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5   in Arizona Arizona120 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Cottonwood Canyon Run

By James "Conner" S.
on August 1, 2004

4.3out of 5

7 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

From Phoenix follow US-60 to Wickenburg where I suggest you start your drive. At first Wickenburg light turn north onto state route 93. Drive 7 miles until the junction for 89 and travel north. Follow into Prescott and turn onto E. Gurley and follow 89 five miles out of Prescott, then turn east on 89A. You'll pass through Jerome. Once you have entered Cottonwood you may either continue your trip through Sedona or follow the signs to I-17 via state route 260.

Scenery

Starting just north of Wickenburg, the drive starts in a desert setting and quickly climbs the side of a mountain to enter pine country. Goes through Prescott and ends in Cottonwood with the option to continue to Flagstaff on another of the states great scenic roads. Bring water and a camera ... the views from Jerome are SPECTACULAR!

In April of 2014 "Bad Bob" contributed: "The scenery on the mountain of the red rocks is phenomenal. Every turn presents a breath taking view. If you rode no other road in Arizona, this should be the one!!!"

Road Quality

Road can become steep at certain times and very twisty ... you may have to take breaks to allow your brakes to cool (depending on your speed). The road is very smooth overall. I suggest motorcycles use headlights accordingly as people speeding and "racing" through the canyons can become dangerous.

Roadside Amenities

On certain days you can find an arts festival in Prescott which can be interesting if that's your thing. Gas stations are plentiful and can be found in Wickenburg, Prescott or Cottonwood. You'll drive through the Prescott National Forest where you can find about 10 campgrounds, numerous pic-nic areas, and places to fish and hike.

Additional Info

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By stomp944
on September 12, 2011 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Ducati ST2

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

A three-season, all-time favorite of mine. Asphalt in good condition with few areas of potential gravel or debris. Keep an eye out for posted limits, LEO's and slow traffic through Cottonwood and Sedona. Sections of tight, fun but blissfully predictable curves running over pine tree dotted ridges, giving way to more sparsely vegetated valleys and straighter open stretches. Several towns for food or gas. Start or end either Phoenix or Flagstaff.

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By White Wolf
on May 7, 2016 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Ducati Diavel

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I took this road in late April 2016. I traveled south out of Sedona. Great route! There are straight sections, but the twisties South of Jerome are fantastic. The road north of Jerome will scare those that don't like "edge of the steep cliff" narrow roads lol. It will get your attention for sure! Road condition varied, but was in good/great shape for the most part. Traffic was moderate around Jerome, but light once out of town (to the south).

The town of Jerome is just cool. Perfect little town to take a break. Built on the side of a cliff, it has great views, interesting old buildings half destroyed from the earth sliding beneath your feet and plenty of parking. If you're into old towns, this is one of the cooler ones to see. Plenty of places to eat, get a coffee, etc.

Prescott is Prescott. It's nice.

The twisty section southwest of Prescott is fantastic. Light traffic, great views, good road condition, saw 1 LEO. In the twisty section on the south end of this route you will get "forever views" as the road works down the mountain range into the valley. Very nice!

Overall, I'd say this route is a twisty route, but there are some long straight sections and the town of Prescott thrown in. A novice on a cruiser could do it, but there are some sections where the road runs right along the edge of some very steep cliffs that could be intimidating; so I wouldn't recommend it for a novice that's still a "little shaky."
Everyone else... You'll love this route!!!

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By Rick M
on May 29, 2015 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make kawasaki kz1000p

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Did this ride from Surprise up the 60 to 89 across to Prescott through to Jerome back down through Skull Valley. Excellent ride great roads and scenery. If your going through skull valley stop in prescott for gas as the next gas is peeples valley. Also small mom and pop knick knack snack shop opening in skull valley be sure to stop there for a drink. Very friendly and worth the support.

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By Graybush
on January 14, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

I did this ride from just south of Prescott up to Sedona in April 2011. Fantastic. Five stars for scenery, four for road condition, four for amenities. I'm an East Coast guy so seeing deserts and mountains like this is a blast for me. You go through the Prescott National Forest, across some wide open areas, to the top of Mingus Mountain (my favorite), then down into Clarkdale, Cottonwood, and Sedona, all within a few hours. This is a trip I plan to make again with my wife at some point in the future. I highly recommend stopping in Jerome if you have time.
The road was mostly in good condition but be careful through the mountains you may find some rocks and things along road edges.
There are plenty of towns, big and small, along the route to get what you need.

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By Guest
on April 18, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Beautiful, multi-season ride. Careful of the hairpins on Mingus Mountain (between Prescott and Jerome), they cinder and grade during the snowy season. Leaves cinders and deep washboard ruts in the corners. Watch your speed! Back tires get away from you here.

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By Guest
on July 5, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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The farther north you go, the better the roads get. After passing through Wilhoit, on the way to Prescott, take the speed advisory signs seriously. While the roads are in good shape and will hold a lot more speed, there's little to no runoff. Crashes are easily fatal. Besides, if you are completely focused on the road, you'll miss a lot of terrific scenery. Be prepared for a lot of traffic in Sedona. The roads in the town are not nearly adequate for the amount of traffic. Particularly on weekends, and weekday afternoons, you might move through town at no more than 5 mph. The road into, and out of Jerome, was made for motorcycling!

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By Guest
on April 27, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Hi!! I just wanted to also let any other interested person(s) know that we did this ride this past weekend, and had a BLAST!! This ride has become a tradition for our friends who we went with instead of going to the Harley Run in Laughlin, and me & my husbands very first time. The scenery through the canyon & the fun twisty roads was so much fun!!

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