City Escape: Phoenix, Arizona

Text: Tim Kessel • Photography: Tim Kessel

You’ll experience a diverse loop that includes a high desert lake and historic mining towns. This route is rideable virtually all year.

Length

Approximately 225 miles

Meet-up spot 

Cindy’s Arizona Café, 124 E Mckellips Rd, Mesa, AZ, (480) 655-1349.

Lunch stop

Libby’s El Rey Café, 999 N Broad St, Globe, AZ, (928) 425-2054. The crown jewel of Mexican restaurants in a town known for the tasty fare! Libby’s butter chips are a legendary decadence and entrees are delicious.

Scenery (5 out of 5)

Both the natural and historical scenery are spectacular. You will traverse panoramic vistas and carve through rugged mountains. The Roosevelt Lake Bridge is a highlight on the route.

Traffic (4 out of 5)

Can be heavy around Phoenix. Moderate to light elsewhere.

Difficulty (5 out of 5)

Navigate carefully as not to miss the short jaunt to Globe.

Road Conditions (4 out of 5)

All roads are generally both well paved and marked.