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William’s Valley/South Mountain Loop Senic Drive


Arizona's White Mountains
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

White Mountains Online wishes to express our appreciation to the USDA Forest Service, Alpine Ranger District for providing this information!

For more information, please feel free to contact the USDA Forest Service, Alpine Ranger District at 520.339.4384 or you may write us at P.O. Box 469 Alpine, Arizona 85920


Drive 1.5 miles northwest of Alpine on U.S. Highway 191 (formerly U.S. 666) and turn west on FR 249 to FR 276 FR 403 and back to U.S. 191 South of Alpine. Total distance round trip from Alpine is 22 miles. Driving time is 1 to 2 hours.

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  • Big Meadows, big views
  • Fall colors
  • Wacthable wildlife
  • Lodging, gas, restaurants in Alpine
  • Mountain biking trails at Williams Valley


Roads along this route are graveled and passable except during winter when they're plowed only as far as Williams Valley and in early spring when they can be very muddy.

Best Season:

Spring and fall are the best times to take this drive. In summer the traffic to and from the Big lake area can make it a bit dusty.


This drive winds though an area of broad meadows and open forests. Evenings are the best time to see the large herds of elk that frequent this area.

Williams Valley Map

For current information of road conditions,
contact the Alpine Ranger District :
P.O. Box 469
Alpine, AZ 85920
(520) 339-4384

White Mountains Online and The Alpine Ranger District are not responsible for any incidents that may occur on these tours. Please contact the Alpine Ranger District for the current information on current weather and road conditions.

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