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I was planning a trip to Sedona in Feb. and realized I would only be gaining 5-10 deg. So I need some help finding a good spot 10-12 hrs from Grand Junction CO. Tuscon, Santa Fe, ??? any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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clark James said:
I was planning a trip to Sedona in Feb. and realized I would only be gaining 5-10 deg. So I need some help finding a good spot 10-12 hrs from Grand Junction CO. Tuscon, Santa Fe, ??? any help would be greatly appreciated.
SF is cold...burrr. If your looking for a moderate climate I'd say stick with AZ. If you happen to be driving the I25...though, Abq would be a nice lay over;) :thumbsup:
 

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Check out Silver City, NM. The surrounding Gila Wilderness offers many trail and road options. Little traffic, 3.3 million acres, and warm enough this time of year in the days. Continental Divide Trails are awesome!
 

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Check out Silver City, NM. The surrounding Gila Wilderness offers many trail and road options. Little traffic, 3.3 million acres, and warm enough this time of year in the days. Continental Divide Trails are awesome!
Do you guys have dry ST this time of year? I'd be willing to check it out during the Summer, but we've got relatives down there (closer to Reserve) and I hear it's covered in snow.
 

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Reserve gets more snow than Silver City. I think the trails dry up within a few days of most snowfalls. Some mud is around, but not bad usually. Hit me up when you come down! Tater
 

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Reserve gets more snow than Silver City. I think the trails dry up within a few days of most snowfalls. Some mud is around, but not bad usually. Hit me up when you come down! Tater
Nice. The area around Apache Mtn/Queens Head had potential but I just couldn't find ST. I've been through Silver and done some 4x4 in the area. I'd love to find ST around there!:thumbsup:
 

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Why drive 10 hours?

Why spend a whole day driving when Hurricane, Utah is only an easy 5 hours away? You can probably ride the evening you get here. The riding in February is a bit weather dependent, but you can usually get to all the classic singletrack. Even if the higher mesas get snow, they clear our pretty fast and there is some amazing singletrack around St. George.
 

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Why spend a whole day driving when Hurricane, Utah is only an easy 5 hours away? You can probably ride the evening you get here. The riding in February is a bit weather dependent, but you can usually get to all the classic singletrack. Even if the higher mesas get snow, they clear our pretty fast and there is some amazing singletrack around St. George.
60 to 70 degrees is fairly common by mid to late February around St George. Of course snow is fairly common as well. You will more than likely find it to be around 60 though.
 

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Welcome to Arizona :thumbsup: .

Good to see you are acclimating to your new riding location. From what I glean from your recent posts you don't miss the rules and regulations you were subjected to at your previous riding location. If you ever get the bug to try some riding in the Red Rocks I would be happy to show you around.

I know it's sometimes difficult to leave paradise to try out another paradise. I have resisted leaving Sedona to ride the BCT, which everyone says is a great trail and only down the road 90 minutes or so.

With over ten great loops in Sedona and over 135 trails , I haven't gotten bored enough to start driving elsewhere.

TD
 

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I will be driving from CO to WA on Jan 8th-10th. I will have a chance to get one ride in. Anything FR-ish that I just shouldnt miss, at this time of year?
 

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All sounds good. think I will head to Sedona and if the weather sucks I will keep driving south..DD i might give you a shout if I end up in Tucson THANKS!
 

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clark James said:
I was planning a trip to Sedona in Feb. and realized I would only be gaining 5-10 deg. So I need some help finding a good spot 10-12 hrs from Grand Junction CO. Tuscon, Santa Fe, ??? any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sedona can feel pretty warn due to all the rock reflecting radiant heat. In the summer time, I tend to feel that Sedona is every bit as hot as Phoenix for this reason, even though Sedona is at ~4000'.

Otherwise, if you plan to Sedona it would be pretty easy to zip south and ride the BCT trail, South Mountain, Goat Camp, Hawes and the other Phoenix destinations IF it was "too cold" in Sedona. Realize most storms and moisture passes to the North so you shouldn't be battling snow and ice at all. The BCT trail does have a few river crossings which sometimes shortens certain routes.

The 10-day forecast shows no precip for right now, which will be good for those of us in AZ that live at higher elevations.
 

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DD:

Welcome to Arizona :thumbsup: .

Good to see you are acclimating to your new riding location. From what I glean from your recent posts you don't miss the rules and regulations you were subjected to at your previous riding location. If you ever get the bug to try some riding in the Red Rocks I would be happy to show you around.

I know it's sometimes difficult to leave paradise to try out another paradise. I have resisted leaving Sedona to ride the BCT, which everyone says is a great trail and only down the road 90 minutes or so.

With over ten great loops in Sedona and over 135 trails , I haven't gotten bored enough to start driving elsewhere.

TD
BCT is a great "SS/hardtail/29er" trail. It's kind of like how Hangover is a great adventure-trail. Bring one of the above bikes for max enjoyment/min frustration IMO. Lots of people comment on how it's the best trail around Phoenix, but for me it doesn't even come close to the excitement of National or other Phoenix trail systems. It's nice.

Got a nice freezeride in yesterday in Granite Basin. The key in Prescott right now is to go out before there's any major thawing of the snow. The snow should be gone soon given the sunshine we are supposed to get, but it's amazing how ridable stuff still is as long as you know where and when to go. Freezerides exist when the temp is at or below freezing or the majority of the ride is on snow/nice. You sure don't see a lot of other riders out, but trail 40 in the snow is always a blast.
 
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