Bud and Bo

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

This route offers up the classic big valley, big views that the Patagonia region is famous for … and it offers up a chance to think about the sacrifices of our Border Patrol agents. We love the open grasslands of this ride, tossed in with a lake, a trip to the border (almost), and a good brewery at the end.

Ride Details

The route is 44 miles of an awesome mixture of gravel and paved roads. You start in the (ghost) town of Canelo, heading down a dirt road scattered with houses. Soon the hills, the Canelos Hills, transition to the solitude of Pinyon-Juniper woodlands. The initial climb is just steep enough to have you worrying that the day is going to be a slow one. The surface is gravel cobblestone, but you can find smoother riding at the edges of the road.

At ~ mile 4, you start sweeping down and down, out to the open winding grasslands of the San Rafael Valley. Occasional (and we do mean occasional) ranches come in and out of focus. And occasional willow trees offer up a nice foreground to a continuous view of sweeping mountain ranges. Loose range cattle will sometimes play in the road, but with a few good YEAHAWS they are off and running.  **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 44 miles / 3000 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 70% gravel, 30% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 15 min southeast of Tucson, Arizona
– Published: January 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to the distance / elevation gain ratio. There are several sections of rough road, but the technical demand is not significant.

When we like to ride this …

Fall to spring when the skies are clear and the temps are moderate. We would avoid this route in summer as it is very exposed to the sun. Wind could also make this route brutal. And … if it has recently rained, give it several days to let the roads dry, they are of a clay base and can turn into super sticky mud.

The Start

A dirt pull out on the west side of the road, Highway 83, just before a left hand 90 degree bend.
Lat / Long: 31.542926, -110.529815

Food / Water

Parker Canyon Lake and Marina general store. Seasonal. At the juncture with Highway 83 at mile 32 go left towards the lake. ~ 0.5 miles.


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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  • Heidi says:

    We battled a bit of wind but still had a great ride. Definitely check out the lake but save some energy for the road ending!
    http://www.beerbikesandcampfires.com/2020/11/03/bud-bo-gravel-loop/

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      Thanks for the comment! For others reading this comment, the link out posted above has a great review of the route also. Check it out!

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