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Off-Road Trails: Arizona

A state full of off-roading adventures

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Arizona is one of the most diverse off-road states in the country. Known for the high ambient temperatures in the summertime, especially in lower elevations, Arizona OHV areas are very popular in the winters with perfect riding conditions. The higher, mountainous terrain is enjoyed by everyone in the summer time with cooler temperatures compared to the desert. Many areas offer wide open, fast terrain, which molds perfectly with the Honda Talon 1000R’s wide vehicle stance and agile suspension setup.

While the weather fluctuates big time in this state, you can always find a riding area to enjoy no matter what time of year. Many of the desert locations offer the opportunity to enjoy primitive camping and pretty much unlimited riding areas, while the mountainous trails are confined to either two-track trails and fire roads. No matter which scene you choose to tackle, life is better with Honda.

Distance 700 Miles

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Multiple starting points

Arizona Peace Trail

Distance 700 Miles

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Multiple starting points

One of the most unique trails in all of the United States is the Arizona Peace Trail, which is approximately a 700-mile trail that hits some of the most unique and scenic desert spots in all of the southwest. This route is designed for the most adventurous UTV drivers on the planet, mainly because it takes at least four days to complete. Luckily, there are plenty of resources on the Peace Trail website, including maps, places to stay along the way, terrain expectations, sample itineraries, gpx map files, and other resources, to help you plan such an adventure. Being able to shift the Talon 1000R and run at low rpm on wide open roads allows you to save fuel, and the superior interior fit and finish keeps you comfortable on such an adventure. This would definitely be one for your memory book!

Honda Talon Arizona

Size 13,500 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Near Flagstaff, Ariz.

Cinder Hills Off Highway Vehicle Area

Size 13,500 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Near Flagstaff, Ariz.

Located just northeast of the main city of Flagstaff, Cinder Hills OHV Area is a very unique riding area. It consists of dormant volcanoes all around the riding area, giving you breathtaking, forest-laden views along with tiny cinder rocks to ride on. Some locals choose to run paddle tires while many stick with knobbies. With the terrain being so diverse, the Talon 1000R is the perfect vehicle for this riding area, mainly because it’s suspension system is built to take on the whoops and rutted terrain. Honda’s durability will also shine in this area. Camping is primitive, so bring your supplies with you from nearby Flagstaff.

Distane 200+ Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Peoria, Ariz. on SR74

Boulders OHV Staging Area

Distane 200+ Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Peoria, Ariz. on SR74

Located northwest of the main metropolitan area of Phoenix, Boulders OHV Staging Area has the open land to enjoy hundreds of miles of off-road trails, perfect for all types of side-by-side family off-roading excursions. With a large 10-acre primitive camping area, pit toilet facility, and a secluded area for beginners to learn the ropes of an off-road vehicle, this is the perfect area to enjoy some great SXS driving with friends and family. The Honda Talon 1000R is an ideal vehicle for this adventure with its powerful inline twin cylinder engine, which includes an abundance of low end torque.

Size 2,000 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead 20 Miles North of Bowie, Ariz.

Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area

Size 2,000 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead 20 Miles North of Bowie, Ariz.

Who doesn’t love a combination of riding, camping, and hot springs, all in one location? Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area is a unique location in southeastern Arizona that offers all three of these amenities, plus about 2000 acres of riding in a mix of sand dunes, desert, and rocky terrain. Fitting for all riders, RV campers can utilize the on-site camping area. Summer times have hot temperatures, so the fall/winter/spring months are the best time to visit. With the open terrain in this area, the agile 4-link rear suspension system on the Honda Talon 1000R is built to take on the terrain with over 20 inches of travel and large 28” tires right from the factory. Nearby towns include Bowie, which is about a 30-minute drive, so count on bringing all of your supplies with you to the camping area.

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