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Old 05-22-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Arizona Coronado Trail advice?

Hi folks:

I leave a conference in Scottsdale tomorrow at noon on my fully loaded pig of a R1200 GS heading back to Canada. I am intriqued by a twisty line on the map headimg north. State Hwy 191 also labeled the "Coronado Trail".

Any local intel on this ride?
Better routes heading North?
Heavily patrolled?
Gas stations spaced around well enough?
Could I pull off on BLM land and stealth camp tomorrow evening?

thanks,

Lee

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Old 05-22-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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well, the good part of the 191 (between Morenci and Alpine) is not exactly on the way to Canada from Scottsdale. Or you planning a detour? This is only good part of the 191 in AZ. From I-40 north to Utah it's rez land.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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Hi folks:

Any local intel on this ride?
Better routes heading North?
Heavily patrolled?
Gas stations spaced around well enough?
Could I pull off on BLM land and stealth camp tomorrow evening?
Answers in order asked:

1. Fantastic road from Morenci to Alpine (90 miles of curves) The rest of the answers pertain to this 90 mile section.

2. No but every one has there own definition. It's all paved by the way

3. No and also almost no traffic on weekdays.

4. Gas in Morenci and then in Alpine

5 Yes


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Old 05-22-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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Russ and Swimmer- Thanks for the quick turn around. Ez300 has also suggested a mountain route up 87 past Mormon Lake.

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Old 05-22-2013, 02:00 PM   #5
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Here is a Coronado Trail ride report from Dave 6253 in May 2011. The next month the 500,000+ acre Wallow Fire started and there is still much fire damage evident as you are northbound on 191 approaching Alpine.

Like others have said, fuel up in Morenci (assuming you will be northbound) as the next available fuel will be in Alpine. Plenty of camping is available along the route between Morenci and Alpine. If you continue northbound on 191 from I-40 you will be on Reservation land, but if time permits, you could stop at the Canyon De Chelly National Monument.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=685305
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:34 AM   #6
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How ever you get there, do not miss this destination. This is Monument Valley. Drive down the 4 mile paved road to the visitors center, weave left around the parking lot and on to the tour road. It will be the best 4 dollars you spend all trip. You will be blown away, pack a lunch and eat at your favorite vista. The whole park can be blown through on a bike in 30-40 minutes if you haul. But once your in there, I think you will spend a couple of hours.

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Old 05-27-2013, 06:18 PM   #7
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Oh boy, lots of good suggestions came my way enroute. I opted for the Aztec, Durango, Silverton, Ouray route. that SHOULD be called the Silverton-HOURAY route and it is very much like a Colorado version of the Stelvio pass with a bunch of 60 mph sweepers tossed in and some drop offs that would see a sliding bike not stop for 1000 feet.

Up through Vernal, then Flaming Gorge area and a bunch of spectacular open visibility curves and into Rock Springs then up through central Montana. Three 700 mile days to home. thanks guys.

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #8
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Coronado Trail

I just road this stretch on Sun from North to South...WoW! What a road! I was amazed at the road, sights, twisties, etc. This is so far the best road I've ridden outside of Europe. I rode the 3 sisters in TX last month and I thought this was much, much better! I'm definately going back as soon as I get the chance! Going south the left-handers (with no guardrail and sheer drop offs) were a bit scarey at times. Hard to enjoy the views and keep it on the road at the same time. Caution is advised and take your time. Only a few hairpins had a bit a gravel in the turns. Otherwise the road was fantastic!
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:28 PM   #9
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most fun

I hear ya on the fun and the danger. ride it up next time if you can, south to north. the twisties and the elevation lets you roll in and out of the throttle instead of constantly on a brake-way more fun
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:32 PM   #10
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Anyone know if that Hannagan Meadow lodge up there is any good as far as food?

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Old 06-05-2013, 08:49 PM   #11
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hannigan medows food yak

if its open, it will be average at best with very limited choices-keep going to alpine if you are looking for decent viddles they will have beer there, or they did the last time I was there-protein in a can
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