Arizona State Route 67

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State Route 67 marker

State Route 67
Kaibab Plateau – North Rim Parkway
A map of Northern Arizona delineating SR 67 in red.
Route information
Maintained by ADOT and NPS
Length: 43.4 mi[1][2] (69.8 km)
Existed: 1941 – present
Tourist
routes:
Kaibab Plateau–North Rim Parkway
Major junctions
South end: Bright Angel Point south of North Rim
North end: US 89A near Jacob Lake
Highway system
  • State Routes in Arizona
SR 66 SR 68

State Route 67 (SR 67) is a 43.4 mi (69.8 km) long, north–south state highway in northern Arizona. Also called the Kaibab Plateau – North Rim Parkway, SR 67 is the sole road that links U.S. Route 89A (US 89A) at Jacob Lake to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Along the route, the road heads through the national park as well as Kaibab National Forest and is surrounded by evergreen trees. The section inside the national park is maintained by the National Park Service (NPS), whereas the section north of the entrance, completely within Kaibab National Forest, is owned by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). The road was built in the late 1920s and improved through the 1930s. In 1941, the road received its number, and was given its designation as the parkway in the 1980s. The parkway has received designations as a National Forest Scenic Byway as well as a National Scenic Byway.

Route description[edit]

Signage for SR 67 begins at Bright Angel Point along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. ADOT does not officially own this section of road, but it is signed as SR 67.[1] The road heads north as the Kaibab Plateau – North Rim Parkway through the small town of North Rim,[3] surrounded by evergreen trees.[4] The parkway enters a small clearing before meeting the park entrance, where ownership by ADOT begins. Heading into Kaibab National Forest on a northward path,[5] the roadway is surrounded by a narrow meadow bordered by evergreen trees.[6] As it passes the nearby Deer Lake, SR 67 meets an unpaved National Forest road. The landscape around the route is crisscrossed by these routes as SR 67 makes several turns, turning back toward the north. The highway, with the new name of Grand Canyon Highway in addition to its other designation,[2] makes several turns as it heads north through the woods. It takes a more northwesterly path as it runs through Coconino County.[7] Near its terminus, the road turns back northeast toward its terminus at US 89A in Jacob Lake.[2]

A photograph of
SR 67 at the Kaibab National Forest entrance

The northern segment of the highway is maintained by ADOT, who is responsible for maintaining SR 67 like all other highways around the state. As part of this job, ADOT periodically surveys traffic along its routes. These surveys are most often presented in the form of average annual daily traffic, which is the number of vehicles who use the route on any average day during the year. In 2009, ADOT calculated that around 1,100 vehicles used the route daily at its northern terminus in Jacob Lake.[8] The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) lists the highway as a National Scenic Byway, and the National Forest Service has also designated it a National Forest Service Byway.[9] No part of the highway has been listed in the National Highway System,[10] a system of roads in the United States important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[11] Due to the closure of park facilities on the north rim of the Grand Canyon during winter, winter maintenance is not undertaken after December 1st, with the result that SR 67 is usually closed to vehicular traffic from December 1st until spring.[12][13]

History[edit]

A photograph of
SR 67 in Kaibab National Forest

SR 67 existed as a route to reach the north rim of the Grand Canyon National Park as early as 1927 as a dirt road.[14][15] By 1935, the road had been improved to a gravel road, and by 1938 it had been paved.[16][17] In 1941, the road was designated as a state highway and signed as SR 67.[18] In 1985, the highway received the designation of Kaibab Plateau – North Rim Parkway as an Arizona State Scenic Byway. The designation included SR 67 in its entirety as well as extending south into Grand Canyon National Park.[19][6] Two years later, ADOT obtained the right-of-way for improvement of the highway from its northern terminus approximately 10 miles (16 km) south.[20] In 1989, an additional right-of-way was acquired by ADOT from its southern terminus approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) north.[21] By June of that year, the parkway received the designation of a National Forest Scenic Byway, and in June 1998, the Kaibab Plateau – North Rim Parkway received another designation, this time as a National Scenic Byway.[9] Since establishment, the route has not been realigned and retains its original routing.[2]


Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Coconino County.

