Directions to Playa Ponderosa From Phoenix using the I-17

~ Shortest route from Phoenix

Go North on I-17 from Phoenix, AZ
Pass Munds Park

  1. Exit the I-17 at Kelly Canyon (Exit 331). At the top of the off ramp, turn right onto Forest Service Rd
    Continue 1.8 miles
  2. Turn right to continue on Forest Service Rd 700
    Continue 8.4 miles
  3. Turn left onto Forest Service Rd 133
    Continue 3.5 miles
  4. Turn right onto 9410 R (Playa Ponderosa Driveway)

Directions to Playa Ponderosa From Downtown Flagstaff

~ Shortest route from Flagstaff

Head south on S. Lake Mary Rd. to Lake Mary Rd (CR 3)

  1. Turn right on Forest Service Rd 132
    Look for a street sign for Crimson Rd, mail boxes, and a wildfire risk sign
    Some map applications will refer to portions of FS Rd 132 as interstate 17 NB or FS Rd 762
    Continue 12 miles
  2. Turn right onto Forest Service Rd 133
    Continue .8 miles
  3. Turn left onto Forest Service 9410R (Playa Ponderosa Driveway)

Directions to Playa Ponderosa From Phoenix through Payson (AZ-87 Highway)

~ Most scenic route from Phoenix, AZ and shortest distance on forest service roads
~ Best quality forest service roads (few rocks or dips in the road)

Go North on the AZ-87 out of the Phoenix valley through Payson
Continue on AZ-87 / AZ-260 W out of Payson through Pine and Strawberry

After Strawberry continue on North on the AZ-87 / AZ-260 W
Continue 19.5 miles

Option 1

  1. Turn Left onto Lake Mary Rd (Forest Highway 3)
    Continue 27.1 miles
  2. Turn Left onto Mormon Lake Rd (County Road 90)
    Continue 7.9 miles
  3. Turn Right onto Wiemer Springs Rd (Forest Service Rd 132)
    Continue 7.9 miles
  4. Turn Left onto Forest Service Rd. 133
    .8 miles
  5. Turn Left onto Forest Service Rd. 9410R (Playa Ponderosa Driveway)

Option 2 / Dotted Line Route

  1. Turn Left onto Lake Mary Rd (Forest Highway 3)
    Continue 32.7 miles
  1. Turn Left onto Mormon Lake Rd (County Road 90)
    Continue .9 miles
  2. Turn Left onto Mormon Lake Rd (County Road 90)
    Continue 7.9 miles
  1. Turn Left onto Forest Service Rd. 133
    .8 miles
  2. Turn Left onto Forest Service Rd. 9410R (Playa Ponderosa Driveway)