Adventure Motorcycle Riding in Arizona

Arizona Offers Some Great Options For Dual-Sport And Adventure Riding

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For adventure motorcycle rides, Arizona is a paradise. It is one of the largest states in the US and just jam packed with magnificent scenery and beautiful roads. The plateaus in the Northwest, nicknamed Red Rock Country due to its distinctive brightly-colored rock.

Perhaps most famously, Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon. There are a variety of peaks and mountains, as well as desert areas in the South.

The climate of Arizona makes it ideal for adventure motorcyclists as it is usually quite warm and dry. This makes for perfect riding conditions and the roads, which stretch on for miles, a lot safer than a lot of other roads for motorcyclists. However, if hot weather isn’t your cup of tea then there are cooler regions in the higher altitude locations of the state.


In the Flagstaff region of Arizona, there are some amazing sights that you need to stop by on your adventure. These places are prone to rain and snow during the colder months, so if you want to avoid these, the best time to go would be April through to August. Flagstaff has forests, lakes and mountain ranges so there is something for everyone to see. The Lowell Observatory, Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon National Monument are must see places if you are in the area. For a true Arizonan experience – this is the ride for you.

Fountain Hills

If you are after a motorcycle adventure with a bit more of a cultural aspect, then the 145 miles ride from Fountain Hills to Bartlett Lake can give you this. You can visit one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces – Taliesen West and have a tour depending on your interest in the area. There is a marina at Bartlett Lake which is a must visit place for anyone with a love of boating and a short uphill trek will give you breath-taking views of the lake. You can also pass by the Mayo Clinic – offering some spectacular scenery. Bartlett Lake is only a short ride away from Phoenix, one of Arizona’s busiest cities. Phoenix has a wide variety of bars, clubs, shops and places to stay. You are sure to find something to fulfil your needs.


For those seeking a more historical trip, Wickenburg provides you with a glimpse into the history of West America. Just 54 miles outside of Phoenix, this community takes you back in time to experience some of the Old West. From there you can head to Yarnell Hill – for bikers this road is heaven on Earth. Your last stop at Kirkland will remind you of the Old West and if you’re into scares make sure to check out for the face of a murdered woman imprinted on the wall of the Kirkland Bar and Steakhouse.

Wherever you decide to go in Arizona you won’t be disappointed by the stunning scenery, amazing historical places and gorgeous weather!

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Richard Moore

Richard is a co-founder of and major contributor to Outside Pursuits. He has trekking and survival experience throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Richard contributes his extensive travel and outdoor experience to the editorial topics and content on Outside Pursuits including outdoor gear, motorcycle accessories, auto/4x4 accessories, and tools. In 1998, he survived in the wilderness for over a week without food or specialist equipment. He was stranded on the northern coast of Honduras following Category 5 Hurricane Mitch.

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