Roads & Trails
ROADS & TRAILS
The common modes of circulation within the Study Area are by automobile, bicycle, hiking and horseback.
The primary (paved) roadway corridor within Study Area is U.S. 60. This major roadway is under the State of Arizona’s jurisdiction. Between Apache Junction and Florence Junction, U.S. 60 is a four lane divided highway. East of Florence Junction, U.S. 60 is a two lane roadway. Highway 60 is the primary route from the Phoenix Metropolitan Area to the Study Area, and east to Superior and Globe.
The secondary (paved) roadway corridors within the Study Area are those leading in and out of Queen Valley, and those within the private residential developments of the Gold Canyon development area.
King’s Ranch Road is a secondary (paved) county roadway. This road is currently the primary vehicular access to the Tonto National Forest’s Hieroglyphic Canyon Area Trailhead and the Lost Goldmine Trail.
Peralta Road is a secondary (dirt) roadway corridor which is on State Lands, maintained by Pinal County. This road is the only vehicular access to the Tonto National Forest’s Peralta Trailhead, and Carney Springs Trailhead, as well as the Lost Goldmine Trail and the Dons’ Camp. It is heavily used by equestrians pulling horse trailers, and by hikers driving other vehicles to access the Superstition Wilderness, as well as for access by a few private property owners.
El Camino Viejo, Silver King Road and Queen Valley Road are secondary (paved or gravel) roads providing access from Hwy 60 to Queen Valley.
Elephant Butte Road is a secondary (dirt) roadway corridor which is on State Lands, with no designated maintenance jurisdiction. This road is the only vehicular access from the Queen Valley area to the Elephant Butte private development area, the Tonto National Forest’s Reeds Water and other areas beyond.
MINOR ROADS & TRAILS
Many minor (dirt) roads and trails exist throughout the flat State Land portions of the Study Area. There is no jurisdiction maintaining these roads and trails. They are used primarily by ranchers and miners, with occasional use by hunters and recreationalists.