January 19, 2018 ROAD REPORT
Mexico Hwy 2 west of Naco to Cananea – the widening to 4 lanes continues with lane closures and minor detours. Some are poorly marked.
Mexico Hwy 15 south from Nogales to Magdalena has several detours and lane closures. Watch for construction equipment entering/exiting the highway.
The exit from highway 15 to Son 54 (the road east to Cucurpe) – The sign is missing and the bridge is being rebuilt. It may be better to exit 15 at the Magdalena exit, take the libre through Magdalena and turn left at the clock tower, putting you on Son 54.
Sonora Highway 54 from Magdalena – Cucurpe – Sinoquipe, – the route from Tucson to Banámichi,
New pavement has been placed and the road is now easily traveled. The river at Cucurpe is dry. Watch for rocks on the road in the road cuts. The road is still rough and slow for the section 5 miles/8km west of Sinoquipe. This section has been scraped down to dirt in places but there is still broken pavement and large potholes. Work in paving this section has just started. Watch for detours and construction equipment.
Coming from Naco or Douglas,
The highway south from Cananea to Bacoachi (Son 089/Son118) Construction has started closer to Cananea and portions of the road north of Mututicachi. There are detours onto packed dirt. Sections with very deep gravel are extremely difficult for motorcycles and low ground clearance vehicles. South of the construction the road is rough with broken pavement and potholes.
At this time, the better route from Douglas is to head west from Agua Prieta on Mex Hwy 2 and turn south on Mex Hwy 17 until about 4 miles south of Esqueda. Turn right towards Bacoachi. At the intersection of Son 89 turn left and continue to Banámichi. The road from Hwy 17 to Bacoachi has some construction with short sections of packed dirt and gravel and a few short dirt detours. The longest of these in about half a mile as of this report. The detours are good packed dirt and gravel. Portions of the road are being chip sealed and there is some areas of loose gravel on the road. Motorcyclists take heed. All in all a better alternative than Hwy 89 south of Cananea plus there is very little traffic on this road and the views are great. If you would like to take this route from Naco then turn left on Mex Hwy 2 at the Naco road and drive about 22 miles to the intersection of Mex Hwy 17 and turn right (south) at the sign marked Nacozari and Moctezuma.
South of Bacoachi to Banámichi the road has been repaved and is very good.
The rains have left rocks and other debris on the roadway. The weather has changed to the dry winter pattern so there will be less water flowing at the vados. Do be careful crossing the Rio Bacanuchi at Arizpe as there is slick algae on the road surface below the water. Motorcyclists take extra care at this crossing.
Road work, animals, farm equipment and other stopped vehicles may be encountered at any time. As always, please drive/ride with care.
Call us at 520-333-2655 for updates on this and any other routes. Hasta Pronto!
This map and directions will get you to Banamichi and Hotel Los Arcos de Sonora.
From Tucson, AZ:
Take highway 19 south and cross into Nogales, Mexico.
Continue south on Mexico Highway 15 to Magdelena.
Just past the tollbooth (approximately 500 feet), exit to the right. There are signs directing you to exit to the Rio Sonora.
Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, towards Cucurpe crossing under the highway on Highway 54 to Sinoquipe, 74 miles.
Turn right at the stop sign in Sinoquipe onto Highway 89 and continue on to Banámichi.
From Bisbee or Douglas, AZ:
Cross the border at Naco.
Drive through town to the intersection of Mexico Highway 2 and turn right (west.)
Before entering Cananea, exit right and drive up the ramp.
Follow the signs to Bacoachi, turning at the first left over the bridge
Continue on State Highway 89 to Banámichi.