Arizona Motorcycle Roads

Valley of the Gods: Hot and hard work on a Harley!

Arizona > United States > America
December 28, 2018 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Leaving the San Juan Trading Post, after a Navajo Breakfast and as much coffe as I could drink, we headed N on the UT163, passing the eponymous "Mexican Hat" on our Right.
Just by way of signage, the UT163, and later the UT191 for part of "The Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway"
Taking the first real Left we headed NW on the UT261, taking a further left on the UT316 to the Goosenecks overlook - its a few km.
Photographs taken, we headed back to the UT261, and turning left carried on NW. Careful here as there may be some cattle on the road. As the sign says, "Open Range".
My Intention was to head up the Moki Dugway, carrying on to Natural Bridges Nat. Mon.. Having arrived there the road surface was really loose and badly rutted, with a lot axle tramp ruts everywhere, and I decided it was not suitable for my 750kg fully laden, two-up Electra glide which is definitely not dual sport, so instead we headed to the East, clearly signposted "Valley of The Gods".
[If you run out of tarmac on the UT261 after the first hairpin on the Dugway, you've missed the turn by about 800 yards]

The surface is mostly graded gravel, although there are washes where the sand can be loose and a more than a few inches deep. Take care and everything will be fine.
The road takes you through some magnificent rock formations, drifts, hoodoos, spires and if you stop, and listen. You will hear absolutely begger all, apart from the tinkling of your bike as it cools. Eerie Silence.
Hoped to see a road-runner, or even a coyote, maybe riding an Acme Rocket, but no such luck. Saw one car on the whole journey!
On the Harley we had a bit of a struggle through some of the deeper sand in the washes, but it was ok, and didn't need to dab or paddle to keep going. Should be a fantastic ride on a more dirt-capable motorcycle.
Upon reaching the UT 163 we took a Left heading NE and stopping for Coffee at the Sinclair Services at Bluff, before heading N on UT191 for Blanding, Monticello and eventually Moab for the night.

Hazard Notes:
Hazard: Valley of the Gods road is loose gravel and sand. If you're on a big heavy roadster its going to be hard work: be prepared.
Hazard: Its a free Range: there may be cattle on the road.
Hazard: There may be deep sand in the washes.
Hazard: There is no water between Mexican Hat and either Bluff or the Ranger station at Natural Bridges if you stay on the Dugway.
Hazard: In summer its V hot.
Hazard: if you walk from the road in VotG, there may be wriggly and/or crawly animals.
Hazard: Road may become impassable very quickly following heavy rains on the nearby mountains.


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Sunday afternoon Florence leisure loop

Arizona > United States > America
November 4, 2018 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Agritopia - Hunt Highway - Florence - AJ


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Coral Pink Sand Dunes and North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Arizona > United States > America
October 28, 2018 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Beautiful rural riding and excellent contrast of scenery from red rock canyons to beautiful sand dunes, to alpine forest and finally the North Rim of a Grand Canyon.


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Coronado Trail

Arizona > United States > America
March 9, 2018 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Not for the faint of heart.Awesome views.


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Mt Graham AZ366

Arizona > United States > America
December 25, 2017 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

AZ 366 Is a hidden gem south of the grand 191 (Devil's Highway).
It's spectacularly beautiful and takes you to a high elevation. Corners are often tight and there are several sets of switchbacks one needs to be ready for.
Beyond the end point the road becomes unpaved. During good weather, with proper bikes, You are welcome to continue on and enjoy further.
US Forestry service people are typically there, but they are quite friendly.
It's much more technical than fast. Enjoy!


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Flagstaff - Pioche

Arizona > United States > America
July 20, 2017 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Rural Scenic


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UT46 / CO90 : La Sal - Naturita

Arizona > United States > America
March 11, 2017 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Some nice curves and an enjoyable road (more so on the Utah side)


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Arizona / New Mexico : Devil's Highway and the Gila National Forest (USA_TTC 5)

Arizona > United States > America
February 28, 2017 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Frenzied curves on the Devil's Highway followed by a more relaxed ride through the Gila Forest. This 200 mile loop starts at Three Way, Arizona and immediately heads north and takes in a section of US191 named the Coronada Trail, also known as the Devil’s highway. This is a long stretch that consists of almost no straights at all and has spectactular turns and views. The road itself is quite challenging so stopping to admire the views from the viewpoints is recommended, also many of the turns are blind so one needs caution should be used. At Alpine, the route heads briefly east, and crosses into New Mexico before heading south on US180 where you can find more great turns and some beautiful views of the Gila National Forest. After Wilcox Peak, take a right onto State Highway 78, where you’ll find some more nice turns on the way back to the start. ( Image : Coronado Trail Curves ; Credit : Throttle Girl )


