Canyonlands of N.Arizona and S.Utah and the Colorado Rockies
3 & 4 Star Hotels
approx 200-250 miles per day (longest day 275)
Combination of roads A, B and some exposed mountain roads
Experienced riders & pillions only
Tuesday 26th May - Wednesday 10th June 2020
An amazing 15 night/16 day 3000 mile tour of Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and Colorado Rockies.
This tour takes an anti-clockwise route from your starting point in Phoenix northwestwards via the 4 corners and Mesa Verde into Colorado. Here we spend 4 days touring the fantastic 'Rockies' before entering Utah. Utah offers Highway 12, one of America's most scenic highways, a lovely biking roads with fabulous scenery. Climbing over Escalante you will drop down to visit Bryce Canyon, famous for its coloured rock formations and even more stunning views. We return to Arizona via the Grand Canyon (North and South Rim) to enjoy a 2 night stop amongst the beautiful red sandstone rock formations unique to Sedona. Our return to Phoenix is via the bike friendly roads of the Mingus Mountains.
We understand that for many this is a trip of a lifetime and so have made every day an adventure, whilst keeping daily mileages sensible and giving ample time to stop and enjoy this fascinating part of America. Your tour will include the following highlights - Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Window Rock, Canyon de Chelley, Four Corners, Mesa Verde NP, Durango, Million Dollar Highway, Wolf Pass, Slumgullion Pass, Independence pass, Aspen, Natural Bridges, Capitol Reef, Escalante, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon North Rim, Grand Canyon South Rim, Route 66 Flagstaff and a helicopter flight over Sedona.
Accommodation is B&B, of 3 & 4 star qualities and to a good standard.
There is no better way to see this wonderful landscape than by motorcycle, and we have given you a wide choice of hire bikes on which to enjoy the tour. No need for navigation, as the tour is fully guided with the opportunity to ride independently on certain days, if you wish
Should you plan to spend time in the USA before or after the tour; Phoenix has good flight connections to all the major USA airports.
Your tour cost includes:
- 15 nights good quality accommodation
- 15 Breakfasts
- 13 days bike hire (USA /Japanese or European models) inc. helmets and panniers
- Enhanced CDW insurance with 24/7 Emergency assistance
- Fully guided tour by myself and local guide
- Information pack
- Tour T- shirt
- All excursions – these include:
- Entrance to Painted Desert & Petrified Forest
- Entrance to the 4 Corners.
- Entrance to Mesa Verde
- Entrance to Natural Arches National Park
- Entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park
- Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park (north and South)
- 25 min helicopter ride over Sedona *
(*note - refund will be given for anyone not wishing to do the helicopter ride.)
- Flights and airport transfers (allow £600-£800 per person return)
- Meals other than advised
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Security deposit for motorcycle (held on credit card)
- Fuel for motorcycles
- Top boxes ($5 per day extra)
- Protective Motorcycle clothing (other than helmets)
- Additional hotel accommodation before and after the tour
Day 1 – Tuesday 26 May Phoenix
Arrive in Phoenix – you must arrive at least 24 hours before picking up your hire bike, and as most flights arrive in the evening, we have booked you into a hotel in Phoenix tonight and tomorrow night.
Day 2 – Wednesday 27 May Phoenix
We give you a full day to relax by the pool or perhaps visit old town Scottsdale. If you are already in the USA you can arrive at the hotel today should you wish.
Day 3 – Thursday 28 May Phoenix to Holbrook (250 mls)
Morning pick up of hire bikes. Once clear of Phoenix we ride up the Salt River Canyon through the White Mountains to our overnight stop in the Route 66 town of Holbrook.
Day 4 – Friday 29 May Holbrook to Chinle (220 mls)
Our day starts with a ride through the fascinating Petrified Forest and Painted Desert before briefly arriving at Window Rock in the Navajo Reservation. We continue up route Indian 12 briefly entering New Mexico before turning along the northern rim of Canyon De Chelly to our overnight stop in Chinle.
Day 5 – Saturday 30 May Chinle to Durango (230 mls)
You will marvel at the open plains as we ride further into Indian country and across the Navajo reservation for a brief visit to the 4 Corners. Named because this is the only place in the US where 4 states meet, these are New Mexico,Arizona,Utah and Colorado. Our next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mesa Verde with its Cliff palace which are fantastic cliff dwellings dating back to 600AD. Our day ends at Durango, for a 2 night stay.
