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Cave Creek Canyon Overnight Ride
Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019.
Start/Finish: Animas High School, 1 Panther Blvd, Animas New Mexico 88020
Distance: 30 mile and 50 mile.

Nestled in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona, is Cave Creek Canyon, a hidden gem, with spectacular cliffs, flowing streams and abundant wildlife. Many visitors have referred to Cave Creek as,  "Arizona's Yosemite."

With magnificent scenery and unparalleled biodiversity, Cave Creek Canyon is a special place. Birding is fine here year round, especially in the spring and summer. (Friends of Cave Creek Canyon).

The Cave Creek Overnight Ride is also a great introduction to bike touring.  Planning a self-contained bike tour in your future? Load up your panniers, get your bike ready, come out and ride the 30 mile or 50 mile Cave Creek route over rolling hills fully supported by GABA's volunteers. Or just bring your bike to ride, and we'll take care of your luggage. It's a great way to get that first overnight trip in.

            Register Now!

Course Overview and Map

We will provide one Roving support and gear station (SAG) station on Saturday and Sunday for the 50 mile distance. The Sweep Driver will have fruit, water, sports drinks, snacks, and sandwiches to refuel your ride. Participants can register for the 30 mile ride option or the 50 mile ride option. You may ride 50 mile Saturday and 30 mile Sunday, or the opposite, or ride 50 mile both days, the Ride Organizer just needs to know so the Support Staff can provide riders with proper support. GABA will be providing lunch and social time for all the riders at the SW Research Station when you arrive. It will be at the picnic area next to the Dining Hall. 

There will be two Sweep vehicles on the routes providing mechanical support, and first aid if necessary. Each vehicle will be marked with a yellow magnetic sign that reads, "SUPPORT VEHICLE".

Watch for GABA signs indicating all the turns of the course and turnaround points. If you want a paper map & cue sheet, please follow the links below and print from home to bring with you on your ride.  Limited number of maps & cue sheets at rider check in/registration.

Cave Creek 30 mile route Out & Back
Cave Creek 50
Cave Creek 50 Mile

Cave Creek 30 Mile Route Out & Back (Short)
Check in by 10:00 am, LOCAL TIME, be on the road by 10:30 am.
Remember, New Mexico time is an hour ahead.
Details: Cave Creek 30 mile Out & Back , and 30 Mile RidewithGPS

Cave Creek 50 Mile Out & Back (Long)
This route can be an Out & Back for Saturday and Sunday or can be ridden in combination with the 30 mile route. Let Ride Organizer know.
Check In by 9:00 am, LOCAL TIME, be on the road by 9:30 am.
Remember, New mexico Time is an hour ahead.
Cave Creek 50 Mile Out & Back and 50 Mile RidewithGPS.

The destination for this overnight ride is the Southwestern Research Station, a Biological Field Station in the Chiricahua Mountains in Southeastern Arizona. The Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) is a year-round field station under the direction of the Science Department at the American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY).  You can find more information about the Research Station in the Information Page.


Registration online closes Wed, Sept 18, 2019 at 10:00 PM.

Each rider is required to register. Fees are per rider, not per bike (both riders of a tandem must register separately.) 

Be aware of the cancellation policy (below). You must login as a member and register online for the discount. No Day of registration.

  • 18 Mar – 4 Sept : GABA Members- $130.00/ Non - Members - $160.00  
  • 5 Sept - 18 Sept : GABA Members - $150.00/ Non - Members - $180.00.
  • Non - Rider fee: $90.00.
  • No Day of.

Attention ABC/PMBC members: before registering, email to get your online discount code.

We’ll send emails to registered riders three days pre-ride with updates, so be sure to register with a working email address. If you do not see the GABA Welcome email by the day before the ride, please check your spam/junk folder.

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Ride Specific Details and Question?

Go to the Information Page for ride specific details.
 directly via email to 
the Supported Rides Coordinator at


To have successful rides, we need members to volunteers to help with check-in before the ride, operate a SAG stop, or drive a sweep vehicle to help cyclists. Learn more on the GABA Volunteering page and send questions to our Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Reed via

Thanks and hope to see you on the ride!

Ride Organizer
Colleen Giles

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy can be found on Registration page.