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What Are The 10 Best Motorcycle Rides In Arizona?

- AZ-188 to Mesa (131 miles)
- Flagstaff to Wilhoit (108 miles)
- N Bush Hwy to Tortilla Flat (44 miles)
- Oatman Highway (48 miles)
- Springerville to Three Way (130 miles)
- Bartlett Lake (24 miles)
- Mt Lemmon Hwy (26 miles)
- Route 260 to 87 (34 miles)
- Lake Mary Rd to Payson (93 miles)
- Globe to Show Low (87 miles)

Motorcycle Rides Near Me In Arizona

Below is our in-depth list of the 8 best Arizona motorcycle rides! Arizona is home to some of the most iconic landscapes in America. With miles of open road, endless desert skies and plentiful natural wonders, there's an abundance of destinations for a great motorcycle trip. These are the best motorcycle routes and roads in Arizona. So saddle up, and start your adventure! Click on the Arizona motorcycle map links for the direct Google Maps route.

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Tips for Arizona Motorcycle Rides

Looking for places to ride motorcycles in Arizona? This is a state that has intense sunshine and heat. It's always a good idea to prepare for the climate before your adventure. Ride with hot weather gear like cooling vests and mesh motorcycle jackets and pants. While sweltering temps are common June through September, the winter months and early spring is a great time to motorcycle these Arizona roads.

Is There a Helmet Law in Arizona?

According to Arizona state law, only motorcycle operators and riders under 18 must wear a helmet.
But protective riding gear is always a good idea. Some of these AZ motorcycle rides may have road hazards such as sand, pebbles or potholes. And remember, motorcycle shades aren't just for looking cool - they're a key safety item to protect your eyes from debris and also keeps the sweat and sun out of your eyes.

AZ-188 TO MESA

ROUTES 188, 60
DISTANCE: 131 miles
TIME: 2 hour 22 min

This is one of the best motorcycle roads in Arizona, not far from the Phoenix area. Ride through the densely forested Tonto National Forest, and miles of open vistas. This route offers the variety of vast straightaways, desert terrain, twisties, climbs and descents. There will be great views of Theodore Roosevelt Lake and the surrounding mountains along AZ-188. If you have the time for a longer loop ride, motorcycle the Beeline Hwy (AZ-87) southbound back to the Phoenix/Mesa area.
(Photos: G. Stahl)

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FLAGSTAFF TO WILHOIT

ROUTES 89A, 89
DISTANCE: 108 miles
TIME: 3 hours

When most hear Arizona, they think of Grand Canyon. But one area that should not be missed, especially by motorcycle, are the roads south of Flagstaff through Sedona. Arizona State Route 89A is an epic AZ motorcycle ride through numerous state parks and forests. Turn after turn there are incredible views of vast mountains and red rock formations. As you ride, you'll have chances to peer over magnificent cliff overlooks that offer great views of the stunningly beautiful canyon. Many riders say the best direction to take in these views is heading south. Start in the lush, rugged forests of Flagstaff, and work your way down to the canyon towards Prescott. Expect traffic in Sedona, but south of Jerome will make up for it with significantly impressive turns and overlooks near Woodchute Mtn.
(Photo: G. Stahl)

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N BUSH HWY TO TORTILLA FLAT

N BUSH HWY, APACHE TRAIL
DISTANCE: 44 miles
TIME 1 hour 11 mins

One of the best motorcycle rides in Arizona is the “Bee-Line Hwy” RT87. Take Usery Pass Road leading to the famous Arizona 88 also known as Apache Trail which you will take towards the Superstition Mountains. This route covers scenic desert landscapes with mountains and even Canyon Lake scenery. Taking Route 88 will lead you to Tortilla Flat. The road was repaved in recent years, which makes for a huge improvement. While many turn back around at this point, there is actually an 8 mile stretch of beautiful pavement that will offer worthwhile riding. (Click the map link for the exact location of where the pavement ends.) Adventure riders can continue beyond here on the packed gravel section towards Roosevelt for great views of high wall canyons and more beautiful scenic areas of Arizona.
(Photos: G. Stahl)

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OATMAN HIGHWAY

DISTANCE: 48 miles
TIME: 1 hour 15 min

If you're looking for a challenging ride, this is the road for you! Oatman Highway is an incredible AZ motorcycle road, nestled in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona. It's also a very demanding and remote ride, and puts you directly on the old Route 66. As you approach Sitgreaves Pass rising to an elevation of 3,550 feet, the road becomes narrow and steep with a number of hairpin turns hugging the mountainside, with no shoulders and few guardrails. It's said that vehicles over 40ft should not attempt to travel on this road because of the number of tight turns. (That's when you know it's a great motorcycle road!) As you ride through the Black Mountain region, you'll get some excellent views of these mountains and their rock formations. Ride cautiously and watch out for the donkeys!
(Photos: G. Stahl shutterbug)

