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The Southwest

"Best weather" times for your
group of eight or more riders
to plan this tour:


Note:  You can pick your own tour date,
but tours must begin and end on Saturday.

The Southwest Tour


Highlights of The Southwest Tour:

A fantastic week awaits us, as we leave
the big city behind and ride toward
Prescott National Forest.  Mountain switchbacks,
old mining towns, Indian cliff dwellings and
reservations, ghost towns, Oak Creek Canyon,
Salt River Canyon, the Coronado Trail - this tour
has all the rugged excitement you could hope for.
There's Tombstone, "The Town Too Tough to Die",
and Chiricahua National Monument, the site 
of Cochise's hiding place.  You'll ride around
the largest open pit mine in the world,
and through Saguaro National Park.  
Visit old Tucson before returning to Phoenix
and the end of this incredible one-week ride
through the magnificent American Southwest.


Saturday - Arrival in Phoenix, AZ

The riders will get together in the evening with our Ride America tour guide to discuss the exciting week ahead.

Day 1 - Sunday - Phoenix to Sedona - 183 miles

We begin our great journey this morning, riding out of Phoenix to the northwest.  From Wickenburg we head into Prescott National Forest and Prescott.  This afternoon, a challenging ride across Mingus Mountain to the hillside mining town of Jerome, then a visit to Tuzigoot National Monument and on into the red rocks splendor of Sedona.

Day 2 - Monday - Sedona to Payson - 180 miles

This morning we visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, then enjoy a leisurely ride up breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon, listed as one of the "ten best rides in the USA", to Flagstaff. Turning south through Coconino National Forest we cruise around Mormon Lake, through Happy Jack, Strawberry and Pine, and on into Payson.

Day 3 - Tuesday - Payson to Hon-Dah - 201 miles

We ride south through Tonto National Forest, pass beside Theodore Roosevelt Lake and Dam, then visit Tonto National Monument.  At Globe we turn back north into the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and ride down through spectacular Salt River Canyon. After a visit to Fort Apache we ride to our hotel/casino on the reservation at Hon-Dah.

Day 4 - Wednesday - Pinetop to Safford - 198 miles

We pass through Show Low this morning, then turn east towards Alpine and one of the best rides in the country - the famous Coronado Trail through the Apache National Forest. Ninety miles of curves and breathtaking scenery later, we arrive at the mining towns of Morenci and Clifton, then on into Safford for a well-deserved rest.

Day 5 - Thursday - Safford to Bisbee - 154 miles

This morning we ride south to Willcox and the Rex Allen Museum.  We'll turn toward the Dos Cabezas Mountains and ride up to spectacular Chiricahua National Monument.  South we head to Douglas on the Mexican border, then into the once famous copper-mining town of Bisbee.

Day 6 - Friday - Bisbee to Tucson - 177 miles

We’re off this morning to Tombstone, "The Town Too Tough To Die".  After spending time here reliving the wild west, we'll turn west beside the Coronado National Forest to Sonoita, then north to Vail and Saguaro National Monument before arriving in Tucson.

Day 7 - Saturday - Tucson to Phoenix - 134 miles

All good things - and great rides - must come to an end, so this morning we pack up and head north back to Phoenix.  If you are flying out, plan your flight departure for after 2:00pm.

Ride America may from time to time make changes to this
tour itinerary, as circumstances require.


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