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Jerome, Arizona: 127 curves in 12 miles!!

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  • Distance: 32 miles / 51.5 km
  • Ride Time: 4-6 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $2.43
  • State: Arizona
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This is by far the most exhilarating, yet peaceful ride. Start in Prescott and head north on the 89. Take a little detour along Old 89A/Old Prescott Jerome Highway (AKA Great Western Drive). Continue onto the current 89A/Prescott Jerome Highway. Continue on to Jerome which is located on the top of a small mountain. It's a great little artist town that is extremely biker friendly(the chief of police owns 2 Harleys!). If you're not there by noon, you'll have a hard time finding a place to park the horse. Park it, walk the town, visit the old mine, see a few ghosts! This town boasts about the 12 mile long road with over 127 bike hugging curves!

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

heritagechic says:

We traveled this route on a 10 day trip thru Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. We left Flagstaff, AZ and were in route to Prescott, AZ. I had visited Jerome in a car once before, so - I was already apprehensive as I knew what to expect. This is a beautiful ride and, in the scope of things, really doesn't have a lot of "hairpin" (10 mph or less) turns. However, I was a nervous wreck and didn't get it enjoy it as much. Wish I had a "do-over". Going thru Jerome really jacked with my psyche. It was bumper to bumper traffic and we were behind some mini-van driver going about 2 mph. Making those switchback in the town of Jerome with virtually no speed and people walking everywhere...not so much. It was cold and I swear I had sweat rolling down my back - was a nervous wreck. I just knew I was going to drop my bike in the middle of it all. I wanted to KILL that mini-van driver who obviously had no clue. Finally we just pulled over and waited a bit for him to get ahead so that we could have at least a little speed going thru those turns. Anyway, I digress -- the ride from Jerome to Prescott Valley is fun and beautiful. Great twists that swing you from one direction to the other - - loads of fun. Mostly 20 - 25 mph curves - the challenge is the number of curves in a relatively short distance. If you are feeling good and have your mojo going - this would be a great ride. Ride it! I want to do it again! PS - we have stayed at the Jerome Grand Hotel on a previous trip (car) loved it!
Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM

roadhawk says:

One of the best rides I have ever been on have ridden it 3x and will do so again when i get the chance
Mon Aug 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Rollie says:

Words cannot describe the ride you will have to Jerome
I will be going back
You are right about noon time it gets busy and waiting lines to get food

Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

dharma says:

We took this route from Jerome to Prescott as part of a large loop from Fountain Hills to Payson to Flagstaff (up Lake Mary Rd) to Sedona to Wickenburg. The ride over Mingus Mountain is beautiful with lots of twisties and sweepers. Keep an eye out for cinders on the road (put there when roads are icy, but which lingers long after the ice is gone). Take your time, enjoy the view, don't become a statistic. Also pay attention to road signs in Jerome, while also watching out for cars and distracted pedestrians. Hwy 89A takes a right turn at the T-intersection. We took a wrong turn in Jerome and ended going up Fifth Street (thanks to paying attention to GPS instead of street signs). Major mistake! Fifth street has 45 degree incline. The asphalt is all but gone, with nothing left but rough stones and broken rubble. No injuries but it was scary.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

felon says:

This is a great ride. We ride this anytime we are in the area, as I have recorded here on ORJ. Don't forget to visit the Grand Hotel in Jerome, it is haunted and used to be a hospital. We stayed one night there, food was incredible, but one night was enough for me...I NOW believe in ghosts!!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Mrapollo says:

Bike heaven
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

rhealy says:

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM


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