“This a SPECTACULAR up and down, intense, scenic 9.5 mile loop ride. Word of advice: bike this route early or very late in the day/night when the tourists are gone. I love biking Saguaro during the summer when everyone is gone. Accidents happen here between the cyclists and motorists. I see more rattle snakes and turtles here than almost any other place. I love it! When you get done, check out Saguaro Corners Restuarant and Bar. Great digs. Ok food and plenty of cold beer.”
Average time: 1.25
Ride Mileage: 1-20 miles
Climbing Elevation: 1-20 miles
Type of ride: Rolling
CYCLING TUCSON, Arizona – Warning: Accidents occur here. It is not uncommon for tourists to stop in the middle of the road on a blind corner.
Some of the best wildlife of Tucson is to be seen here: lizards, snakes, turtles, javelina. Be on the lookout and enjoy a really special part of Tucson.
For hikers, there is a big trail system in the Saguaro National Park East. Unfortunately mountain bikes are not allowed on the trails except for one small section within the Cactus Forest Trail. Ask the ranger for directions. This section makes for a great out-and-back. Done multiple times you can certainly get in a great workout.
Recommended: Many Tucson road bikers bike this loop multiple times and/or bike out to Colossal Cave. Or, head out north on spacious roads and go out to towards the Catalinas and road bike part of Mount Lemmon.
Saguaro East of Tucson is one of our signature road bike rides. This is an intensive 9.5 mile loop ride that gives you a fantastic workout while enjoying the great old west scenery. Bike this area early morning and near sunrise to get the best views and to have the least amount of interaction with traffic.
NOTE: Saguaro East is a national park and does require a small fee to enter the park.
Our friend Ken here has taken a very cool video road biking Tucson’s Saguaro East National Park.
Tucson Bike Rentals and Tours at BikeTucson.com delivers and picks up carbon rental road bikes to Saguaro East. They are the official Tucson bicycle rental arm for the Arizona Bicycle Association at BikeAZ.org.
There is a two rider minimum delivery. Bike for 1 to 5 hours, finish riding and we pick up the bikes! No need to worry about loading mountain bikes in your rental car! Price is generally $100 per bike – depending on location of trailhead. Don’t know where to ride? BikeTucson.com! offers rides that are beginner, intermediate to advanced. We deliver mountain bikes to Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Vallley and the Southern, Arizona area. We rent top of the line full suspension and hard tailed mountain bikes.