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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
Arizona 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.
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
Biking Arizona’s National Forest – 52 Great Mountain Bike Trails
Arizona Guide - events search page
Resources - By Region
Phoenix and Central Arizona - Mountain Biking
Estrella Mountain Regional Park - competitive track
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
South Mountain - City of Phoenix, maps and trails
Tonto National Forest Mountain Biking - USDA site
Tonto National Forest Mountain Biking - Great Outdoors Recreation Page review of trails
White Tank Mountain Regional Park - competitive track, trails
Phoenix and Central Arizona - Road Biking
Gilbert - map and list of parks
Glendale - Bike Program and Maps
Mesa Cycling - Map My Ride
Mesa Rides - pdf map
Papago - park information
Phoenix Area Trails - Yelp.com (reviews, etc.)
Phoenix Bicycling Secrets - pdf booklet
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
Coconino County Parks and Recreation - trails page
Coconino Mountain Biking - USDA site
Grand Canyon - bicycle information
Kaibab National Forest - official list of mountain biking trails
Kaibab National Forest - Great Outdoors Recreation Page review of trails
Northern Arizona - Road Biking
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Mountain Biking - Great Outdoors Recreation Page review of trails
FlagstaffBiking.org - organization with youth programs, events, etc.
North Central Arizona - Mountain Biking
Red Rock Country - US Forest Service site
North Central Arizona - Road Biking
Sedona Bike and Bean: Bike Shop and Coffee Shop
Tucson and Southern Arizona - Mountain Biking
San Pedro Trail - Sierra Vista
Tucson and Southern Arizona - Road Biking
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists - local organization providing maps, store, tips, etc.
Tucson Cycling Trails - map my ride
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
Bicycle Clubs and Organizations
Southwest Bicycles Cycling Club - maps, events, etc.
Bicyling Tips and News
Arizona Department of Transportation - Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
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
Experience Arizona Adventure Tours Created Just for You! Arizona adventure tours by 360 Adventures takes the worry out of exploring so you can focus on having fun.
The Arizona State Trails System has been established to recognize and promote non-motorized trails that are of special interest or significance to both Arizona's residents and visitors. Trails offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities. The Sy
The land for Papago Park was conveyed by a U.S. patent in 1935 that allowed the land to be used for recreational activities.
AOA specializes in bike rentals and guided adventure trips from single-day hiking, biking, kayaking, and rafting in Phoenix to multi-day guided hiking, biking, and backpacking in the Grand Canyon, Havasupai, and the greater Southwest.
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.
The Arizona State Trails System has been established to recognize and promote non-motorized trails that are of special interest or significance to both Arizona's residents and visitors. Trails offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities. The System currently contains over 600 trails.
The Arizona State Trails System has been established to recognize and promote non-motorized trails that are of special interest or significance to both Arizona's residents and visitors. Trails offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities. The System currently contains over 600 trails. Arizona State Parks and ASCOT monitor these trails conditions and promote the trails in various ways.
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
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.