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SPRINGERVILLE TO THREE WAY

ROUTE 191 (US-191)
DISTANCE: 130 miles
TIME: 3 hour 14 min

This north–south United States highway is an absolutely terrific Arizona motorcycle road, especially in the designated Coronado Trail Scenic Road portion. Known to some as the Devil's Highway (old Arizona 666 Hwy), it is not recommended for beginner riders. Forests, desert, canyons, reservoirs and mountain vistas can all be seen on this route while twisting and curving through the Apache–Sitgreaves National Forests of eastern Arizona. Heading north, the road increases in elevation, and you'll be able to stop to check out the awesome scenic overlooks. In fact, there's an elevation difference of some 5,000ft from start to finish on this route, giving it an incredible diversity of landscapes. Some riders say this is the best motorcycle road in the entire southwest United States!
(Photos: americansouthwest.net / eacourier.com)

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BARTLETT LAKE

BARTLETT DAM RD, N CAVE CREEK RD
DITANCE: 24 miles
TIME: 40 mins

Just 30 miles north of Phoenix is a great little road to Bartlett Lake, an artificial reservoir created by the Verde River dam. Start this Phoenix area motorcycle route in Cave Creek, AZ (which is a great little biker town) and head west with spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains as you ride towards the lake. It's a fun ride that will take you as high as 3200ft in elevation, while meandering through the desert twisting turns and rolling hills before dropping you down closer to the lake. The motorcycle ride to Bartlett Lake will provide a memorable blend of natural beauty, western culture and a spectacular aerial perspective of the East Valley.
(Photo: motorcyclephilosophy.org)

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MT LEMMON HWY

DISTANCE: 26 miles
TIME: 45 mins

For awesome views with a great ride, check out this AZ motorcycle road just 20 miles from Tuscon. Pick up Mt Lemmon Hwy from Tanque Verde and climb in elevation from 2500 to 8000 feet in just a few short, action packed miles. Riding up this change in elevation lets you to take in the change in foliage and temperature. The road pavement quality is generally well maintained with great curves, straightaways, and twisties. You'll ride with amazing views of the valley floor as well as of the breathtaking rock formations. This route can get heavy with traffic on weekends, so it's best to ride this in the earlier hours.
(Photos: cyclingtips.combikeaz.org)

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ROUTE 260 TO 87

AZ-260
DISTANCE: 32 miles
TIME: 35 mins

Looking for a cool route for the hot summer months? This AZ motorcycle ride will climb in elevation and offer cooler temps from the summer heat. It's a nice ride through the Ponderosa Pine forest, with some great desert-scape scenery. You'll ride along some high speed sweeping turns which allows you to ride at a good clip safely. The road surface is very good as of 2022. Be on alert for elk, especially if riding in the early morning and evening. This Arizona motorcycle ride is close to the above mentioned Sedona ride from Flagstaff, which can make for an excellent motorcycle tour through some of the best areas in the state.
(Photos: flickr.comB. Cooner)

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LAKE MARY RD TO PAYSON

Lake Mary Rd, AZ-87
DISTANCE: 93 miles
TIME: 2 hours

Just off our above mentioned ride on AZ-260 is one of the sleeper best rides in Arizona. From Payson, ride north on Hwy 87 through Strawberry, AZ. Continue east up onto the Mogollon Rim to Clint’s Well. This 19 mile ride is of one of the most beautiful stretches in the state. You'll be traveling through the Coconino National Forest. The scenery is terrific and the roadway is great. From here, ride north on the tree-lined Lake Mary Road to Mormon Lake Lodge. After lunch at Mormon Lake Lodge, it’s a smooth 35 mile ride on in to Flagstaff. As with many of these great Arizona motorcycle roads, it's best to ride it in the spring or fall due to the valley's heat at ride's end.

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GLOBE TO SHOW LOW

US-60
DISTANCE: 87 miles
TIME: 1 hour 45 min

This is one of the best, lesser-known motorcycle rides in Arizona. The motorcycle route from Globe to Show Low along Arizona Route 60 (US-60/AZ-77) will take you all the way down and through the Salt River Canyon. The route features a nice, varied collection of turns and scenery, with noticeable temperature increase by the time you make it to Globe. The hairpin turns near the Salt River will be especially exciting, as you navigate the curves with amazing views.
Just be prepared - there is not much by way of towns or gas stations, so pack well and fuel up when you can. But it's a stunningly beautiful motorcycle ride, and the road offers nice pull-offs that give you great views of the changing scenery.
(Photos: R. Hephner / Serafina)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Arizona a good place to ride a motorcycle?

Yes. Arizona is considered to be one of the most motorcycle-friendly states in America. There is an abundance of sunshine and there are miles of pristine motorcycle roads to explore.

Can you ride a motorcycle year round in Arizona?

Yes. Arizona's weather makes it a fantastic state to ride your motorcycle year-round. Arizona can get light snowfall in the northern part of the state, especially in the Grand Canyon area, so appropriate riding gear would be beneficial in the winter months.

Where can I ride in Phoenix?

Tonto National Forest has some exceptional roads and is just over one hour away from Phoenix. The Tortilla Flat motorcycle ride is also one hour from Phoenix. A very short route (just 6 miles in length) located near downtown Phoenix is South Mountain Summit Road. Ride the summit for great views of the city.

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