7 Days, 7 Nights. 800 Miles
The 4 lane road out of Tucson quickly turns to an unpaved mountain road as we climb into the Santa Catalina mountains.
Giant Saguaro cacti fill the rugged, beautiful landscape.
The mountain road now becomes a grassy two-track, then turns off into a rocky canyon. Down through an active river wash and back onto the two-track. The landscape and terrain constantly engaging our senses. And we're only halfway through day 1.
This 7 day dual sport tour traverses the mountains, deserts, forests and grasslands of Southern Arizona.
Each day will be a unique guided and supported ride, deep into the Arizona backcountry.
Each evening will be spent in a clean, comfortable lodge, cabin or hotel. Hearty breakfasts and dinners served on site.
On-bike guides along with a 4wd chase vehicle are along to help.
* Add $600 for single occupancy lodging.
Double lodging only available to family/friends booking together.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
March 13-20, 2024 - SOLD OUT
March 21-28, 2024 - SOLD OUT
Ground transportation provided by Moto Vermont to and from Tucson International Airport or area hotel.
Storage of your non-riding gear during your tour.
7 days professional guidance with lead and sweep guides versed in mechanics and wilderness first-aid
7 nights shared lodging (single lodging $500 additional)
Any applicable trail passes/permits
Chase vehicle w/extra bike(s)
Transportation of personal bike or Rental bike.
AMA sanctioned event
Airport/local hotel transfer
7 days of expert guidance
7 nights comfortable, clean lodging
Delicious, hearty dinners (6)
Chase vehicle with extra bike, tools and gear
Guides versed in local area, bike maintenance and certified in Wilderness First Aid
AMA Sanctioned and insured ride
Arrive at Tucson International airport
Transfer to Tucson East (10 mi)
Tucson - Oracle. 95 miles
Breakfast on site. Riders meeting.
Heading east, we climb toward Mt Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Mountains. The unpaved mountain road quickly turns to two track and heads down into our first wash(dry river)of the trip. Rocky canyon roads lead to beautiful grassy two tracks and the variety is endless. We end the day on a dirt road, heading into Oracle. Our lodge for the night is a Spanish-styled inn with a lush landscape with cozy rooms and casitas.
The grill will be out, coolers will be stocked with cold drinks and we will dine in the courtyard.
Oracle - Globe. 125 miles
Breakfast at the Oracle cafe and right into the canyon roads. Spectacular views of snow-capped mountains as we drop into a wash with a small stream crossing back and forth. With the river melt, small fields of yellow, orange and purple wildflowers dot the landscape. 9 miles of pavement for fuel and lunch at Marias in Winkelman before heading back toward the Pinal mountains. Evidence of mining is everywhere along a challenging mountain pass. Some very small mines the size of a crawl space, some larger. Most abandoned and hastily buttoned up. The afternoon scenery is spectacular as we ride the spine of a mountain range before dropping into a spectacular wash.
As we approach Globe, the bright orange poppies begin to appear. Dinner on the grill in Globe as we relax and prepare for the next day.
Globe - Globe. 100 miles
Day 3 is a loop day so we can roll out of bed and roll on the throttle. Fresh burritos will be loaded into the tank bags as we head out of Globe on pavement but soon cut off on a sandy, high altitude two track through bright sage fields. Some washes, a bit of ranch land and lots of beautiful views.
More wildflowers. Several technical trails. A few water crossings, some that may need assistance from a spotter. Dinner on your own (several options in Globe).
Globe - Willcox. 160 miles
Heading south out of Globe, the mountains get fairly jagged. Saguaro cacti, some exciting tight canyon trails and more beautiful views, but its difficult not to focus on the trail, as it's a bit more technical with 4-8" rocks that love to shuffle around underneath. Second half of the day is a bit more mellow with about 50 miles of wide dirt road to bring us into the cool old whistle stop town of Willcox, AZ.
We're staying right downtown and will be enjoying a great southwestern meal 2 blocks away.
Willcox - Bisbee. 100 miles
Fresh breakfast prepared by our Inn. Out of town on dirt, through the Willcox Playa, along the old Southern Pacific train line and several defunct train cars. A bit of pavement before turning into the historic lands once defended by Apache leader Cochise. We pass just below the actual Apache stronghold, where Cochise resided for over 15 years.
