Leaving the San Juan Trading Post, after a Navajo Breakfast and as much coffe as I could drink, we headed N on the UT163, passing the eponymous "Mexican Hat" on our Right.
Just by way of signage, the UT163, and later the UT191 for part of "The Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway"
Taking the first real Left we headed NW on the UT261, taking a further left on the UT316 to the Goosenecks overlook - its a few km.
Photographs taken, we headed back to the UT261, and turning left carried on NW. Careful here as there may be some cattle on the road. As the sign says, "Open Range".
My Intention was to head up the Moki Dugway, carrying on to Natural Bridges Nat. Mon.. Having arrived there the road surface was really loose and badly rutted, with a lot axle tramp ruts everywhere, and I decided it was not suitable for my 750kg fully laden, two-up Electra glide which is definitely not dual sport, so instead we headed to the East, clearly signposted "Valley of The Gods".
[If you run out of tarmac on the UT261 after the first hairpin on the Dugway, you've missed the turn by about 800 yards]
The surface is mostly graded gravel, although there are washes where the sand can be loose and a more than a few inches deep. Take care and everything will be fine.
The road takes you through some magnificent rock formations, drifts, hoodoos, spires and if you stop, and listen. You will hear absolutely begger all, apart from the tinkling of your bike as it cools. Eerie Silence.
Hoped to see a road-runner, or even a coyote, maybe riding an Acme Rocket, but no such luck. Saw one car on the whole journey!
On the Harley we had a bit of a struggle through some of the deeper sand in the washes, but it was ok, and didn't need to dab or paddle to keep going. Should be a fantastic ride on a more dirt-capable motorcycle.
Upon reaching the UT 163 we took a Left heading NE and stopping for Coffee at the Sinclair Services at Bluff, before heading N on UT191 for Blanding, Monticello and eventually Moab for the night.
Hazard: Valley of the Gods road is loose gravel and sand. If you're on a big heavy roadster its going to be hard work: be prepared.
Hazard: Its a free Range: there may be cattle on the road.
Hazard: There may be deep sand in the washes.
Hazard: There is no water between Mexican Hat and either Bluff or the Ranger station at Natural Bridges if you stay on the Dugway.
Hazard: In summer its V hot.
Hazard: if you walk from the road in VotG, there may be wriggly and/or crawly animals.
Hazard: Road may become impassable very quickly following heavy rains on the nearby mountains.
Beautiful rural riding and excellent contrast of scenery from red rock canyons to beautiful sand dunes, to alpine forest and finally the North Rim of a Grand Canyon.
Not for the faint of heart.Awesome views.
AZ 366 Is a hidden gem south of the grand 191 (Devil's Highway).
It's spectacularly beautiful and takes you to a high elevation. Corners are often tight and there are several sets of switchbacks one needs to be ready for.
Beyond the end point the road becomes unpaved. During good weather, with proper bikes, You are welcome to continue on and enjoy further.
US Forestry service people are typically there, but they are quite friendly.
It's much more technical than fast. Enjoy!
Some nice curves and an enjoyable road (more so on the Utah side)
Frenzied curves on the Devil's Highway followed by a more relaxed ride through the Gila Forest. This 200 mile loop starts at Three Way, Arizona and immediately heads north and takes in a section of US191 named the Coronada Trail, also known as the Devil’s highway. This is a long stretch that consists of almost no straights at all and has spectactular turns and views. The road itself is quite challenging so stopping to admire the views from the viewpoints is recommended, also many of the turns are blind so one needs caution should be used. At Alpine, the route heads briefly east, and crosses into New Mexico before heading south on US180 where you can find more great turns and some beautiful views of the Gila National Forest. After Wilcox Peak, take a right onto State Highway 78, where you’ll find some more nice turns on the way back to the start. ( Image : Coronado Trail Curves ; Credit : Throttle Girl )
Twisting, winding all day ride
Great road passing through the Shiprock formation up close, up and over a very nice typically twisty Buffalo pass, and along the Canyon de Chelly with its great overlooks of the cliff dwellings. Paved all the way!
enough gas stations, restaurants, great ride through mountains, lots of camping spots and best of all, no traffic, just you and the road
out to Bartlett lake from central Phoenix by way of cave creek. and back via carefree highway and north valley mountain parkway.
Wonderful Ride to Grab a WONDERFUL bite in Topack 66. Returning from Topack ride the LONGEST un interrupted stretch of route 66 The MOTHER ROAD
Beautiful Ride, Starting at the Mother Road HD ends at the Avi, a wonderful little hotel casino on the AZ/NV border over looking the Colorado River
a very enjoyable ride and keeps you with in emergency distance for any kids
This long, straight stretch is a really nice two-lane hwy that is easily the most beautiful way to get to Tucson from the Phoenix area. Lots of beautiful cactus, desert vegetation, and Mt Lemmon looming in the distance. There is something very therapeutic about this stretch.
Empty two-lane hwy with spectacular views of undeveloped Arizona Desert. Wild horses, wild donkeys, mesas and overlooks. Gas up in Casa Grande - there is nothing til you get to SR 96 towards Ajo.
Just a short route to get to the Natural Bridge but it is beautiful and twisty. Definitely worth seeing!
Starts in Tucson surroundings looking at some beautyfull ranches, on Sonoita there is a nice place with a really good steak, and a few wineries. Go to Parker Canyon for a little fishing and camping, even rent a pedal boat beautyfull scenery with nice curves. On Tombestone dont miss the famous OK Corral shooting, great place to spend the day.
Deep deserted desert scenes, therapeutic riding into Arizona.
If you're coming from the Valley, this is a nice all-day ride. Make lots of stops and enjoy the beautiful scenery and nice quiet roads.
Fast, sweeping turns. Beautiful Arizona desert scenery. Landscape changes as you drive north and reach higher altitudes. Lots of police on Sunday mornings.