State Route 79 (SR
79) is a state highway in the
U.S. state of Arizona.
SR 79, also known as the Pinal Pioneer Parkway
the section of what was together U.S. Route 80
and U.S. Route 89
before both US routes were
removed from southern Arizona in 1992. It has a northern terminus
on U.S. Route 60 in unincorporated Florence Junction and passes
through the town of Florence, its
southern terminus is four miles (6 km) north of Catalina, at State Route 77, north of Tucson.
The entirety of SR 79 is a direct surface
route, roughly paralleling Interstate 10
, (actually a
north-south segment of the normally east-west freeway) and serving
as the major route to Florence (which has no Interstate access),
but the town of Florence is easily accessible from State Route 287
, State Route 87
, and Hunt Highway.
It serves as the back-road to the Phoenix and Tucson Metropolitan
Areas and control cities along this route show either Phoenix or
The southern portion of SR 79 between Florence and Oracle Junction
is designated as the Pinal Pioneer Parkway, a scenic road of the
high desert plain with views of the Santa Catalina and Tortoilla
Mountains. Also along this road is a memorial marker for Tom Mix
, who died in a car crash traveling along
SR 79 services the Florence Military Reservation which is a couple
of miles north of Florence and the State, County, Private built or
Federal Prisons in Florence.
It is a scenic and historic road between the metropolitan cities of
Phoenix and Tucson if I-10 is closed due to an accident, weather or
route is in Pinal