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Sedona Arizona Desert Winter Mountain Biking Tour
While your local trails are snow covered, join us for Saguaros, sunshine, Sedona and single track! Our trip begins in the Sonoran Desert with a wide variety of trails to suit intermediate to advanced riders before transferring to Sedona to finish out the week. The number of amazing trails to be found north of Scottsdale, AZ will astound you with over 200-miles of new single track opening in the last 5-years. Winter days often reach 70-degrees and the riding is fast and flowy. Next up we head to Sedona a red rock playground of slickrock, hard packed silt and ledge filled rides. Even better, this all takes place beneath soaring sandstone cliffs and an azure blue sky. Well known by sightseers and new age spiritualists, Sedona is also home to some of the best mountain biking in the country.
Available: November 1 - April 30. This program includes GUIDED rides each morning and self-guided independent afternoons and evenings. It is available in Winter only or according to desert weather. Perfect combination of support and independence for as few as 2 travelers – starting any date you wish!

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January 2014 - Los Angeles Times - Sedona Mountain Biking  
+ Itinerary

Day 1:   Arrival -  Meet in Scottsdale at AOA-Pure offices

Day 1: Arrival - Meet in Scottsdale at AOA-Pure offices

Arrival day; between 1pm-4pm we will meet in Scottsdale at AOA-Pure offices for bike set up, orientation, and bike carrier install. You will also meet with your trip consultant to review your planned rides and reservations (arrive by own rental car). Today is arrival and prep day, but you can use some time to hike/visit a number of trails nearby; ask us for suggestions! Tomorrow morning the riding starts, so after our meeting, you are free to explore. Your hotel in in Carefree, next door to cowboy town of Cave Creek. Get your western on! Lodging: Carefree Resort  

Carefree Resort

Carefree AZ

Carefree ResortJust North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona lies a desert gem, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Here you can embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation. It’s a place of soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the Spa, or simply relax at the pool with a margarita. For couples, families or groups, Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Horseback Riding Tennis Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 2: Scottsdale Browns Ranch - Moderate 20+ miles; 3 hours

Day 2: Scottsdale Browns Ranch - Moderate 20+ miles; 3 hours

Ride day at Browns Ranch Trail system! One of the western USA's newest trail systems, it is arguably one of the best outside of Utah and Colorado for both length of rides and diversity of skill level. Beginners to advanced cyclists will find something here. Flowing trails and 100% single track make this system one of the most fun places to ride. Your guide will meet you at 9am to start the ride. The trails chosen will be based on your skill level. Count on 3 hours, concluding back in the parking lot at noon. You are free for the rest of the day to have lunch nearby, lounge by the pool at your hotel, or visit some of the many sites Scottsdale has to offer! Riding: 3 hours, minor elevation changes overall, but short, punchy climbs are common. Fit road riders and moderate level mountain bikers will be comfortable.  

Carefree Resort

Carefree AZ

Carefree ResortJust North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona lies a desert gem, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Here you can embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation. It’s a place of soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the Spa, or simply relax at the pool with a margarita. For couples, families or groups, Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Horseback Riding Tennis Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 3: Scottsdale McDowell Mountains - Moderate 25 miles; 3 hours

Day 3: Scottsdale McDowell Mountains - Moderate 25 miles; 3 hours

Guided rides at McDowell Mountain Park! Starting at the Tom's Thumb trailhead north, part of the Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve (as is Brown's Ranch) your guide will meet you at 9am again to start out. This ride starts with some fun downhill leading to some of the most fun cross country mountain race courses out west. A long loop over Pemberton and Escondido trails will cover almost 3 hours; but don't forget, what goes down must go up! Your ride finishes with a long gradual uphill back to the parking lot!

Riding: flowing, fast, and mostly smooth trail will allow you to enjoy the views of Four Peaks and spot wildlife as you pedal. Elevation gain +1100ft; approximately 25 miles riding subject to your guide's trail choices.

