A Paved Scenic Drive on Redington Rd
A favorite scenic drive out of San Manuel is paved of 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 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 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 a rock wall and places of 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 route. From Tanque Verde Road in Tucson you find Redington Road as #371 that takes you northeast to Redington then on to San Manuel where it is also called Veterans Memorial Blvd. Pavement begins in Pinal county at the county line onward to San Manuel. Five miles north of San Manuel is Highway 77 that becomes N Oracle Rd towards Tucson. | 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. A five mile segment of FR 38 at the top is very rocky and signage states “high clearance 4X4 required”. 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.
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 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 passable by most vehicles.
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Dirt Bikes & OHV’s
The area is popular for dirt bikes and OHV/ATV. And, the San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race is held annually at San Manuel, Arizona. Some areas may require permits.
There’s lots of scenery to include San Manuel in a bike ride or mountain biking trek. One cyclist course of the Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder in October passes through San Manuel. | San Manuel Cycling Trails
Roads and washes can flood or flash flood during monsoon season or other storm.