Location Mile[1][2] km Destinations Notes
  43.4 69.8 Bright Angel Point Southern terminus
  30.81 49.58 Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park ADOT ownership begins
Jacob Lake 0.00 0.00 US 89A Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
A panorama of the
View of the Grand Canyon from Grand Canyon Lodge near Bright Angel Point


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Multimodal Planning Division (September 5, 2003). "2008 ADOT Highway Log" (PDF). Arizona Department of Transportation. p. 143–144. Retrieved July 16, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Microsoft. "SR 67". Bing Maps (Map). Cartography by Nokia. http://www.bing.com/maps/#Y3A9MzYuNDU2MzYzODA4MTUyODN+LTExMi4xMzU5NjUyMjgwODA3NSZsdmw9MTAmZGlyPTAmc3R5PXImcnRwPXBvcy4zNi4xOTc2MjI4MTQyOTU4MDVfLTExMi4wNTI5MjU1NjQ3ODc4N19uZWFyJTIwS2FpYmFiJTIwUGxhdGVhdS1Ob3J0aCUyMFJpbSUyMFBrd3klMkMlMjBOb3J0aCUyMFJpbSUyQyUyMEFaJTIwODYwNTJfX19hX35wb3MuMzYuNzEzNjc3MTE5Mzk0NDdfLTExMi4yMTU1MDQ1NTk1OTQ3OF9fX19hXyZtb2RlPUQmcnRvcD0wfjB+MH4=. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  3. ^ National Park Service (PDF). Grand Canyon Area Map (Map). http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/GRCAmap2.pdf. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Clayton, Robin. "Kaibab Plateau – North Rim National Scenic Byway". Arizona Scenic Roads. Arizona Office of Tourism. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ United States Department of Agriculture (PDF). Kaibab NF Vicinity Map (Map). http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5180563.pdf. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Arizona Scenic Roads. "Kaibab Plateau –North Rim National Scenic Byway". Arizona Office of Tourism. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation (PDF). Transportation District 5 Milepost System (Map). Cartography by Multimodal Planning Division. Archived from the original on 13 April 2011. http://www.azdot.gov/mpd/gis/maps/pdf/tbd5.pdf. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  8. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation. "State Highway Traffic Log" (PDF). Arizona Department of Transportation. p. 18. Archived from the original on 13 April 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Kaibab Plateau – North Rim Parkway: Official Designations". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation (September 2009) (PDF). National Highway System (Map). Archived from the original on 13 April 2011. http://www.azdot.gov/mpd/gis/maps/pdf/NHS.pdf. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
  11. ^ "The National Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. August 26, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Grand Canyon Road Closed for Winter". Deseret News (Salt Lake City). December 10, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ National Park Service. "Grand Canyon National Park Operating Hours and Seasons". United States Department of the Interior. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ Arizona Highway Department (1926). Map of Arizona (Map). http://www.aaroads.com/west/maps/1926-az.php. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  15. ^ Rand McNally (1927). Auto Road Map of Arizona and New Mexico (Map). Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. http://www.arizonaroads.com/maps/index.html. Retrieved April 29, 2008.
  16. ^ Arizona State Highway Department (1935). Road Map of Arizona (Map). Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. http://www.arizonaroads.com/maps/index.html. Retrieved April 29, 2008.
  17. ^ Sinclair Oil (1938). Road Map of Arizona and New Mexico (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. http://www.arizonaroads.com/maps/index.html. Retrieved April 29, 2008.
  18. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation (February 25, 1941). "ADOT Right-of-Way Resolution 1941-P-133". Retrieved April 29, 2008. 
  19. ^ Miller, Charles (September 20, 1985). "ADOT Right-of-Way Resolution 1985-09-C-067". Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 29, 2008. 
  20. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation (April 17, 1987). "ADOT Right-of-Way Resolution 1987-04-A-020". Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  21. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation (April 17, 1989). "ADOT Right-of-Way Resolution 1989-03-A-020". Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing