Motorcycle Route 89A
Route 89A is considered to be one of the best motorcycle roads in Arizona. Locals here who noticed our motorcycle mentioned that we really needed to check out this 100 mile trek.
The route winds through the red rocks of Sedona, Cottonwood, the ghost town of Jerome and ends in the beautiful Prescott Valley. This road has it all – scenery, open stretches, twists and turns, elevation changes, interesting towns.
You won’t be able to go too long without stopping to get some great photos. Here is a view of the Oak Creek Canyon just a few miles north of the town of Sedona.
We had lunch in Sedona where I had a tuna fish sandwich. Which I thought was a good idea at the time.
However, the next part of the trek involved driving through the valley and the town of Cottonwood where the temperature spiked to nearly 120 degrees.
By the time we climbed to the top of Cleopatra Hill to the town of Jerome, I was in need of butt break. And a gallon of water. And maybe some anti nausea meds…
Fortunately, Jerome is at a higher altitude, and the temperature of 100 degrees felt amazing!
The historic copper mining town of Jerome is perched on the side of a cliff. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was once the fourth largest city in Arizona. It’s population peaked in the 1920s to about 15,000.
Today Jerome is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of about 450.
And it is celebrated as a historic ghost town with many vacant buildings and stories of the past. Due to the 30-degree incline of the mountainside, gravity has pulled a number of buildings down the slope. Which makes it even more interesting.
And check out the view from the city of Jerome! An amazing vista.
Once out of Jerome, heading south-west toward Prescott Valley, the road has over 100 hairpin curves as it winds up the mountain range and then back down into the valley.
Truly a great adventure!