US 60 in Arizona

US 60 in Arizona


US 60
Get started Quartz site
End Springerville
Length 369 mi
Length 594 km


Sun City




Superstition Freeway

171 → Phoenix / Tucson

172 Priest Drive

173 Mill Avenue

174 Rural Road

175 McClintock Drive

176 → Phoenix Beltway

177 Dobson Road

178 Alma School Road

179 Country Club Drive

180 Mesa Drive

181 Stapley Drive

182 Gilbert Road

184 Val Vista Drive

185 Greenfield Road

186 Higley Road

187 Superstition Springs Boulevard

188 Power Road

189 Sossaman Road

190 → Mesa Beltway

191 Ellsworth Road

192 Crismon Road

193 Signal Butte Road

195 Ironwood Drive

196 Idaho Road

197 Tomahawk Road

198 Goldfield Road

199 Old West Road


Show Low


New Mexico

US 60 is a US Highway in the US state of Arizona. The road forms an east-west junction in the state, spanning a portion west of the city of Phoenix and east of it. The portion west of it runs from Quartzsite at Interstate 10 through a remote desert area to Wickenburg and from there as a major main route to Phoenix. East of Phoenix, US 60 forms the Superstition Freeway and serves the huge suburb of Mesa. The highway section ends at Apache Junction and US 60 continues through mountainous terrain via Globe to the New Mexico border. The route is a total of 594 kilometers long.

Travel directions

Western Arizona

A little east of the town of Quartzsite, US 60 branches off from Interstate 10, the highway from Los Angeles to Phoenix. This area is a desolate desert with rugged mountains. The road heads northeast, more or less parallel to I-10, but some distance away. Parts of the desert have been irrigated to allow agriculture. There are only a few villages on the route to Wickenburg over a distance of 130 kilometres. At the village of Aguila, SR-71 turns off, a route that leads to the larger town of Prescott in the northeast. You then reach Wickenburg, a small town in the desert. From here US 93 goes to Kingman and Las Vegas, and US 60 will become a more important route for through traffic between Phoenix and Las Vegas. The road then has 2×2 lanes, but is not a highway. About 45 kilometers after Wickenburg you reach the first suburbs of Phoenix.


The Superstition Freeway in Phoenix.

In the west of the Phoenix metropolitan area, US 60 is a multi-lane highway, but not a freeway. The first suburb is the very fast-growing city of Surprise with 86,000 inhabitants. The US 60 is called the Grand Avenue here. You then enter the suburb Peoria, which has 142,000 inhabitants. Here one also crosses the SR-101, the outer ring of Phoenix. One then enters the suburb of Glendale, which has a population of 247,000. The suburbs in the desert cities are much larger than those in the eastern United States. One then reaches the city of Phoenix itself, which has one and a half million inhabitants. US 60 runs through Phoenix via Interstate 17 and Interstate 10.

At Tempe, a suburb of 170,000 people, US 60 branches off I-10 and forms an individual highway, the Superstition Freeway. The highway has 2×3 lanes, and runs due east. In the largest suburb of the United States, Mesa, one crosses SR-101, a beltway east of Phoenix. Mesa has 460,000 inhabitants. In Mesa, US 60 has 2×6 lanes. HOV lanes are also present here. After Mesa comes the suburb of Gilbert, which has 192,000 inhabitants. On the east side of Gilbert, one crosses SR-202, the ring road around Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler. The highway then continues for a few more miles until Apache Junction, where the road turns into a regular main road.

Eastern Arizona

East of the Phoenix metropolitan area, you quickly enter mountainous terrain, passing the town of Globe, where US 70 exits toward southern New Mexico. The area east of Arizona is sparsely populated, and domain of the Apache Indians. US 60 heads slightly northeast, crossing the New Mexico border just east of Springerville.


The Queen Creek Tunnel from 1952.

Originally, the western terminus of US 60 was in Springfield, Missouri. In 1932 this was extended to Arizona and further to Los Angeles. In the early 1960s, the part west of Quartzsite was replaced by the construction of Interstate 10, with which US 60 has started in Arizona ever since. The road has undergone relatively little modification throughout history, except in the Phoenix metropolitan area . Until the 1980s, US 60 handled all through traffic between Los Angeles and Phoenix, as I-10 west of Phoenix was not completed until 1972 and 1988. US 60 is the only US Highway serving Phoenix.

