4 - 5
FATMAP difficulty grade
Follow the historic stagecoach line from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon during this 100-mile adventure.
Over four days you’ll see terrain as diverse as anywhere in northern Arizona, from the fern and aspen groves of the San Francisco Peaks, to the big sky country across the Babbitt Ranch, and through pinon-juniper forests that lead right up to the South Rim of Grand Canyon.
This is a classic mountain biking route that is ideal for upper beginner and intermediate riders. Day 2 The day begins in ponderosa pine forest and ends in what feels like another world.
The first 3 miles are on pleasant singletrack, then you ride along remote doubletrackas you descend toward the CO Bar Ranch, one of the ranches owned by Babbitt Ranches, one of the most respected ranching families in the West that welcomes Arizona Trail users to this remote and beautiful corner of Arizona.
You lose 1,500 of elevation within the first 12 miles, then gain back another 500 feet throughout the course of the day.
It’s an undulating and mellow ride through an austere and beautiful landscape that looks like you could be in Wyoming.
The day finishes at the historic Moqui Station, one of the historic stagecoach stops where visitors would rest their weary bones and probably begin to question if there really was a “grand canyon” out here in the middle of nowhere.
Other than an old stone well, there isn’t much left of the station.
Ride length is 38 miles. For more information and to book a tour, visit: http://aztexpeditions.com/arizona-trail-20.html