A Paved Scenic Drive on Redington Rd

A view from Redington Rd SE of San Manuel, AZ. A Guliuro Mountain peak is in the background.

A favorite scenic drive out of San Manuel is paved of about 25 miles roundtrip. From the Salt & Pepper gas station head SE on Veterans Memorial Blvd for 3.9 miles where the road takes an abrupt left turn as Redington Road. After this turn you will begin to experience nice views of saguaro desert with the panoramic Galiuro Mountains as the backdrop for 3 miles. The road descends down into the San Pedro river valley where it branches with River Road. You can stay on the paved road to the right as it changes to an unlined paved backroad. The next 5.7 miles goes past ranches and you will see things such as a rock wall and places of very dense saguaros. The blacktop surface ends at the county line where you can return.

Redington Road From Tucson

From Tanque Verde Road in Tucson you find Redington Road as Forest Road #371 that takes you northeat to Redington then on to San Manuel where it is also called Veterans Memorial Blvd. Five miles north it junctions with Highway 77. A segment of Redington Road is very rough and primitive. Pavement begins at the Pinal county line. | Southern Arizona Guide Article | Friends of Redington Pass | Hunting Info

Signs on Mount Lemmon Rd near Peppersauce Campground.Mount Lemmon Control Road #38

The road becomes a primitive road to or from the top of Mount Lemmon as FR 38. On the Oracle side signs call it Mt Lemmon Rd. Parts of the road might be closed during winter storms.

Getting there from San Manuel: Go NW about 8/10 of a mile (from gas station) on Veterans Memorial Blvd and make a left on Webb Road for 6 miles. At the T turn left onto Mount Lemmon Rd.

Road To Benson

The route between Benson and San Manuel is paved on both ends but in-between is about 27 miles of good dirt road passable by most vehicles.

Forest Service Maps (pdf)

Roads may flood during monsoon season or other storm.