Turning off the mostly maintained mountain road, we drop into the Tombstone valley on a washed out two track.
The town of Tombstone is touristic and mostly fabricated, but we do make a quick stop downtown for a coffee and to check out the 3 original buildings, one of which is the Birdcage theatre, where 16 gunfights left 140 bullet holes in its original 50 years of operation.
Once refreshed, we buzz down into Bisbee, the last 10 or 15 miles being pavement.
Bisbee is one of our favorite towns. The incredible history, topography, and architecture combined with its obscure location make this town an Oasis for the Adventure Traveler.
Lucky for us, our friend Sterling owns an Inn right in town (overflow hotel just across the street). We'll plan to get in early to explore.
Dinner in the courtyard at the Jonquil Motel.
Bisbee - Patagonia. 115 miles
Breakfast at the Jonquil before heading west on pavement, over and through Montezuma canyon.
We drop south on a lovely 2-track through the beautiful, flowing Arizona grassland conservation area. Eventually, arriving at the US/Mexico border where we ride directly along the border for several miles. Rolling hills allow for a commanding view of both sides of the border.
More beautiful 2-track and 2 unmaintained mountain pass roads that are incredibly fun, round out the day as we roll into the town of Patagonia. Part ranch town, part mountain bike mecca, Patagonia has a fun vibe and a few shops and pubs. We'll cook a nice meal for our last evening together.
Patagonia - Tucson. 100 miles
Right onto a small dirt road, we meander north along a network of winding roads and trails, nothing too rugged, but fun stuff through a beautiful area.
We stick to small roads coming into Tucson, but eventually roads open up a bit and group riding may become difficult. Physical and verbal directions will be provided in case of group split. Our destination is an airport hotel in Southern Tucson.
A Trailer will be awaiting our arrival. Bikes and gear will be loaded. Customers are encouraged to book flights that evening or the following morning. Shuttle provided to storage area in order to retrieve customer vehicles.
Food is our fuel and we feel good food is a key element to a successful adventure. We either cook on site - or dine at a local restaurant within walking distance.
Each evening, we will find ourselves at a different lodging establishment; a mix of historic Inns, remote cabins, hunting lodges and cool downtown hotels.
The Jonquil Motel in Downtown Bisbee, AZ(left)
The historic Stage Stop Inn in Patagonia, AZ(below)
Dinner on Day 3
TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR PERSONAL BIKE:
LIMITED SPACE FOR PERSONAL BIKES
We will have 4 pick-up and drop off locations:
This tour is designed for street legal dual sport bikes under 650cc.
Spenser Peterson is head trail director for MotoVermont. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and skilled in trailside mechanics. An expert navigator and rider, Spenser will act as tail guide during this tour, ensuring all riders stay together and navigate obstacles along the route.
Eric Milano is the founder of MotoVermont. He is certified in Wilderness First aid and will act as a guide during our excursion through Arizona.
Support Vehicle An additional guide will drive a 4 wheel drive truck carrying an extra rental bike, tools and riders' luggage from inn to inn, allowing us to keep our bikes lightweight and nimble on the trail.
The support vehicle will parallel our route and meet us in the case of a mechanical issue or tired rider. There will always be a safe and reliable alternative to riding every day, if need be.
RIDER REQUIREMENTS (Please also review our Rules & Regs page)
Motorcycle endorsement holder
Rider should be in good health and able to endure several hours on bike each day
Rider should possess basic off-road riding skills; rear brake usage, body positioning, foot peg weighting.
Rider must wear full-face helmet, gloves, off-road-specific boots, armored motorcycle-specific jacket and pants.
Bike should be in good running and street-legal condition; registered, insured and thoroughly checked over.
Bike should be equipped with good, off-pavement tires and engine case protection. Feel free to contact MotoVermont for bike-specific tire recommendations.
Rider and bike should be able to endure some highway riding. Much of the mileage is unpaved during this tour, but there are some cases where 2 lane highway riding is necessary.
This tour is designed for street-legal dual sport bikes under 650cc.