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US 180 Alpine, AZ - Deming, NM + ADD NEW ROUTE


16   in New Mexico New Mexico172 Miles

By MCR Contributor
on May 23, 2011

2.5out of 5

2 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

This route begins in extreme eastern Arizona in a little town called Alpine, AZ at the intersection of US 191 (Coronado Scenic Byway) and US 180. You will travel Southeast through the Gila National Forest, the small towns of Pleasonton and Buckhorn, the large mining and college town of Silver City and culminate in Deming, NM at I-10.

Scenery

Climb out of the alpine meadows of Apline, AZ and travel through nearly all of the habitat zones available in New Mexico. As you descend through the pine forests you notice the gradual climb in temp and by the mid-point Buckhorn, you will need to start shedding some layers. Leaving Silver City, the road flattens out onto a high desert with tall grasses and few if any trees. Plenty places to pull over for photos and include the USFS Leopold picnic area. It is a nice area with an excellent description/map of the Gila Wilderness in the distance.

Road Quality

Frost heaves took their toll on the early portion of the road in New Mexico. Watch out for areas where the asphalt seems spread apart as your tires will give quite a jerk when they track into one. Otherwise, good roads with little or any debris in the road. The drive from the AZ/NM line begins with a few twisties and transitions into sweeping curves as you descend the mountain. Watch for critters, especially cattle on the wrong side of the fence.

Roadside Amenities

Nothing to speak of until Buckhorn, which is limited. Silver City is the best bet for major needs, otherwise, pack it on the bike.

Additional Info

Nickname (optional) : Pete R

What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on May 31, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

2.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

180 was ok. But took 12 back west and that was a mistake. Very boring ride across open desert.

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By J.C.Whitehead
on July 18, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Once you're up in the Gila, 180 is great. Between Deming and the town of Gila, not so much. Amazing scenery up north though.

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