Joe’s Grand Canyon Ride

October 8th to October 14th


This ride starts on Oct 8th leaving Tucson and returning on the 14th, back to Tucson. It will be a scenic ride around the Grand Canyon with a few detours along the way.  Listed below are the hotels that were chosen for the route. I would suggest you book hotels early as they tend to sell out. If this happens, please just look for a hotel that is close by and book there instead. It will run similar to the JAZ ride where I will be handing out (or mail) chips for your GPS with this route. This is a scenic ride with NO tough guy stuff (with some dirt roads that are an option, but again they are graded and very easy). This ride is open to whomever so if you have a buddy ask him to go...


For folks coming in from California Just adjust the hotels and days to suit your needs. 

Any questions call me. 



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The Tucson crew would do tours on day 2 which would be Oct. 9th. Cali crew would do day 5 Oct 14th. Call and book tours if this at all interests you. Grand Canyon Caverns opens at 9am and You should be at Eldorado mine somewhere around 1- 1:30pm when Leaving Seligman and doing the GC cavern tour.


Grand Canyon Caverns


Eldorado Mine tours



Link to map - Note: you can easily check or uncheck each of the days on the left hand side of the map in order to see the route for a single day.



Day 1: Leave Tucson and Head north to Winkleman then onto Globe. After Globe you roll by Rosevelt Lake. The bridge was listed by the American Consulting Engineers Council as one of top twelve bridge designs in the United States, and is currently the "longest two-lane, single-span, steel-arch bridge in North America". Look for lunch and Gas in Payson. From there you head to Jerome then onto Seligman for the night. Dinner suggestion is RoadKill Cafe. +/-356 miles


Day 2: Leave hotel to arrive at Grand Canyon Taverns for opening which is 9am. (takes 25 mins to get there). Enjoy the tour of this incredible place which has some cool stories! Next, leave there and have lunch along the way. There is a Subway sandwich after Kingman but explore your options. Along the route you will pass through Cool Springs which is a really cool town. Next up is another quirky little town called Oatman. This place is a riot! Drive through slowly and stop and check out all the sights and donkeys. From their head to Eldorado Mine. Enjoy what this place has to offer and make sure you continue past and see the water as it is drying up FAST! After that head to the hotel to lie about what you saw today. Early?... Check out the Hoover Dam. Dinner suggestions is Maxx's or Southwest Diner. +/-260 miles


Day 3: Leave out of Boulder City, check out the overlooks and head north along Lake Mead on a park like route 167. You will ride through three states today NV,AZ,UT…Lunch Suggestion is Rooster Run Cafe, explore your options. After that you head through Zion National Park. From there you're off to Bryce Canyon. If you get there early Pass the hotel and take the scenic drive to the dead end and enjoy the overlooks and views. Dinner is in the hotel, it's a Cowboy buffet! +/-304 miles


Day 4: Leave Bryce Canyon heading east you will come to the Burr Trail Cafe. There you can stop for a coffee or a morning break, they have homemade pie!. At this point you can do the Burr Trail switchbacks which is a scenic graded dirt road (15 or so miles) or continue on an alt route that's pavement. If doing the Burr trail stop at the Singing Canyon before the switchbacks for a cool view. Lunch suggestion is your choice today so keep an eye out for something. This afternoon depending on how you are doing on time you can stop and see the Bridges National Park on your way to the Atomic Inn Motel. Dinner suggestion is Thai Food! +/-314 miles


Day 5: Long day! Keep an eye on the clock as I don’t think you can get it all in, so choose wisely and pick what you want to see and some attractions are on dirt roads. Leaves Atomic Inn with lots of choices and things to see. You can do Mugi Dugway, Valley of the Gods, Muley Point, Goosenecks Park, Mexican Hat, Forrest Gump Point,  Monument Valley… and so on, so enjoy your morning. After all the monuments, you head to Glen Canyon Dam. Lunch suggestion is Big John’s BBQ if you like barbecue. There is a very interesting place at Glen Canyon Dam called Carl Hayden Visitors Center. It's worth a look and it's right after the dam. This is also a great place to walk the bridge and stretch the legs. Leaving the dam there is a lookout worth checking out called Wahweap Overlook. After that you make your way to Jacobs Lake Inn. There is an option if you choose and if you get to the hotel early you can always take a ride to the rim! Gas is at the hotel so make sure to fill up. Dinner is at the hotel as well. +/- 385 miles


Day 6: Long day today so keep an eye on the clock, lots to see and lots of miles! Ride leaves Jacob Lake and heads south through the valley. Be sure to check out the Cliff Dwellers old home remains along the way. Next up you will come across the Navajo Bridge. These two bridges, one historic and one new, represent one of only seven land crossings of the Colorado River for 750 miles! In its time, it was the highest steel arch bridge in the world at 467 feet above the river. You then travel through the Indian reservation and onto the Grand Canyon Village where you will find all sorts of cool things to look at. Lunch suggestion if you didn’t eat in the village, is a little down the road called We Cook Pizza & Pasta, yes that’s the name of it. From there you head south to Rt 40 where the California guys will be heading west and the Tucson guys head south to Best Western Payson. Dinner Suggestion Buffalo Bar & Grill. +/-348 miles

Day 6: Looks different for the Cali folks as they are going to figure out their hotels and ride from here...


Day 7: Last Day of the ride! Here you can take an easy scenic dirt route that heads through Young on its way to Globe, AZ that has some cool lookouts and such or take the tarmac, option is yours. Once in Globe you head to another mining town called Miami which is called “The Copper Center of the World”. There are great lunch options on main street in the town of Superior so stop where you like.  +/-233 miles



Day 1: 

Roosevelt Lake

Road Kill Cafe


Day 2: 

Grand Canyon Caverns

Cool Springs


Eldorado Mine tours

Hover Dam

Southwest Dinner


Day 3:

Lake Mead

Rooster Run Cafe

Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon

Ruby's Inn


Day 4:

Burr Trail Cafe

Burr Trail

Singing Canyon

Bridges National Park

Ja-Roen Thai 


Day 5:


Valley of the Gods

Muley Point 

Goosenecks Park

Mexican Hat 

Forrest Gump Point

Monument Valley

Glen Canyon Dam

Carl Hayden Visitors Center

Big John’s BBQ

Wahweap Overlook

Jacobs Lake Inn


Day 6:

Cliff Dwellers stone houses

Navajo Bridge

Grand Canyon Village

We Cook Pizza & Pasta

Buffalo Bar & Grill


Day 7:

Ride Home! Be safe