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Do you envision a getaway to quiet countryside and small towns where you can breath and move freely?! We are bringing this trip back for a post COVID-19 getaway! Winter in the desert is warm and sunny during the day and cool and crisp at night! Enjoy cycling on mostly quiet roads on this self guided/support bike tour of Southern Arizona. Starting in Tucson, a big city with a bike-friendly culture, you will then make your way to Tombstone, home of the O.K. Corral; a true “Old West” experience. You will find some delightful surprises along the way as you ride past towering saguaro cactus, with Arizona’s wine country and the “Sky Island” mountains in the distance. Bike, rides, support, and lodging are all subject to custom adjustments for your preferences.
Tour starts and ends in Tucson. We provide support for your rides along with transportation as needed. For arrivals/departures in Phoenix, we can add supplemental transfers to Tucson and back.
Included Standard Hotels:
About: Hotels selected are subject to availability, which will determine final price for you trip. Option of ending tour in Phoenix with extra nights possible.
Local Experts: from our local office in Arizona and with our partners in the bike shop located in Scottsdale – we have you covered!
Need to Know:
Arrival to Tuscon – Optional Day 1 Ride to Saguaro National Park West and a vist to the Sonoran Desert Museum
Your personal Welcome Orientation will be given at 10:00 am at the Arizona Inn, followed by a transfer by van to nearby Saguaro National Park. 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.
Meals: on own, supplemental support option
Distance: 38 miles
Rise early and bike right from the hotel towards the Santa Catalina Mountain range into Sabino Canyon Recreation Area (subject to closures). After this warm up, your ride will take you through the eastern side of Saguaro National Park, past Colossal Cave, and through iconic Sonoran Desert scenery. Winter rains bring life and lush color to the desert. In the spring, enjoy incredible wildflowers filling the landscape with every color of the rainbow. This stunning bike ride winds along the foothills of the Rincon Mountains before climbing steadily into the rolling grassland hills of Arizona’s wine country. Ride the entire distance to tonight’s hotel or jump in the van to cut out a flat stretch of highway to Sonoita. 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 nearby charming town of Patagonia!
Meals: on own
Distance: 40-75 miles
Today you have a loop ride from Sonoita to Parker Lake with optional stops at some of the wineries in the area. Though not as well-known as other wine making 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, and imposing mountains, all of which make this an epic day of riding. You should have the roads mostly to yourselves on this ride, allowing you to fully soak in the peace and beauty of the surrounding landscape, passing through the 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.
Meals: on own
Distance: 30-61 miles
Today starts early so you can enjoy a nice 50 mile ride to the most famous of wild west towns, Tombstone! Your route will take you south toward Fort Huachuca, skirting Sierra Vista, and then taking a long, lightly traveled road into Tombstone. The big finish in Tombstone will have the option for a lunch and cerveza at Big Nose Kate’s Saloon near the historic O.K. Corral. This afternoon we bring you back to Tucson by vehicle. You can stay extra nights or catch a flight late afternoon/evening.
Meals: on own
Distance: 54 miles
Drive Time: 1-1.5 hours
Overnight: on own, if needed
Self Guided & Supported Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Rates are quoted on a case by case basis for:
Bike Rentals: subject to model selected; ask us for details and rates
Trek Domane, Emonda, or Specialized Allez
Trek Fx hybrids, kids bikes, and Cannondale Quick Neo Ebike
Local bike build: If you want to ship your bike, a local mechanic is available to receive and build for $80/bike.
Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!