Most people who visit Arizona head straight to one of the states few large hubs, but there is more to The Grand Canyon State than Scottsdale golf courses. In fact, some of Arizona’s finer points are found beyond city limits. Cycling enthusiasts can find respite and a great workout on one of the many scenic trails here. Let’s take a look at some of the best Arizona bike rides with a view.
Distance: 21 miles
This loop is just east of Phoenix city limits in Mesa, but it’s far enough from the beaten path to allow for a relatively quiet ride. You’ll cycle alongside the Salt River for a good portion of the journey. Look up and you’ll spot mountain peaks, look down and the lush riverbeds guide the way. And, of course, there is no shortage of classic desert terrain to keep you company with its taupe rocks and silence.
Distance: 8 miles
This is one of the best-paved bike trails in Arizona for riders in search of an uneventful ride. All types of desert scenery greet you on the loop, from cacti to large rocks and a plethora of desert plants. The hilly terrain on the Saguaro National Park East Loop gives you a good workout -- but there are also a lot of flat stretches where you can take it easy.
Distance: 67 miles
Leave the big city behind and set out on an hour-long trek through the Fountain Hills. You’ll journey through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and take in plenty of desert views as you tackle a lot of uphill action. Of course, that always leads to downhill gliding where you can just sit back and count the cacti while you breathe in the arid atmosphere.
Distance: 2.4 miles
Sedona is known for its red rocks, and the Mescal Trail will not disappoint in its ability to deliver you within spitting distance of the majestic formations. The trail is single-track and ideal for riders who are at least intermediate in skill. Not only can you count red rocks along the way, but you’ll pass through wide open spaces and will have great views of the red sandstone butte of Mescal Mountain.
Are you ready to tackle some of the most scenic bike rides in Arizona? You’ll need the ride gear to optimize your experience. We have 21-speed bikes for rough mountain terrain and easy riders for smooth journeys across paved trails. If you’re planning on keeping things simple on a flat trail, one of our beach cruiser bikes might fit the bill. Start by checking out these incredible options:
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