Wild West Challenge

Riding along the Wild West Challenge
Bryce Cayon

We are the official tour operator for Bike Tours for The Wounded (BT4TW). Through us, they provide the opportunity for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) Service Personnel and Veterans a chance to experience a life changing motorcycling challenge as a pillion.  To make this possible, we are looking for experienced riders with enough time and affordability to join each tour offering their rear seat to one of these brave servicemen or servicewomen.  The Tour rides offer some of the most stunning scenery the Wild West of America has to offer.  (Riding through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado).

2018 Dates & Costs

Challenge  1 – 26th May to 4th June

£3,995 – Rider / Single Occupancy
£1,995 Pillion / Support Vehicle passenger (Sharing with rider/partner)

Challenge  2 – 2nd September to 11th September

£3,995 – Rider / Single Occupancy
£1,995 Pillion / Support Vehicle passenger (Sharing with rider/partner)

 

2017 / 2018 Wild West Challenge Itinerary

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Best of Route 66Welcome to our day of preparation for the exciting Wild West Motorcycle Tour.  This once in a lifetime journey, with it’s unique riding experience, could change your life for the better.

Your opportunity to visit with new friends, the experience of the legendary roads featured in many iconic films and television shows.  The sights and sounds of a history long forgotten by the modern age, along with the vastly diverse scenery of a landscape most have never seen, will remind us of days gone by.  Don’t forget your cameras.

Approximate mileage: 280 miles
Hover DamOur group will ride northeast from hotel which is situated on the Las Vegas Strip through Boulder City to Lake Mead famous for the Hoover Dam. We then enter the Lake Mead National park and ride through some amazing landscapes on winding roads that will put a constant smile on everyone’s face.

We then cross into Arizona where we ride through the Virgin River Gorge on the interstate 15 before entering Utah for the next couple of days.

bryce canyonAfter a stop for lunch we continue northeast for our first experience of the vast rural expanse of the open roads. We continue along the highway into our second National park of the day. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile Zion National Park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.

After exiting the park we embark on our last ride of the day to our hotel for the night in Bryce Canyon. The hotel is about as Western as it gets!

Approximate mileage: 284 miles
This morning we start the day with a chilly 10 minute ride into the Bryce Canyon National Park to watch the Sunrise over the canyon! For those worried about the cold, it soon warms up as the sun rises over our heads.
We head back to the hotel for breakfast before taking a ride to the Head of Rocks and the Devils Ridgeback. For those of you that enjoy great riding, today’s ride will be up there with the best you have ridden previously.
After lunch we continue to enjoy breathtaking scenery before reaching our hotel for a hard earned rest.
Wild West ChallengeApproximate mileage: 287 miles
After breakfast, we start out on what is to be our longest ride of the tour. (Although we are covering the miles today you don’t actually feel it as we have a number of great surprises in store for the group!)
 

 

four-cornersThe morning starts with visit to the four corners monument. This monument marks the quadripoint in the Southwestern United States where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. It is the only point in the United States shared by four states. The monument also marks the boundary between two semi-autonomous Native American governments, the Navajo Nation, which maintains the monument as a tourist attraction, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation.
 

GallupThe ride then takes us over the state line into New Mexico to Gallup for lunch at a famous Route 66 Café. After lunch, we ride into Arizona through Saint Johns to the town of Springerville for dinner.
 

 

 

Approximate mileage: 269 miles
Wild west challengeThis is a pretty amazing days riding and scenery. As we leave Springerville, we head out on what used to be known as the Devil’s Highway Route 666 through the small towns of Alpine and Hannagan’s meadow. The views are truly spectacular as is the riding of course! The route between Springerville and Morenci was designated a National Scenic Byway and given the name of Coronado Trail Scenic Byway.

 

copper mine

We take a break for lunch at the Morenci Copper Mine, the largest copper mining operation in North America, and one of the largest copper mines in the world.

Big-nose-kates

 

 

Continuing our ride, we head south to the historic town on Tombstone for dinner and a drink at Big Nose Kate’s saloon bar which has been the setting for many a TV / movie western.
 

 

 

 

Approximate mileage: 0 miles

tombstone

This is your opportunity to explore all that Tombstone has to offer. There are numerous historical sites and plenty of places to pick up your souvenirs. Oh and of course, we might have a surprise to two up our sleeves too!

wild west challengeApproximate mileage: 244 miles
 
Today we head West parallel with the Mexican border to Sonoita where turn right through Tuscon and phoenix to an old haunt of ours for an amazing experience at a real biker bar north of Phoenix.

Cave Creek

 

After a refreshing drink and some shelter from the heat we ride a short distance to the hotel resort where the pool awaits you. Following a refreshing and relaxing dip in the pool, we head back into the town for an evening meal and some entertainment at the local rodeo.
 

 

 

Approximate mileage: 203 miles

Pirates DenWe ride to the town of Wickenburg, an old cowboy town, before the ride up to the Pirates Den for lunch and relaxation on the Colorado river. This stage of the tour normally sees the temperatures rise into the high 90’s and low 100’s. Sun cream and plenty of ice cold water are the order of the day. After lunch, we ride north along the Colorado river to Lake Havasu City for the night. This is where the “London Bridge” is situated.
 

Approximate mileage: 217 miles

donkey in OatmanToday is our last days riding. We have a great days riding in store for you as we head through north for a world famous milkshake in Kingman before taking the Oatman trail into one of our favourite places in the US. Donkey Town as it has become known by all of our tour veterans has undergone a tourism renaissance of sorts in recent years, thanks to worldwide interest in Route 66. Oatman’s most famous attractions are its wild burros (Donkeys), which freely roam the town.

 

 

Las VegasAfter lunch, we ride to Laughlin and Searchlight before ending the tour in Las Vegas. Once the bikes have been handed back you are able to explore the sights and sounds of the city, but remember , what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
 

 

 

♦ 9 nights hotels / motels.
♦ All group breakfasts, lunch and evening meals at each stop.
♦ Admission fees to all museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
♦ Any tolls, parking fees (any gratuities are additional).
♦ The tour will be guided by our Route 66 veterans who will give daily summaries and talk about the history of Route 66.
♦ Transfers to and from the airport and hotel.
♦ Motorcycle rental and the required liability insurance.
♦ All fuel and oil for your motorcycle.
♦ There will be two tour guides (riding with you) and two support vehicles with us at all times with a spare bike, your luggage and our supplies.
♦ Roadside Assistance.
♦ Water, soft drinks and snacks throughout each day.
• Your airfare to and from the US.
• Your ESTA (Visa Waiver to travel to the US) This costs $14 from the US Embassy / website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta
• Personal Travel Insurance.
• Additional meals and snacks, tips, refreshments and your Alcoholic Beverages.
• Trip Cancellation Insurance or Personal Travel Insurance
• Personal Souvenirs.
• Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
• Any necessary riding gear and / or personal effects.
• Any additional or supplemental insurance for personal effects or public liability.
• Anything not mentioned in the list of included items above.