A Paved Scenic Drive on Redington Rd
A favorite scenic drive out of San Manuel is paved and about 25 miles round-trip. With it’s park-like desert landscape and the mountain backgrounds it offers nice photographic opportunities.
From the Salt ‘N Pepper gas station head SE on Veterans Memorial Blvd for 3.9 miles and the road takes an abrupt left as Redington Road. 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 primitive River Road. You can stay on the paved road to the right. The next 5.7 miles goes past ranches and you will see things such as gorges and very dense saguaros. The blacktop surface ends at the county line where you can return.
San Manuel makes a nice restaurant lunch stop on this primitive road excursion. Going east on Tanque Verde Road in Tucson it becomes Redington Road as #371 that takes you northeast to Redington then on to San Manuel where it becomes Veterans Memorial Blvd. Pavement begins in Pinal county at the county line onward to San Manuel. Veterans Memorial Blvd then continues NW five miles to Highway 77 that toward Tucson becomes Oracle Rd. | Southern Arizona Guide Article | Friends of Redington Pass | Hunting Info
From Mount Lemmon the road is Forest Road 38 to the forest boundary then is called Mount Lemmon Road onto Oracle. The five mile segment of FR 38 at the top is more primitive and rocky. Also, parts of the road might be closed when there are winter storms. Places on Mount Lemmon Road such as Arizona Zipline Adventures are easily accessed from Oracle, AZ year-round.
Getting there from San Manuel: Go NW about 8/10 of a mile (from gas station) on Veterans Memorial Blvd and make a left onto Webb Road and go 6 miles. At the T turn left onto Mount Lemmon Road.
Road To Benson
The route between Benson and San Manuel is paved on both ends but in-between is about 27 miles of unpaved road that can be rough but passable by most vehicles.
Be aware that roads and washes can flood or flash flood from monsoons or other precipitation.