The National Recreation Rim Trail is spectacular, challenging, 31.2 mile long trail that begins at the southern end of Cloudcroft and ends at the Sacramento River Road south of Sunspot. The top three quarters of a mile is non-motorized. The rest of the trail south of Slide is a popular section for off-road motorcycles. Breaking the trail up into sections is easy as there are multiple trailheads along the route. The trail itself is a huge roller-coaster of long climbs and long descents on a rocky and loamy mix that snakes through the thick forest of pines and aspens; beautiful and demanding at the same time.
Gawd no. We only did an o-n-b of some of the upper portion. It was bout 20 miles total. Heavy bikes, loaded Camelbacks, and camera equipment add to the challenge!
(the "shuttles" comment was just a bit of Blazing Saddles for humor)
Fuglio, we're from AZ, but tour the four corners states on a regular basis. AZ, in of itself, is a smorgasbord of trail heaven. Just got back from 2 days of 32 miles of Mt Lemmon (9150 ft) top trails, which were built as hiking trails. Gut punch stuff!