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Patagonia AZ Gravel

Great Southwest Gravel
Gregory Jones
Price :
$799
Surface :
Duration :
4 days
Support :
Van Supported
Difficulty :
Level 4

Some of the best spring and fall gravel riding in the U.S. can be found outside southern Arizona’s small, eclectic town of Patagonia. This gravel paradise is 60 miles south of Tucson and sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet between the Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains.

We’ll experience miles of gravel riding in the Coronado National Forest, through the rolling plain of the San Rafael Valley to the hidden gem of Parker Canyon Lake. Our route continues west past the border town of Lochiel before heading on the northern gravel roads to Patagonia Lake State Park. For birding enthusiasts, the Patagonia area is also known for world-class birding, as more than 300 bird species migrate, nest, and live in this Sky Islands area.

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Dates
Dates:
Feb 26 - Mar 01, 2022
Price:
$799
Availability:
Space still available
Dates:
Mar 03 - Mar 06, 2022
Price:
$799
Availability:
Space still available
Dates:
Nov 05 - Nov 08, 2022
Price:
$799
Availability:
Space still available
Dates:
Nov 10 - Nov 13, 2022
Price:
$799
Availability:
Space still available

"The ride exceeded my expectations in every way. I will certainly participate in other Adventure Cycling rides in the future."

Itinerary

Day 1. Patagonia, Arizona, 30-mile loop

We'll meet our group in the heart of Patagonia in the morning, and after introductions and a brief meeting, we'll get on our gravel bikes and head out of town, climbing up into the San Rafael Valley. We'll be riding our ridge route, with beautiful vista views among the free-range cows. The latter portion of the afternoon ride is a fabulous descent back to Patagonia through the historic landmark town of Harshaw.

Day 2. Patagonia to Parker Canyon Lake, 39 miles

Today's ride will be a highlight for views as we again climb out of Patagonia via Forest Service gravel roads and head east toward the Huachuca Mountains. Along the roads we'll see local ranches and free-range cattle, and occasionally horses and mules. Riding through the Coronado National Forest, we'll end our day at beautiful Parker Canyon Lake where you'll have the opportunity to rent a kayak, paddleboard, or boat for an afternoon on the lake.

Day 3. Parker Lake to Patagonia Lake, 48 miles

Today you'll wake up to the sound of the birds around Parker Canyon Lake. After a hearty breakfast, we'll climb back on our bikes for our biggest day of the tour. Initially we'll head southwest through the former border crossing town of Lochiel, where we'll pass the Fray Marcos de Niza Historical Landmark. From there, we'll turn northwest toward our overnight location Patagonia Lake State Park, another great place to get out on the water.

Day 4. Patagonia Lake to Patagonia, 22 miles

Our final day of the tour brings us back to where we started, riding through Flux Canyon and along the Mowry Loop, back to Patagonia. We'll hit some steep climbs along the way, but also enjoy some great downhill back into town. Before heading home, we'll make one last stop for a celebration and enjoy some of the best homemade Patagonia pie.

Route

Additional Details
Start Location:
Patagonia, AZ
End Location:
Patagonia, AZ
Airport:
Tucson Intl. (TUS)
Total Days:
4
Riding Days:
4
Layover Days:
0
Riders:
12
Miles:
139
Average Daily Mileage:
34.8
Accommodations:
Camping/Indoor
Meals:
Shared cooking
Difficulty:
Level 4
Technical Difficulty:
Moderate
Terrain:
Mountainous
Elevation Alert:
High Point: 6,078'
Restricted Bike Type:
Road/Cyclocross, eBike, eTrike, Hybrid