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The Lukachukai Loop is a fun ride that is off the beaten path in Northeast Arizona and Northwest New Mexico.  Starting in Lukachukai, Arizona, this route begins with a short ride across the desert before climbing up into the Chuska Mountains.  The Chuska Mountains provide both curvy road fun and amazing views of the surrounding countryside.


Descending down the back side of the Chuska Mountains takes riders across more desert and the town of Red Valley before crossing into New Mexico.  Once into New Mexico, some larger rock formations soon come into view, first Mitten Rock then Ship Rock.  As riders approach Ship Rock they will start to see Shiprock Dike which is an ancient lava flow from the Ship Rock Volcano.


Turning South, riders will soon see the rock formation called Cathedral Cliff.  A closer view will reveal many columns and spires that resemble a gothic cathedral or perhaps a massive pipe organ.  This formation is near some other unnamed mesas and rock formations that break up the desert landscape nicely.


At Sheep Springs, this route angles Southwest for another trip through the Chuska Mountains before turning North again.  This last leg of the trip follows the Arizona New Mexico border through deserts and pine forests and past Wheatfields Lake.  Eventually the pine forests give way to desert again as riders approach the route’s end in Lukachukai.


Location:  Northeast Arizona, Northwest New Mexico

Approximate Mileage:  140 miles

Estimated Riding Time:  3.25 Hours 

Surface:  Paved.



  • Shiprock, NM - Shiprock Dike Rock Formation, Cathedral Cliff


Motorcycle Rides, Arizona, New Mexico, Lukachukai, Shiprock, Newcomb, Sheep Springs

Lukachukai Loop

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.

    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.

    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option.

    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.

    By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.

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