Lodging: Carefree Resort

Carefree Resort

Carefree AZ

Carefree ResortJust North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona lies a desert gem, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Here you can embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation. It’s a place of soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the Spa, or simply relax at the pool with a margarita. For couples, families or groups, Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Horseback Riding Tennis Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 4: Scottsdale/Phoenixe - Moderate 12-20+ miles; 3 hours

Day 4: Scottsdale/Phoenixe - Moderate 12-20+ miles; 3 hours

Last ride day in the Scottsdale Sonoran desert, and we offer some choices today based on your skills and preferences. We can go back to Brown's Ranch and ride terrain you didn't yet cover if you enjoyed the first day's ride, or we can take you to similar terrain at the Phoenix Sonoran Park system that includes a little more climbing with mostly smooth, flowing trails. For more challenging riding, we can do Spur Cross Ranch near Cave Creek. After the ride, you can return to your hotel, checkout, and travel on your own to Sedona (2 hours by car). In Sedona, check in to your hotel and explore the town! We include suggestions on what to see and do, as well as excellent dining choices in the central town.

Riding: 3 hours, guided, to suit your skill level.

Riding: 12-20 miles +  

Arabella Hotel

Sedona Arizona

Arabella HotelAll of our renovated guest rooms offer lush bedding, pillow top mattresses, quality bath amenities, 42” HDTVs, a large work desk with a built-in electronic hub and complimentary Wi-Fi. A select number of rooms are pet friendly. Our Sedona hotel is a smoke-free facility.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Horseback Riding Tennis Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 5:  Sedona Slick Rock  - Moderate 12 miles; 3 hours

Day 5: Sedona Slick Rock - Moderate 12 miles; 3 hours

After breakfast get ready to ride, but here in Sedona the conditions are different and we include a local guide to spend the morning with you. At 9am, you will be met by our local mountain bike guide who will go over the rides and answer any questions and then adapt the ride for your abilities. For starters and as a warm up for more novice-intermediate riders we recommend the Big Park Loop. At the foot of iconic Bell Rock, this short loop is a great introduction to Sedona riding complete with killer views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. Subject to your skills, the guide will then take you along other rides accessible from Bell Rock area such at Llama or Templeton or Little Horse. After lunch, we recommend some amazing hikes such as Cathedral Rock, right in town! Or, poolside with your book may also be a great call for some recovery! Tonight we have you covered with suggestions for some of Sedona’s best post-ride dining experiences. Riding: up to 3 hours; 12-miles +

Lodging: Arabella Resort  

Arabella Hotel

Sedona Arizona

Arabella HotelAll of our renovated guest rooms offer lush bedding, pillow top mattresses, quality bath amenities, 42” HDTVs, a large work desk with a built-in electronic hub and complimentary Wi-Fi. A select number of rooms are pet friendly. Our Sedona hotel is a smoke-free facility.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Horseback Riding Tennis Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 6: Sedona Red Rocks - Moderate 19 miles; 3 hours

Day 6: Sedona Red Rocks - Moderate 19 miles; 3 hours

Meet again at 9am today to ride Upper Dry Creek: Riders will venture into the Upper Dry Creek Trail System located on the west side of Sedona. Three sides of this trail system sits in the shadow of the skyscraping cliffs of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness which makes for world-class scenery at every stage of the ride. There are numerous options in this system, but we will start with a classic loop: Long Canyon, Deadman’s Pass, Aerie, Cockscomb, Dawa and back on AZ Cypress Trail. This loop provides enough challenge while giving riders a chance to ease into the day on gentler grades and terrain. After the ride, you have free time to hike or explore the artists shops and unique stores of downtown Sedona.
Riding: 3 hours and moderate level skill and up required. Almost all single track with the occasional rock obstacles and short punch ups.

Lodging: Same hotel  

Arabella Hotel

Sedona Arizona

Arabella HotelAll of our renovated guest rooms offer lush bedding, pillow top mattresses, quality bath amenities, 42” HDTVs, a large work desk with a built-in electronic hub and complimentary Wi-Fi. A select number of rooms are pet friendly. Our Sedona hotel is a smoke-free facility.

Arabella HotelArabella HotelArabella Hotel

Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Horseback Riding Tennis Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 7: Sedona - Last Ride & Depart, 8 miles, up to 3 hours

Day 7: Sedona - Last Ride & Depart, 8 miles, up to 3 hours

Today you get a final half day guided ride; perhaps a spin beneath Steamboat Rock on the Jim Thompson trail and explore the Soldiers Pass Area? Or another as your guide suggests for you. Then, after checkout, have a celebratory lunch in uptown Sedona. After lunch it is a short 2 hours south to your bike drop and then on to the Phoenix Airport or an extra night in the city. Ask us for recommendations.

