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The most dramatic section of former Rt 666 is known today as the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway. Our Route 666 Run is a magnificent 265 mile ride on one of the most scenic stretches of American tarmac, in commemoration of the birth and death of the once legendary Devil’s Highway.
JOIN the 8th run on Saturday, May 31, 2014 !
* U.S. Rt 666 was first commissioned in 1926 with a northern terminus of Cortez, CO.
* The signage arrived to Arizona in 1938, stretching to Douglas. 30 miles of it overlapped US 66.
* 1985 marked the end of U.S. Route 66 designation, leaving U.S. 666 an orphan.
* Dislike of the reference to the antichrist, street signs were stolen at a faster pace than they could be replaced, rerouting, and complaints from superstitious drivers were a few of the reasons that lead to the gradual cessation of Route 666.
* Arizona changed the numbering to U.S. 191 in 1993.
* On May 31. 2003, U.S. Route 666 officially became extinct, leaving legends, scenic miles and the nickname “The Devil’s Highway” for posterity.
* The 8th Annual Route 666 Run takes place on May 31, 2014. The ride is scheduled for the memorable May date, the official end of an era with the Devil on the road.
The 265 mile long Devil’s Highway Run covers the most scenic stretch of the former Rt 666, which is actually one of the finest rides in the entire US.
Distance: 265 mi
Elevation variation 6,000 ft
Number of curves 1,000 The Rt 666 Run starts/ends in Springerville, AZ with the southern most point at Three Way, AZ. The ride loops clockwise, so we’ll go downhill through the broad sweepers of NM Rt 180 and we’ll enjoy the switchbacks of AZ Rt 191 going uphill:
- Rt 191 South (AZ) Alpine
- Rt 180 (NM) Luna, Alma
- Rt 78 (NM, AZ) Mule Creek, Three Way
- Rt 191 North (AZ) Clifton, Morenci, Hannagan Meadow, Alpine, Springerville
As the elevation profile hints, plenty of fun awaits you during this ride. Some say that this section of the road has 1100 curves in 95 miles. The final count is up to you, but don’t expect a fast paced ride. The Clifton – Alpine leg takes over 3 hours to complete.
Riders meeting /
registration: 8:30 - 9:30 AM May 31st (Saturday) ’14
Meeting point: Java Blues Café on Main Street, Springerville. Download coupon for a free biscotti at Java Blues.
Ride departs: After you register
Registration is required only for drawing participation, not for the ride.
Rode Inn provides discount rates for those participating in the Route 666 Run.
Call 928 333-4365 and mention Route 666 Run when making your reservation.
Upscale lodges, B&B’s and cabins are available in Greer More info
Campgrounds are also widely available. More info
How to get there:
The rides to and from Springerville also have plenty of scenic miles in either direction.
- Hgwy 60 via Globe and Salt River Canyon to Carrizo Jct.
- Rt 73 from Carrizo Jct. to Hon Dah
- Rt 260 from Hon Dah to Springerville
- Rt 260 from Springerville to Payson
- Rt 87 from Payson to Phoenix
Good to know:
Alma Store and Grill is a good pit stop on the NM side. All participants receive a free bottled water with fuel purchase, plus 10cents off posted price, plus 10% discount at the Grill!. See the menu.You must get gas in Clifton/MorenciThere is no gas for more than 90 miles between Clifton and Alpine and the road climbs from 3464 ft to 9092 ft.Be cautious of possible gravel or stones on the road!!!