Shirley’s Scenic Byway (SR 87) through Tonto National Forest climbs from the rugged desert scrub towards the distant majestic mountains. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the desert terrain and mountain scenery.
72.0 miles: 1 hours, 8 minutes
This trip includes a portion of Tonto National Forest. SR 87, a divided four-lane highway, cuts through a desert landscape featuring brush and cacti. The barrenness of the area makes the distant mountains stand out all the more. Elevation increases along the route.