Just did a 10 day trip, including 8 in AZ. Have posted the first two blogs about the trip on this site:
http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-tr ... ew-mexico/
http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-tr ... phase-one/
The rest probably won't get posted before you depart, so here's my two cents based on this, and my previous trips:
First, it sounds like you know your way around Cortez and Durango--we went through there on the way back, but since you already know your way around, I won't add anything there. However, if you're going that way, you should make time to his a couple rides in NW NM as we did on the way down. Check the first blog entry above. We were particularly impressed by Alien Run--I'd ride that one over and over if I could.
As for AZ, we hit Tucson, Phoenix and Sedona.
My must rides for Tucson:
50 Year Trail
My must rides for Phoenix:
My must rides for Sedona:
All of them!
Actually, I put the HIghline/Baldwin/Templeton loop at the top of the list
Broken Arrow/Llama is also a must to
This trip, we also fell in love with Chuckwagon/Mescal/Aerie
We also hit an excellent route outside Prescott, Granite Basin
We went early enough that the rides around Flagstaff were not an option--you might check to see if they've dried out by the time you get there. Also, keep in mind that, by then, Phoenix could be quite hot.
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