Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern Arizona
Bikes: 1984 Raleigh Super Course, 1997 Cannondale F300
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I live in Flagstaff but have never ridden to Phx. The quickest route, by car anyway, is down Interstate 17 but that wouldn't be too pleasant on a bike. I'd consider heading down Lake Mary Road (Forest Highway 3) from Flagstaff, hang a right onto Highway 87 and follow that all the way into Phx. It is for the most part a two-lane road the entire way without the greatest shoulders. The traffic isn't terribly heavy except on weekends, especially holiday weekends. The route is beautiful but does have it's share of hills but Flagstaff is much higher in elevation than Phx. so you'll generally be going downhill with just some relatively short climbs.
You could also go from Flagstaff to Prescott via Highway 89a and then down toward Phx. through Congress Junction etc. That is another beautiful route.