Southern Arizona & Tucson Cycling Tour

Southern Arizona & Tucson Cycling Tour

March 17 - 23, 2019

(7 days, 6 nights; Sun - Sat)

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Double Booking

$2590/person

Single Booking

$3170

Roommate Rebate

$530

Includes all lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, van support, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps & narratives.

Assembly Point

Tucson, AZ

Timberline van shuttle is included from and to Tucson Airport.

Not included: Airline service to Tucson International Airport, Guide Gratuity.

Meeting Time

Airport 3 pm, Hotel 3:30 pm

Drop-off Time

5 pm

The Tucson area and southwest Arizona is frequently exalted as a cycling mecca by organizations from Forbes, Outside and the Travel Channel. We first learned to love the area from our Chiricahua hiking adventures, but our cycling tours have shown us what a beautiful area it is for early season cycling  Come join us to see for yourself.

The city is ringed by 4 mountain ranges, so our itinerary includes exploring some summits and canyons as well as some of the flatter deser areas. That means there will be memorable views and wide expanses. During the week we will ride in the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains, explore Saguaro National Park – make sure you get a picture by one of these giant cacti- and  visit quaint and quirky, communities.  Our first day of riding will get us warmed up as enjoy a gentle climb up to the small town of Arivaca.   Day 2 starts with a flat ride as we work out way north towards Tucson.  It includes a loop in the Colossal Cave  area that has hosted a local road race for years.

Our warm up days have ended as we tackle an ascent on Day 4.  We take the Catalina Highway up Mt Lemmon to Summerhaven. During our ride we travel through seven life zones in the Coronado National Forest. Saguaro Cacti give way to hoodoos and balanced rocks during the day. Anyone looking for “bragging rights”, the Sky Island route is the longest climb in the state, by the end of the day we will have earned over 6000 ft of elevation.  As a reward for the climb, we will be spending the last two nights in the luxurious Western La Paloma Resort and Spa.

The Old Spanish Trail is a historical trade route, which connected the northern New Mexico settlements with that of southern California.  However our ride on Day 5 is connected only in name with the historic trial.  The ride is striking as we travel the foothills of the Rincon Mountains and into the desert “boonies”.  Rollers and three moderate hills await us.

Our last day might have the greatest concentration of cacti scenery of the week.  We will travel to Saguaro National Park and ride the Gates Pass loop. It doesn’t take long to get into a forest of Saguaros along this spectacular stretch of the Sonoran Desert. Alas, the week has come to an end, and our tour of Southern Arizona has concluded.

Itinerary

DayLocationDistance
Day 1Arrive, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner
Day 2Arivaca45
Day 3Green Valley to Colossal Cave45
Day 4Sky Island Scenic Byway (6203'), Catalina to Mt. Lemmon50
Day 5Rincon Mountains – Old Spanish trail (1451')45
Day 6Saguaro NP (1772')40

Total Distance: 220 miles

Inn Highlights

  • Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

Southern Arizona & Tucson Cycling Tour

March 17 - 23, 2019

(7 days, 6 nights; Sun - Sat)