Riding: up to 3 hours; moderate to challenging depending on your wishes on this last day.  
+ Rates

Prices

Sedona Desert Winter Mountain Biking Tour

Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 2 participants:

US$1695/person

Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 4 participants:

US$1525/person

Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 4 participants:

US$1395/person

Single Supplement:

US$517

Guides are included for 1/2 day during all rides in both Scottsdale and Sedona. For added services please:

contact us


Upgrade Rates: upgrades to Four Seasons in Scottsdale and Enchantment Resort in Sedona possible; ask us for a quote.

SAVINGS: alternate Sedona hotels are available at lower rates. Larger groups share cost savings; and guiding becomes very affordable, please inquire.

Any departure date possible; you travel with your own group.

Bike Rentals are not included, high quality bikes are available for a supplement, please see the details below for the bikes we offer.

+ What's Included?

INCLUSIONS:

- 3 nights lodging at Carefree Resort– double occupancy
- 3 nights lodging at Arabella Hotel Sedona – double occupancy
- orientation meeting on Day 1 to cover all rides, bike set up, bike rack install, suggested visits
- 1/2 day professionally guided rides on 6 days, 3 hours each ride
- all guides Wilderness First Responder certified
- All permits to access trails in all areas
- Route books with driving info, restaurant suggestions
- breakfast daily at the included hotels
- light snacks and water from guides

NOT INCLUDED:
- Airfare to and from Phoenix
- Airport transfers
- Any meals not mentioned
- Park Entry fees and Red Rock Pass
- Pre- and post-trip accommodations
- Optional gratuities to Pure Adventures staff
- Transportation (you need a car rental)
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Rental Mountain Bike and emergency repair kit– Various superior options available
- Gloves, helmet and specific pedals when requested with rental are included

OPTIONAL UPGRADES:
- Hotel upgrades or changes in Scottsdale and Sedona; ask for a quote


Lodging

Accommodations: charming hotels in each location with intimate settings and incredible views. All lodgings include private bath and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include: 
- Carefree Resort
- Arabella Hotel Sedona
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

 

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- spectacular desert scenery including wildlife siting

- easy to challenging cycling - adapted to each party

- choice of accommodations up to top luxury & spa experiences


Need to Know:

- this is 'self drive' / self guided program with professional guided rides on 6 mornings

- any dates possible for groups of 2 or more, skill level adapted to each group

Dates: November 1 - April 30. This is a Self Guided tour which offers total freedom of dates - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can price this tour to operate with as few as 2 persons but can go up to larger groups of 12.You form your own group and choose your dates. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 3 or up to 5 - The mountain biking in these regions are rideable by most experienced cyclists; beginners not recommended. There is enough moderate terrain to fill the itinerary but for those seeking challenging rides, there are options for technical riders.

Options

Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
Scottsdale add ons
Custom tours for groups, Hotel lodging, more

Other Tour Details: This is a self-drive tour; we will fit your car with a bike rack at the first meeting and cover all the route info throughout. Your car rental is not included; but we can make arrangements with advance notice.

Upgraded rooms possible, please inquire at time of booking.

ADD ONS: combine some road riding routes or Multisport adventures: combine hiking, kayaking, horse back riding, and so many other adventures! We can build you a perfect package!

About the riding: while this is a mountain biking trip, the riding can be almost entirely free of technical obstacles. Options for more technical rides exist. We encourage riders who have some mountain bike riding experience to join, but it isn't for someone with no mountain bike experience. As a mountain bike tour, we rate this moderate to challenging - there are options for most all levels. 

Local Coordinator

Josh’s attention to detail and keen awareness of what makes a great trip is apparent from the time you meet him. Josh began a National Outdoor Leadership course earning his Wilderness First Responder and even becoming a certified Master of Leave No Trace. In addition to his guide work, Josh utilizes his other talents designing dozens of custom adventures for our guests. 

+ Bikes & Gear
 
Bike rental options for this tour:

Giant Revel hardtail - $155US for the duration of the tour.

Other mountain bike options:

Full suspension: Specialized Epic Comp 29er - new in 2015;
Specialized Spec Sheet $440

Full suspension: Giant Trance 27.5 - new in 2015
Giant Trance Spec Sheet $320

Hardtail Trek X Caliber 9 - spec sheet available. Trek X-Caliber Spec Sheet $320

 
 
 
 
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Sedona Arizona Desert Winter Mountain Biking Tour

Tour Type: Guided Mountain Biking Level 3
Difficulty:
Distance: 2-4 Hours/day
Duration: 6 Nights/ 7 Days
Availability: November 1 - April 30
Cost: Starting at US$1395





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