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By MCR Contributor (988 McR Points) on May 17, 2011

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PorscheGuy
56 McR Points
April 2, 2020
Good road conditions, great rolling hills and…
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Written Directions

This route begins in Nogales, AZ. From I-10/Tucson, take I-19 south toward Nogales. Look for the exit for Hwy 82/Patagonia. Stay on Hwy 82 'till it terminates at Hwy 80, turn south following signs to Tombstone/Bisbee. Highway 80 continues the route through Bisbee to Douglas and from there heads back north to I-10 just on the other side of the New Mexico border.

Scenery

If you are riding the Southwest through the I-10 corridor and have time to get off the interstate then this is an excellent detour through South Eastern Arizona's high desert, quarter-horse and Arabian country. This road features many exquisite, and sweeping vistas of the high-desert grasslands and mountains with peaks looming to nearly 10,000 ft near and far. It is a "must see" for Western history buffs. Landmarks include the historical towns of Nogales, Patagonia, Tombstone, Bisbee and Douglas, AZ. These towns played an important role in the history of the American West. Points of interest include Boot Hill Cemetery, OK Corral, the Lavender Open Pit Mine and the awkwardly named, Geronimo Surrender Monument in the town of Apache, AZ. Note: this route will tie in nicely with the "Arivaca Sweeper" route also described in this section.

Drive Enjoyment

The road is generally in good to excellent condition. Technical level is pretty low and can be enjoyed by riders of all levels. Some curves along the river between Nogales and Sonoita with sweepers and some undulation between Sonoita and Bisbee.

Tourism Opportunities

Food and fuel are available in most of the small towns along the way. Recommend you take a minute and get off the bike for a stroll and a bite to eat in Patagonia and for sure in Bisbee. Get fuel in Douglas if you continue NE on Hwy 80 toward I-10.

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PorscheGuy
April 2, 2020
56 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
Good road conditions, great rolling hills and scenery not typical for Arizona. Light traffic makes it even more enjoyable, aside from the occasional RV.
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