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Old 04-29-2014, 08:33 PM   #1
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Dirt Roads of Arizona (and beyond).

After taking a trip on the "Seven Springs Loop" two up on my R1200GS Adventure and after many other "stressful attempts" at getting close to nature off the pavement I've learned something very invaluable... What it is I'm looking for.

I don't care if it's not single track, if it doesn't cross the grand canyon and if it's not "hardcore". I've gone down some "trails" only for them to turn into complete chaos and become nothing more than a nightmare. 12% downgrades with switchbacks at an angle almost impossible to a motorcycle, filled with gravel, soft sand and anything a bike might hate. I'm sure to a skilled ADV Rider or a Dirt Biker with plenty of experience this presents a fun challenge but to me it takes what could be a fun time and turns it into white knuckled stress.

The road that lead me from Cave Creek to the Seven Springs Campground was a blast, I even got to cross a stream. It was plenty fun and not too hard to traverse. Even though in some parts I had to take it slow I felt safe with me and the missus on board.

I'm just trying to get out into nature, off the beaten path but I now realize I'm not looking for "Trails", I'm looking for well maintained fire roads, dirt roads, whatever you want to call them. Something you would feel fine taking a family sedan, at the most maybe a subaru wagon down.

Can anyone give me advice as to where some are in Arizona? Heck, I'd love to know of some good ones in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and California as well.

I'm looking for good dirt roads in the Southwest, thanks for any help and insight.

Some good examples of what I'm talking about that WAS plenty of fun and not too difficult was the front way (from I-17) to Crown King and the Florence-Kelvin Highway, I'm looking for more things like that. The better maintained the better for me.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:47 PM   #2
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288 to Young from Globe. Cherry Creek Road. Both are dirt but super graded, great scenery and some history too. Oh and FR 300 on the Mogollon Rim is great, especially in the Summer months when it is hot.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:23 PM   #3
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Which loop did you take past 7 springs, FR 41 or FR 269 which turns into bloody basin?
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the road suggestions, Hoosier! I'll start researching them right now

And Kevin, I took FR 269, Bloody Basin all the way to I-17.. It was hair raising to say the least. There comes a point for me at least when it just stops being fun. I never dropped the bike but I didn't enjoy anything from that one turning point onto FR 269.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:24 PM   #5
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There are many dirt roads in AZ that are very gentle on the rider and the bike. I'll have to look on the map for the numbers this evening when I'm off work.

You will be very happy you didn't try FR41 off the Seven Springs road, especially since Bloody Basin was no fun for you. 41 on a big GS takes a very skilled rider.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:07 PM   #6
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Ruby Road from Arivaca to Nogales is a good one.

Redington Rd-Cascabel Rd-Three Links Rd is a fun way to get from Tucson to Willcox and generally well maintained.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:13 PM   #7
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Apache trail from tortilla flats to Roosevelt lake.

From Florence Kelvin head south on barkerville, then left of freeman to dudlyville. Willow spring road off of freeman road is easy too.

Way south on the border road along mexico from Montezuma pass to Patagonia is easy.

Up to crown king is a nice graded road from i17.

Summer heat is coming soon, so someone suggest some mogollon rim roads.

Plenty of easy stuff in az that'll help you get comfortable and develop skills.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:24 PM   #8
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Ruby Road from Arivaca to Nogales is a good one.

Redington Rd-Cascabel Rd-Three Links Rd is a fun way to get from Tucson to Willcox and generally well maintained.
I'm not sure he'd like Redington pass from Tucson to the cascabel road though. It's a bit bumpy with exposed granite lately.

From San Manuel to Benson on that San pedro/cascabel road is a good route though.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:29 PM   #9
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Thank you so much everyone, I'll be researching and hopefully riding -all- of these The more suggestions the better, hopefully I'm not the only one helped by this.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:50 PM   #10
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I would steer clear of cherry creek road if I were you. It's graded for a long way, but after one of the water crossings at a ranch, the road changes into something you wouldn't like if you didn't like bloody basin.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:38 AM   #11
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This is of interest to me as well since all I have is a scooter, but it's been a lot of fun getting out to some out-of-the-way places. Redington Rd has been fine with the scooter and even my wife is fine with it in her old Saturn SL2. I did however wonder what I'd gotten myself into going over Gunsight Pass in my 2WD Datsun.
Zeid, I'd be happy to join you on some tamer roads, paved or not, if you're up for that sometime. I'm generally off from work Sunday through Tuesday.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:58 PM   #12
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Jerome to Williams is a nice run on Pekinsville road. All big bike friendly. On all these type roads weather plays a huge factor, A little rain can change these roads into a mess. Bloody basin to Crown King is easy too....
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:33 PM   #13
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Would it be safe to say that any road in the higher elevations with rain in the week before would be iffy on being easy?
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Old 05-02-2014, 05:33 AM   #14
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Would it be safe to say that any road in the higher elevations with rain in the week before would be iffy on being easy?
That would be my suggestion. The clay that's all over the higher elevations in AZ can be slicker than snot . Hard to clean off also. Having said that I ride these type roads all summer on my Vstom and getting caught in Monson season is part of it. Most of the maintained roads have gravel so they are not as bad as some forest service roads...
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:16 PM   #15
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Schnebly Hill Road has some great scenery. Stop at Montezuma Castle and go over to The Well which is close by during your ride.

Order up a Coconino Forrest map as there are miles of freewaylike dirt roads in there.

If you make it to San Diego, PM me. Glad to offer suggestions or lead a ride.
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