Top FAQs for Rocky Point Rally
Here’s a list of some of the top 5 questions we got at Phoenix Bike Fest ’16! We look forward to seeing you all this November.
1. When is the 2017 Rocky Point Rally? SAVE THE DATE! NOVEMBER 9 – 12, 2017
2. Where is Rocky Point? We’re thrilled to show folks the map of just how close Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Sonora, is the AZ border and talk about the 1 hour ride just down from the crossing at Lukeville. For many, we believe, this was the first time they also heard about the Coastal Highway ride to Rocky Point when coming from the West that makes it a lot easier for folks from CA and spots near Yuma to easily ride down to Rocky Point. Plus, a lot of people plan to do a loop from the West by riding in one way (Interstate 8 to Gila Bend, down AZ 85 to the border, and then to Rocky Point ….returning by way of Coastal Highway up through Yuma).
Distances / time to Rocky Point
From either Phoenix or Tucson, AZ – approx 4 hours (just one hour from the AZ border)
From San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora (just south of Yuma, AZ) – approx 3.5 hrs
From San Diego, Ca – approx 6 hours
3. Passports? Plenty of time to get that now before November. Yes, a passport or passport card is needed for reentering the US as per the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative of 2009. More information at: WHTI Accepted documents include:
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. passport card (only valid for travel by land and sea)
- Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)
- Trusted Traveler Program cards: Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST
- Children under 16 arriving by land or sea my present an original or copy of birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Naturalization Certificate
- U.S. lawful permanent residents: Permanent resident card (Form I-551)
- U.S. Military: Valid U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders
4. Where to stay? We of course encourage folks to check out accommodations with our local sponsors as they help us keep doing what we do.
www.cometorockypoint.com (local Convention and Visitors Bureau with links & tel #s to area hotels)
4. Helmet law? Yes, there is a helmet law in Mexico….as many long-time Rocky Point Rally goers can tell you, there is quite a bit of leniency particularly around Rally dates. Ride safe.
5. Safety? Puerto Peñasco is a top tourist destination throughout the year and has added a Tourist Assistance Unit as a complement to local efforts to ensure safety for residents and visitors alike. These folks are bilingual and able to help with questions about the area and general safety. NOTE: The U.S. State Department issues updates to travel advice periodically throughout the year, including to Mexico. For the past years, tips on traveling to Rocky Point solely indicate “U.S. citizens visiting Puerto Peñasco should use the Lukeville, Arizona/Sonoyta, Sonora border crossing, and limit driving to daylight hours.” This is also important as the border crossing at Lukeville/Sonoyta is closed from midnight to 6 a.m.
6. Insurance? If you are driving/riding in Mexico you must have Mexican insurance, with liability insurance. It’s worth noting the majority of policies from the U.S. do not cover you in Mexico – though some may extend 75 miles into the country (but CHECK to make sure you have liability insurance). You can get insurance online prior to the Rally, as well as over the phone or at various spots along the way. You need to have valid insurance for your entire stay, along with a valid driver’s license. We encourage you to check with our sponsors for rates. Plus, title sponsor SANBORN’S is planning on once again offering a special Motorcycle Insurance package just for the Rocky Point Rally – with coverage for medical expenses along with accessories and safety gear!
7. Registration? The annual registration fee is a donation to a number of charity organizations that benefit from the event. The registration packet will include Official Rally memorabilia including the official annual patch and pin – plus gifts from sponsors.
8. Meet up points to ride south with a group? Stay tuned for 2017…. these won’t be sponsored rides but a good way to meet up with others headed to the Rocky Point Rally.
9. Events? We’re back to working on the calendar for 2017 and planning on more bands, more rides, poker runs, the traditional bike parade on Saturday to the malecón, bike show, toy donation spot (for the January Toy Run around King’s Day), and more.
10. Bands? Stay tuned…