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Diverse terrain and fantastic weather make Arizona biking trips a great way to see the state. Whether you are an avid road cyclist or prefer touring historic neighborhoods on your beach cruiser, you are sure to have a great adventure.  Arizona offers wide-open spaces and amazing landscapes with routes for a novice rider or an expert on the saddle.

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.

Mountain Biking in Arizona

Arizona mounMtBike.JPGtain biking offers some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain in the country, with routes ranging from smooth forested runs to rugged trips across rocky desert hills.  In the High Country you'll find yourself surrounded by tall pines and wide sweeping desert terrain.  Down through the Central and Western regions tall cacti and warm weather welcome trail riders.  The Southeastern corner of Arizona offers rolling hills, sweeping grasslands, and a mild climate suitable for year-round riding.

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

Bike Parks

  • Desert Trails Park in Mesa - 35 acres boasting multi-use and climbing trails, flow trails for all levels, pump track, and skills track.
  • Fort Tuthill Bike Park in Flagstaff - Offers flow trails for all levels, and a tot track for those up-and-comers.

Bike Friendly


Arizona is among the top bike-friendly states and is home to ten official Bicycle Friendly communities as designated by the League of American Bicyclists where visitors and residents alike can ride year round.  Those Arizona cities that have been recognized are Chandler, Cottonwood, FlagstaffMesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona, Tempe, and Tucson/East Pima, proving that Arizona is home to great biking on and off the road!

Flying into Phoenix and want to check out the town?  Hop on the Light Rail at Phoenix Sky Harbor for a quick trip to Downtown Phoenix.  Once there, use the bike share to pedal to local eateries and art districts.

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  • Tempe Town Lake

    Set adjacent to Tempe's Mill Avenue District, Arizona State University and the 2,000 acre Papago Park, Tempe Town Lake embodies a unique vision for the future of the Valley. Town Lake is a regional and national destination, welcoming millions each year

  • Papago Park

    The land for Papago Park was conveyed by a U.S. patent in 1935 that allowed the land to be used for recreational activities.

  • South Mountain Park

    At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve is one of the largest municipally operated parks in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land. It boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for a

  • Arizona Trail

    The trail's primary users are hikers, equestrians and mountain bicyclists (outside of wilderness or other specially managed areas).

  • Sunrise Park Resort

    In the heart of Arizona's White Mountains in the charming town of Greer, Sunrise Park Resort is a snow paradise offering 65 runs througout 3 mountains, a separate snowboard area, cross-country ski trails and a ski area specifically for children.

  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert.

  • Lost Dutchman State Park

    Engulfed by the Tonto National Forest, Lost Dutchman State Park is a sanctuary filled with nature, trails for hiking and biking, 70 campsites and wide-open skies, making it the perfect place to relax and star gaze.

  • Red Rock State Park

    Thriving with nature, beautiful scenery, group activities and rotating exhibits, Red Rock State Park is a true gem. At 286 acres, the possibilities are endless and range from hiking and biking to horseback riding to wildlife viewing.

  • Catalina State Park

    In this beautiful desert park, located within the Coronado National Forest less than 20 miles north of Tucson, is a self-guided, signed trail leading through Romero Ruin that includes a prehistoric Hohokam village with a ballcourt as well as the histor

  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park

    A beautiful area with camping, canoeing, mountain biking and more, Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, Arizona, is a fun-filled destination. A peaceful lake holds catfish fit for dinner, while the surrounding forestry is home to deer, hawks and other indigenous wildlife.

  • Kaibab National Forest

  • Saguaro National Park

    Saguaro National Park protects and preserves a giant saguaro cactus forest that stretches across the valley floor near Tucson. Unique to the Sonoran Desert, the park’s giant saguaros sometimes reach as much as 50 feet in height – so it’s no wonder they’ve been described as the kings of the Sonoran Desert.

    The city of Tucson divides Saguaro National park into two districts – the Tucson Mountain District to the west and Rincon Mountain District to the east, each located about 30 minutes outside of the city.

  • Buckskin Mountain State Park

    Buckskin Mountain State Park is situated along the Parker Strip, an 18-mile stretch of land that runs along the Colorado River and divides parts of Arizona and California. Filled with gorgeous scenery, countless water activities and many indigenous wildlife, Buckskin Mountain State Park is a delightful respite where you can relax and enjoy yourself.

  • Lake Powell & Glen Canyon

    One of the most popular lakes in Arizona, Lake Powell is a narrow, 186-mile-long body set amid the deep canyons, rocky outcrops and spectacular scenery of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Formed by one of the world’s highest dams and the waters of the Colorado River, the lake boasts a surface area of 162,700 acres and 1,960 miles of meandering shoreline – making it the perfect destination for fishing, water sports, houseboating and myriad other outdoor activities.

  • Lake Havasu

    For sunny skies, crystal-clear water and beautiful desert landscaping, visit Arizona’s Lake Havasu. More than just a spring break destination, Lake Havasu offers the perfect environment for water and desert enthusiasts alike, with activities like outdoor adventures, golfing, shopping and dining all at your fingertips. With 400 miles of shoreline and constant sunshine, it’s the perfect place for an Arizona vacation.

  • Lake Mead

    Explore more than 700 miles of shoreline at Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. With a wealth of activities and a beautiful desert environment, this enormous lake can hold as much as 9 trillion gallons of water – giving you ample opportunity to boat, swim, fish and generally soak up the sunshine.

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