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Wickenburg - Prescott - Jerome

Arizona > United States > America
May 24, 2016 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Twisting, winding all day ride


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Buffalo Pass : Chinle - Red Valley

Arizona > United States > America
January 3, 2016 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Great road passing through the Shiprock formation up close, up and over a very nice typically twisty Buffalo pass, and along the Canyon de Chelly with its great overlooks of the cliff dwellings. Paved all the way!


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oro valley - globe

Arizona > United States > America
June 8, 2015 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

enough gas stations, restaurants, great ride through mountains, lots of camping spots and best of all, no traffic, just you and the road


north valley day trip

Arizona > United States > America
April 1, 2015 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.0

out to Bartlett lake from central Phoenix by way of cave creek. and back via carefree highway and north valley mountain parkway.


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Kingman - Topack - Oatman Back

Arizona > United States > America
January 16, 2015 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Wonderful Ride to Grab a WONDERFUL bite in Topack 66. Returning from Topack ride the LONGEST un interrupted stretch of route 66 The MOTHER ROAD


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Knees in the Breeze : Kingman - Fort Mohave

Arizona > United States > America
January 16, 2015 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.0

Beautiful Ride, Starting at the Mother Road HD ends at the Avi, a wonderful little hotel casino on the AZ/NV border over looking the Colorado River


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Oct 5 2014 : Tonopa - Wickenburg - Phoenix

Arizona > United States > America
October 1, 2014 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

a very enjoyable ride and keeps you with in emergency distance for any kids


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Pinal Pioneer Hwy

Arizona > United States > America
April 27, 2014 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

This long, straight stretch is a really nice two-lane hwy that is easily the most beautiful way to get to Tucson from the Phoenix area. Lots of beautiful cactus, desert vegetation, and Mt Lemmon looming in the distance. There is something very therapeutic about this stretch.


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Indian Rd. 15

Arizona > United States > America
April 27, 2014 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Empty two-lane hwy with spectacular views of undeveloped Arizona Desert. Wild horses, wild donkeys, mesas and overlooks. Gas up in Casa Grande - there is nothing til you get to SR 96 towards Ajo.


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Natural Bridge

Arizona ... > United States > America
August 11, 2013 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Just a short route to get to the Natural Bridge but it is beautiful and twisty. Definitely worth seeing!


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  • AWEckel
  • 2005 Honda Shadow VLX
  • score: 5

Tucson- Sonoita - Parker Canyon Lake - Tombstone - Bisbee - Tucson

Arizona ... > United States > America
November 26, 2012 - 4 star route rating Motorcycle Road4.0

Starts in Tucson surroundings looking at some beautyfull ranches, on Sonoita there is a nice place with a really good steak, and a few wineries. Go to Parker Canyon for a little fishing and camping, even rent a pedal boat beautyfull scenery with nice curves. On Tombestone dont miss the famous OK Corral shooting, great place to spend the day.


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  • obours
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  • obours
  • 2006 Harley Davidson FLSTFI Fatboy
  • score: 32
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  • obours
  • 2006 Harley Davidson FLSTFI Fatboy
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Salt River Canyon

Arizona ... > United States > America
February 21, 2012 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Very twisty


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US163 : Bluff - South into Arizona

Arizona ... > United States > America
February 5, 2012 - 3 star route rating Motorcycle Road3.5

Deep deserted desert scenes, therapeutic riding into Arizona.


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Mesa-Globe-Kearny-Florence-Mesa Loop

Arizona ... > United States > America
January 11, 2012 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

If you're coming from the Valley, this is a nice all-day ride. Make lots of stops and enjoy the beautiful scenery and nice quiet roads.


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Bee-Line Highway : Payson

Arizona ... > United States > America
January 10, 2012 - 5 star route rating Motorcycle Road5.0

Fast, sweeping turns. Beautiful Arizona desert scenery. Landscape changes as you drive north and reach higher altitudes. Lots of police on Sunday mornings.


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