Southern Tier Section 2

Map Details:
Tempe, AZ - El Paso, TX (522 miles)
Product Code
Adventure Cycling Association
  • Current Stock: 66

Expect moderate to heavy urban traffic from Tempe to Apache Junction. At Apache Junction you'll join US 60/79, with shoulders and rumble strips, and gradually ascend toward Gonzales Pass. The route dips and climbs up to another pass before descending along Bloody Tank Wash into the towns of Miani and Claypool. In Stafford replenish your stock of food and water. Services are limited for the next 117 miles. It's a hard climb up to the unsigned pass near the Arizona/New Mexico border. The route again crosses the Gila River and climbs the historic Pinos Altos then descends through thick pine forests before reaching the Gila River drainage. SR 152 is winding and steep on both sides of Emory Pass. This is the highest point on the route. In the next 35 miles you'll drop 3,800 feet to Caballo Reservoir and the Rio Grande River in dry, desert country. From here to El Paso the route parallels the Rio Grande and I-25. SR 28 winds through small towns, farm fields, and pecan groves into El Paso. This section has a shorter alternate, avoiding the climbs and descents into the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Click on enlargement for detail.

Current Printed Version: 2013


Average rating: based on 3 reviews.

Southern Tier Part 2 Rating:

Reviewed By: Kevin John Eddy on 10/5/11

nice looking map, but the proof comes in the pudding??? Let me ride the complete route first, then we shall see how good they are! Kevin

The big dangerous catch to this section. Rating:

Reviewed By: Alex on 6/5/15

I've been riding ACA routes since 2011 from OR to NY to FL to TX and now this year back to OR when we rode this route. The stretch of Hwy 60 between Globe and Superior was by far the most I've ever feared for my life. Steep ascents and descents, little to no shoulder, rumble strips, and then guardrails. On top of that traffic is very heavy with recreational and industrial vehicles, there are three active mines on the road. The cherry on top is a long tunnel on the west end where a local told us two cyclist have been hit in the past five years (thankfully not killed). The map says heavy weekday traffic but it should say DO NOT attempt on a weekday. If your on a trike or have a wide trailer, forget about it. We ended up hitching a ride and I'd advise the same. The rest of this section was great but avoid this part if at all possible.

Response to above review from our Cartography department Rating:

Reviewed By: Cartography on 6/8/15

Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of options in that area. We are however, aware of this situation and are sending a researcher out to investigate alternatives for the next map update. Thank you for your feedback.

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