The Tucson area offers some of the best mountain bike trails in Arizona… which places it pretty high in the running for the best mountain bike trails worldwide.
Every local biker I’ve talked to recommends the Lemmon Drop trail, which bombs 9000’ from the high alpine to the low lying desert at Molino Basin. For the average biker, it’s a full day of fast, technical riding.
North toward the town of Catalina (30 mins from Tucson), the 50 Year Trail is a well-liked local ride and part of the extensive Golder Ranch Trail System. It offers technical desert terrain with exciting steep rock slabs, bank turns, sandy washes and fast winding single track. Just watch out for cacti.
For road bikers, the climb from the bottom of Sabino Canyon to the Summit of Mt. Lemmon is one of the most challenging and beautiful in the country.
In the summer months, Mt. Lemmon offers a wide variety of single track trails. Aspen Draw is a popular route for moderate skill levels. It launches off the top of the Lemmon ski hill and zig zags through the ski area. For those with large lungs, the route can loop back to the top of the mountain on the highway.
If you need wheels, there’s no shortage of top-notch bike shops in town. I recommend Broadway Bicycles or Pro Bike. Local businesses like Tucson Bike Rentals and Tours offer everything from road bike rentals to all-inclusive bike tours.
1,000+ rock routes