There are essentially four main routes which one can take to drive from
Tucson to the ATF site, listed in Table 1 below.
Table 1: Driving Routes Between Tucson and the ATF
||Approximate Driving Time (hours)
|I 10 / SR 191 / SR 180 / SR 12 via Safford
|SR 77 / I 60 via Show Low
|I 10 / SR 90 / SR 180 / SR 12 via Lordsburg
|I 10 / SR 26 / I 25 via Socorro
- Safford Route: This is the quickest route to the ATF site,
but contains a number of curvy mountainous sections. Due to the
presence of deer, elk, and antelope along this route, it can be
somewhat dangerous to drive at night.
- Show Low Route: This is only nominally longer than the route
through Safford, but is by far the most scenic of all the routes.
Recent improvements to the roads through the Salt River Canyon
and to I60 near Springerville have made the roads on this route
of similar quality to the route through Socorro.
- Lordsburg Route: This route is similar to the Safford route,
but avoids the curvy mountainous sections. It is 49 miles longer
that the Safford route, but takes only about 30 minutes longer to
- Socorro Route: This is the longest route one can take to
the ATF site, but is probably the safest as it is completely on
interstate freeways and state highways.
The driving route one takes to the ATF site is ultimately a matter of personal
preference, but one should consider seriously the safety aspects of that choice.
Since the Safford and Lordsburg routes go through less populated territory where
gasoline may be hard to find, Table 2 lists some logistics of the gas stations along
Table 2: Gas Stations Along the Safford/Lordsburg Route
Tuesday, 08-Jul-2003 14:14:17 EDT
|Square Deal Store
||Hwy. 12, Aragon, NM
||Mon - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Sun 17:00 - 19:00
|Apache Creek Store
||Hwys. 12 & 32, Reserve, NM
||08:00 - 19:00
||Hwy. 12, Reserve, NM
||07:00 - 21:00
|Glenwood Trading Co.
||08:00 - 20:00
|Alma Trading Co.
||08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 18:00 (12/1 - 5/1)
||Hwy. 70, Safford, AZ
||04:30 - 24:00