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This desert trail motorcycle tour is a ride through the beautiful states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It hits all the wild west sites that the southwest has to offer. Blooming cacti and gorgeous canyons cover this untouched landscape that puts you in awe at every turn. Ridin with Style picks up the trail in Phoenix, Arizona to touch four different states on the way. It is a desert trail that will make you want to turn around and ride it again. You won't want to miss this experience!
During this tour, you will be accommodated in luxury accommodations on single or double occupancies.
Day 1 is your arrival day in the beautiful hub of the desert, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and shuttled to the hotel. You will pick up the bikes in the early afternoon and take a short scenic ride then a visit to a popular Biker Bar in Cave Creek. Arriving back at the hotel, where your group will meet and enjoy a welcoming meal while Riding with Style and you will introduce yourselves and do an orientation of the tour.
The trip leaves from the beautiful Phoenix metro area of Scottsdale. As you depart the urban area, it’s not long before you are cruising the desert back roads and are surrounded by the American desert symbol, the Saguaro cactus, standing tall and majestic, arms high reaching for the sky. One of the trip's highlight stops of the day is at the colossal caves near Tucson, a 45-minute tour showcasing the history, legends, and geology of these caves.
The day ends in the historic western city of Tombstone “town too tough to die”, home of the OK Corral gunfight that pitted lawman Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, and his brothers as they fought the cowboy fugitives. A quick visit to Boothill cemetery is a must before you leave along with a cold one at Big Nose Kates.
On this day, you take the morning to grab some breakfast and finish visiting the many things to do in Tombstone. Mid-afternoon, you will take a leisurely ride to Bisbee AZ, a community founded and driven by a booming mining industry that thrived on the areas rich resources of copper and precious metals. Today, it draws visitors from around the world who appreciate its historic architecture and creative spirit. The evening ends in the border town of Douglas AZ.
You will head directly north on Highway 191, formerly known as Highway 666. It takes you thru Cochise County. You stop to visit the Chiricahua National Monument, home to the battlegrounds of the Apache Natives lead by the famous Chief Cochise. You will then meet with the Coronado Trail (The Devil's Highway).
The next four hours are spent climbing from an altitude of 2500 feet to 8000 feet, full of wildlife, 1200 hairpin turns, sheer cliffs, and dramatic views. You will view the world’s largest open pit copper mine and pass by one of the highest peaks in Arizona - Escudilla Mount at 10,800 feet. You can stroke off Coronado Trail from your list of roads to ride. One can truly see why it is designated a national scenic byway!
Today, you cross into New Mexico, a southwestern US state with diverse terrain. A stop at the Duke City Harley Davidson, in Albuquerque, to pick up a souvenir T-shirt. Travelling northeast via the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, which runs parallel to the Sandia Mountains, heading to the small town of Madrid, home of Maggie’s Diner, which was an important movie set for the film “Wild Hogs”. Another great day!
More beautiful roads with different scenery at every turn. Passing thru the interesting town of Pagasso Springs CO, where the San Juan River separates the town and natural Hot Springs are a main attraction. The San Juan Mountains set the stage as we travel on to our destination for the next couple days in Durango CO.
An excursion day! Durango Steam Train ride to Silverton CO. A four-hour train ride to Silverton with a bus ride back to Durango and time left in the day to experience what this Western town has to offer.
After a goodnight's rest, kickstands up at 8 a.m., as you head to higher elevation. The Million Dollar Highway is perhaps one of the most breathtaking journeys you can travel on a motorcycle. It offers spectacular views of the San Juan Mountain Range and the uncompaghre gorge reaching elevations of 11,000 feet at the Summit of Red Mountain Pass. With steep grades hairpin curves and no guardrails, this scenic highway is not for the faint of heart but is worth every mile.
Stops in Ouray, which many consider to be the Switzerland of the USA and Telluride, a famous ski resort town will leave you in awe. You finish the day in Cortez CO. A day to remember!
Start the day with a trip out to Mesa Verde National Park, a well-preserved ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and the Cliff Palace structure, thought to be the largest in North America. Your next stop is the Four Corner Monument, which is the only place in the USA that is shared by 4 US States. It marks the quadric point where the states of AZ (Arizona), CO (Colorado), UT (Utah), and NM (New Mexico) meet.
Don’t pack the cameras to fast, as our next attraction is “Monument Valley”, a red sand desert region known for the towering sandstone buttes. The park is a frequent film location for western movies and is one of the most photographed points on earth. Stop for the night is in Blanding UT.
Travelling north, you enter Moab UT, the gateway to massive red rock formations in Arches National Park. Today, you visit two of Utah’s 5 mighty. Arches and Canyonlands National Park are visited by over one million visitors each year. The many viewpoints each give you a different view of the amazing vistas. Two more National Parks to cross off your must do list.
On the list today are two more National Parks. Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef National will leave you wondering what’s next. The deep golden canyons at Bryce and the hieroglyphics on the stone walls in Capital Reef are well-preserved to allow us to view them in their original state. The SD Card may need to be switched out after these last two days indeed.
A low mileage day today with lots to view. As you leave Bryce Canyon, you pass thru Red Canyon. The amazing color of the rock walls will see you reaching from your camera once again. A shallow valley in the west side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau surrounded by much orange red limestone. This takes you to Zion National Park, the last of Utah’s Mighty Five. You will find yourself gazing at a massive sheared rock of a cream, pink and red soaring into a brilliant blue sky. Your day ends in Kanab UT.
Riding with Style have left the best for last, the grande finale, The Grand Canyon National Park. The seventh and last National Park. If you have only viewed this camera by photos, it does not do just. The Colorado River is responsible for this carved out, steep sided canyon. It is 227 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over one mile. “In the Grand Canyon Arizona has a natural wonder which is kind, absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world” - Theodore Roosevelt.
The last leg of this tour travels down the scenic byway 89, taking you through Sedona, known for its red rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The road winds and turns south, taking you through intriguing desert communities.
Jerome is uniquely built on the slopes of Cleopatra Hill. A mining town that was once the fifth biggest in Arizona but is now reduced to a near ghost town. Your trip winds through Pepples Valley, through western town of Wickenburg and then, back to your starting location Scottsdale, AZ.
Today is the departure day. You will have a safe trip home taking with you many memories and new friendships. A shuttle to the airport is provided to send you on your way.
This desert trail motorbike tour will cover the beautiful states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.
On the first day, you will be welcomed by a welcome supper. You will also have complimentary hotel breakfast whenever available.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ridin with Style will pick you up from the airport.
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