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US - Tucson Old West Cycling Tour
Explore the Old West from Tucson to Tombstone on an incredible road bike tour! Just when you feel like winter’s icy grip will never let go, reward yourself with a cycling trip to Southern Arizona where the sun-warmed roads wind past towering cacti and jagged mountains. You will be amazed at the sight of the mighty saguaro cactus, lush green vineyards, sparkling lakes, and snow-frosted peaks soaring to 10,000 ft, known in these parts as the Sky Islands. This is the famous wild west country of Tombstone, but today the climate is both bike friendly and hospitable. Our cycling trip begins in Tucson, a hotspot for cyclists from around the world. The first rides of the trip will explore the amazing beauty of Saguaro National Park before we head south to bike through Sonoita wine country, approaching the far reaches of Arizona’s southern border and finishing in the most famous town of the Old West – Tombstone! Southern Arizona may be known for it’s wild west history, but its lesser-known claim to fame is in its richly natural landscape, boasting some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in all of North America. The wide open country roads and warm sunshine call out to cyclists – come explore!
This tour is a guided program with specific departure dates: 6-9 March 2017 (4 spaces remain), 20-23 March 2017 (4 spaces remain). . Custom departures are possible for any group of 8 or more; please inquire. *Note: Temperatures during the winter months’ average in the 70’s F (21 C) during the day and upper 40’s F (9 C) during the night
+ Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Tucson; Saguaro National Park West, Sonoran Desert Museum

Day 1 – Arrive in Tucson; Saguaro National Park West, Sonoran Desert Museum

10:00 AM – Meet your guides and fellow cyclists at the Arizona Inn and transfer by van to Saguaro National Park. Upon reaching the park, we will get all bikes dialed in and begin today’s ride. This route will warm up your legs and lungs to the dry Arizona air while coursing through the western half of Saguaro National Park, passing notable icons like the Old Tucson Studios and the world famous Sonoran Desert Museum. A steep climb will reward you with a relaxing descent into the outskirts of Tucson, then we wind our way to the Santa Cruz River and link up with “The Loop,” one of the longest non-motorized urban cycling paths in the country. According to the League of American Bicyclists, “The Loop is a must ride for visitors and residents alike.” In a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community like Tucson, that recommendation carries quite a bit of weight. After reaching our hotel, we will conclude the day with a classic Southwest-style meal.

Cycling: 38 Miles, +1500ft elevation
Meals: Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included
Lodging: Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon

Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon

Tucson Arizona

Comfort Suites at Sabino CanyonThe newly renovated Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon is ideally located only four miles from Sabino Canyon and Mount Lemon. Bird watching, hiking and biking enthusiasts will love the wide variety of trails and viewing areas located nearby. This hacienda-style property features four beautifully landscaped courtyards with fountains. Located on Tucson’s upscale east side, the hotel caters to extended stay guests, business travelers and families. All guest rooms come equipped with coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, microwaves, refrigerators and 32-inch flat-screen televisions with premium channels, including HBO and Starz. Keep your electronic devices charged with the recharge device including AC and USB outlets provided in all guest rooms. Guest laundry facilities and vending machines are located on the property. The hotel is one of the few pet-friendly hotels in Tucson and pets are welcome with a small fee.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

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Day 2 – Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park East, and Sonoita Wine Country

Day 2 – Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park East, and Sonoita Wine Country

Rise early and bike right from the hotel toward the Santa Catalina Mountain range into Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. The desert foothills and rocky gorges of the Santa Catalina Mountains are marvelously intricate yet accessible. The soaring mountains, deep canyons, and unique flora and fauna found here draw over a million visitors to Sabino Canyon each year. After loosening up, our ride will head through the eastern side of Saguaro National Park, past Colossal Cave, and through iconic Sonoran Desert scenery. Winter rains bring life to the desert and an incredible spring bloom where wildflowers fill the landscape with colors from across the spectrum. This stunning bike ride winds along the foothills of the Rincon Mountains before climbing steadily into the rolling grassland hills of Arizona’s wine region. Ride the entire distance to tonight’s hotel, or hop in the van and enjoy the scenery while resting your legs. Tonight’s accommodations will be a nice but simple inn, as this is truly a ‘one-horse’ town. Dinner is on your own tonight in the charming town of Patagonia!

