Get a drink at the Three Way store. You earned it! The map is shown below.