Highlights:Albuquerque, NM • Sandia Crest • Santa Fe, NM • Ghost Ranch, NM • Million Dollar Highway • Four Corners • Mesa Verde National Park • Goosenecks State Park • Monument Valley • Antelope Canyon • Lake Powell • Grand Canyon National Park • Canyon de Chelly • White Sands National Park
The Four Corners Tour combines the wide-open expanse of Arizona, the tranquil deserts of New Mexico, the rugged Colorado Rockies, as well as the majesty of Utah’s Monument Valley. Four Corners is named for the spot in the American Southwest where four states meet. It is an intersection not only of four states, but a meeting point of prehistoric landscapes, indigenous people, majestic mountains, and modern evolution—especially in terms of exceptional riding on well-maintained roads.
The Four Corners Blue Rim Tour offers an especially rare view of this great country’s diversity from the seat of a motorcycle. Exploring this region on two wheels provides a unique riding experience, allowing for a closer connection to its exquisite natural wonders and an appreciation for the natural beauty that transcends the dynamic—and sometimes harsh—landscape. From Monument Valley to the Rocky Mountains, and the Grand Canyon to White Sands National Monument, you will ride through a rich tapestry of American history for a truly memorable motorcycling experience.
As an added bonus the tour includes riding Colorado’s serpentine “Million Dollar Highway,” an idyllic motorcycle route, which snakes through the Rocky Mountains. With true million-dollar views, this 50-mile stretch starts in Durango, CO and winds its way through grand vistas of unequaled beauty and abandoned mining facilities, arriving in the quirky town of Ouray, the ice-climbing capital of the world.
Starting and ending in Albuquerque, New Mexico this 14-day vacation (of which eleven are full ride days) will traverse an amazingly full 2,050 miles, with ride days averaging a comfortable and leisurely 185 miles. The tour was specifically planned around a mild time of year, with average daytime temperatures of 80˚F, making for optimum riding weather. Join us for the adventurer’s essential American Southwest road trip.
The Five-Country Tour was the very first trip ever offered or sponsored by RoadRUNNER Magazine. Today, it’s still one of our most popular tours, filling up every single year. One of our participants from 2012, Russell Janecka, captured a few of his favorite moments in this short video. Give it a look and get inspired!
Text by Melanie Merritt Photo by Florian Neuhauser Planning your dream vacation shouldn’t be a nightmare. Especially when you’re enlisting the help of a tour operator. But between researching where you want to go and calculating how much it’s all going to cost (Wait, do I pay for my own gas?) it’s easy to get stressed out before you’ve even started to pack. Here are five things you should consider when planning your next big motorcycle adventure. 1. Develop expectations for y
The mental aspect of riding a motorcycle safely is of paramount importance, regardless of whether you’re riding to the neighborhood Starbucks or going cross-country. Here are some things to think about before you ride: Am I fit, relaxed and calm? As noted above, riding a motorcycle proficiently and safely on the street requires a high degree of mental focus. That focus will be impaired if a rider is tired, emotionally upset or mentally distracted with other pressing matter