Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona
Scottsdale Arizona Desert Cycling Tour
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
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 parks as we cycle journey-style from the lush riparian environment along the Salt River to the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Assuming a normal rainy season, spring departures offer waves of stunning wildflowers in an ocean of vibrant green cacti. Nobody knows Arizona’s central Sonoran Desert better than the guides who live and ride here. During rest breaks, your guide’s knowledge of the flora, fauna, geology, and history of this unique eco-system will fascinate you.
With over 300 days of sunshine and incredible scenery, the conditions are perfect for exhilarating road rides, including challenging climbs to beautiful views of the surrounding desert. The ever present Saguaro Cactus, our nation’s largest, is everywhere, but also are all the other wondrous species that comprise the most diverse southwestern ecosystem in our country.
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Tour Typeroad cycling (Level 3+)
AvailabilitySpecific dates and custom group requests
Duration4 Days/ 3 Nights
Distance20-52 miles per day
Day 1 – BDAY 1: USERY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK
• Distance: 20 miles • Meals: Lunch and dinner included • Lodging: Camping at Usery Mountain Regional Park
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.
Day 2 – USERY MOUNTAIN TO MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK
• Distance: 39 miles • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included • Lodging: Camping at McDowell Mountain Regional Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
McDowell Mountain Arizona
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
Day 3 – MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN TO CAVE CREEK REGIONAL PARK
• Distance: 52 miles • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included • Lodging: Camping at Cave Creek Regional Park
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
Day 4 - CAVE CREEK REGIONAL PARK
• Distance: 35 miles • Meals: Breakfast and lunch included • Lodging: On your own
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
• 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
- 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
- High performance bike upgrades
- pre/post tour hotel upgrades in Scottsdale - so many!
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.
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)
|Scottsdale Desert Road Cycling prices
|Price Per person based on double occupancy:
|Single tent occupancy supplement:
||see tent rental rate below - can be for solo or shared use
||US$55/tent - 4 person tent
|Sleeping bag and pad rental:
||US$35 each item separately.
Road bikes are available for rent separately; see the Bike & Gear tab for details and rates for the different models available.
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- 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!
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.
Best Time To Go: April - May, September - October.
January: 66 °F (19 °C) 39 °F (4 °C)
February: 70 °F (21 °C) 43 °F (6 °C)
March: 75 °F (24 °C) 46 °F (8 °C)
April: 84 °F (29 °C) 52 °F (11 °C)
May: 93 °F (34 °C) 61 °F (16 °C)
June: 102 °F (39 °C) 68 °F (20 °C)
July: 106 °F (41 °C) 77 °F (25 °C)
August: 104 °F (40 °C) 75 °F (24 °C)
Sept: 99 °F (37 °C) 70 °F (21 °C)
October: 88 °F (31 °C) 57 °F (14 °C)
November: 75 °F (24 °C) 46 °F (8 °C)
December: 66 °F (19 °C) 39 °F (4 °C)
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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