Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona
Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

Scottsdale Arizona Desert Guided Cycling Tour

from US$1,145

Mild winter temperatures and warms spring weather make Phoenix the perfect cycling escape. We will spend four days road cycling through the heart of the Sonoran Desert with amazing views of the most diverse desert in the world and rocky mountain ranges surrounding you. We will camp in multiple regional ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided road cycling (Level 3+)
  • Availability
    Specific dates and custom group requests
  • Duration
    4 Days/ 3 Nights
  • Distance
    20-52 miles per day

Day 1 – BDAY 1: USERY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK

8:00am – Meet your guides and fellow riders at our host hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. After a quick meet and greet we’ll transfer via van to Usery Mountain Regional Park where we’ll begin familiarizing ourselves with our bikes and camp. After getting our bike fits and gear dialed in, we will set out for a 20-mile loop that takes us through the outskirts of Tonto National Forest and along the Salt River. We’ll tackle a brief climb, Usery Pass, before heading back and settling into camp for the night. As your guides prepare a delicious meal to fuel the following days of journey-style road riding, you can put your feet up and prepare for a cycling adventure through the heart of the Sonoran Desert.

• Distance: 20 miles • Meals: Lunch and dinner included • Lodging: Camping at Usery Mountain Regional Park

Usery Mountain Park


Arizona

Usery Mountain Park

Usery Mountain Regional Park offers a campground with 73 individual sites. We use the Group site; the site is a "Developed Site," with water and electrical hook-ups, dump station, a picnic table, barbecue grill, and fire ring. Usery Mountain Regional Park provides immaculate restrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers.

Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona

Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona

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Day 2 – USERY MOUNTAIN TO MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK

The first full day of our journey begins with breakfast and preparing for a healthy day in the saddle. We’ll descend Usery Pass and follow the Salt River upstream where wild horses and other wildlife are commonly spotted. We’ll pass the historic Saguaro Lake Ranch as we climb out of the Salt River Canyon and through the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the town of Fountain Hills. As we approach our next camp, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, rolling hills turn into more gradual, drawn out climbs. Eat and rest up tonight as our longest day in the saddle comes tomorrow morning.

• Distance: 39 miles • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included • Lodging: Camping at McDowell Mountain Regional Park

McDowell Mountain Regional Park


McDowell Mountain Arizona

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Accommodations: Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, the 21,099-acre park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley and has over 50 miles of trails with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. A refreshingly unheated shower is available in your base camp for your convenience. There are also heated shower facilities just a short bike ride away. If you rent our gear: All tents are made of durable construction with a full-coverage rainfly. Each tent has plenty of space for two people and their gear, as well as thick, comfortable sleeping pads. Freshly cleaned sleeping bags also available.

Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona

Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona

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Day 3 – MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN TO CAVE CREEK REGIONAL PARK

Wake up surrounded by rugged, rocky mountains, rise from our comfortable basecamp, and start your day with a hot beverage and breakfast. Our journey continues west with 50+ miles over varying terrain. From “9-mile climb”, as the locals call it, to the pristine pavement of Sonoran Desert Drive, roll along some of the best roads in the Sonoran Desert on two wheels. With plenty of support and encouragement along the way, we’ll arrive to our final camp with time to relax over a hearty dinner and exchange stories from our day in the saddle.

• Distance: 52 miles • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included • Lodging: Camping at Cave Creek Regional Park

Cave Creek Regional Park


Arizona

Cave Creek Regional Park

The Family Campground consists of 44 campsites for tent or RV camping. The average site size is 40'; with a picnic table and a barbecue fire ring. Cave Creek Regional Park provides immaculate restrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers. A dump station is available for use by registered campers at no additional cost. At this site we use individual sites as there is no group site.

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

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Day 4 - CAVE CREEK REGIONAL PARK

Our final day brings us through the town of Cave Creek and Carefree with one moderate climb to finish out a wonderful four days of riding. We’ll head south and descend on smooth and flowing roads to a scenic picnic lunch prepared by your guide. As the days begins to wind down we’ll return to our Scottsdale host hotel and conclude our journey through the Sonoran Desert.

