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5 Days Best of Phoenix Mountain Bike Tour in Arizona, USA
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McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona 85268, USA

Exciting Bike Tour in USA

Escape Adventures invites you to join their bike tour in Arizona, USA. This bike tour offers a little bit of everything, from the Phoenix metro areas of South Mountain Park and McDowell Mountain Regional Park to the desolate Black Canyon Trail that snakes through the Sonoran Desert. Come and do not miss this amazing cycling experience!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Downhill, mesas, and singletrack
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 111 miles / 179 kilometers
  • Average elevation: 610 - 1,311 meters / 2,000 - 4,300 feet
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking and adventure cycling
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (225 USD)


  • 5-day mountain bike tour
  • Services of 2 guides / tour leaders
  • Starts in McDowell park and ends in Emery Henderson
  • Cycling through twisting cactus filled singletrack with river crossings
  • 4-wheel drive support vehicle
  • Breakfast, lunch, an dinner
  • 4 night's accommodation
  • Snacks and drinks

Skill level

  • Intermediate


5 days with instruction
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During this tour, you will be accommodated in three-man tents with fly and ground tarp in McDowell Mountain Regional Park and Bumble Bee. The camping on this trip is in primitive campgrounds with no running water. There are no shower facilities, but solar showers will be available.

Your tent will be equipped with a 30-degree sleeping bag, camp pillow (you provide the pillowcase), and self-inflating ground pad. Expect scenic and serene campgrounds, starry skies or full moons, and warm, cozy campfires. Escape Adventures offers high-quality camping equipment because they know that a good night’s sleep is the key to a good day’s ride.


Meeting information

Please arrive in Phoenix at least 12 hours prior to tour departure to allow for rest and acclimation. You will depart from Best Western Airport Inn at 09:00 and return to Phoenix at around 17:00 on the last day.


Day 1: McDowell Mountain Regional Park

McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers over 40 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. The trails range in length and difficulty from easy to strenuous. Escape Adventures will design today’s ride based on the group’s preferences and abilities, but you can be sure you will be happy at the end of the day!

  • Total mileage: 20 miles / 32 kilometers
  • Camp: McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Day 2: South Mountain Park

The South Mountain Park boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking for all ability levels. Today’s ride will be chosen by your guides and dictated by the ability level of the group. The riding here is world class and not to be missed, so leave the details to the experts and enjoy the ride!

  • Total mileage: 22 miles / 35 kilometers
  • Camp: McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Day 3: Big Bug to Bumble Bee camp

A short shuttle ride from Phoenix will deliver you to the Black Canyon Trail (BCT) trailhead. Your first ride begins with the Big Bug segment in the Prescott National Forest. Today marks the highest points on your ride and will result in a net downhill for the day! You will see much of the high desert and catch some great views as you head through the towering saguaro cactus toward the Bradshaw Mountains. As you head into the camp, a delicious dinner awaits you.

  • Total mileage: 25 miles / 40 kilometers
  • Camp: Bumble Bee

Day 4: Bumble Bee to Black Canyon City

Energize with a hearty breakfast for this morning’s invigorating ride to Black Canyon City! Your second day of riding paints the true picture of why the Black Canyon Trail was named Arizona’s best trail in 2012. You will ride through miles of cactus, across awe-inspiring mesas, and along spectacular singletrack. Today’s ride is more technical than the day before, making those views well worth the effort! When you arrive in Black Canyon City, Escape Adventures will shuttle you back to your comfortable camp in Bumble Bee.

  • Total mileage: 22 miles / 35 kilometers
  • Camp: Bumble Bee

Day 5: Black Canyon City to Emery Henderson Trailhead

Wake up to fresh-brewed coffee and a hot breakfast. You will break camp and hop in the shuttle for a ride to Black Canyon City and the start of today’s adventure. Your final day cuts through to the heart of the Black Canyon Trail (BCT). Today, you will have it all, from tight twisting cactus-filled singletrack, river crossings, and wide open desert views.

  • Total mileage: 22 miles / 35 kilometers

Notes: This is a general itinerary and may vary. Escape Adventures reserves the right to make changes due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may affect the quality of the trip and / or safety of the participants. The inn is also subject to change.


  • Can cycle for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents


If you would like to rent a bicycle for your trip, Escape Adventures will fit you with a high-quality, durable, and safe ride. Their mountain bikes are full-suspension, lightweight, and adjustable. Both of their tour centers are proud to supply high-end bikes. All bicycle rentals are equipped with flat pedals, a tire repair kit and pump, and a complimentary water bottle. Helmet, gloves, seat pack and Shimano Pedaling Dynamics (SPD) pedals are available upon request and are included in the rental price. Please specify your individual needs when confirming your reservation. If you are leaving a familiar bicycle at home, Escape Adventures highly recommends bringing your saddle and pedals. Your guides will be happy to install them for you during the orientation.

