Patagonia 50

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

Hot Diggity Dog!! That’s what we think of this route. It starts in one cool cat town: Patagonia. With miles and miles of just plain ole fun gravel through grasslands and woodlands. But really, who doesn’t like the idea of riding to the border and back?  

Ride Details

You start in Patagonia which is an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, history, birding, and Border Patrol. Now before you get all freaked out about Border Patrol,  we have two comments: first, Border Patrol offered us water when we were more than a few miles from camp out on the route. And, second, a few days after a major rain storm which left loads of washes impassable in other parts of AZ, “these boys” had it all grated and sorted out. Isn’t that grand! 

The route starts with three miles of an easy warm up on pavement, then cuts into a canyon along Harshaw Creek that supports some pretty impressive trees. (The old twisty, grand ones that leave you just impressed.) After a short section of pavement, the route then evolves into oak-pine forest, climbing up and up, and through a series of washes that may run with water. At ~ mile 10 you will bump into some of the mining operation roads, along with a few short popper hills that get your heart going. The climb tops out at 5500 feet after 13.5 miles and 1500 feet of gain. The road surface varies from hard packed and fast to gravel cobblestone. **Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Lollipop: 50 miles / 3000 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 80% gravel, 20% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 5 min south of Tucson, Arizona
– Published: January 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to the elevation gain / distance ratio. There are several sections of gravel cobblestone, 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

Patagonia Town Park. Street side parking on McKeown Avenue. Flush toilets. Water.
Lat / Long: 31.540065, -110.753732

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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2 thoughts on “Patagonia 50”

  1. Thanks for posting! I live nearby in Sierra Vista, so I need to try this one out. You may want to edit above: Border Control is actually Border Patrol.

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