If you’re like me, putting your scoot away for the winter ranks right up there with calling customer service at the cable company or visiting the dentist. BUT, there are some places where the ridin’ is good almost year-round. I’m going to tell you about one of those today. Our journey starts in the desert, with canyons, cliffs, and some of the most incredible sights you could ever imagine as we gear up for a ride in the copper state. When you want to experience Arizona in all its glory, be sure to have your Thirsty Biker app ready because we’re getting familiar with the locals. So, in episode 19 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, get ready for the ultimate winter ride on Route 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona, AZ.

Must-See Stops

Route 89A offers some spectacular views, especially this time of the year, making this ride even better. Take in the forest views as you make your way through the canyon on your way to Sedona. From tight switchbacks to pristine roadways, you’ll find it all as you journey through Flagstaff, known for its slopes, falls, craters, and other wonders of nature. Our first stop takes us to 89Agave Cantina in Sedona, a crowd favorite for decades. Located in Uptown, 89Agave Cantina features authentic Mexican cuisine in an eclectic setting. Bright colors, a street-side patio, and an ambiance that just radiates fun can be found in the Cantina. Using fresh, local ingredients, you’ll find all of your Mexican favorites here, like Carne Asada, Tamales de Casa, burritos, enchiladas, plus some of the best margaritas in town. For a true South of the Border experience, you’ve got to try 89Agave Cantina.

Oak Creek Brewery

If beer is more your style, you’ll find a lot of it at Oak Creek Brewery and Grill, which offers outstanding views of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Wood-fired favorites and house-brewed beers make for the ultimate gathering place for bikers near and far. Pair their micro-brews with fantastic food for an experience that can’t be beaten, and even take some of their famous brews home for later. If you’re looking for home cooking done right and ice-cold craft beer, nothing can compare to Oak Creek. Don’t forget about a Sedona favorite, the Sundowner Bar & Grill, known for their quick bites and good company. You’ll find everything from chicken wings to burgers in this Sedona staple, so when you need to fuel up, stop by and enjoy the no-nonsense vibes at the Sundowner.

The Ride

route 89A ride map

Lined with hulking aspens, oaks, and maple trees, the views on this ride can’t be rivaled. You’ll find that 89A largely follows the water and the canyons, so taking it all in is easy on this ride. Well-maintained and accented with curves throughout, the road takes you on a journey, with a 2,000 ft drop in elevation from Flagstaff to Sedona. You’ll want to keep in mind that this trip is popular, especially this time of the year. People seeking warmer weather and incredible sights might add traffic throughout this ride. Everyone wants to take in the scenery that awaits in this fantastic area, which is why it’s one of our top picks when you’re looking for your next winter ride.

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