I’ve always been attracted to the Arizona desert for its smog-free air and brilliant and colorful
sunsets. Twenty-five years ago I did a story on
a section of Route 66 for our sister publication,
Mountain Bike Action. We staged in the ghost town
of Oatman, Arizona, and wove our way north up old
66 through the Black Mountains on a 46-mile journey ending in Kingman.
Recently, when searching for a destination
to put some new e-bikes to the test, I was once
again drawn to Arizona. Whether you’re a novice
or expert cyclist, Arizona offers many wide-open
spaces, with amazing landscapes with many different routes to choose from. Northern Arizona’s high
desert and mountain towns make for appealing
summer day trips for people headed up from the
Phoenix area to escape the heat. Alpine-like forests
and meadows around the Flagstaff/Sedona area
provide a fantastic backdrop to both enthrall and
challenge any rider.
We decided to call the Junipine Resort, nestled in the Oak Creek Canyon area of Sedona, our
home for four days while testing e-bikes. Walking
the grounds of Junipine, the views are simply
breathtaking. Red rock mountains contrast with an
aspen-lined creek meandering alongside the resort.
Large, roomy cabin/condos make it difficult to want
to leave the property. But, the same could be said
about all of Sedona: it’s difficult to leave.