Note: This schedule is preliminary and it is subject to change at any time up until the start of the event. Some times in the schedule may change and a final time schedule will be made available to all TT West 2023 attendees at the event. Also, the distances listed are approximate and can change due to weather, road construction and/or other unforeseen circumstances, so please view these distances as best estimates.
The host hotel will be the historic La Posada Hotel at 303 East 2nd Street which we visited during TT West 2021. Sunday will have an optional afternoon drive that will take us through the Navajo Nation to the Hopi Reservation. The Hopi pueblos are the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the USA. We will have a guided tour of 1,100 year old Hopi Walpi Village near Polacca. Note that Arizona is on Pacific Time in May.
11:30-11:55 Early registration inside La Posada
12:00-12:15 Drivers meeting in La Posada front patio
12:15-1:30 Drive to Polacca, Hopi First Mesa with a stop at Little Painted Desert Vista
1:30–3:30 Tour of the Walpi original Hopi village on top of First Mesa. The price of the tour is $45 per person and lasts about 90 minutes.
3:30-5:00 Return to Winslow via Leupp
Distance: 170 miles (approx.) Weather Link: Winslow, Arizona)\ Route Link: TT West 2023 Day 1
This drive features stops at the ancient Native American cliff dwellings of Montezuma Castle National Monument and a drive/lunch in the incredible red rock vistas of Sedona, Arizona. We will add a stop after Flagstaff at either Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon National Monument (ancient ruins), or Homolovi State Park (ancient ruins). The stop will be selected by the drive participants.
8:15-8:40 Final registration inside La Posada
8:45-9:00 Drivers meeting in la Posada front patio
9:00-9:15 Group photo standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona
9:15-10:45 Video of the TTs driving on historic Route 66 and then to Montezuma Castle National Monument
10:45-11:45 at Montezuma Castle
11:45-12:30 To Sedona
12:30-2:00 Lunch and exploring downtown Sedona
2:00-2:40 Re-group on Art Barn Road and go to Oak Creek Vista (Native American crafts and pit toilets)
2:40-3:00 At the Vista
3:00-5:00 Return to Winslow with the exploration stop to be voted on by the participants. Cost of the stop is not included in the registration fee.
Distance: 210 miles (approx.) Weather Link: Winslow, Arizona Route Link: TT West 2023 Day 2
This drive features the Rt.191 Coronado Trail Scenic Byway. It is one of the highest elevation roads in Arizona, features 460 curves, and is the least traveled federal highway in the USA. Perfect for fun!
8:30-8:45 Drivers meeting in La Posada front patio
8:45-9:30 To Rainbow Forest Museum in Petrified Forest National Park (flush toilets and porta-pots)
10:00-11:00 To Springerville for fast-food lunch
11:45-1:15 To Red Mountain Overlook (pit toilet)
1:35-2:40 To Clifton Circle K Shell comfort stop
3:00-5:30 To the Silver City host hotel Comfort Inn at 1060 East Highway 180. Note that the arrival time includes the one hour time change into New Mexico.
After arriving in Silver City and if you have not had enough twisties for the day, explore Rt 15 north of Silver City towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. It is a 2.5 hour round trip to the dwellings which we have done in a prior TT West so you won’t have enough time to get all the way there and back in daylight and driving that road at night is dangerous. Also, access to the cliff dwellings closes at 4 PM. Note also that this route is very popular for bicyclists so be alert around the many blind curves.
Distance: 325 miles (approx.) Weather Link: Silver City, New Mexico Route Link: TT West 2023 Day 3
Wednesday has more twisties on the Rt 152 Geronimo Scenic Byway. There are morning stops at the 8200’ Emory Pass and Hillsboro ghost town. Hillsboro started as a gold mining town in 1877 and boomed to about 10,000 people and is now home to only 200 folks. The afternoon stop is at the White Sands Missile Range Museum.
9:15-9:30 Drivers meeting in Comfort Inn parking area
9:30-10:20 To Emory Pass
10:35-11:05 To the Black Range Museum Public Park in Hillsboro ghost town. Pit toilets in the park. Flush toilets in nearby cafes and stores. A map describing the town and still-standing buildings is here
11:30-12:15 To Hatch NM, the home of the world famous chile farms where we stop for lunch.
1:30-2:30 To White Sands Missile Range Museum. Note that a U.S. driver's license or U.S. passport is required to enter the Range.
4:00-4:45 To the Alamogordo host hotel Super 8 by Wyndham Alamogordo at 3204 North White Sands Blvd.
Distance: 215 miles (approx.) Weather Link: Alamogordo, New Mexico Route Link: TT West 2023 Day 4
We spend the morning exploring the high sand dunes at the White Sands National Park. We return to Alamogordo for lunch and then do a circle loop with more mountain twisties on Routes 82 and 130 through the Lincoln National Forest.
8:15-8:30 Drivers meeting in Super 8 parking area
8:30-9:15 To White Sands National Park Visitor Center. Rest of morning on your own.
1:00-1:15 Drivers meeting in Super 8 parking area
1:15-4:00 Lincoln National Forest circleroute with a comfort stop at the Mayhill Country Store and a stop at Tunnel Vista on the way back.
Distance: 160 miles (approx.) Weather Link: Alamogordo, New Mexico Route Link: TT West 2023 Day 5
This drive features some stops at the original Spanish missions that make up the Salinas National Monument, and a drive through the Monzano Mountains on our way to Albuquerque.
9:00-9:15 Drivers Meeting in Super 8 parking area
9:15-11:00 To Salinas National Monument Gran Quivira site
11:45-12:15 To Mountainair for lunch
1:30-1:45 To Salinas National Monument Quarai site
2:30-4:00 To the Hampton Inn Albuquerque North at 4412 The 25 Way.
5:30 Farewell dinner at the Craft Republic at 4310 The Lane at 25 NE.
Distance: 215 miles (approx.) Weather Link: Albuquerque, New Mexico Route Link: TT West 2023 Day 6