Cave Creek Canyon Overnight Ride Information Page
Cave Creek Canyon Overnight Ride
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 21-22, 2019.
Start/Finish: Animas High School, 1 Panther Blvd, Animas New Mexico 88020
Distance: 30 miles each day of riding. Out and Back.
The Cave Creek Canyon Overnight Ride is a ride that we hope will encourage you to take the time and explore the Cave Creek Canyon area, along with the other points of interest listed below along the route. Cave Creek Canyon is known as a birders paradise as well as a great place to go for a hike. There are many trails and unique features to see in the canyon.
The Cave Creek route is also a great introduction to bike touring. If you are planning a self-contained bike tour in your future, why not pack up your panniers, get your bike ready, and join us on the 30 mile ride over rolling hills to the SW Research Station. Stay in a Dorm room or camp on the grounds of the Research Station. 1 tent per site, 2 people per tent. Meals are provided and a fully supported ride. It's a great opportunity to get that first fully loaded ride in.
Rider Check In Time: Updated!
9:00 am check in, LOCAL TIME at Animas High School, New Mexico.
Be on the road by 10:00 am to arrive at Research Station around noon.
Don't forget that New Mexico is an hour ahead of Arizona.
Drive time to Animas High School at 1 Panther Blvd, NM, from Tucson is approx a 3 hr drive, 164 miles.
Hwy 9/Hwy 80 SAG Times Saturday:
Open 10:30 am
Closes 12:00 pm
Lunch provided on the lawn at the Research Station between 12:30 and 2:00.
Hwy9/Hwy 80 SAG Times Sunday:
Open 10:00 am
Closes 11:30 pm
Sunday start time is 9:30 am, please be back to Animas High School by 2:00 pm.
GABA has reserved the Dorm at the SWRS. Some rooms have two beds, other rooms have three beds, we plan to place couples in the rooms with two beds, and others will room together with three beds.
If you are camping, there are 6 tent sites, one tent per site and two to a tent. GABA will transport your tent and gear along with your bag to the SWRS.
Bedding and towels are provided by the SWRS if you are staying in the Dorm. The Research Station does request that you strip down your bed in the morning before you leave. Place all linen in the pillow case and place on the bed.
We'll provide lunch on the lawn at the Research Station between 12:30 - 2:00. In the past, some elected to eat in Portal on their own.
We'll provide some snacks, sodas, and energy drinks for happy hour around 4:30. Those who wish may bring a small cooler with wine, beer or other beverages. It would be excellent if riders can consolidate items in coolers at the start, so thatwe don't have to haul 20 coolers in the van.
Dinner is prepared by the Research Station and will be served at 6:00 pm. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am. You'll be able to make a bagged lunch after breakfast for the end of the ride on Sunday that will be carried in a cooler for you.
Mountain Valley Lodge in Rodeo, New Mexico. This lodging is 20 miles from Animas High School where the Cave Creek Overnight Ride starts and ends. Mountain Valley Lodge.
Cave Creek Canyon has camping on Forest Service campsites. First come, first serve.
There are three campsites to choose from, Sunny Flats, Stewart campground, and Idlewild Campground. www.fs.usda.gov/coronado.
Animas, New Mexico is a ranching community with some services to include a gas station and a small grocery.
The Chiricahua Desert Museum - open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
The museum displays over 60 species of wildlife, including among the rarest and most endangered in the Chiricahua desert. https://www.chiricahuadesertmuseum.com/
Cave Creek Canyon Visitor Center - open daily from 9 am to 3 pm.
Constructed in the 1920's as a Ranger Station, the Visitor Information Center is a source of information about the canyon. http://www.friendsofcavecreekcanyon.com/visiting/what-to-do/
Cave Creek Canyon Information for Birding, Hiking, Camping, and Lodging, as well as the surrounding area, look for Friends of Cave Creek Canyon or go to http://www.friendsofcavecreekcanyon.com/
Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) -
The Southwestern Research Station has many opportunities for groups or individuals. Check out "Fun in the Sun" and "Visit/Tours" on their website, Southwestern Research Station.