Our favorite motorcycle ride in Arizona is from the old western town of Wickenburg to the old mining town of Jerome.
Just under 99 miles one way through granite boulders, two National Forests and the Mingus Mountains. An hour of the ride will be hairpin turns and switchbacks.
Southwestern Scenic Drive from Wickenburg to Jerome Ride
Wickenburg is a cool town to explore. A friendly place to stop and eat is the Mecca Bar & Grill. They have a nice outdoor eating area too.
From Wickenburg you will drive through Yarnell. If you want a great hike you’ll get a great workout at Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park.
One of our favorite stops on the way is at Burro Saloon. The people here, employees and customers, are always friendly.
From you will wind your way through 16-miles of the Prescott National Forest. This is a really fun ride, but you really have to mind the curves there are a lot of accidents in this area.
Prescott is a really cool western town to explore. It is also a good spot to top your tank off.
From Prescott you’ll follow 89A to Jerome for about an hour. The ride through town and out the other side is about 30 minutes, after this you will enter the Coconino National Forest and start gaining elevation.
Switchbacks and hairpin turns make this a really fun ride. Views of the Mingus Mountains and red rocks make this a very scenic ride. We never get tired of these views.
Right before Jerome there is a large pull off area where you have a great view. Jerome is popular among bikers. If you visit on the weekends expect a line to find parking.
If you continue down 89A you will drive through Cottonwood to Sedona to Flagstaff.