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Explore the Old West from Tucson to Tombstone on an incredible road bike tour. When you feel like winter’s icy grip will never let go, reward yourself with a four-day cycling trip to Southern Arizona where the sun-warmed roads wind past towering cacti and jagged mountains. You will be amazed at the sight of the mighty saguaro cactus, lush green vineyards, sparkling lakes, and snow-frosted peaks soaring to 10,000 feet, known in these parts as the Sky Islands.
This is a hotel-based trip with accommodations included at the Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon and the Sonoita Inn. All accommodations are double-occupancy unless you purchase an upgrade to solo accommodations. The hotels are mid-range and comfortable. Arizona Outback Adventures recommends the Arizona Inn in Tucson to stay at before or after your trip with them.
Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon is a newly renovated, romantic, hacienda-style hotel in Tucson. Surround yourself in southwestern elegance at this Comfort Suites in Tucson. You’ll find four outdoor luxuriously landscaped courtyards on the hotel grounds accented with lovely fountains and lush garden surroundings.
Located in the renovated La Pradera (Spanish for "the meadows") at the crossroads of scenic state routes 82 and 83, the Sonoita Inn is a one-of-a-kind western country lodge that captures local history and flavor. The building, which was designed by the owner of Secretariat - Margaret Carmichael - was inspired by the great racehorse.
A get-away in Southern Arizona's gorgeous high desert grasslands, the Sonoita Inn features spacious rooms which provide scenic views of the surrounding mountains and grasslands. The area boasts a rich diversity of activities, cuisine, music, art, culture, and history that will satisfy most anyone's tastes.
This tour is 100% road riding, challenging and meant for stronger road cyclists looking to have long days in the saddle and spend time in exploring beautiful Arizona countryside with mild winter temperatures and warm spring weather. All rides are optional, but to fully enjoy this trip you should build up to riding 40-50 miles each day for four days with significant elevation change. Arizona Outback Adventures provides more specific instruction for preparation in your trip planner after you book your cycling trip with AOA.
At 10:00, meet your guides and fellow cyclists at the Arizona Inn and transfer by van to Saguaro National Park. Upon reaching the park, you will get all bikes dialed in and begin today’s ride. 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. A steep climb will reward you with a relaxing descent into the outskirts of Tucson, then you wind your way to the Santa Cruz River and link up with “The Loop,” one of the longest non-motorized urban cycling paths in the country. According to the League of American Bicyclists, “The Loop is a must ride for visitors and residents alike.” In a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community like Tucson, that recommendation carries quite a bit of weight. After reaching the hotel, you will conclude the day with a classic Southwest-style meal.
Rise early and bike right from the hotel toward the Santa Catalina Mountain range into Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. The desert foothills and rocky gorges of the Santa Catalina Mountains are marvelously intricate yet accessible. The soaring mountains, deep canyons, and unique flora and fauna found here draw over a million visitors to Sabino Canyon each year. After loosening up, the ride will head through the eastern side of Saguaro National Park, past Colossal Cave, and through iconic Sonoran Desert scenery.
Winter rains bring life to the desert and an incredible spring bloom where wildflowers fill the landscape with colors from across the spectrum. This stunning bike ride winds along the foothills of the Rincon Mountains before climbing steadily into the rolling grassland hills of Arizona’s wine region. Ride the entire distance to tonight’s hotel, or hop in the van and enjoy the scenery while resting your legs. 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 charming town of Patagonia!
Today you ride from Sonoita to Parker Lake with optional stops at some of the wineries in the area. Though not as well-known as other winemaking 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, big miles, 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 as you pass through 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.
Today starts early so you can enjoy a nice 50-mile ride to the most famous of wild west towns, Tombstone! The 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 include a lunch and cerveza at Big-nosed Kate’s near the historic OK Corral. This afternoon, you say your farewells to each other and to this culturally-rich area. Your guide will drop you off at the Arizona Inn or the Tucson International Airport (TUS) by 16:00 this afternoon.
Note: Arizona Outback Adventures do their best to operate each trip as closely as possible to the published itinerary, however, there are sometimes forces outside of their control that could require them to make adjustments to the operations of a trip. These include but are not limited to weather, natural disasters, road closures, park closures, campsite availability, emergency guest illness or injury.
This trip does not include a rental bike. AOA offers rental road bikes in various performance levels. Each road bike rental includes a helmet and flat repair kit and can be set up to your basic fit requirements. You are welcome to bring your own pedals and saddle to use with their rental bikes.
Will has been guiding since 2018 and a bike mechanic since 2016. He has been working at AOA since 2018. His hometown is in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He usually guides multi-day tours. He loves mountain and road bike racing, backcountry skiing, running, backpacking, and hiking.
Alex has been guiding since 2009 and has been with AOA since 2009. His hometown is in Scottsdale, Arizona. He usually guides multi-day tours. His hobbies are trail and road running and playing with his chocolate lab, Thor.
Linda is a tour guide at AOA.
Tyler has been guiding since 2012 and has been with AOA since 2014. He usually guides all multi-day tours, specializing in backpacking and cycling trips. He grew up in New Jersey, so his first language is actually sarcasm. He thinks the best part about guiding is hands down the looks on people’s faces after they’ve conquered something they never thought that they could. Everyone should get out of their comfort zone every now and then, and he loves that he gets to facilitate that every week!
This cycling trip will take place in Arizona, USA, including Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Sonoita, Parker Lake, Tombstone, and the OK Corral.
This is the famous wild west country of Tombstone, but today the climate is both bikes friendly and hospitable. The cycling trip begins in Tucson, a hotspot for cyclists from around the world. The first rides of the trip will explore the amazing beauty of Saguaro National Park before you head south to bike through Sonoita wine country, approaching the far reaches of Arizona’s southern border and finishing in the most famous town of the Old West - Tombstone!
Southern Arizona may be known for it’s wild west history, but its lesser-known claim to fame is in its richly natural landscape, boasting some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in all of North America. The wide-open country roads and warm sunshine call out to cyclists - come explore!
You will be served meals starting from lunch on day one through lunch on day four, except dinner on day two. Snacks and water are also provided and you will get a chance to have a wine tasting in Sonoita.
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