October 15, 2017 ROAD REPORT
Mexico Hwy 2 west of Naco to Cananea – the widening to 4 lanes continues with lane closures and detours. Many are poorly marked.
Mexico Hwy 15 south from Nogales to Magdalena has several detours and lane closures. The exit from the highway to the road to Son 54 – 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 in Cucurpe is almost 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. Broken pavement and large potholes.
Coming from Naco or Douglas, the highway south from Cananea to Bacoachi (Son 089/Son118) is rough with some broken pavement and some potholes. Construction crews appear to be mobilizing to start repairs on this portion of the road.
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 may be slick algae on the road surface below the water.
Road work 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.
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.