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Red Rock Mountains & Haunted Copper Mines

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 89 miles / 143.2 km
  • Ride Time: 1 day
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $6.76
  • State: Arizona
Submitted by:
felon pro

This route was part of larger trip we were on but we spent 2 nights in Sedona and did a little playing. I have a day listed for this ride, but you could easily spend a few.
Alt. 89 is a great orde for any part of the country. You will experience lots of great curves, tight and sweeping. As you approach Sedona, you go from riding in a forested area, droping down into town, the first thing you notice are those giant red rocks behind the city. As for the city of Sedona, I can take it or leave it, a little too New Age for my tastes. But it has all the luxuries you may be looking for after a few hard days on the road.

We did take in some horseback trail riding in Oak Creek Canyon, and I highly reccomend that! Those taril horses were incredible, whether crossing a river or on a trail only wide enough for the horse, mountain on one side a 300 foot drop on the other!

The ride south out of Sedona is outstanding, wide open, rolling hills. Stay on Alt. 89 all the way to Jerome. This is a town you will remember forever. I remember the first time riding into town and having to make those hard left and right uphill turns in second gear! It is laid out in a series of turns into the hillside. It is an old copper mining town that time had passed by, until recent years and people starting to invest back in the town. There is an old haunted copper mine about half way thru town up a dirt raoad about 2 miles. We made the trip touring bikes, so anyone can make it up there, you won't be dissapointed.

There are several hotels to stay at in Jerome, most of then built before 1900, but even if you don't stay, you at least have to go visit The Grand. We first went thru there several years ago, and promissed we would come back just to stay at the Grand Hotel at the top of the mountain. We did! It is haunted, it used to be the hospital when the mining town prospered. Sat vacant for many years. I won't tell you any more. you must go.

There is a lot to do in this little town, and you will notice a lot of bikes as you drive thru. It is a favorite of bikers from all over.

Leaving Jerome amd heading south, the fun is just beginning, as you cross over the mounatin down into Prescott Valley and eventually into the town of Prescott. I'll end this portion here. I will make this trip again any time I can!

So much more to do than what I have listed here!!!

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Arizona. This motorcycle route has 7 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by felon in July. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by felon

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Best Time to Go

Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

bdking says:

I've made this run and I agree -- it is very good. Jerome is both a road stop and a destination depending on how much time you have.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

felon says:

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM


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