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Arizona's Saguaro & Tucson Multi-Adventure Tour - 4-Day Getaway - For Families with Teens & Kids

National Park Adventures in the Sun

Best for ages 9+ (Ages 4+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 7+ | Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Family — Teens & Kids

4 days 3 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

Casual Plus Hotels

From: $2,899 pp dbl occ

($500 for sgl occ)

Welcome to Southern Arizona, where towering saguaro cacti defy nature’s extremes. Where you hike down peaceful trails and bike up wild hills in magical landscapes. Where cactus flowers and cougars share a home in the Sonoran Desert. And where you and your family fall for Tucson.

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Arizona Tucson Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Arizona Tucson Family Multi-Adventure Tour

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Start/End Tucson

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Bike and hike through the vibrant and diverse Sonoran Desert, home to otherworldly saguaros, the iconic symbol of the American Southwest
  • Stroll through the one-of-a-kind Arizona-Sonora Desert museum, where Gila monsters, prairie dogs, river otters and raptors roam
  • Enjoy Tucson, UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, set next to the mountain ranges and desert landscapes of Saguaro National Park
  • Pedal around Tucson on a car-free loop and listen to the kids' tales of horseback riding in the Santa Catalina Mountain foothills
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
4 Days Casual Plus Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Description

DAY 1 From Tucson, we journey to Saguaro National Park West, spanning over 24,000 acres of desert landscape | Hike along a ravine to discover the remnants of an old copper mine and views of giant saguaros and their long arms reaching for the Sonoran desert sun | See 800-year-old petroglyphs etched into canyon walls by Hohokam peoples | Roam through the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a unique zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden | Youngsters join the Kids Adventure Leader for their own fun activity | At the end of each day kick back at our historic resort, perhaps the whole family poolside gazing at vistas of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

DAY 2 Cycle along the acclaimed Cactus Loop, a quiet one-way road in the park | Enjoy a roller-coaster route that twists and turns through a saguaro cactus forest | Adults can join kids on a hike in Saguaro National Park East, the larger side of the park | Or they can stay on their bikes and climb up Mt. Lemmon, one of the country’s top 10 sustained distance climbs, for a surreal environment of rock formations and incredible views of the Tucson valley.

DAYS 3-4 As you circle on a car-free paved route, get to know the Tucson scene | Kids split off to head out for a special horseback riding excursion | Grown-ups have a chance to explore Mercado San Agustin, an open-air courtyard lined with local shops and restaurants that embody the casual and artsy Tucson vibe | In the Santa Catalina Mountain foothills, hike through the riparian zone of Sabino Canyon, brimming with diverse vegetation and wildlife | Meet up with an astronomer for a guided exploration of Arizona's dark night skies.

Accommodations
Hacienda Del Sol
Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
Tucson
| Casual Plus Hotel

The perfect combination of historical elegance and sophisticated luxury, this hacienda-inspired sanctuary once welcomed mid-century Hollywood icons including Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. You'll see why it deserves its Historic Hotels of America membership. (pool, spa)  

Activity Level: 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes rolling hills, with a few steeper grades. Please note that the heat of the day can make the routes feel more challenging. While the scenery is stunning, sections of the roads in Southern Arizona can be rough and repaving is ongoing. Due to the remote nature of some of the roads, the condition of the shoulders can vary. Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Other
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Visit (1 hour)
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 20 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles* | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 20 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Horseback Riding (4 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip. (click the arrow to see all available options) *E-bikes and Carbon bikes are subject to availability. Requests will be prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Included in your trip price

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Trailer Bike

Included in your trip price

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Traffic & Shuttle Time

While Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, some of this region's highlights are only accessible via heavily trafficked roads. We've added strategic shuttle options to bypass most of the traffic, which you are always welcome to utilize.

Electric-Assist Bikes

The city of Tucson prohibits motorized devices (including e-bikes) on bicycle pathways. On this trip, 40% of our routes include a ride on a bicycle pathway; e-bike riders will have to pedal their bike without the battery during these sections. Your Backroads Trip Leaders will handle the removal and return of your batteries. (Note that without battery power, biking may feel more challenging than the activity level suggests.)

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