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Arizona Bike&Wine Tour

Arizona's Central Wine Region - Vineyard Bike Tour

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Duration: 6 Days
Location: Sedona and Central Arizona Wine Country
Group Size: 4 - 15
Price starting at: $2700 inclusive
Program Type: Multi-surface MTB Cyclotouring, Lodge-Based, Educational, Kayaking, Conservancy, Gastronomy
Difficulty: 4 (Somewhat strenuous) SAG Supported
Meals: Included

Backroads in the Central Highlands –  Prescott to Sedona, Arizona

6 days of lodge-based cycling on back roads in Arizona’s spectacular Central Highlands.  Elevations between 6000 feet and 3100 feet, gradually descending day by day.  You will wind through a lightly traveled region of rolling pasture, chaparral, and  lush piñon juniper forest.  Special little cabins, lodges, bed and breakfasts, and inns will grace each nights rest.

Our course will allow us to visit wineries each day.  While we will forego tasting during the days and keep upright on the bikes, in the evening your guides will prepare a fine tasting of a vintage or two  collected at each stop.

The special bioregion of the Central Highlands has been found to give surprising benefits to grape production.  There are challenges as well.  As we travel our hosts at the various wineries will give us insights into the bioregional concerns of the area, and as well demonstrate their craft at viticulture and oenology.

ITINERARY – Prescott to Sedona, Arizona Wine Country Route

Day 1  : Arrival in Prescott PM. Historic Downtown Ride and bike test.  Welcome Dinner and Orientation.

DETAILS:  Prescott is Arizona's Victorian City and the first state Capitol.  Your charming Inn, the Hassayampa,  will place you right downtown.  After checking in meet your hosts for a sunset bike ride through the historic neighborhoods and visit the well preserved Victorian style architecture.

Day 2  :  Prescott to Juniper Well.

DETAILS:  Climbing up out of town on the the Copper Basin Road and topping out with a great view from the Sierra Prieta Overlook.  Backroads to Wilhoit and historic Skull Valley.

Day 3  :  Juniper Well to Granite Creek Vineyards

DETAILS:  Today we tackle some lovely country, crossing into Williamson Valley and then Chino Valley.

Day  4  :  Granite Creek to Jerome

DETAILS:   The Black Hills of Arizona. Tremendous vistas of the Sedona area, the Mogollon Rim, and the San Francisco Peaks. In Jerome we can sample from the cellars of Cadeuceus, Jerome Winery, and Bitter Creek Winery.

Day  5  : Jerome to Page Springs

DETAILS:   Today we get not only a screaming downhill into the Verde Valley, we also will have an avalanche of new wineries to visit.  The Verde Valley bioregion.

Day  6 :    Sedona Area Riding and PM kayak trip on the Verde.  Farewell Dinner.

DETAILS:   The Red Rocks of Sedona beckon.



Adventure Curriculum:  Oenology, Central AZ Geography, Prescott Architecture, Bioregionalism, Colorado Plateau, Central Highlands, and Sonoran Desert, Arizona Archaeology, Astronomy, Natural History