Five Incredible Winter Riding Destinations.butlermaps
Winter can be harsh. To much tinker time in the garage and not enough saddle time gets old. We’re in Colorado, we know all about this. To help you dream of better times here is a list of our favorite winter adventure riding destinations. For obvious reasons they are not in places like Maine or Montana. Let the ground thaw a bit and we will get to those. In the mean time, mount some fresh rubber, load up the truck and point her away from the cold.
This is a border town with more character than a carnival. The old main street is preserved with tons mid century nostalgia and has one of the best breakfast spots we’ve ever tried, The Bisbee Breakfast Club. You’re a hop skip and a jump from Mexico and the high desert landscape is perfect for exploring in the winter time. Head north a few miles and check out a gun fight at the old west town of Tombstone, or head west and ride the border fence. Make sure to wave at the border patrol agents.
Texas Hill Country
We admit, the best time of year in Texas is when the Blue Bonnets begin to pop in the spring, but Texas Hill Country is still a great winter escape. Both paved and dirt roads are plentiful, as is BBQ and live music. Get yourself to Austin and head west. Stitch together gravel farming roads on your way to towns like Kerrville and Bandera.
Mexican Hat Utah
It’s not a sure fire bet to be warm and dry here in the winter but if you hit the weather right there is lots of riding to be had in Southeastern Utah around Mexican Hat. You won’t be exploring high into the surrounding mountains but the dry desert can be great in the winter months. Plus, riding in Valley of the Gods needs to be on your bucket list anyway. There is a reason some of the best western movies every made were shot here, the classic wild west landscape is second to none.
Santa Monica Mountains/Malibu CA
You wont find to many exotic dirt roads this close to Los Angeles and Malibu, but the canyon carving and ocean viewing is spectacular all year long. The famous Rock Store on Mullholland Drive is a must stop, as is Neptunes Net. Some of the paved one way roads are so narrow and beat up that you’ll be glad you are on an adventure bike.
Wickenburg is an awesome cowboy town northwest of Phoenix, you can access all sorts of great paved and dirt riding all year long in any direction right from town. Take a spin up Vulture Mine road and peal off north or south on any number of desolate desert two tracks. You can also ride straight up the sandy river drainage east of town until it constricts into a stunning slot canyon. Pack a lunch and pick a sunny spot next to a cactus. You might want to bring a sleeping bag too because it’s likely you wont want to leave.