Coyotes, Cactus & Cowboys
From lush green grasslands to the sea of sand and desert broken only by cactus, from cosmopolitan Tucson to honky-tonk Nogales to an artists enclave in Tubac, our Cycling Arizona tour offers plenty of variety, great rides and a chance to experience the American Southwest like no other tour.
- Tucson Two Step +1 Tucson is a happening town: historic and hip with great restaurants and fun nightlife. Start with a bike tour of the town, to get acclimated to our bikes, the dry air, and the laconic pace of the desert Southwest. National and State Parks surround the city with cactus forests, rolling hills, and craggy mountains. There are also a lot of cool and funky ethnic neighborhoods, offering interesting views into city life.
- We Have Reservations +2-3 After breakfast, we ride south to the Mission San Xavier del Bac, founded in 1700, then pedal through the Native American village of Bac, with its picturesque graveyard (off-limits, alas) and then plunge into the bizarre landscape of the Sonoran desert on lonely Mission Road. In Green Valley we’ll have a guided tour of the Titan Missile Museum. We’ll spend two nights in the sleepy cowboy village of Amado. The following options are available to keep us busy: hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains; mountain biking on the famous Elephant Head trail, or up to the observatory atop Mt. Hopkins; horseback riding in nearby Rio Rico; or just hanging out by the pool, getting spa treatments, and attending a yoga class. Hard-core cyclists will love the quiet, undulating road to hippyesque Arivaca and the tiny border town of Sasabe. Dinner tonight is on your own, with an intriguing possibility at the nearby Longhorn Grill.
- Nogales: Border Patrol +4 The road to Nogales follows the beautiful Santa Cruz River, a linear oasis in the desert. From Tubac (Arizona’s oldest town) you can walk along the river in the shade of cottonwoods and sycamores until our next stop: Tumacacori National Historic Park. Here you’ll learn of the culture clashes between Spanish settlers and local Apaches, and see the beautiful remnants of the old, failed mission. Continuing southward toward the border, you’ll have the opportunity to make a scenic side trip to Pena Blanca Lake. Nogales is an appealing border town, with laid-back atmosphere and plenty of sights and shopping. We check into our American before crossing into Mexico for dinner, margaritas, and mariachies at an old mansion.
- Patagonia (AZ that is) +5 Just 33 miles of riding today, through beautiful forests up to the only grassland area in Arizona. Along the way, we can stop at Patagonia Lake State Park and rent a rowboat, take a bird-watching hike along Patagonia Creek (owned by the Nature Conservancy), and stop for lunch in the charming, increasingly chic old village of Patagonia. Sonoita, tonight’s destination, is also the center for Arizona’s budding wine industry, boasting numerous good restaurants. This will be our home for the next two nights.
- The Long and Winey Road +6 Today we offer an easy 20-mile loop through southern Arizona’s wine country or a more strenuous 60-mile round trip to Parker Canyon Lake through scenic high desert forests of pine and oak.
- Saguaro National Park and Cactus Heaven +7 From Sonoita it’s mostly downhill back to Tucson (roughly 50 miles), on fantastically scenic Highway 83. Our ride includes an 8-mile cycling loop on Cactus Forest Drive through Saguaro National Park and a picnic lunch. From here it’s an easy ride back into town, with bike lanes the whole way. Now that we’ve seen a big chunk of Arizona, a farewell feast will round out the day.
- Departure Day +8 Our tour ends after breakfast, so you can depart anytime today. We hope you enjoyed our Southwest Adventure!
- Important Notes
in a shared room
for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom
“The balance of physical activity, vivid and stunning landscapes, the history, the food, and of course the camaraderie made this the nearly perfect getaway vacation! Thank you so much!”Jim Ross, Philadelphia, PA
“The desert is alive with blooms. The history is endless!”Dennis Hauck, Minneapolis, MN
Our typical cycling day is 35-55 miles on rolling terrain with some hills.
Comfortable hotels and bed-and-breakfasts that typify the region’s variety; Road bike for the week (with a discount if you bring your own bike); Services of two bike guides; All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners, with snacks along the way; Transportation to get luggage (and tired riders!) to destination; Welcome and Farewell Dinners with wine, beer or soft drinks; Map and route instructions. All HE Travel tours include complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance.
What’s NOT Included
Transportation to and from Tucson; Transfers between Tucson airport and our hotel; Helmets and water bottles; Souvenirs, admissions; Gratuities for guide; Personal expenses such as phone, fax and beverages not included with meals.
: Sonoita Arizona, United States
: Nogales Arizona, United States
* Tour Tucson, famous for its bi-cultural heritage. * Ride through the rough beauty of Saguaro National Park. * Visit Indian villages and art colonies along our route. * Cross the border for dinner in Nogales, Mexico. * Enjoy REAL Southwest cuisine and relax with an ice cold cerveza after a long ride. * Experience the desert while riding with a great group of new friends. * Join our guides for an extra day of hiking and biking from Tucson following our official tour. Let us know if you’re interested.
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