The Wild West Challenge in August / September 2019 offers rides through some of the most stunning scenery the Wild West of America has to offer. (Riding through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado).
The Tour rides offer some of the most stunning scenery the Wild West of America has to offer. (Riding through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado).
We are the official tour operator for Bike Tours for The Wounded (BT4TW). Through us, they provide the opportunity for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) Service Personnel and Veterans a chance to experience a life changing motorcycling challenge as a pillion. To make this possible, we are looking for experienced riders with enough time and affordability to join each tour offering their rear seat to one of these brave servicemen or servicewomen.
Welcome to our day of preparation for the exciting Wild West Motorcycle Tour. This once in a lifetime journey, with it’s unique riding experience, could change your life for the better.
Your opportunity to visit with new friends, the experience of the legendary roads featured in many iconic films and television shows.
The sights and sounds of a history long forgotten by the modern age, along with the vastly diverse scenery of a landscape most have never seen, will remind us of days gone by. Don’t forget your cameras.
Approximate mileage: 280 miles
Our group will ride northeast from hotel which is situated on the Las Vegas Strip through Boulder City to Lake Mead famous for the Hoover Dam. We then enter the Lake Mead National park and ride through some amazing landscapes on winding roads that will put a constant smile on everyone’s face.
We then cross into Arizona where we ride through the Virgin River Gorge on the interstate 15 before entering Utah for the next couple of days.
After a stop for lunch we continue northeast for our first experience of the vast rural expanse of the open roads. We continue along the highway into our second National park of the day.
A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile Zion National Park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River.
The Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.
After exiting the park we embark on our last ride of the day to our hotel for the night in Bryce Canyon.
The hotel is about as Western as it gets!
Approximate mileage: 284 miles
This morning we start the day with a chilly 10 minute ride into the Bryce Canyon National Park to watch the Sunrise over the canyon! For those worried about the cold, it soon warms up as the sun rises over our heads.
We head back to the hotel for breakfast before taking a ride to the Head of Rocks and the Devils Ridgeback.
For those of you that enjoy great riding, today’s ride will be up there with the best you have ridden previously.
After lunch we continue to enjoy breathtaking scenery before reaching our hotel for a hard earned rest.
Approximate mileage: 287 miles
After breakfast, we start out on what is to be our longest ride of the tour. (Although we are covering the miles today you don’t actually feel it as we have a number of great surprises in store for the group!)
The morning starts with visit to the four corners monument. This monument marks the quadripoint in the Southwestern United States where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. It is the only point in the United States shared by four states.
The monument also marks the boundary between two semi-autonomous Native American governments, the Navajo Nation, which maintains the monument as a tourist attraction, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation.
The ride then takes us over the state line into New Mexico to Gallup for lunch at a famous Route 66 Café. After lunch, we ride into Arizona through Saint Johns to the town of Springerville for dinner.
Approximate mileage: 269 miles
This is a pretty amazing days riding and scenery. As we leave Springerville, we head out on what used to be known as the Devil’s Highway Route 666 through the small towns of Alpine and Hannagan’s meadow.
The views are truly spectacular as is the riding of course!
The route between Springerville and Morenci was designated a National Scenic Byway and given the name of Coronado Trail Scenic Byway.
We take a break for lunch at the Morenci Copper Mine, the largest copper mining operation in North America, and one of the largest copper mines in the world.
Continuing our ride, we head south to the historic town on Tombstone for dinner and a drink at Big Nose Kate’s saloon bar which has been the setting for many a TV / movie western.
£4,695 – Rider / Single Occupancy
£2,295 Pillion / Support Vehicle passenger (Sharing with rider/partner)
Your Wild West Challenge includes the following:
♦ 9 nights hotels / motels.
♦ All group breakfasts, lunch and evening meals at each stop.
♦ Admission fees to all museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
♦ Any tolls, parking fees (any gratuities are additional).
♦ The tour will be guided by our Route 66 veterans who will give daily summaries and talk about the history of Route 66.
♦ Transfers to and from the airport and hotel.
♦ Motorcycle rental and the required liability insurance.
♦ All fuel and oil for your motorcycle.
♦ There will be two tour guides (riding with you) and two support vehicles with us at all times with a spare bike, your luggage and our supplies.
♦ Roadside Assistance.
♦ Water, soft drinks and snacks throughout each day.
The Wild West Challenge Prices are exclusive of (does not include) the following:
• Your airfare to and from the US.
• Your ESTA (Visa Waiver to travel to the US) This costs $14 from the US Embassy / website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta
• Personal Travel Insurance.
• Additional meals and snacks, tips, refreshments and your Alcoholic Beverages.
• Trip Cancellation Insurance or Personal Travel Insurance
• Personal Souvenirs.
• Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
• Any necessary riding gear and / or personal effects.
• Any additional or supplemental insurance for personal effects or public liability.
• Anything not mentioned in the list of included items above.
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Being Ex-forces and also a biker it just made sense to give something back and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it. I signed up for the Wild West 1 Challenge in 2018 as rider and headed out to the USA in May. What an absolutely amazing trip! I now know why it’s called a “challenge” though, both mentally and physically but so rewarding with the sites you see and the people you meet.
What you also will take away from the trip is life long memories and the knowledge that the beneficiaries have taken part in something they never thought possible. To see the change in only the first few days, with smiles and laughter (and an odd tear) return to people’s faces who probably spend a lot of their time back home with untold worries on their shoulders is priceless. You don’t have to ex-forces to “get it” so my advice is save up, sign up and potentially change somebody’s life in a good way! BT4TW tours ticks all the boxes and many more. You won’t regret it……..”You Decide”……..
I did the Wild West Challenge in June and it was definitely one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was brilliantly organised with some surprises along the way and the hospitality we experienced was out of this world. As a beneficiary, I got so much out of it. The camaraderie was as you'd expect but I also felt that the guys and girls helped me to settle some stuff in my mind and I'm still reflecting on it now. I'm doing Normandy next year and am trying to get the word out there to get more sponsors to say thankyou to Darren and everyone else involved at BT4TW.