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.
1 Stroll in beautiful Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, where a permanent herd of pronghorn antelope play Pedal gentle hills in the high desert, perhaps spotting jabalinas, jackrabbits or roadrunners along the way The Spanish mission of Tumacácori, a National Historic Monument, makes for a culturally rich side trip.
2 Journey to the rolling grasslands of Sonoita, Arizona's wine country, set at an altitude of 5,000 feet and surrounded by mountain ranges Bike the scenic road around "vineyard alley" to Italian-inspired Kief-Joshua Estates for an exclusive wine 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 the unique galleries and studios of artsy Tubac.
3 Marvel at impressive high-desert flora as you bike on the Old Spanish Trail, a historic trade route that once ran from New Mexico to Southern California 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.
4-5 Part botanical garden, part natural history museum and part zoo, the one-of-a-kind Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a fascinating place to visit Pedal iconic Gates Pass with a breathtaking climb over the rainbow‐colored Tucson Mountains In Tucson, treat yourself to tacos and a cold drink at Mercado San Augustín, a public marketplace and popular spot among local cyclists Bike along the pristine river path to our hotel 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.