• Nov 2nd 2008 at 2:32PM
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Click above for a map of the Coronado Trail/US-191

With over 400 curves and an elevation change that will take you from 3,500 to 9,000 feet over 96 miles, the Coronado Trail holds the distinction of being one of the twistiest and challenging drives in the lower 48. We've only heard rumors of the Arizona route and expected a tip to come in sooner or later, and our new friend Cosmin didn't disappoint.

The Coronado Trail is part of the highway formerly known as Route 666 that crossed Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, and was later changed to Highway 491 (something about mysterious deaths and people stealing road signs). This particularly stretch has now been deemed by the Feds as US-191 and our route begins in Clifton, passes the Phelps Dodge mine – one of the largest open pit mines in the world – and takes us north through Morenci when the fun really begins. According to a few reports, things are intense from Morenci through to Hannagan, where the majority of the turns and elevation changes take place. After that, it's a more mellow drive to Alpine where 191 ends in a Google-estimated one-hour and 48 minutes.

For those physics enthusiasts in the area, we're sure your already familiar with the Coronado Trail, and for the rest of us, we might need to make a detour during our next transcontinental trip.

We've gotten a handful of excellent roads and routes, but we need more. Send your Google-formatted Maps to autoblogsundaydrive – at – gmail – dawt – com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      What car did you guys drive?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I drove the Coronado Trail about 3 weeks ago and had a blast. My pics from the trip start here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brent1210/2939179581/in/set-72157608010912533/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks for the picture Brent! Very nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      oooh gonna have to make it trhough there next summer when i go to see my bro. mmm focus on race springs + this= the best

      • 6 Years Ago

      318 curves in 11 miles.

      for those of us who live in the East.

        • 6 Years Ago
        That is the one I am waiting for them to post. It is one of the most famous roads in the States in my opinion. I am also sure there are probably more great roads in that area, hopefully people will send in some (as I live in NC and want to know).
      • 6 Years Ago
      To give you an idea of the remoteness of the area, the road passes through the section of AZ. known as "The Blue". The Blue is a river that runs in the White Mountains (that's where the 9000' comes in), it is also the area that the Mexican Gray Wolf was reintroduced some years ago. The road is truly a "pucker" road in places, an enthusiasts delight. Careful, the DPS does patrol it, but there is a leniency factor not found in more populated parts of the country. A hint, don't run out of gas, stations are not thick on the ground here.
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