Full suspension mountain bike - Specialized Stumpjumper 650b

The Specialized Stumpjumper is the best bang for your buck! This bike features 150 millimeters of front and rear travel, which is plenty of cushions to soak up any bump in the trail. You can visit the Specialized site for more information. Individual components on rental bikes may vary slightly. Please call Escape Adventures for more information.

Bringing your own bike

You may also bring your own bike with you and ship it in advance via UPS (available only in Las Vegas and Moab). Escape Adventures will receive your bike, assemble it, tune it to make sure everything works properly, and disassemble it. You are responsible for the cost of shipping to and from the meeting location. You will be charged for return shipping after the tour. If you are shipping your bike, please write your name, trip, and trip date on the outside of the box and attach this information to your frame. They must receive all shipped bikes no less than four days before your tour.

Bringing your bike on the plane can be quite costly and will require you to assemble your bike in your hotel room before the tour. Most hotels will let you store your bike container for the duration of the tour. Due to space constraints, Escape Adventures cannot take your bike box on the tour van.

Preparing for your mountain tour

For optimal physical preparation, Escape Adventures recommends that you ride at least several hours per week during the month preceding the tour. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day and they can assure you that an unprepared bottom is a sore one! If you can’t ride your bike or don’t own one, take a spin class at your local gym a few times a week. Your level of fitness does affect how much you enjoy your tour. Check your specific itinerary for an idea of your average daily mileage and level of strenuousness - then train appropriately.

Support vehicle

For more than a decade, Escape Adventures has been designing their custom fleet of 4x4 trucks, vans, and trailers with rack systems made exclusively for backcountry adventure touring. The support vehicle and driver becomes your own personal support system, bringing you food and drink, carrying your gear safely through the mountains, and lending a bench for a soft ride at your convenience. Their exclusive fleet is custom-built to go further in the backcountry, so you can see places you never knew existed.


This mountain bike tour takes place in Arizona, USA. You will begin your trip at McDowell Mountain Regional Park and covers places such as the South Mountain Park, Prescott National Forest, Bumble Bee, Black Canyon Trail, and Emery Henderson Trailhead. McDowell Mountain Regional Park is located a few minutes northeast of Scottsdale. The regional park is home to over 40 miles of trails that vary in length and difficulty. McDowell Mountain Regional Park winds through an abundance of flora and fauna and is a gentle introduction to the harsh but beautiful deserts of Arizona. The next day, you will kick it up a notch and venture over to South Mountain Park. Just minutes from the CBD, South Mountain Park hosts world-class riding with over 50 miles of trails.

The Black Canyon Trail follows a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. Riders are constantly rewarded with breathtaking scenic vistas and glimpses of the varied historical activities that have echoed through these hills. The Department of the Interior officially established the route as a livestock driveway in 1919, when it was used by woolgrowers from the Phoenix area to herd sheep to and from their summer ranges in the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains. Many segments of the trail roughly parallel the old Black Canyon stagecoach road between Phoenix and Prescott. At present, 13.3 miles of this trail between the Emery Henderson Trailhead and Table Mesa Road, provides a pleasant route to follow.


During this tour, the guides lovingly prepare meals for the trip with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic foods, ensuring you have the fuel you need to ride and a delicious meal at the same time - including dessert! Expect to eat only freshly-prepared foods at each meal. You will eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. They will serve all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day, along with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, with the exception of dinner on the fourth day and breakfast of the fifth day.

Breakfast favorites include blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Lunches include delicacies such as Greek salad, veggie-feta wraps, and pasta. Appetizers, like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité compliment elaborate salads and pastries. Dinner entreés, such as polenta lasagna, steak, salmon, and deep dish pizza are delicious when baked in a Dutch oven or grilled over an open fire. Desserts range from pineapple upside down cake to chocolate fondue. If you have special diet requirements, Escape Adventures can accommodate with prior notice. Vegans and vegetarians are no problem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5-day mountain bike tours
  • 2 guides / tour leaders
  • Personal camping gear
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transportations
  • 4-wheel drive support vehicle
  • First-aid kit
  • Bike maintenance
  • Community gear
  • Souvenir shirt

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the departure point
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Gratuities fo Escape Adventures guides (based on the quality of your experience: 10-20% of your trip cost to be divided between the guides)
  • Personal items
  • Taxes and fees

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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