Total tour distance: 464 miles
Daily tour distance: 66 miles
Difficulty: 90 / 100
There’s no better way to earn some Route 66 kicks than by bicycling the historic “Mother Road” through the lofty heart of the desert Southwest. The riding on this unforgettable van-supported tour starts high and ends high, in a pair of cities that both top the 7,000-foot elevation mark.
The beginning point is Santa Fe, the highest and oldest (established 1607) capital city in United States—fittingly, near the oldest alignment of Route 66—and ends in Flagstaff, Arizona’s “City of Seven Wonders.” In between the two we’ll descend and climb through iconic western landscapes ranging from desiccated desert to verdant mountains; from the bustle of downtown Albuquerque to the quiet, wide-open spaces of western New Mexico and eastern Arizona. We’ll also visit ancient Navajo and Puebloan tribal lands and take in a trio of unique treasures protected by the National Park Service: El Malpais National Monument, El Morro National Monument, and Petrified Forest National Park.