Arizona State Route 264

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State Route 264 marker State Road 264 marker

Arizona State Route 264 and
New Mexico State Road 264
SR 264 in Arizona highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ADOT & NMDOT
Length: 170.30 mi (274.06 km)
154.35 mi (248.40 km) in Arizona[1]
15.945 mi (25.661 km) in New Mexico[2]
Existed: 1961 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 160 in Moenkopi, AZ
  US 191 between Burnside and Ganado, AZ
East end: US 491 near Yah-ta-hey, NM
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
SR 261 AZ SR 266
NM 263 NM NM 266

Arizona State Route 264 and New Mexico State Road 264 (SR 264) are a pair of adjoining state highways in northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico, that run from a junction with US 160 near Tuba City across the border with New Mexico to a junction with US 491 in Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico.

Route description[edit]

The western terminus of Arizona State Route 264 is located at its junction with US 160 in Moenkopi, adjacent to Tuba City. The highway heads towards the southeast and then south from this junction until it reaches BIA Route 6710. At this junction, SR 264 begins to heads towards the southeast. It continues on this heading until it curves towards the south southeast of Coal Mine Mesa. The highway curves back towards the east and then north as it follows the terrain of the area. The highway curves back towards the east just prior to an intersection with BIA Route 6660. It continues towards the east to a junction with BIA Route 62 where SR 264 curves towards the southeast. The highway curves towards the south just prior to passing through Hotevilla. It curves back towards the east when it reaches Old Oraibi. The highway curves back towards the south until it reaches the northern terminus of SR 87 in Second Mesa. From here, it heads east, passing through Polacca and Keams Canyon. SR 264 continues to the southeast until it curves back toward the east at an intersection with BIA Route 6. SR 264 continues east to a junction with US 191 in Burnside and the two run concurrently until they reach Ganado. US 191 heads south from this junction as SR 264 heads east. SR 264 continues east to Window Rock just prior to crossing the New Mexico border and continuing as New Mexico State Road 264, where it heads east until its terminus at an interchange with US 491 in Yah-ta-hey.[1][3]

View from SR 264 a few miles from Oraibi

SR 264 is one of two major east–west routes crossing the expansive Navajo Indian Reservation, the other being US 160. Most significantly the road links together the numerous villages of the Hopi people and bisects the Hopi Reservation. In fact, navigating the Hopi Reservation would be impossible without the existence of this roadway. It connects all 12 Hopi and Tewa villages and provides access to all Hopi governmental buildings. Much of this territory is sparsely inhabited and is home to wide open, scenic vistas. While it does not pass through any large cities or towns, it does pass through Window Rock, seat of government for the Navajo Nation, as well as near Old Oraibi, which is generally considered the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. In New Mexico, the road provides easy access from the heart of the Navajo Nation to Gallup, New Mexico.[1][3]

History[edit]

Although SR 264 became a state highway in 1961,[4] maps of the area would indicate that the route itself has existed as a dirt road as early as 1927.[5] By 1935, portions of the route had been improved. The section between Oraibi and Keams Canyon and the section from northwest of Ganado and the New Mexico border had been improved for travel.[6] By 1938, the route had been improved further to a gravel road.[7] By the time the route became a state highway in 1961, the route had been paved.[8]

Junction list[edit]

State County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Arizona Coconino Moenkopi 0.00 0.00 US 160 – Kayenta Western terminus; road continues into Tuba City as Main Street
Navajo Second Mesa 62.46 100.52 SR 87 south – Winslow Northern terminus of SR 87
Apache Burnside 119.26 191.93 US 191 north / BIA Route 15 west – Chinle, Dilkon Roundabout; west end of US 191 concurrency; eastern terminus of BIA Route 15
Ganado 125.14 201.39 US 191 south – Chambers East end of US 191 concurrency
  154.36
0.000
248.42
0.000
ArizonaNew Mexico line
New Mexico McKinley Yah-ta-hey 15.945 25.661 US 491 – Gallup, Shiprock Interchange; eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Arizona Department of Transportation. "2013 ADOT Highway Log" (PDF). Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ New Mexico Department of Transportation. "New Mexico Department of Transportation State Road Log" (PDF). Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Google (May 12, 2017). "overview map of SR 264" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation. "ADOT Right-of-Way Resolution 1961-017". Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  5. ^ Auto Road Map of Arizona and New Mexico (Map). Rand McNally. 1927. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  6. ^ Road Map of Arizona (Map). Arizona State Highway Department. 1935. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  7. ^ Road Map of Arizona and New Mexico (Map). Rand McNally. 1938. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  8. ^ Road Map of Arizona (Map). Rand McNally. 1961. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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