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Old 03-20-09, 04:51 PM
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Best rides in the Southwest?

Hey all:
I'm planning a fairly open-ended trip in the Southwest and was wondering where all your favorites rides are. Thanks.
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Southern Utah. Period. From the left to the right it's unbelievable. Roadies are a minority but there's a lot of bike culture for relatively unpeopled areas. They just had the Skinny Tire Festival 2 weeks ago in Moab (Mountain bike capital of the world.)

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Does west Texas count? Hill Country west of Austin/San Antonio. Big Bend for isolation, no traffic, and scenery.

In Arizona, start east of Springerville for the specular coast/view into the Round Valley and continue thru the White Mountains along the Mogollon Rim into Payson. Also, Flagstaff-Grand Canyon area.

In Colorado, Walsenburg to Cortez over Wolf Creek Pass.

Lots more, but I've done these.
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El Paso, TX to Las Cruces, NM to Caballo to Silver City. Desert to mountain. Good stuff.
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great site for routes, search it for the area your interested in:
www.bikely.com
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The white mountains of Arizona, Start in Alpine heading south along the coronado trail to morenci. gorgeous...

the southeastern part of arizona, near the huachuca and chiracahua mountain ranges.
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Depending on the season, your bike's off pavement capabilities and your definition of Southwest, the number of routes is almost endless. AAA has created the Indian Country Map of the Four Corners Region that gives lots of information you would find useful if you are a member or know a member. The map is an excellent starting point for planning.

The Four Corners Area-SE Utah from Moab and Canyonlands and Arches National Parks; SW Colorado N&S of Durango for some serious elevation gain and history among old mining towns and 14000 foot mountains; NW New Mexico with the Navajo and Hopi Reservations and Chaco Canyon; and NW Arizona with both rims of the Grand canyon and just over the N. border all other Utah national parks.
You can hardly go wrong with any choice in the area.
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Rim2Rim. Desert View, Grand Canyon head west on Hwy 64. Left onto Hwy 180 and S to Flagstaff past the magnificent San Francisco Peaks. Catch Lake Mary Road to the southeast out of Flag and roll past Lake Mary, Mormon Lake, and onward to Payson. Payson is on the Mogollon Rim where the elevation drops precipitously down to the desert below. Mountain biking mecca. This ride includes mountains, high desert, lakes, steep climbs and fast descents. 200ish miles.

The other direction is possible, also, depending on season. Wind tends out of the SW most of the time, except late summer. Also, GC and Mogollon Rim country both have their charms, just a matter of where you want to end up.

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Arizona, btw.
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