Cold and snow getting you down? Join us this winter on our exploration of Southern Arizona. Southern Arizona is a winter haven for riding – the Sonoran Desert, the “Sky Islands” (peaks jutting up from the desert floor,) Mexican and Native American heritage, mining towns and Wild West history can all be explored on a bike. You can see giant Saguaro cacti, explore the Kitt Peak Observatory, descend into a mine, and watch the famous shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone. IMPORTANT NOTE - This is not a Tour lead by a Tour Guide. Packages have a limited number of spaces, and include bike rental, motorcycle friendly hotels, a Mobile Tour app providing you with the most scenic route descriptions, and a support van with Multilingual driver which follows behind the group on the suggested tour route and will carry your luggage from hotel to hotel. You can choose to follow our route, ride in a group or on your own. Book with us today and celebrate the wilds of Southern Arizona in winter!
Arizona Sun Winter Getaway - GROUP TRAVEL - Tour Itinerary
Arrive at Phoenix International airport and transfer to our tour hotel. Tonight you’ll have a chance to meet your fellow riders and van driver at a detailed Orientation Meeting, followed by drinks and a great meal where you get to experience the renowned flavors of the American Southwest at the tour's Welcome Dinner
Arizona takes its deserts seriously and you’ll get the first taste of that today! We’ll pick up our bikes from EagleRider and head south through the beauty of the Sonoran Desert to the historic town of Ajo. Here, you can jump right into Ajo's fascinating mining history, and encounter the unique character of Southern Arizona, where Mexican, Tohono O'odham and American cultures create a blend that is authentically Ajo. For those who wish, we will ride down to Organ Pipe National Monument Visitor Center. Here, over 28 species of cactus can be found, including the namesake organ pipe. Unlike the stately saguaro that rises in a single trunk, the organ pipe is a furious clutter of segments shooting up from the base. A striking resemblance to the pipes of a church organ prompted its moniker. The monument is one of the few spots where the large cactus grows north of the Mexican border.
Today’s ride will take us up to 7000’ and our first “Sky Island” to the Kitt Peak National Observatory. Occupying the top 300’ of one of the most important mountains in the Tohono O’odham Nation, Kitt Peak is home to the largest array of optical and radio telescopes in the world! After riding through more of the gorgeous Sonoran Desert, we will end our ride in the border town of Nogales. The origin of the name Nogales is Spanish and derives from the word walnut, since walnut trees used to grow here. International Street, which separates Arizona and México, is the site of the first permanent border fence right down the center of the town. Tonight we will cross into Mexico for a taste of the local cuisine!
Mining has a rich history in Southern Arizona and, after a beautiful morning ride, we will spend the day exploring the historic mining town of Bisbee. Bisbee was established as a mining town in the late 1800s and proved to be one of the richest mineral sites in the world, producing nearly three million ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, silver, lead and zinc that came from these rich lands. By the early 1900's Bisbee had become the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco. The colorful, rough edges of the notorious Brewery Gulch, with its saloons and brothels can still be seen today. Historic taverns still retain the rich character and boom-town flavor of this period. These bars, restaurants and many museums make this an amazing town to explore. You can even don mining lanterns, hats and slickers of the miners and ride the mine train deep underground into the Queen Mine Tour!
This morning we will step back in time yet again to the Wild West in the living town of Tombstone. Walk the very same streets where Wyatt Earp and his brothers enjoyed the company of the likes of Doc Holliday! Visit the OK Corral. Step inside the historic buildings where poker games used to be played and even shoot a real Six-shooter at the local shooting gallery. This is also the land of Apache’s, such as Geronmio and Cochise and you can feel their spirits as we pass through this country on our way to Tucson. For the best view of the city, we will ride up the Sky Island of Mt Lemmon and look down on this capital city. Tonight we will explore areas such as restored mansions of its El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses of Barrio Historico.
Our last day on the road will not disappoint! We will start our ride by passing through Saguaro National Park with its dense stands of this famous cactus. As we head back towards Phoenix, enjoy the fragrant desert against the backdrop of the striking Catalina Range. We’ll stop for lunch in Superior where many western films, from directors such as Oliver Stone and Clint Eastwood have been set. Back at EagleRider we will return our motorcycle and head to the airport, or let us know if you'd like a post-night. This will be an unforgettable ride together, and all that is left now is to decide where we are riding together next year! Safe travels home, see you next time!