Day 6 – Sunday 31 May Free day
Free day, however I am sure you will not want to miss the ride-out on the Million Dollar Highway. Built in the 1880,s and part of the San Juan skyway, it is a spectacular biking road with many hairpin bends and tremendous views (if you have time to look!).
Day 7 - Monday 1 June Durango to Gunnison (230 mls)
We continue north via Wolf Pass on the Continental Divide and onto Slumgullion Pass which at 11500 ft is amongst the highest in Colorado. We finish our day in Gunnerson.
Day 8 - Tuesday 2 June Gunnison to Hotchkiss (242 mls)
More climbs today and we go even higher over the Independence Pass (12095 ft) before dropping to the popular tourist town of Aspen.Turning south we pass through the Paonia State Park before stopping for the night.
Day 9 - Wednesday 3 June Hotchkiss to Monticello (250 mls)
We take a scenic cross country route westwards as we leave we swap the mountain roads of the Rockies for the canyon roads of Utah.
Day 10 - Thursday 4 June Monticello to Torrey (213 mls)
Our first stop today is the Natural Bridges National Park before we ride the Bicentennial Highway to Hanksville. The route offers great biking roads and tremendous views of Lake Powell and the snow-capped Henry Mountains. Our day finishes amongst the amazing coloured rock of Capitol Reef National Park.
Day 11 – Friday 5 June Torrey to Kanab (225 mls
Today we climb over 9000ft on ‘Hwy 12 – all American Road’. Classified as one of the most scenic highways in the USA, it connects ‘Capitol Reef’ to Bryce Canyon two of nature’s great wonders whilst offering stunning views and great biking roads along its way. A visit to the unique rock formations of 'Bryce Canyon' is a must before stopping for the night.
Day 12 – Saturday 6 June Kanab to Cameron (275m)
Although millions of people visit the Grand Canyon less than 10% visit the North Rim which is much quieter and offers different viewpoints to those usually seen, definately something to tick off your 'Bucket list'.. The journey continues past the Vermillion Cliffs and over the Colorado River at Marble Canyon. Our overnight stop is at the famous Cameron Trading Post.
Day 13 – Sunday 7 June Cameron to Sedona (164 mls)
You really can't get too much of the Grand Canyon so we ride along the Southern Rim, visiting a couple of view points before heading south to lunch in the Route 66 town of Flagstaff. Passing down Oak Creek Canyon we enter the fantastic red rock formations of Sedona. A great hotel with terraces offering fantastic views is our stop for the next 2 nights.
Day 14 – Monday 8 June Sedona
A day to relax by the pool, or perhaps take the free shuttle into town for retail therapy. For those that wish, there will be a ride-out to the mountainside mining town of Jerome. A 25 minute helicopter ride over Sedona provides us with terrific views of the red rock formations.
Day 15 – Tuesday 9 June Sedona to Phoenix (190mls)
We take the scenic twisting route 89 through the Mingus Mountains via the historic town of Prescott back to Phoenix. After returning the hire bikes, there is a final chance to top up the tan before our last evening meal together.
Day 16 – Wednesday 10 June
Our tour is completed after breakfast from where you make your way to the airport. Should you wish to stay in Phoenix longer, we can arrange accommodation at preferential rates.
We have been working with a company for the last few years that are able to supply several makes of bikes, other tham Harley's. Their stock changes constantly, but at the time of writing (Aug 2019) we are able to offer you the following choices:
Honda Goldwing - manual
Honda Goldwing - DCT
Honda Africa Twin - DCT
Harley Davidson Streetr Glide (2 off)
Harley Davidson Fat Boy
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 ( 2 off)
Yamaha FJR1300 (2 off)
Yamaha Super Tenere
Note: although we will endeavour to give you your first choice – circumstances may cause that bike not to be available, in which case we will give you the nearest equivalent.
|Tour Cost||approx.cost when £1 =$1.30|
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||$3725 per person||£2865|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||$5350 per person||£4115|
|1 bike, 1 person, own room||$6640 per person||£5107|
|Deposit = £500 per bike|
|We have 9 bookings for this tour so it will be going ahead|
Note: With the exception of the deposit, the tour is priced in US dollars, all currency exchange and transfers will be done free of charge. The balance can be paid in full or Instalments at any time to take advantage of best exchange rate providing it is paid in full by 1st January 2020.
If you have any questions please feel free to call us, and when ready to book contact us with your preferred bike choice.