Twisty back roads that loop back to your starting point, hills, and ridiculously beautiful views await these drives selected just for motorcycles (although anyone who loves killer views and fun will appreciate them, too).
This drive is short and fun, and drops you right into Bisbee. Plan your day so you can stop and wander the narrow streets, funky shops, and independent restaurants in Bisbee. Start by heading in a southerly direction on Hwy 90 East; merge right (east) onto Hwy 80 for a climb to Mule Pass, then drop down into a tunnel on a long descend. The road climbs again, slightly, then skirts the edge of the defunct Lavender Pit Mine. At the traffic circle, take the first exit to merge onto Hwy 92 to head back to Sierra Vista through grasslands and rolling foothills with the soaring Huachuca Mountains as a backdrop.
(about 290 miles)
There are lots of options on this ride and you can make it shorter or longer to fit your schedule. Start in Sierra Vista and ride to Douglas via Hwy 90 East. Merge right onto Hwy 80 and pass through Bisbee, taking the third exit at the Bisbee traffic circle to merge onto Hwy 80 East. Definitely stop and gas up in Douglas as no services are available on the next leg.
Continue on Hwy 80 to Rodeo, NM. If you decide to stop, you can enjoy a few art galleries and the Chiricahua Desert Museum. When you’re ready to hit the road again, continue on Hwy 80 to I-10. It’s a short interstate drive (about 60 miles) west to Willcox, where you can exit onto either Hwy 186 or Hwy 191 and head south.
If you exit onto 186, head south then turn right to take the Kansas Settlement Road down to Hwy 191, or stay on 186 to skirt the Chiricahua Mountains. Either way, you’ll join up on Hwy 191. From here, you can stay on 191 and drop back down into Douglas then backtrack along Hwy 80 to Bisbee. But if you are ready for some great views and a ride over the mountains, turn onto West Gleeson Road and ride into Tombstone. From Tombstone, take Charleston Road into Sierra Vista for some nice turns, climbs, and dips.
Head out of Sierra Vista along Hwy 90 West. At Whetstone, turn right (west) onto Hwy 82. This two-lane road offers some humps and curves, dipping down to cross the San Pedro River before meeting up with Hwy 80. Here, take a left to head north (along Hwy 80 West) to get to the small community of St. David and into Benson. At Benson, jump onto I-10 West for a short ride (23 miles) to exit onto Hwy 83 South. This scenic road will take you through the Santa Rita foothills and the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, as well as a few vineyards in the Sonoita area. Turn left (east) onto Hwy 82 East to meet up with Hwy 90 and back to Sierra Vista.
U.S. Route 191
(263 miles, Sierra Vista to Alpine, AZ)
One of the best motorcycle rides in Arizona, if not the country, U.S. Route 191 deserves mention all its own. In Arizona, the route was known as The Devil’s Highway because of the challenging section between Morenci and Alpine.
Hwy 191 runs from Douglas, Arizona, through Yellowstone National Park, and north to the Canadian border. Enjoy an amazing ride starting in Sierra Vista and riding to Douglas: jump onto Hwy 90 East, then merge onto Hwy 80 East toward Bisbee, passing through to the traffic circle. Take the third exit to stay on Hwy 80. At Douglas, you’ll see signs for Hwy 191; take a left and head north for just over 66.6 miles (okay, it’s actually 67 miles) on what used to be called Route 666 to merge onto I-10 East for a short, 21-mile ride to pick up Hwy 191 again. Plan on a great ride into the White Mountains out of Safford where the route jigs east to Three Way, then up through the devilishly challenging Morenci-to-Alpine stretch through staggeringly beautiful scenery.