Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in Arizona (2021 Riding Season Year-End Review)

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We looked at a full collection of 2021 motorcycle riding season data when millions of riders visited to find the best motorcycles rides and routes in the USA, Canada, and abroad.  For over 20 years now, has been documenting the best/most-popular motorcycle roads, routes, and rides and for about a decade, we have published annual reports after diving into the website's statistics (which routes are riders researching the most, which routes are getting the most photo/video/comment uploads, etc., etc.) to determine which of the motorcycle routes have risen to the top in motorcycle rider popularity.  We look at a complex set of factors (see Note 2 below) to determine which of the motorcycle rides in each of the states and US regions are the most popular and rated to be the best by motorcycle riders just like you.  Our very popular annual "Top Motorcycle Rides per Region" guides cover the best rides for each of the four official riding regions of the USA: the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West.  This year we took things a step further and decided to gone one level deeper and develop guides outlining the Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in for the US states and so you are seeing one of those such guides on this page.   

The Grand Canyon State is known around the world for its amazing and diverse scenery.  The Grand Canyon park to the north that draws in visitors from around the world, Prescot and Sedona with their classic southwestern scenery, the deserts around Phoenix and Tucson with their hypnotic isolation, and the green and more alpine sections near Flagstaff and in eastern Arizona along the New Mexico border.  You can't go wrong in finding great motorcycle rides in Arizona but there are some that rise to the top which we have documented here.  So, starting from #5 and working our way down to the #1 best motorcycle ride in Arizona.


After reviewing an entire year of activity of Arizona motorcycle riders, here are the results:

Top 5 Most Popular Motorcycle Rides in Arizona!

#5 Cottonwood Canyon Run

The Cottonwood Canyon Run is the best opportunity to experience Arizona's spectacular red-rock landscapes and gorgeous pine trees. Take US-60 from Phoenix to Wickenburg. North of Wickenburg, take US-93, then northward on AZ-89. This route will take you through Congress, up to Yarnell, via Peeples Valley, and into Prescott.

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#4 Superior, Winkleman, Globe Triangle

The route from Globe through Winkelman to Superior along State Routes 77 and 177 takes you along the banks of the Gila River, across a number of tiny mountain peaks, and through various old mining communities, some well beyond their glory, others still thriving.

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#3 Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat is located about 53 miles east of downtown Phoenix, on the southern fringe of Tonto National Forest. The pleasant oasis has long welcomed tired visitors wishing to replenish, refuel, and rest with its location tucked between mountain passes and near the Salt River.

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#2 Flagstaff To Sedona On The Incredible 89A

To cool the summer heat, hop in your favorite ride and travel north for a roller coaster journey replete with sights of stunning rock formations and a kaleidoscope of animals and greenery along the 28-mile-long Highway 89A, which runs from Sedona to Flagstaff.

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#1 Coronado Trail

Situated in the central-eastern part of Arizona, the Coronado Trail stands out in a state full of beautiful drives due to its sustained grandeur across 118 miles of curving route, lack of traffic, and stark variety of scenery from Clifton to Springerville.

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Note 1:  All facts and figures below were gathered in Dec of 2021 and will change over time as new motorcycle roads are added to the collection.  For an update listing, you can go to at any time, search on a state of your choosing, and you'll be presented with a list of the best motorcycle roads in that state.  You can also search on the newest motorcycle routes to be registered in that state as well as sift through the routes based on other filters.  Some examples of filtered searches you can do is to filter results based on - only the routes in your state that have 5-star scenery ratings, or only routes with a 5-star driving excitement rating and at least a 3-star rating for scenery, etc. etc.

Note 2:  How were these popularity ratings calculated? 
A motorcycle road’s popularity can be based on a wide variety of factors.  Our analysis considered some obvious indicators of motorcycle road popularity such each roads’ “Rider Rating” scores (star ratings) and which motorcycle road description pages were visited the most.  But, the analysis dug deeper and looked at some less obvious yet valuable indicators of a motorcycle road’s popularity such as how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “To Ride” lists, how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “Rode it” lists and enthusiasm indicators such how often photos and/or videos were uploaded for a given road and which roads are attracting the most buzz among motorcycle roads indicated by those roads that are receiving the most number of new/recent comments.  For the sake of being consistent and as objective as possible we use a popularity algorithm that “crunches those number” and allows us to develop a ranking of the popularity of each of the motorcycle roads used as a basis for this guide.


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