Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures
Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures
Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures
Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures
Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures
Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures
Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures
Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures
Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures

Arizona Desert Mountain Bike Tour

from US$799

Extraordinary single-track, beautiful views, towering cacti, 75-degree weather – all of this is the perfect escape when it’s too cold to ride at home! Nobody knows Arizona’s central Sonoran Desert better than the guides who live here. Each day you will ride rolling singletrack with amazing views of the lushest ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Mountain Biking
  • Availability
    February 3-5 February 18-20 (President’s Day) March 3-5 March 12-14 March 31- April 2 April 7-9 November 10-12
  • Duration
    2 Nights/ 3 Days
  • Distance
    2-4 hours/day

DAY 1: MCDOWELL SONORAN PRESERVE

11:00am – After meeting our guides and fellow riders at our Scottsdale host hotel, we transfer by van to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and enjoy a short orientation and picnic lunch before getting ready to ride. As soon as our bikes are set and our lunch is settled we set out on for a fun and fast descent down the gradual east slope of the McDowell Mountains through an otherworldly landscape of massive rough hewn granite boulders. The trail features well maintained non-technical singletrack and allows everyone to focus on building their desert riding skill set, watching out for cactus, and learning about the unique environment we are traveling through. At trail’s end we roll into our well-appointed private basecamp. Bordered by Tonto National Forest to the east and the McDowell Mountains to the west, relax with a cold drink beneath giant cacti and unobstructed views of several rugged mountain ranges. As the setting sun turns the surrounding mountains shades of purple and pink, enjoy a healthy and delicious meal prepared by your guides.

Riding: 16 miles on smooth rolling singletrack
Meals: Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included
Lodging: Camping  

McDowell Mountain Regional Park


McDowell Mountain Arizona

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Accommodations: Outdoor camping in over-sized tents in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. 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. Pure Adventures base camp: Our well-appointed base camp offers over-sized tent accommodations, shower facilities, tables to enjoy meals around, and the privacy of this wonderfully remote location. Each day, after working up an appetite, you will be able to prepare your own delicious meals, planned by our team and all food left in order for you to prepare it. Fall asleep in comfort and coziness to the sound of coyotes. Wake up to unbelievable sunrises that warm your soul. 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 and sheets are not included, but you can rent them from Pure Adventures.

Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures

Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures

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DAY 2: BROWN’S RANCH – MCDOWELL SONORAN PRESERVE

Rise and shine! Today’s ride will be in the northern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in the Brown’s Ranch access area. There are over 100 miles of pristine desert trails to enjoy here. Originally carved by the motocross community, the trails here have been restored by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the vary from mild to wild and offering exciting rollercoaster-like riding for mountain bikers from beginner to expert. The landscape here is made up of huge granite boulders and punctuated on all sides with the desert’s most recognizable cactus, the mighty Saguaro. We’ll take intermittent breaks for photo ops and to enjoy the view so that on the trail you can focus on flowing through the whoopty-doos and carving turns.

Riding: 20-33+ miles on tight undulating singletrack. Smooth trail surface. Options for various difficulties.
Meals: All meals included; breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail, dinner at camp.
Lodging: Camping  

McDowell Mountain Regional Park


McDowell Mountain Arizona

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Accommodations: Outdoor camping in over-sized tents in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. 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. Pure Adventures base camp: Our well-appointed base camp offers over-sized tent accommodations, shower facilities, tables to enjoy meals around, and the privacy of this wonderfully remote location. Each day, after working up an appetite, you will be able to prepare your own delicious meals, planned by our team and all food left in order for you to prepare it. Fall asleep in comfort and coziness to the sound of coyotes. Wake up to unbelievable sunrises that warm your soul. 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 and sheets are not included, but you can rent them from Pure Adventures.

Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures

Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures

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DAY 3: MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK

After a delicious fresh breakfast, we will begin a full day of riding the superb trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Imagine a place created just for mountain bikes, the competitive track at McDowell Mountain Regional Park is that place. Originally built to serve as the home for the Cactus Cup race, Specialized Bikes provided significant support in the development of this track, which resulted in professionally hand-crafted trails that twist and flow across miles of expertly designed one-way loop trails chiseled out of beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape. With a time out for lunch and skill building on McDowell’s fun pump track, today’s twisting, turning berms, dips, jumps and straight-aways will make your spirit shine. By late afternoon we will be back in Scottsdale to say goodbye to a fabulous weekend of singletrack.

Riding: 20+ miles on tight undulating singletrack. Rocky mixed trail surface.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included; breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail
Lodging: On your own tonight  

McDowell Mountain Regional Park


McDowell Mountain Arizona

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Accommodations: Outdoor camping in over-sized tents in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. 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. Pure Adventures base camp: Our well-appointed base camp offers over-sized tent accommodations, shower facilities, tables to enjoy meals around, and the privacy of this wonderfully remote location. Each day, after working up an appetite, you will be able to prepare your own delicious meals, planned by our team and all food left in order for you to prepare it. Fall asleep in comfort and coziness to the sound of coyotes. Wake up to unbelievable sunrises that warm your soul. 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 and sheets are not included, but you can rent them from Pure Adventures.

Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures

Guided Mountain Bike Tours Arizona Easy Desert Cycling Adventures

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 2 nights lodging at deluxe basecamp
- Round-trip ground transportation from Scottsdale host hotel
- Large tents, double-occupancy
- Comfortable sleeping pads
- Basecamp gear (kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dish washing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.)
- All park entry and camping fees
- Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 3
- Water and snacks
- 2 Professional Wilderness First Responder-certified guides/mechanics.

Not Included:
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Air transportation to and from Scottsdale/Phoenix
- Pre- and post-trip lodging
- Airport transfers (available through our host hotel)
- Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3
- Sleeping bag (available to rent)
- Bike and helmet (available to rent)
- Bike shipping/building/packing/tuning*
- Personal cycling kit
- Optional gratuities to guides

Lodging

Accommodations: Outdoor camping in over-sized tents in McDowell Mountain Regional Park

McDowell Mountain Regional Park is 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 within the park. We will offer shower shuttles by van in the evenings.

We provide spacious nylon tents with a full-coverage rain fly. Each tent has plenty of space for two people with gear and is equipped with thick, comfortable sleeping pads. The camp 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.
The 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 private camp location is the perfect backdrop for an adventure story to unfold with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts with more than 150 miles of expertly crafted trails departing right from our camp.
 
The toilet facilities: clean and private port-a-johns located at base camp. There are also flushing toilets located a short distance away. Many of your rides will be passing near established restroom facilities. We do supply toilet paper, but it is always nice to have your own supply in your tent as well. There are no toiletries or towels provided so you should bring your own soap, shampoo, conditioner, towel, etc. Ask your guide for helpful hints and etiquette for any on-trail bathroom needs.

What if I’m traveling alone? Will I have to room with someone I don’t know?
All trip prices are based on double occupancy. If you specifically request single tent accommodations you will be asked to pay a single supplement fee. If you wish to share tent accommodations we will assign you a roommate of the same gender, if one is available. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms and tents available on most departures.
Prices
Guided Arizona Desert Mountain Biking 3 days
Price Per person, double occupancy:
$849*/person
Single Supplement:
$25 for a single occupancy tent set up
Sleeping bag/Linen rental:
US$25 per set
Hydration packs, back packs and other gear available for rent or purchase:
Contact us for quotes

*Take $50 off for an online booking more than 30 days out from travel. Trips are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 4 persons. Custom, private groups are welcome, please inquire.


Mountain bikes are not included with this tour price above. See bike info below. Note, hard tail to high performance full suspension bikes available.


Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- spectacular desert scenery including wildlife siting
- top quality and deluxe camp set up handled by WFR certified guides
- warm days in the sun and cool nights by the fire


Need to Know:
- this is desert camping; all food supplied and prepared in camp
- specific dates available; for individuals or small groups
- high quality hard tail or full suspension bikes available for rent

Dates 2017: November 10-12; Dec 15-17. 2018: Jan 5-7, 12-14, 26-28; Feb 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25; March 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-April 1; April 6-8, 13-15, 20-22; October 19-21, 26-28, November 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 30-2 Dec; December 7-9, 14-16, 28-30.

This is a GUIDED tour with dates open for individuals to join or bring your own group. Min 4 or and Max 12. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 2+ or up to 5 - The mountain biking in this area is ride-able by most cyclists including experienced road riders with some experience on the dirt; beginner cyclists not recommended. There is enough easy to moderate terrain to fill the itinerary but very challenging options exist for strong, experienced riders.

Camp Details: We provide spacious nylon tents with a full-coverage rain fly. Each tent has plenty of space for two people with gear and is equipped with thick, comfortable sleeping pads. The camp 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. The 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 private camp location is the perfect backdrop for an adventure story to unfold with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts with more than 150 miles of expertly crafted trails departing right from our camp.

START: 11:00am on Day 1. Meet your guide at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Old Town Scottsdale.
END: Arrive back at Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Old Town Scottsdale on Day 3 (usually around 4:00pm.).
GUESTS: 4 min to 12 max

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. Loose granite and sand is common on the trails which are widely used and have lines for following. 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 easy to challenging - there are options for most all levels. 

 

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!
Q: Who are the guides?

A: No person knows this desert better than the guides who live, work, and play here! We employ only the best local guides. They have the knowledge to intrigue you with stories and facts of the desert flora, fauna, geology and history in the most diverse desert ecosystem the world has to offer. They have the skills and experience to keep you confident in your riding ability and, if desired, help you to improve while having fun at the same time. All of Pure/AOA’s multi-day tour guides are Wilderness First Responder-certified to give you confidence that our first goal is your safety. And most importantly, our guides have a true passion for their chosen professions. They strive to not only meet, but exceed every one of your expectations in order to help you have the best adventure vacation of a lifetime!

Bike rental options for this tour:

Hardtail: Trek Stache 7
Full Suspension base models: Giant Anthem 27.5 or Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er

Upgraded bike option:
Santa Cruz Hightower LT


Helmets and repair kits are included in every rental.

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 measurements for the bike to be set up by our professional mechanics. 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. 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, and will keep you grouped up at important trail intersections. 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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