A Guide to the Wonders of SE Arizona and SW New Mexico

-or- Things to Do Within 100 Miles of Duncan

 

List - Bicycling

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Black Hills Back Country Byway (AZ)



Rich with wildlife and historical sites, and fascinating geology. Unpaved road; do not attempt this after rains or with a trailer longer than 20 feet.
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Coronado Trail Scenic Byway (AZ)



Climbs from semi-desert into a sub-alpine zone, past the Blue Range Mountains, and over the White Mountains, passing through the historic Morenci mining district. In the fall, the colors are spectacular.
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Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area (AZ)



Hot springs, river rafting, birdwatching, and miles of trails make this accessible National Conservation Area popular but rarely crowded. Bonita Creek wildlife viewing area is accessible and has numerous interpretive displays and shade shelters.
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Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness (NM)



The nations first designated Wilderness Area, championed by the famed naturalist Aldo Leopold. Spectacular Indian cliff dwellings and a couple of ghost towns are tucked in amidst 3.3 million acres of unspoiled cactus deserts, forested foothills, and aspen-covered peaks.
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Mt. Graham Wilderness Trails (AZ)



Soaring to nearly 11,000 feet, Mount Graham in the Pinaleo Mountains is the loftiest of Southeastern Arizonas sky islands, with unique plant species and abundant wildlife. A mountaintop lake stays icy cold even in the hottest months of summer. Snowy north slopes almost half the year. A short drive from Safford.
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Pinaleo Mountains/Swift Trail Tour (AZ)



The ecological equivalent of driving from Mexico to Canada all in one leisurely afternoon on a sky-scraping, switch-backing mountain road. South of Safford.
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Red Rock Wildlife Area (NM)



Very remote wildlife viewing area on the Gila River, and a refuge for desert bighorn sheep. Bicyclers are allowed on some roads.
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Roper Lake State Park (AZ)



Beautiful man-made lake of 30 surface acres, a boat ramp, natural stone hot tub, a swimming beach, a day use island with picnic tables and grills, and five miles of hiking trails. Boats are limited to small electric motors, so its great for a sail board or canoe.
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San Francisco (Frisco) River (AZ)



An easy drive out of historic Clifton, AZ, with mountain vistas and two public river access points (theyre not marked so ask us). Easy floating after monsoon season with beautiful views and few if any people. Big Horn sheep may make an appearance.
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Sundial Hot Springs (NM)



Natural, sulphur-free, private hot springs in Bighorn Sheep country.
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Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway (NM)



Views of old volcanic mountain ranges and the wild, undammed Gila River, abundant wildlife including 337 species of birds, and the presence of seven of the eight distinct ecological zones.
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Village of Virden (NM)



Take the 26-mile loop from Duncan and back, or turn off and continue on into New Mexico. This is a hidden agricultural paradise along the Gila River. The ruins of the old Mexican settlement of San Antonio are there. There is excellent bird-watching at the Virden Bridge. Neldas Quilt Shop is open most afternoons. Buy fresh produce in season at a roadside stand. No public facilities.

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White Mountains Scenic Byway (NM)



Travel through dense Ponderosa pine forests into Apache Tribal lands, with stunning views of Mount Baldy and the Mogollon Rim.
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