• Distance: 35 miles • Meals: Breakfast and lunch included • Lodging: On your own

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

INCLUSIONS:
• Transportation to and from the Holiday Inn Express and all transfers during trip
• 3 nights camping with comfortable basecamp amenities
• Park entry fees and permits
• Meals starting lunch day 1 to lunchg day 4
• Water and snacks
• Rider support and aid stations during rides
• Rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance upon request
• Guide and mechanic support


NOT INCLUDED:
- Airfare to and from Phoenix
- Airport transfers
- Rental Road bike fully equipped with emergency repair kit, floor pump, and Extra tool kit
- Optional gratuities to Pure Adventures staff
- Personal insurance and expenses
- tent (available to rent)
- sleeping pad and bag (available to rent)
- alcohol and related gratuities

OPTIONAL UPGRADES:
- High performance bike upgrades
- pre/post tour hotel upgrades in Scottsdale - so many!

Lodging

Camping: Each camp is surrounded by towering green cacti and unique trees set in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert offering a landscape unlike that of any other desert in the world. Our carefully selected locations are the perfect backdrop for an adventure story to unfold with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Our kitchen is fully equipped to allow our guides to prepare healthy, fresh meals. Guests will be provided with all dishware and utensils needed for meals. Hot Showers will be available to guests each day.

We did not include camp gear in the trip price to allow persons to bring their own if they want: tents, sleeping bags, pads. However, we have top quality gear available for rent for anyone who does not want to transport their gear, or if you don't have it. We will ensure you comfort with a roomy tent, cushy sleeping pad, and a clean and warm sleeping bag to sleep sound under the stars and the night sounds of the desert.
GEAR RENTAL:
Sleeping bag - $35 for duration of trip
Sleeping pad - $35 for duration of trip
Tent - $55 (4 person) for duration of trip
Bike and helmet (see bike and gear tab)
Prices
Scottsdale Desert Road Cycling prices
Price Per person based on double occupancy:
US$1195/person*
Single tent occupancy supplement:
see tent rental rate below - can be for solo or shared use
Tent Rental:
US$55/tent - 4 person tent
Sleeping bag and pad rental:
US$35 each item separately.
*Save $50 when booking online - use the code Nifty50 ; Private groups of 4 or more possible - contact us to set aside your dates or customize. Trips operate on fixed dates with as few as 2 persons.


Road bikes are available for rent separately; see the Bike & Gear tab for details and rates for the different models available.

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Guided Winter Cycling in Warm Desert Climate
- Amazing camping experience with hot showers, deluxe food options, comfy outdoor sites
- Spring Desert Flower Bloom - amazing display of color and rare plants
- See wild desert creatures in their natural habitat

Need to Know:
- nights are cool to cold in winter and daytimes warm up considerably; From April 1 daytime highs are upper 80s to 90's
- sharing the road with cars; all routes use bike lanes, but vehicle traffic should be expected on the common cycling routes

Dates: January: 4-7, *11-14 , *25-28. February: 1-4, *15-18, *22-25. March: 1-4, *8-11, *15-18, 22-25, *29-1. April: *5-8, *12-15, 19-22. October: 18-21, *25-28. November: 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, *29-2, December: *6-9, 13-16, 27-30.
This is a Guided tour which operates with as few as 2 persons but can go up to larger groups of 12. Please contact us with questions about a private or custom group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 3+ - The road cycling in this area is hilly at times with some short and steep hills and some long descents. Distances are moderate to lightly challenging and additional miles are easy to add. This is best as a road bike tour, hybrids possible but not recommended. Camp ambiance encourages guests to be involved in set up and food prep; but not required. The comfort level is quite high for a camp based trip and the experience feels very remote even if somewhat close to the Phoenix metro area. Desert wildlife is abundant, visible, and audible; especially at night all creating an experience you will not soon forget!

Options

Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
Gear rentals: tents, sleeping bags, pads, bikes
Custom tours for groups, including training camps, Hotel lodging, more

Other Tour Details: About the meals provided: from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4.

ADD ONS: This trip can also be extended or added on to a Sedona, Scottsdale, and well known Arizona destinations. We can design a variety of adventure add-ons.

START: Meet your guide at the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale on Day 1 at 8:00am

END: Drop-off at the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale on Day 4 between 4:00-6:00pm.

We can arrange extra nights at this property or others nearby.  

Local Coordinator

This revised itinerary for 2018 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!  

Bike rental options for this tour:
2016 Specialized Rouabix SL4 Sport - $225US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Other road bike options:
Specialized Allez Elite - $160US plus tax for the duration of the tour.

Trek Emonda SL6 - $315US 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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