Arizona, USA

Arizona Sonora Bike Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$2,998

LEVEL

All Levels

DAILY DISTANCE

30-50 miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included), Sonora Desert Museum, Kartchner Caverns

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. One lunch and one dinner on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Southern Arizona: Azure skies, endless vistas hemmed with 10,000-foot peaks. Names out of a medieval fantasy: Chiricahuas, Dragoons, Catalinas, Rincons. This is the land of Geronimo, Cochise and 250-year-old saguaro cacti, where the sweet scent of desert creosote flower fills the air. Wildlife is prolific, from coyote to javelina, desert tortoise and rare birds. Bike sun-drenched bike paths and quiet side roads. Try your legs and lungs on Mt. Lemmon. Wander through heart-stealing landscapes. Explore the fascinating Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park (East and West), the “Sky Islands,” Coronado National Forest, Tombstone, Bisbee, Kartchner Caverns and plenty more!

This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Coronado National Forest and Saguaro National Park. Bicycle Adventures is an equal opportunity provider.

Day 01

Marvel at the Raptor Free Flight show at the Sonora Desert Museum. Cycle through colossal cacti in West Saguaro National Park.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Ability Level

All Levels

Distance

49 miles

Elevation

+2,336 ft / -2,207 ft

Shuttle to the marvelous Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in time to see the Raptor Free Flight show while your guides prepare your bikes. Cycle quiet roads through West Saguaro National Park and Tucson Mountain Park from McCann Loop Rd to Gates Pass. Shake hands (metaphorically speaking!) with towering, some claim mystical, saguaro cacti – undisputed icons of the Sonoran Desert and a universal symbol of the American Southwest. Once in the city proper, we avoid the hectic streets by pedaling part of “The Loop” – Tucson’s delightful network of over 100 miles of urban shared-use paths. Cycle on The Loop all the way to the acclaimed Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, where we will spend the next three nights.

Day 02

Cycle rural roads, paved paths and the "Cactus Loop" in Saguaro National Park East.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Ability Level

All Levels

Distance

44 miles (or less)

Elevation

+2027 ft / -1604 ft (or less)

Today, we begin our ride at Le Buzz Café, a popular staging location and hangout for local cyclists. Follow rural roads on the outskirts of Tucson, stopping here and there to take in views of the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains to the north and east. Explore Saguaro National Park East on the 8-mile Cactus Forest Loop takes you on a cruise through the rare saguaro forests of this area. Some folks say they could do this loop all day long – and indeed, many take the time to ride it in both directions! Following a gloriously gourmet picnic lunch, ride back to Loews on The Loop, or hop in the van to shuttle if you wish. You may want to save time for a visit to the marvelous Tucson Day Spa, located onsite at Loews Resort.

Day 03

Spectacular Mt. Lemmon!

Meals

– Breakfast

Lodging

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Ability Level

All Levels

Distance

31 miles (Mt Lemmon climb)

Elevation

+6,193 ft / -888 ft (Mt L:emmon climb)

Tackle all or part of the climb up Mt. Lemmon today. There are plenty of van support options if you don’t want to do the whole thing, and the mountain is worth a visit even if you don’t plan to ride. Should you truly prefer another activity such as hiking, you can opt to explore nearby Sabino Canyon – a lovely recreation area forested with saguaro, ocotillo, prickly pear and fragrant mesquite trees.

Rising almost 7000 feet from the valley floor, Mt. Lemmon is well-known as one of the premier bicycle climbs in the U.S. Tremendous views begin almost immediately as you ascend from cactus country on the valley floor up into the land of wildflowers, pines – and eventually – subalpine forests. In terms of biological diversity, cycling up Mt. Lemmon is the equivalent of riding from Arizona to southern Canada. Suffice it to say, it’s a different world on top on Mt. Lemmon any day of the year. Keep an eye out for transitory waterfalls and hidden canyons with goblin-like hoodoo rock formations as you ascend. Fall visits may feature colorful aspens and maples. We are confident you won’t see a more fascinating range of habitat and ecology on any other 30-mile bicycle ride. Mt. Lemmon is truly a one-of-a-kind gem! Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Day 04

Cycle in the "Sky Islands" to a mountain reservoir. Stay at an inn known for its diversity of birds and butterflies.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Casa de San Pedro

Ability Level

All Levels

Distance

49 miles (or less)

Elevation

+3,889 ft / -3,759 ft (or less)

Today holds plenty of surprises, as well as a total change of scenery! The first surprises are the vineyards of the Sonoita and Elgin areas of Arizona, south of Tucson. The rich soils of this region are almost a mirror image of those in Burgundy, France. The second surprise is the scenery of the “Sky Islands” high country. We say farewell to saguaros and hello to hillsides covered in manzanita, Gambel oaks, sycamore and yucca. Our route – a locals’ favorite – follows a twisting, traffic-free road to a refreshing mountain reservoir in Coronado National Forest. There is plenty of great riding here for you to enjoy as much or as little as you wish. Relax for two nights at Casa de San Pedro, home to over 355 species of birds and hundreds of butterflies. Enjoy a family-style Mexican dinner tonight.

Day 05

A Bicycle "Brothel," a Border Wall, and bohemian Bisbee.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Casa de San Pedro

Ability Level

All Levels

Distance

48 miles

Elevation

+2,367 ft / -2,368 ft (or less)

Shuttle to Naco – a tiny town cut in two by the USA/Mexico border for a look at “The Wall” before we begin pedaling north into the hills. Stop in artsy, bohemian Bisbee, home to the Copper Queen Mine, source of some of the world’s highest-grade copper ore. If copper isn’t your thing but vintage bikes are, you won’t want to miss chatting up the proprietor of the “Bicycle Brothel” bicycle museum, otherwise known as “retro-grouch” heaven. Yes, we use the term affectionately – after all, some of us owned, rode and loved these beauties when they were state-of-the-art! Don’t get too caught-up in the memory lane of hand-made lugged frames and the elegance of friction shifting though, there’s more beautiful riding this afternoon as we continue over Mule Pass and return to Hereford for another night at tranquil Casa de San Pedro.

Day 06

Pedal to historic Tombstone. Visit Kartchner Caverns, a stunning limestone cavern system.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Ability Level

All Levels

Distance

30 miles

Elevation

+1,157 ft / -829 ft

Bicycle side roads to the Old Wild West in Tombstone. Once you’ve had your fill of this frontier boom-town, continue on to Kartchner Caverns, which boast world-class cave formations considered to be the best of their kind in the entire world. This cave was kept a secret for 14 years to protect it. In 1985, Governor Bruce Babbitt secretly left the state capitol with two bodyguards and spent three hours crawling through the cave’s tight passages to reach the cave’s showcase chambers, including the Big Room, Echo Passage, and Cul-de-sac Passage. Open only since 1988, it is now a fascinating state park. Explore the caves, then head back to Tucson for your re-entry into the “real world.”

*Bicycle Adventures operates under special use permits while on Federal Lands managed by the National Forest Service (USDA), National Parks and Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

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