Cycling: 40-75 miles, +2,700-4,100 ft elevation
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, picnic lunch on the ride, dinner on own.
Lodging: Sonoita Inn

Sonoita Inn

Sonoita Arizona

Sonoita InnThe owner of this small hotel also owned the Triple Crown–winning racehorse Secretariat, and the inn, built to resemble a huge barn, celebrates the horse's career with photos, racing programs, and press clippings. Hardwood floors, colorful woven rugs, and retro-cowboy bedspreads distinguish the spacious rooms, some of which have window seats with views of the Santa Rita Mountains. This simple and rustic inn is adjacent to the Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon in the tiny town of Sonoita, AZ.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Horseback Riding Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 3 – Wine Country and Parker Lake

Day 3 – Wine Country and Parker Lake

Today we ride from Sonoita to Parker Lake with optional stops at some of the wineries in the area. Though not as well-known as other winemaking regions, Arizona is home to a blossoming wine industry that boasts many world-class wines. The route to Parker Lake is full of quiet roads, lush vineyards, big miles, and imposing mountains, all of which make this an epic day of riding. We should have the roads mostly to ourselves on this ride, allowing you to fully soak in the peace and beauty of the surrounding landscape as you pass through largely undisturbed foothills of the sky island peaks. Only a short distance from the US border with Mexico, you won’t believe the rich diversity of this landscape! Returning to Sonoita tonight you have some free time before a fun dinner at a western-themed chophouse right next door.

Cycling: 30-61 miles, +3837 ft elevation
Meals: All meals included
Lodging: Sonoita Inn
 

Sonoita Inn

Sonoita Arizona

Sonoita InnThe owner of this small hotel also owned the Triple Crown–winning racehorse Secretariat, and the inn, built to resemble a huge barn, celebrates the horse's career with photos, racing programs, and press clippings. Hardwood floors, colorful woven rugs, and retro-cowboy bedspreads distinguish the spacious rooms, some of which have window seats with views of the Santa Rita Mountains. This simple and rustic inn is adjacent to the Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon in the tiny town of Sonoita, AZ.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Horseback Riding Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 4 – Tomstone and OK Corral

Day 4 – Tomstone and OK Corral

Today starts early so we can enjoy a nice 50 mile ride to the most famous of wild west towns, Tombstone! Our route will take us south toward Fort Huachuca, skirting Sierra Vista, and then taking a long, lightly traveled road into Tombstone. The big finish in Tombstone will include a lunch and cerveza at Big-nosed Kate’s near the historic OK Corral. This afternoon we say our farewells to each other and to this culturally-rich area. Your guide will drop you off at the Arizona Inn or the Tucson International Airport (TUS) by 4:00pm this afternoon.

Cycling: 54 miles, +2800 ft elevation
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, picnic lunch on the ride, dinner on own.
Lodging: On your own tonight
 

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+ Rates

Prices

Tucson & Old West Guided Bicycle Tour

Price Per person based on double occupancy with min 6 participants:

US$1595/person

Single Supplement:

US$325 + tax


Custom dates and private group trips possible on other dates - rates and availability subject to change based on group size. Specific departure dates are offered for individuals to join. This is a guided tour.

Road Bikes are not included with this tour price above. High quality road bikes are available at 3 different price points, please see Bike section. Note: tour prices include tax, but all add-ons such as supplements and bike rentals have taxes added at 7.95%.


+ What's Included?

GUIDED TRIP INCLUSIONS:
- (1) nights lodging at Comfort Suites Sabino Canyon (double occupancy)
- (2) nights lodging at Sonoita Inn (double occupancy)
- Round-trip ground transportation from the Tucson host hotel
- All park entry fees and permits
- Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 4 except dinner Day 2
- Water and snacks
- Wine tasting in Sonoita
- Rider support/aid stations during rides
- Rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance (upon request)
- 2 Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide/mechanic

NOT INCLUDED IN COST:

Personal insurance and expenses
Air transportation to and from Tucson
Pre- and post-trip lodging
Breakfast Day 1, dinner Days 2 and 4
Alcohol and related gratuities
Bike and helmet (available with bike rental)
Bike shipping/building/packing/tuning*
Personal cycling kit
Optional gratuities to guides
Taxes on add ons such as bike rentals, transfers, gear rentals
*Please see the Bikes & Gear tab for a list of available bike and gear rentals and purchase options.*


Lodging

Accommodations: comfortable and convenient; upgrades are possible. Each property offers a variety of amenities including swimming pools and breakfast in most cases. Hotels include:
- Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon
- Sonoita Inn
- Upgrades possible. Extra nights in Tucson or Phoenix possible; ask us for quotes. We recommend arriving on the night before and booking this night at the Historic Arizona Inn in central Tucson for a very authentic and comfortable experience. We can book extra nights for you as well.

** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- Guided Winter Cycling in Warm Desert Climate

- Amazing Sonoran Desert Museum - living museum

- Spring Desert Flower Bloom - amazing display of color and rare plants

- Tombstone and the OK Corral


Need to Know:

- nights are cool to cold in winter and daytimes warm up considerably; winter nights in the 30's with daytime temps in the 60s and 70s.

