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Tucson & Saguaro National Park Bike Tour

  • Biking Cactus Forest Drive
  • Saguaro National Park scene
  • Gambel's quail on perch
  • Catalina Mountains near Tucson
  • Saguaro National Park sign
  • zebra-tailed lizard NPS
  • Saguaro cacti at dawn
  • Cactus close up NPS
  • Oro Valley with petroglyphs
  • tacos
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
26 to 62 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
3-Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$2495
SINGLES ADD FROM
$850

Trip Overview

Tucson has a lot to offer cyclists. It’s a gold-level bike-friendly city with some of the most scenic cycling in Arizona. This is a popular biking destination for good reason … mild fall temperatures, blue skies, and the views are out-of-this-world-spectacular.

You also visit Saguaro National Park in the heart of the Sonoran Desert — famous for the nation’s largest cacti. Enjoy the world-renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: a zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. You ride Tucson’s famed Chuck Huckleberry Loop, stopping to look at the dozens of art pieces along the way. Visit the Pima Air & Space Museum to view historic aircraft. Ride or hike the dramatic Mount Lemmon. Go south of Tucson and ride Madera Canyon — or if you prefer, hike in the canyon — known as a bird watchers’ paradise.

Unpack once, and at the end of each day, relax at a historic resort and enjoy the pool and spa. Stretch your summer with a November ride that won’t disappoint in lovely Arizona!

Want more cycling on our Nov. 2021 tour? Extend your stay for the following weekend and participate — with our support — in the “El Tour de Tucson” charity cycling event. Get a discount on your El Tour de Tucson registration and more when you join us for this optional extension. Contact our office for details.

Learn more about our November 3-day weekend add-on to join the El Tour de Tucson event

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Catalina State Park & Canyon del Oro
Distance: 29 miles | Climbing: 735 ft | Terrain: Easier or Intermediate | Hacienda del Sol
The trip begins with a 9:30 a.m. orientation at the Hampton Inn Tucson Airport. After introductions and a safety meeting covering trip logistics, you shuttle 45 minutes northeast to Oro Valley, to begin today’s ride at Catalina State Park. Today’s route is almost all on paved paths. As you cycle south through the valley, your route continues onto the Canada del Oro River Trail, following its namesake waterway. Spin onto the famed Chuck Huckleberry Loop and ride alongside the Rillito River bed — ending in the Catalina Foothills at your beautiful accommodations for the evening.
DAY 2 - Cactus Forest Drive & The Loop
Distance: 27 or 38 miles | Climbing: 879 or 1,738 ft | Terrain: Intermediate | Hacienda del Sol
After a hearty breakfast, shuttle to the beginning of today’s ride at the Saguaro National Park East entrance. Cycle the acclaimed picturesque Cactus Forest Drive, which runs through the heart of an extensive saguaro forest, noting the unique Sonoran Desert life. For those opting for the shorter route, you ride onto the Old Spanish Trail to The Loop, and continue on to your inn, where you may spend the afternoon at the pool and spa. The longer route goes to the Pima Air & Space Museum, which features about 400 historic aircraft before heading to The Loop and returning to our inn for a relaxing evening.
DAY 3 - Colossal Cave
Distance: 28 or 62 miles | Climbing: 1,738 or 2,555 ft | Terrain: Intermediate or Advanced | Hacienda del Sol
After breakfast this morning, leave the Hacienda del Sol via bicycle to begin your ride on The Loop. Continue onto a local favorite route, Old Spanish Trail Road, and head to Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Take a walking tour of Colossal Cave and learn about its history … geology and legends of train robbers and ghosts. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Park, and, if time allows, enjoy a hike on the Bundrick Trail, to get a feel for the archeology and biodiversity of the Park. For those opting for the longer mileage, the route loops around and ends back at our inn.
DAY 4 - Mount Lemmon
Distance: 46 miles or Mount Lemmon hiking | Climbing: 6,985 ft | Terrain: Intermediate to Advanced | Hacienda del Sol
Today you shuttle to the iconic breakfast cafe, Le Buzz Coffee Shop, the unofficial meeting spot for cyclists and hikers of Mount Lemmon. After a delicious breakfast, those choosing to ride the epic Mount Lemmon will be off. For the hikers in our group, the shuttle will leave post breakfast up to the top of Mount Lemmon, where there are multiple hiking options … or relax and enjoy the view. Lunch today is on your own, with options of the Sawmill, Mt. Lemmon Cookie Cabin (of course, famous for its delicious cookies — with pizza available too), and grab & go options at the Mt. Lemmon General Store. Everyone gathers at Le Buzz to shuttle back to your overnight accommodations.
DAY 5 - Madera Canyon
Distance: 21 miles, 60 miles or Madera Canyon hiking | Climbing: either 1,200 or 3,628 ft | Terrain: Intermediate | Hacienda del Sol
After breakfast this morning, shuttle to Sahuarita to start your route up to Madera Canyon — another epic ride, listed as one of the top 10 road rides in Arizona. Madera Canyon is also known as one of Arizona’s most beautiful places in the Santa Rita mountains … world renowned for bird watching. For those opting to hike, shuttle into the canyon and select from many hiking options — including the Madera Canyon Nature Trail or the Madera Canyon Waterfall. Today you picnic in the canyon, and regroup in Sahuarita before shuttling back to our inn for a farewell dinner.
DAY 6 - Departure Day or extend for El Tour de Tucson event
Distance: 7.6 miles | Terrain: Easier
On your final tour day, after a delightful breakfast, shuttle over the Gates Pass and do a short cycle to tour the Arizona-Sonora Museum. After the museum, visit majestic Saguaro National Park West. Then shuttle back to the hotel by 12:30 p.m. for departure. Or on our November tour, stay for the optional weekend event known as El Tour de Tucson. Contact our office for details.

Map

Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Nov 14, 2021 Nov 19, 2021 $2495.00 Date SOLD OUT Sold Out Sold Out
Mar 13, 2022 Mar 18, 2022 $2495.00 Hurry! Filling up! Reserve Reserve
Mar 20, 2022 Mar 25, 2022 $2495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Nov 06, 2022 Nov 11, 2022 $2495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Nov 13, 2022 Nov 18, 2022 $2495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

The 6-day tour ends before lunch on Friday (Day 6); all daily shuttles, 5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (you are on your own for 2 dinners), 2 leaders, van support, use of a bike and helmet and route directions. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Nov 14, 2021
End: Nov 19, 2021
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Date SOLD OUT
Sold Out
Start: Mar 13, 2022
End: Mar 18, 2022
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Hurry! Filling up!
Reserve
Start: Mar 20, 2022
End: Mar 25, 2022
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Nov 06, 2022
End: Nov 11, 2022
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Nov 13, 2022
End: Nov 18, 2022
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

The 6-day tour ends before lunch on Friday (Day 6); all daily shuttles, 5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (you are on your own for 2 dinners), 2 leaders, van support, use of a bike and helmet and route directions. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Hacienda del Sol
Escape to this luxurious resort in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and let their alluring amenities elevate your Tucson getaway to the realm of the extraordinary. Relax and feel the stress disappear as expert therapists treat you to rejuvenating spa treatments. Dive into the pool for a refreshing swim or unwind in the Jacuzzi as you take in stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

Biking Cactus Forest Drive Saguaro National Park scene Gambel's quail on perch Catalina Mountains near Tucson Saguaro National Park sign zebra-tailed lizard NPS Saguaro cacti at dawn Cactus close up NPS Oro Valley with petroglyphs tacos