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15 Days Desert Trail Motorcycle Tour in USA

Motorcycle Tours USA

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!

Highlights

  • Discover the Zion National Park
  • Starts and ends in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Explore Madrid, one of the movies set for the film “Wild Hogs”
  • Tour through Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, and the Grand Canyon
  • Cruiser or sport and adventure bike rental
  • Visit and explore seven National Parks
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


12 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in luxury accommodations on single or double occupancies.

Ridin with Style USA Motorcycle Tours Itinerary

Overview

  • Bike: rental or personal bike
  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Mileage: 5,080 kilometers / 3,175 miles
  • Daily rides: 80 - 520 kilometers / 30 - 325 miles
  • Meals: complimentary hotel breakfast whenever available, welcome supper

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

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.

Day 2 - Scottsdale to Tombstone (357 kilometers / 223 miles)

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.

Day 3 - Tombstone to Douglas (80 kilometers / 30 miles)

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.

Day 4 - Douglas to Alpine (520 kilometers / 325 miles)

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!

Day 5 - Alpine to Santa Fe (509 kilometers / 318 miles)

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!

Day 6 - Santa Fe to Durangao (438 kilometers / 274 miles)

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.

Day 7 - Durangao - no riding day

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.

Day 8 - Durangao to Cortez (304 kilometers / 190 miles)

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!

Day 9 - Cortez to Blanding (409 kilometers / 256 miles)

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.

Day 10 - Blanding to Green River (400 kilometers / 250 miles)

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.

Day 11 - Green River to Bryce Canyon City (336 kilometers / 210 miles)

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.

Day 12 - Bryce Canyon City to Kanab (342 kilometers / 214 miles)

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.

Day 13 - Kanab to Flagstaff (450 kilometers / 281 miles)

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.

Day 14 - Flagstaff to Scottsdale (341 kilometers / 213 miles)

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.

Day 15 - Departure from Scottsdale, Arizona

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.

Suitable level: Intermediate

  • Can ride for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • A 45-minute tour of the colossal caves near Tucson showcasing the history, legends, and geology of these caves
  • A visit to the historic western city of Tombstone, home of the OK Corral gunfight
  • A quick visit to Boothill cemetery at Big Nose Kates
  • A short drive to Bisbee, a community founded and driven by a booming mining industry
  • A stop at Cochise County, home of the famed Chief Cochise
  • A stop at the Duke City Harley-Davidson to collect your T-shirt souvenir
  • A visit Madrid, home of Maggie’s Diner, an important movie set for the film “Wild Hogs”
  • A stop at the former mining towns of Silverton and Ouray
  • A stop at the Mesa Verde National Park
  • A stop at the Four Corners Monument - the only place in the USA shared by four states
  • A visit Monument Valley, a red sand desert region known for the towering sandstone buttes - one of the most photographed points on earth
  • A stop at Arches’ National Park - known as the sight of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches
  • A visit The Grand Staircase National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah
  • Sightseeing at Zion National Park, a natural preserve distinguished by steep red cliffs
  • Witnessing The Grand Canyon National Park, a carved-out, steep-sided canyon made by Colorado River
  • A stop at Sedona, known for its red rock buttes, steep canyon walls, and pine forests
  • A trip to Jerome, a mining town uniquely built on the slopes of Cleopatra Hill
  • A trip through Pepples Valley through western town of Wickenburg

Guides

Sheldon Steil
Sheldon and Noreen Steil are a Canadian couple living in a small town in rural Alberta. They've been married for 35 years and share the same passion, motorcycle riding. He enjoys outdoor riding in his ultra classic on various trips to explore new countries he's never encountered before. Both Sheldon and Noreen have accompanied many fellow biker friends across North America on breathtaking adventures.
Noreen Steil
Noreen is married to Sheldon for 35 years, and both of them love riding their motorcycles to find new places to explore. She is motivated to turn her passion and love in riding into a small business with her husband and she would love to offer and share her experiences with as many biking enthusiasts as she can.

Location

This desert trail motorbike tour will cover the beautiful states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.

Food

On the first day, you will be welcomed by a welcome supper. You will also have complimentary hotel breakfast whenever available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Complimentary hotel breakfast (where available)
  • Ferry passes
  • Fuel and oil costs
  • Guiding service
  • Helmets for driver and passenger
  • National park entrance fees
  • No sales tax
  • Support vehicle (with spare motorcycle room for spare luggage)
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Welcome and farewell supper
  • Your choice of cruiser or sport, and adventure bike rental

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Meals

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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.

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Airport transfer included: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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