One lazy afternoon I decided to drive to Tucson to get a first look at the roads that wind through the foothills. I took Highway 60 from Phoenix, past Gold Canyon and Queen Valley, towards Globe. Once I reached Superior, I headed south on highway 177, which then joins up with highway 77 and leads into Tucson from the North East.

Highway 177 was great – virtually no traffic, and rolling through Saguaro-laden hills. Along the way, you also get to see some very large open-cast copper mines – not exactly pretty, but interesting to see. Here’s a video I took of a small segment of the drive (and here’s part 2), partly as an experiment to see how good the video feature of my camera is.

Typical view of the road itself:

View towards the south-west:

Approaching Tucson on highway 77, you see the Santa Catalina mountains on the east side: