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Bicycling

Bicycle tourism has been named the next travel trend.  Meandering through unique towns is both a sustainable and experiential vacation as you stop for shopping, dining, and lodging.

Diverse terrain and fantastic weather make Arizona biking trips a great way to see the state. Whether you’re an avid mountain biking fan or prefer touring historic neighborhoods on your beach cruiser, you are sure to have a great adventure.

Across the state, Arizona’s wide-open spaces and amazing landscapes offer invigorating, scenic routes that are sure to please the biker in you – whether you’re a novice rider or an expert on the saddle.

Mountain Biking in Arizona

MtBike.JPGArizona mountain biking offers some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain in the country, with routes ranging from steep downhill runs to rugged trips across rocky desert hills.  Going from the High Country where you'll find yourself surrounded by pines and down through the Central and Southern regions of Arizona where the infamous cacti abound, Arizona weather is conducive to out-door travel year-round.

Don’t miss Mount Humphrey near Flagstaff, the state’s highest point, where you’re sure to find a challenge during the warm summer months. In the winter, Central and Southern Arizona offer a variety of options.

Using online search tools (such as Trails.com), or the links listed in the resource section below, your next trip will be as unique as the landscape you are traveling through!

Road Biking in Arizona

With dozens of scenic roads and historic byways, road biking in Arizona can be a leisurely – and invigorating – way to see the state. Coasting through rolling hills and along river valleys, you can take the time to really soak up the view – and the sunshine – from a road bike.

Don’t think you need to go solo - guided tours are growing in popularity and organizations, such as Adventure Cycling, are here to help.  These interactive and social tours range from self-contained to fully-supported.  Riders can choose to camp and make their own meals as a group or stay at local hotels.

Whether you put your own trip together or go out with a group, bicycling across Arizona allows for a unique and sustainable trip that will be full of local culture and natural beauty.

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Bike Friendly

Arizona is among the top 10 bike-friendly states and is home to nine official Bicycle Friendly communities as designated by the League of American Bicyclists where visitors and residents alike can ride year round.  Add some Slime to your tires in case you run over any cactus needles and you will be good to go!  Those Arizona cities that have been recognized are Chandler, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Sedona, Tempe, and Tucson/East Pima, proving that Arizona is home to great biking on and off the road!

Arizona Department of Transportation - mission, plans, and links

Resources - Statewide

Maps, Trip Planning

Arizona Scenic Roads - pdf

Arizona's Recreation and Cultural Sites Map

Biking Arizona’s National Forest – 52 Great Mountain Bike Trails

The Arizona Trail - website

Trail Link - input your desired location and search for nearby trails

Events

Arizona Guide - events search page

AZ Cycling

Epic Rides

Go! Adventure Recreation Events

Perimeter Bicycling Events

Red Rock Co Events

Maricopa County Regional Parks Events

Resources - By Region

Phoenix and Central Arizona - Mountain Biking

Casa Grande Mountain

Cave Creek Regional Park

City of Phoenix Trail Maps

Estrella Mountain Regional Park - competitive track

Fountain Hills Mountain Biking

Lost Dutchman State Park - Apache Junction

Maricopa County Parks and Recreation - Biking

McDowell Mountain Regional Park - competitive track

   Lost Dog Wash Trailhead - McDowell Sonoran Reserve

The Mine Loop - Hawes Pass area, Mesa

Papago Park - City of Phoenix

Piestewa Peak/Dreamy Draw - City of Phoenix/Mountain Preserve Trail

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Silly Mountain

South Mountain - City of Phoenix, maps and trails

Spur Cross Ranch

Tonto National Forest Mountain Biking - USDA site

Tonto National Forest Mountain Biking - Great Outdoors Recreation Page review of trails

Trail 100

Usery Mountain Regional Park

White Tank Mountain Regional Park - competitive track, trails

Phoenix and Central Arizona - Road Biking

City of Phoenix Bicycling Information

City of Scottsdale

City of Tempe Bike Info

Dreamy Draw

Fountain Hills Road Biking - McDowell Mountain Loop, McDowell Regional Park, Salt River Road Biking Loop

Gilbert - map and list of parks

Glendale - Bike Program and Maps

Maricopa County Bicycle Program

Mesa Cycling - Map My Ride

Mesa Rides - pdf map

Papago - park information

Phoenix Area Trails - Yelp.com (reviews, etc.)

Phoenix Bicycling Secrets - pdf booklet

Scottsdale Bikeways

South Mountain Park

Valley Metro Biking Information

Arizona's West Coast - Mountain Biking

Badger Trail - Kingman Bureau of Land Management

Cherum Peak Trail - Kingman Bureau of Land Management

Crack in the Wall Trail - Lake Havasue Bureau of Land Management

Mohave and Milltown Railroad Trails - Kingman Bureau of Land Management

Monolith Garden Trail - Kingman Bureau of Land Management

Northern Arizona - Mountain Biking

Absolute Biking - Flagstaff

Buckskin Mountain Passage

Coconino County Parks and Recreation - trails page

Coconino Mountain Biking - USDA site

Dutchman Mountain Bike Trail

Flagstaff Trails

Glen Canyon

Grand Canyon - bicycle information

Grand Canyon Biking for Fitness

Kaibab National Forest - official list of mountain biking trails

Kaibab National Forest - Great Outdoors Recreation Page review of trails

Lake Mead

Sunshine Loop

Northern Arizona - Road Biking

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Mountain Biking - USDA site

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Mountain Biking - Great Outdoors Recreation Page review of trails

City of Flagstaff Bicycle Program

Flagstaff Urban Trails Bike Map

Flagstaff Loop Map

FlagstaffBiking.org - organization with youth programs, events, etc.

North Central Arizona - Mountain Biking

Absolute Biking - Sedona

Bell Rock Loop - Sedona

Black Canyon National Recreation Trail

Black Hills Back Country Byway - Safford

Cottonwood Trail

Cow Pies - Sedona

Dead Horse Ranch State Park - Cottonwood

Prescott Hiking and Biking Trails

Red Rock Country - US Forest Service site

Red Rock State Park - Sedona

North Central Arizona - Road Biking

Sedona Cycling Trails

Prescott Cycling Network

Sedona Bike and Bean:  Bike Shop and Coffee Shop

Tucson and Southern Arizona - Mountain Biking

Catalina State Park

Oracle State Park

Saguaro National Park

San Pedro Trail - Sierra Vista

Sonoita Creek State Park - Patagonia

Tucson Mountain Biking Trails

Tucson and Southern Arizona - Road Biking

Coronado National Forest

Organ Pipe Cactus (National Monument)

Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

Santa Cruz Valley Bike Map - pdf

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists - local organization providing maps, store, tips, etc.

Tucson - Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

Tucson Cycling Trails - map my ride

Downtown Tucson Bike Maps

Tucson Metro Bike Map

 

Arizona Transportation Laws and Bike Safety

An active front white light along with a rear reflector are required.  An active rear red light is not required.

Arizona Statutes - Article 11

Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Bicycle Clubs and Organizations

Adventure Cycling Association

Alliance for Biking & Walking

America Bikes

Arizona Bicycle Club

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

BicyclingInfo.Org

Bike Tempe

Bike Walk

Bikes Belong

Black Hills Mountain Bike Association

The Bull Shifters

The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists

Federal Highway Administration

Flagstaff Biking

Greater Arizona Bicycling Association

International Bicycle Fund

International Mountain Bicycling Association

The League of American Bicyclists

List of National and Local Organizations

The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona

The Path Less Pedaled

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America Inc.

Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club

Prescott Alternative Transportation

Prescott Arizona Chain Gang Bicycle Club

Santa Cruz Valley Bicycle Advocate Committee

Southwest Bicycles Cycling Club - maps, events, etc.

USA Cycling

Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition

Bicycle Tours

Adventure Cycling Association

Go Arizona

List of Groups and Organizations

Bicyling Tips and News

10 Commandments of Bicycling

ABC Quick Check

Arizona Department of Transportation - Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

All About Cycling:  Biking for Fitness, Transportation, Recreation and Sport

Arizona Scenic Roads

Bicycle Commuting

Bicycling Efficiently

City of Phoenix Best Practices

Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists

Cycling News

Dirt Rag Magazine

Gear Basics

Group Riding

Mountain Bike Action

Overcoming Excuses

The Path Less Pedaled

Sharing the Road

Request an Arizona Visitor’s Guide

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