Arizona, USA

Arizona Sonora Bike Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$2,898

LEVEL

All Levels

DAILY DISTANCE

25-50 miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling & Hiking

INCLUDED MEALS

All Breakfasts, 5 lunches 4 dinners

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: the Chiricahuas, the Dragoons, Catalinas, Rincons. This is the land of Geronimo, Cochise and 250-year-old saguaro cactus, 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 or try your legs and lungs on Mt. Lemmon. Hike through heart-stealing landscapes. Explore the fascinating Arizona-Sonora Desert, Saguaro National Park, Tombstone, Kartchner Caverns and plenty more.

 

Day 01

Bicycle into unforgettable West Saguaro National Park, where colossal cacti soar.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Distance

42.2 miles

Elevation

+2,031 ft / -1,902 ft

Ability Level

All Levels

Meet at one of three designated pick-up spots in Tucson. Head out on the town’s extensive network of paved bike paths and side roads. Pedal back in time – three centuries back – to visit the ‘White Dove of the Desert.’ The Mission San Xavier del Bac dates from the 1700s when this chunk of Southern Arizona (which is now part of the Tohono O’Odham Nation) was part of New Spain. Ride forward into the near past and the future to enjoy lunch and a tour at the Pima Air and Space Museum. It’s not only one of the largest aerospace museums, but it’s also one of the top-ranked museums in the world! Afterward, ride the bike paths or hop in the van to shuttle back to enjoy more of Tucson.

Day 02

Explore Saguaro National Park East's Cactus Loop and ride through a cacti forest.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Distance

AM Ride
26.6 miles

Optional PM Ride
20.9 miles

Elevation

AM Ride
+1,479 ft / -1,319 ft

Optional PM Ride
+859 ft / -998 ft

Ability Level

All Levels

Today, enjoy more tranquil bike paths on your way to explore Saguaro National Park East. The 8-mile Cactus Forest Loop takes you on a cruise through the rare saguaro forests of this area. Stop here and there to take in views of the Rincon and Santa Catalina Mountains that surround the valley. Following a gloriously gourmet picnic lunch, ride back to Loews or hop in the van to shuttle back if you wish. Whatever you choose, you may want to save time for a visit to the marvelous Tucson Day Spa, located onsite at Loews. Dinner is on your own at Loews or the hotel will shuttle to nearby restaurants if you prefer.

Day 03

Choose between a hike into Ventana Canyon or a challenging ride up Mt. Lemmon.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Distance

76 Miles

Elevation

+7400 ft

Ability Level

All Levels

Ventana Canyon’s accessible-but-untouched state is something of a rarity. For years it had few visitors because one had to get permission from private landowners to reach it; only recently has an easement for the general public been acquired. So, today, hike into the Catalina Mountains – through hillsides forested with saguaro, ocotillo, prickly pear and fragrant mesquite trees, high into this gorgeous canyon with its magnificent views. Watch for hummingbirds and bighorn sheep!

If you prefer the cycling challenge, ride all or part-way up Mt. Lemmon – one of the biggest mountain-climbs you can tackle on a road bicycle. The good news is you don’t need to go all the way to the top for great vistas. Some of the best viewpoints occur after just a few miles of the climb! The whole round trip tallies some 76 miles with over 7400’ of climbing. Ouch.

Day 04

Visit a mountain reservoir on your way to an inn known for its hundreds of butterflies.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Casa de San Pedro

Distance

44.1 miles

Elevation

+3,343 ft / -3,551 ft (or shorter)

Ability Level

All Levels

Today holds plenty of surprises – the first being Elgin, Arizona, whose rich soils are almost a mirror image of those in Burgundy, France. The wide-open spaces and sparkling skies of the upscale Sonoita area provide rich terroir for grapes – and countless other flora. Cycle a lonely road through Coronado National Forest to a refreshing mountain reservoir. Spend 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

Pedal to scenic Coronado National Memorial. Enjoy the park, then cruise back to Casa de San Pedro.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Casa de San Pedro

Distance

44 miles

Elevation

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

Ability Level

All Levels

Today, pedal back in time to Coronado National Memorial for lunch and a tour. In 1540, the expedition led by commander Francisco Vazquez de Coronado arrived, bringing hundreds of Europeans, Aztec/Mexica allies, and scores of servants and slaves. Their arrival left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of this region – and sparked an era of cultural fusion. Explore the park, then after a picnic lunch, ride back for another night at tranquil Casa de San Pedro.

Day 06

Bicycle to historic Tombstone then on to Kartchner Caverns, a stunning limestone cavern system.

Meals

– Breakfast

Distance

29.5 miles

Elevation

+1,157 ft / -829 ft

Ability Level

All Levels

Bicycle side roads to the Old Wild West in Tombstone. Once you’ve had your fill of this frontier boomtown, 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.

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As an optional extra, a person traveling solo or on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night.

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