• Biking on Backroads Tucson and Sonoran Desert Bike Tour
  • Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Pool - Backroads Arizona Bike Tour
  • Saguaro National Park - Backroads Bike Tour
  • Saguaro cactus - Backroads Tucson and Sonoran Desert Bike Tour
  • Tubac Golf Resort - Backroads Tucson and Sonoran Desert Bike Tour

Arizona Bike Tour

Tucson & Sonoran Desert—Red Rock & Blue Sky

  • Mingle with creative souls in artsy Tubac and explore historic Tumacácori Mission, a National Historic Monument
  • Admire the otherwordly towering saguaros, “jumping” chollas and organ-pipe cacti in Saguaro National Park
  • Taste distinctive Sonoita wines amid a serene landscape of oak glades and native yucca in Arizona’s wine country, set at 5,000 feet
  • Meet Gila monsters and prairie dogs at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum—a one-of-a-kind experience

Is this a mirage? Vast skies above the Sonoran Desert. Towering saguaro cacti bursting to life in the spring. Splashes of color across the earthy terrain. Roadrunners—and cyclists!—revitalized by cooler fall temperatures. Luxurious resorts and quaint artists' towns. It's not a mirage. It's Arizona.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Stroll in beautiful Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, where a permanent herd of pronghorn antelope plays | Pedal in the high desert, perhaps spotting javelinas, jackrabbits or roadrunners | Visit the Spanish mission of Tumacácori, a National Historic Monument.

Day 2 Journey to the rolling grasslands of Sonoita, Arizona’s wine country, at an altitude of 5,000 feet | Bike the scenic road around “vineyard alley” to Italian-inspired Kief-Joshua Estates for an exclusive tasting | There’s an eclectic vibe in Patagonia, a former mining and railroad town | Spin along quiet riverside roads past adobe houses and ranchos | Browse Tubac’s distinctive art galleries and studios.

Day 3 Marvel at high-desert flora as you bike on the Old Spanish Trail | Explore Saguaro National Park, home to the long-armed saguaro cactus, which grows nowhere else on Earth | Horse ranches line the route to Tucson’s expansive River Park Trail.

Days 4-5 Visit the unique Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum | Pedal iconic Gates Pass with a breathtaking climb over rainbow-colored mountains | In Tucson, treat yourself to tacos and a cold drink at Mercado San Augustín | Immerse yourself one last time in the quintessential Arizona landscape, punctuated by massive saguaros | Walk from the hotel into the stunning Tortolita Mountain foothills, following trails through a land once occupied by the Hohokam people.

On this incredible new trip, you'll explore the dramatic beauty and multicultural heritage of southern Arizona. I think you'll love the routes we've discovered, including a spin through the otherworldly landscape of Saguaro National Park. And experience the rugged Southwest of yesteryear in atmospheric towns like Patagonia and Tubac, and historic sites such as Tumacácori Mission. When night falls, we dine in elegant restaurants featuring the best of Southwest cuisine, and settle into lavish resorts, each built in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Hope to see you out there!
Melissa Schmidt- Regional Manager - North America
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Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa

Tubac (2 nights)

Enveloped by mountains, this sophisticated oasis is nestled in the lush Santa Cruz River Valley. (pool, spa)

Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

Marana (2 nights)

A lavish high-desert resort built in harmony with the land's majestic saguaro cacti. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

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On this incredible new trip, you'll explore the dramatic beauty and multicultural heritage of southern Arizona. I think you'll love the routes we've discovered, including a spin through the otherworldly landscape of Saguaro National Park. And experience the rugged Southwest of yesteryear in atmospheric towns like Patagonia and Tubac, and historic sites such as Tumacácori Mission. When night falls, we dine in elegant restaurants featuring the best of Southwest cuisine, and settle into lavish resorts, each built in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Hope to see you out there!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 23* 700 31 1000 40 1200
Buenos Aires National Refuge Walk (30 Minutes)
2 16* 700 36* 1100 59 2100
3 19* 700 28* 700 53 1900
Saguaro National Park Walk (30 Minutes)
4 29* 1500 41* 2100 53 2200
5 Tortolita Mountain Foothills Hike (3 Miles; 1,200' elevation gain)
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Arizona

The Best Leaders in Arizona

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Arizona, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Arizona trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Arizona you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Arizona

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Arizona. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings Arizona has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $2,998 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ

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