- sharing the road with cars; nearly all routes use bike lanes, but vehicle traffic should be expected on the common cycling routes

- the tour is intended for fit and experienced cyclists, but spouses less strong can be accommodated with van transfers.

Specific Booking Terms apply to this tour

Dates: 16-19 January 2017; 20-23 February 2017; 6-9 March 2017; 20-23 March 2017. Private groups of 4 or more can request their own dates; excluding weekends for ride days due to permit limitations; rates and availability subject to change with group size. This is a Guided tour which offers specific departures for participants to join. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 3+ to 4 - This area of southern Arizona between Tucson and the Mexico border is an amazingly various landscape; with sky island mountains, high grasslands and vineyards, bird sanctuaries, and desert! The riding mileage chosen dictates your degree of difficulty; the riding is moderate to challenging for regular cyclists. We recommend road bikes for all participants; the tour is 100% road riding on paved surface. A trip planner will be sent after booking to help you prepare.

Options

Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
Phoenix or Tucson add ons
Custom tours for groups

 

Local Coordinator

This revised itinerary for 2017 is now only available on a guided basis. Pure Adventures and AOA Adventures have integrated to build the best cycling tours in the western USA. Our team forms the most experienced and knowledgeable cycling tour outfitter in the southwestern USA. Our rental fleet is the largest and highest quality and all of our guides are experienced WFR certified. We have 4+ mechanics on staff and carry the most respected brands. Come experience the southwest with the local experts!  

+ Bikes & Gear
 
Bike rental options for this tour:

Specialized Allez Elite with Tiagra - $175US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Other road bike options:

Specialized Roubaix Sport with Shimano 105 - $215US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Trek Emonda SL6 with Ultegra - $305US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Specialized Tarmac SL4 w Pro Disk Ultegra Di2 - $455US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

When you rent: Upon meeting your guide at the start of the trip your bike will be ready to ride including a spare tube, CO2 cartridge, CO2 inflator, tire lever, and multi-tool. You will only be responsible for bringing your pedals, shoes, and any other personal cycling equipment (GPS computer, saddle, etc.). Helmets are required on our trips, and you are welcome to bring your own, however, we can provide one for you upon request if needed.

You may also send us your stack and reach measurements for the bike to be set up by our professional mechanics. Stack and reach? Huh? No need to worry! If you do not know your measurements we’ll spend some time before our first ride getting your bike dialed in to ensure it’s comfortable and properly fitted to you.

Would you like to bring your own bike? You are welcome to do so; and if you wanted to ship it ahead of time or need help building up your bike, we do offer a service to assist you with you own bike and we do have some policies around what we can accommodate. For example, we do not permit tandem bicycles, recumbents, aero bars, TT/triathlon bikes, or unicycles on our trips. To see our complete policy and shipping/travel tipsBike Guide to Bringing your Own bike or you can also Contact us by email.

Navigation: Throughout your cycling trip there may be periods of time where you or a small group will be short distances from other guests or guides. To ensure you follow the correct route, we will provide a mobile app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone with the routes pre-loaded for you to follow. Your guide will also have hard copies of maps and cue sheets to pass out if needed. We do not provide any GPS devices or mounting hardware. If you would like to mount your phone to your bike we recommend checking out the Quad Lock mounting system, or you can keep it in your jersey pocket.  
 
 
 
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+ Reviews
"The vertical was a challenge but appropriate. Todd and Alex were terrific guides and very personable, helpful and encouraging. Lunches and snacks were excellent; hotels good; group dinners excellent. The wine tasting was a nice treat. It was colder than we expected but that is a crap shoot in any case." G.Davis Jan 2017

"Great cycling and great scenery. Alex and Todd were outstanding guides in every way and they made the trip a huge success. I expected it to be 30 degrees warmer so I was cold a lot. Please arrange warmer weather." L. Horenblas Jan 2017

"I am 74 and ride 1000-1200 miles per year so I am fit but have another life besides biking. I had never done an organized bike tour but some friends talked me into it. ...The support was excellent and included some nice surprises. The cost included 3 hotel nights, two restaurant dinners and one restaurant lunch on the final day in Tombstone. The hotels and restaurants were good and appropriate for the locations which for two nights was in a town with a population of 800. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour company but as a participant, one needs to take preparation seriously." G. Davis Jan 2017

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US - Tucson Old West Cycling Tour

Tour Type: Guided Road Cycling Level 3+
Difficulty:
Distance: 190-245 miles
Duration: 3 Nights/ 4 Full Days
Availability: Fixed Dates December-April
Cost: Starting at US$1595





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