Mountain Biking 101

IMG_6154_webTucson is a great place to mountain bike, with plenty of trails for all levels. Want to give it a try? The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists website features a ton of information, including mountain biking tips and trail information. Here SDMB highlights some great ride options for beginners and families.

Southeast Tucson/Vail Area

› Bunny Trail at Fantasy Island: 5 miles. This trail is especially beautiful in late winter and early spring when wildflowers are in bloom. More info:

› Hope Camp Trail in Saguaro National Park East: 7 miles one way. This ride is a slight downhill on the way out, a gradual climb on the way back. More info:, search for Hope Camp Trail, Vail, AZ

Central Tucson

› Dirt trail that runs parallel to The Loop along the Rillito River: About 4 good dirt miles between Craycroft Road to the Country Club Bridge. Craycroft Road is a good place to park to access the dirt on the north bank. More info:

Northwest Tucson

› Arthur Pack Regional Park: About 5 miles of trails. Riding is allowed on parts of the Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary trails, which are flat and filled with desert beauty. More info: Park located at 9101 N. Thornydale Rd.

› Tortolita Preserve: 9.9 miles. This single-track loop of sand, some hard pack and rocks winds through a beautiful ironwood forest. More info: trails/tortolita-preserve


Sign up for a lesson with Fat Tire Finesse. They offer fun clinics for small groups or one-on-one instruction. Find them on Facebook under Fat Tire Finesse or email


SDMB is an all-volunteer non-profit organization devoted to promoting mountain biking to all levels and ages around Tucson. The group hosts events and monthly volunteer trail work and trail building days. The SDMB website is a handy resource for finding events and trails to ride, as well as to stay up-to-date and help on the group’s trail advocacy efforts. Learn more about becoming a member, too!

Trail ideas come from Martha Lemen (riding in the above photo!), a professional mountain bike instructor and advocacy director for the SDMB. Photo courtesy of SDMB