Scenic Byway 163

Scenic Byway 163, a fascinating driving experience through Monument Valley

Scenic Byway 163 is the name of a beautiful drive from the Arizona border through Monument Valley in Utah, USA. It is a fascinating experience in itself. A lot of films have used this spot so it’s pretty recognizable.

How long is Scenic Byway 163?

The road is totally paved. It’s 105.89km (65.8 miles) long, running from US 160 on Kayenta (in Navajo County) northward to US 191, near Bluff (in San Juan County). The road was built in 1970. The highway links Navajo County (in the northern part of the U.S. state of Arizona) and San Juan County (in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Utah).

How long does it take to drive the Scenic Byway 163?

Plan about 3 hours to complete the drive through old west desert scenery and red rock spires but extra time is required to enjoy side trips and photo stops. During the drive, you'll be able to admire the beautiful red rocks and desert. The views are breathtaking around every corner. Well worth the time. The road traverses stunning Monument Valley with old west desert scenery and red rock spires. Nicknamed the Forrest Gump Road, it has been the setting for countless movies (Easy Rider, Forrest Gump...) and advertisements. This highway will take you to places very typical of the Wild West. This area is where a lot of the westerns for tv and movies are filmed. Be careful driving through as many people stop and actually walk in the middle of the road to take the pictures.

Is Scenic Byway 163 challenging?

The highway cuts through the heart of Monument Valley and tops out at 1.741m (5,711ft) above the sea level. This highway has something for all riders. Expect elevation changes, sharp curves, "S" curves, twists, and long sweepers. Even though the road is short, it is not ideal for summer travel as the temperature can be as high as 100° F.

 

 

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