Southern Tier Bicycle Route #2

Tempe, Arizona - El Paso, Texas (524 miles)

  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-41-5
  • Oct 1, 2013

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Expect moderate to heavy urban traffic from Tempe to Apache Junction. At Apache Junction you'll join US 60/79, with shoulders and rumble strips, and gradually ascend toward Gonzales Pass. The route dips and climbs up to another pass before descending along Bloody Tank Wash into the towns of Miani and Claypool. In Stafford replenish your stock of food and water. Services are limited for the next 117 miles. It's a hard climb up to the unsigned pass near the Arizona/New Mexico border. The route again crosses the Gila River and climbs the historic Pinos Altos then descends through thick pine forests before reaching the Gila River drainage. SR 152 is winding and steep on both sides of Emory Pass. This is the highest point on the route. In the next 35 miles you'll drop 3,800 feet to Caballo Reservoir and the Rio Grande River in dry, desert country. From here to El Paso the route parallels the Rio Grande and I-25. SR 28 winds through small towns, farm fields, and pecan groves into El Paso. This section has a shorter alternate, avoiding the climbs and descents into the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

Adventure Cycling maps are created by cyclists, for cyclists, and they are some of the best available for those in search of discovery and adventure in North America. The maps reflect the association's research as well as suggestions from thousands of cyclists who have explored the Adventure Cycling Route Network. Adventure Cycling develops the best cross-country, loop, coastal, and inland cycling routes available, with turn-by-turn directions, detailed navigational instructions for the tricky sections, and elevation profiles in the high country.

The maps are waterproof and designed to fit in a handlebar-bag window or jersey pocket. The maps provide information specifically for cyclists: the location of bike shops, sources for food and water, and listings of overnight accommodations including camping facilities, small hotels, and cyclists-only lodging.


  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-41-5
  • Oct 1, 2013

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