From the Desert to the Tall Pines Scenic Byway

Area Status: Open
The From the Desert to the Tall Pines Scenic Byway will provide forest visitors opportunities to experience the diverse landscape and resources of central Arizona. The theme From the Desert to the Tall Pines reflects this emphasis. Visitors will be introduced to the complex ecosystems that contribute to their quality of life as they pass through various biotic communities along the 67 miles designated as a Scenic Byway.


Scenic Driving

From its southern terminus at State Highway 188 to the community of Young, this route is commonly known as the Young Highway, and is designated as State Highway 288. From Young to its northern terminus, the route is designated as Forest Road 512, and is often called the “Young-Heber Road." It traverses an area known for its beautiful scenery, significant historic and prehistoric values, and a characteristic flavor of the old west. Climbing from a low elevation of 2,100 feet (along the popular upper Salt River) to 7,600 feet on the abrupt Mogollon Rim, travelers experience a wide variety of fauna and flora from Sonoran Desert Scrub to Rocky Mountain Montane Conifer Forest. Diversity is also found in traditional modern lifestyles, motorized to primitive recreation, and Wilderness preservation to commodity production. A variety of developed campgrounds are also found in the high country along the route.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
67 miles

  Elevation : 
2100 - 7600 feet - 7600 feet