According to itypeusa, in 1926 the first Queen Creek Tunnel opened between Superior and Top-of-the-World. Between 1950 and 1952, a more modern road through the mountains was built that has a higher design speed. This project also included a new and longer Queen Creek Tunnel.

In 1949, a more modern route of US 60 opened between Top-of-the-World and Miami. This included the Pinto Creek Bridge, a heritage-listed arch bridge that received the award of ‘most beautiful steel bridge’ from the American Institute of Steel Construction when it opened. This bridge was replaced in 2019-2020. The bridge is the only road connection in the wider region, during the project there were short closures, during which traffic between Superior and Globe had to make a 120 kilometer detour via Winkelman.

Superstition Freeway

The Superstition Freeway runs through the major suburbs east of Phoenix and was built to keep up with growth eastward. The first section opened in 1970, then extended eastward during the 1970s and 1980s. A lot of attention was paid to aesthetics during the construction of the highway, the highway was largely sunken to hide it from view. In 2000, the western section was widened from I-10 to Val Vista Drive (exit 184), and further east to Ellsworth Road (exit 191) in 2007.

From Unpleasant Length Opening
Exit 171 Exit 173 3 km 1970
Exit 173 Exit 176 5 km 1975
Exit 176 Exit 177 2 km 1977
Exit 177 Exit 179 3 km 1979
Exit 179 Exit 182 5 km 1981
Exit 182 Exit 184 3 km 11-02-1983
Exit 184 Exit 188 6 km 1985
Exit 188 Exit 199 18 km 1992

Traffic intensities

The Pinto Creek Bridge west of Globe.

US 60 at Indian School Road in Phoenix.

# 2013 2016
Quartz site – Phoenix
1,700 1,700
aguila 1,500 1,500
Wickenburg 14,000 14,700
Morristown 8,000 13,000
Phoenix (western suburbs)
Happy Valley Road 18,000 21,200
24,000 20,400
Sunrise Boulevard 26,000 19,800
Thunderbird Road 25,000 56,200
99th Avenue 31,000 49,700
29,000 31,300
83rd Avenue / Peoria Avenue 28,000 30,300
59th Avenue / Glendale Avenue 32,000 39,100
35th Avenue / Indian School Road 32,000 38,300
Superstition Freeway
Exit 172 96,000 105,600
Exit xxx Priest Drive 173,000 179,300
Exit 173 Mill Avenue 181,000 194.700
Exit 174 Rural Road 186,000 198,800
Exit 175 McClintock Drive 150,000 160,700
Exit 176 139,000 126,200
Exit 177 Dobson Road 227,000 221,600
Exit 178 Alma School Road 219,000 221,600
Exit 179 Country Club Drive 208,000 192,000
Exit 180 Mesa Drive 218,000 232,500
Exit 181 Stapley Drive 211,000 227,300
Exit 182 Gilbert Road 187,000 202,200
Exit 184 Val Vista Drive 172,000
Exit 185 Greenfield Road 164,000 179.100
Exit 186 Higley Road 139,000 151,700
Exit 187 Superstition Springs Boulevard 115,000 127,300
Exit 188 Power Road 131,000 147,700
Exit 189 Sossaman Road 96,000 105,000
Exit 190 69,000 88,000
Exit 191 Ellsworth Road 93,000 88,000
Exit 192 Crismon Road 71,000 88.100
Exit 193 Signal Butte Road 71,000 72,600
Exit 195 Ironwood Drive 53,000 45,800
Exit 196 Idaho Road 29,000 34,000
Exit 197 Tomahawk Road 26,000 29,000
Exit 198 Goldfield Road 36,000 28,100
Gold Canyon – New Mexico
Gold Canyon 31,000 34,000
10,000 11,000
Superior 7,300 7.100
Miami 14,000 12,800
claypool 20,000 21,000
globe 27,000 30,000
East of Globe 2,500 3,600
2,500 2,800
Show Low 17,000 21,000
3,200 4,300
3,300 4,300
Springerville 5,300 6.300
New Mexico state line 500 700

US 60 in Arizona


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