Need to Know
No access to the T. O. Nation beyond this route end without permission of the Nation. There is no cell phone reception past about mile 9 (as of early 2021).
Pipeline Road (BLM 8100) heads northeast of Ajo, Arizona, with views of the Batamote Mountains, Coffee Pot, and Tom Thumb along the way.
The first 12 miles or so are fairly flat or low grades, with periodic sections of rock or sandy washes to traverse. After rain, the first nine miles can have large pools of water in the road for up to several weeks. The views past the Batamote Mountains are amazing, and there are many BLM routes that run north (and several to the south) from this road.
Traditional and fat mtb tires are best on this road due to the rocky terrain after approximately mile 14, although it is rideable with some skill on gravel bike tires at least to mile 16. If riding a gravel bike, slightly higher pressures help prevent rim hits on the rocks later in the ride. Some of the sandy wash crossings may not be rideable on narrow tires during dry months, but recent rains make them passable with some effort even on gravel bike tires.
Shared By: Danny Martin