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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Steingass, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Steingass

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    Hi everyone. First post here so I'm not sure if this is the right section. I'm looking for an area in the southwest region that receives little to no snowfall and is surrounded by secluded free primitive camping. It also needs to have decent riding close by and basic jobs or seasonal work. Right now I like Tucson, Sedona, Prescott, and Albuquerque. Basically I want to migrate up and down the Rockies working summers and winters and exploring during the shoulder seasons. Constructive criticism and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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  2. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Not a bad plan: winter in AZ, and summer in the Rockies.
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  3. Steingass

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    Full time RVers have been doing it for years. I'll just be on a bike. Kicker is I'll need some kind of a job. My monthly fuel bill will be a little lower though:D
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  4. Steingass

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    Nothing?
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  5. Off Limits

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    Sorry, the west in kinda dead these days.
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  6. NomorBills

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    Prescott yes. Tucson is in Mexico, Really.

    Riding is closer in Prescott or Payson. Phoenix is great but too big and riding is a 1 hour truck out of town.

    I like your idea of summer work to the north in the summer. That was my plan then the wife had other plans and wanted to stay close to the Grand Kids.
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  7. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    You're right about the 1 hour trip out of Phoenix, depending on where you're at in Phoenix.
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  8. DerViking

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    Very little riding around Sedona on a moto, very very good Mountain Biking. Depending on your skill set there is work, just not lots. Probably could pick up landscape work, though there is a substantial Hispanic population occupying that niche. I keep hearing about good riding around North Central New Mexico, Sante Fe in particular, and it is a short trip up into great riding in Southern Colo. You might consider St George. Not so sure about the moto riding (again, great Mtn Biking), but the weather is pretty good, and it's a sizable city now

    My suggestions would be to check out Grand Junction in CO. Awesome Moto and bicycle riding, good work prospects, good access to lots of neat places, and weather like you describe in the winter.
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    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    No riding around Sedona ? What are you smoking?!
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    Well, I am aware of the quasi legal stuff down on Beaver Head Flat, and the super quaded out and lame stuff at Camp Verde. I know some like it down there, but I dont. The Mountain Biking is superb and endless.
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    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    I don't mean to sound negative, but you shouldn't let the extent of your knowledge be the end all be all of the riding in the area. Caster mountain is great riding that leads to a great amount of riding up on the plateau, and around Jerome is some great riding that would last a long time exploring in the woodshute area.

    You just need to get out more!
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  12. Steingass

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    As far as sedona that's what I've heard too. It's mostly non motorized. Also in a perfect world I'd like some technical stuff too. What's most important is legal squatting for 14 days, or until they find me, and jobs. St George looked good but the camping seemed far away for the commute. Prescott is my number 1 choice right now and it has a va health center so free medical care! I also found some nice single track youtube vids in prescott NF. Only problem is they've become strict on primitive camping because of squatters that leave garbage and fires. Maybe I can be a free scout for them in exchange for hassle free living as long as I keep my camp clean. Haven't thought of grand junction. I visited a custom landcruiser shop there once. Serious eye candy. I know fruita has blown up as a mtb single track mecca. I plan on riding some of the tat weather permiting late December and checking out whatever areas I narrow down. Im a total motorcycle noob but I have a backround in ultralight backpacking and freeride mtb. So far in the past week I got my permit, bought the wrr, and have all my protective gear except whatever upper I choose. Ill be constructing a large tipi tent since the equivalent costs 4 to 8 times as much. Thanks for your help guys.
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  13. Steingass

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    Thanks seabee1. Sorry I was writing while you were. What about primitive camping in that area? Seems like they'd be strict since all the tourism. I was a corpsman btw.
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  14. Hikertrash

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    All those places get snow in the winter except Tucson.
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  15. Steingass

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    Yup looks like low double digits total per year. Should be fun. Seems to me with 45-50 degree days the roads won't get cold enough to let it accumulate and when it does I'll either have to be careful, call in, or stay with a friend.
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    The camping situation can be overblown. Keep you camp tidy, dont' have giant whiteman fires, and they will generally leave you alone. I know lots of people that go months without a visit.

    Flagstaff has some VERY technical riding, though not nearly as much as a few years ago. GOD DAMN TMR ALL TO HELL. North of PHX in the Cave Creek area is another great riding area. Camping is pretty restricted anymore, and the commute would be very long to any work.

    Prescott would take some scouting, but there are camping opportunities not too far from town. Beware of Meth Labs. A few years ago they had a big problem going down there. There is good trail riding. The Camp Wood single track is said to be fun, but its way up North in Chino Valley. Alto Pit is a mostly Quad riding area West of town, we have trials there. It would be worth riding a few times.

    A box of sheetmetal hex head screws will set you right for snow. Kinda squirly on dry pavement, but very effective for ice and snow. I have used pan head screws for less bite, and less slide on pavement.
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  17. Steingass

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    Thanks for the responses guys. Basically what It looks like is fo me to be able to camp in the areas I like I have move to the high desert foothills where it snows too much. Also the trail terrain isn't really what I wanted and finding water can be a problem. As of right now it looks like southern Oregon is close to being perfect. Tons of year round riding and free camping in close proximity. Crater lake NP. Winter lows and highs around 30 and 50. A few inches of snow a year with half the rain I get here in WV and a third of what it was in WA. Lots of jobs and its close to the ocean and Idaho for summers. Now I want to leave tomorrow! Too bad I'm stuck here for 2 more months. :baldy When I create a trip report I'll post a link here. Thanks again.
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  18. Steingass

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    Decided to check out Arizona first. I hated all the grey late fall through spring in Washington. Seems like theres a ton of forest service roads that fan out north of Phoenix. There's lots of diversity in Utah too. I should be content there.
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    Man, crater lake gets a ton of snow in he winter!

    I mean a ton!
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