BEST MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS FOR BEGINNERS
So you’re a beginner-level mountain biker – ready to hit the trails in Tucson, Arizona? The Sonoran Desert is a mecca of mountain biking trails, providing novice riders with turns, berms, and quick climbs to practice your technical and recreational skills. Offering amazing trail conditions that showcase the beauty of Arizona, enjoy the best of Tucson’s mountain biking with these four trails.
Whether you’re local to the Tucson area or a seasoned mountain biker, we recommend adventuring the Tucson trails with a guide. Adventure Outside guides not only provide professional mountain biking training, advice, and proper gear, but pass along their expertise and favorite trails that provide you with an authentic and unique desert experience.
Each of Adventure Outside’s guided mountain biking trips include bike rentals, helmets, gloves, and extra bike tubes. Enjoy the best mountain biking trails that Tucson has to offer with the entertaining and skillful guides of Adventure Outside!
520 ft. elevation gain
This 9-mile loop is a great place to start for new riders. With just over 500 ft. of elevation gain, this trail will allow you to practice your skills with very little climbing and a few technical spots. The trail begins with a couple miles of gradual uphill followed by a few miles of equally gradual downhill. This trail includes a few miles of slightly rockier terrain and exciting single-tracks before turning back to the beginning of the trail head.
850 ft. elevation gain
This trail system offers the most beginner-level riding in Tucson in terms of mileage. It’s possible to string together nearly 20 miles of smooth, flowy, hard-packed single-track with very few technical elements. Depending on your route, the ride will start with about 9 miles of gradual, smooth uphill then turn around and for another 9 miles of smooth, fast, gradual downhill swooping through gorgeous desert landscape.
Miles vary per route
Elevation varies per route
Challenge your mountain biking skills with the Sweetwater trail system! Offering smooth, hard packed segments with rockier and more technical terrain, all mountain bike riders are sure to expand and grow their skills on this ride. Guide experts will help you to access the rolling single-tracks and determine when to introduce you to the technical routes. This ride is a local favorite, and offers endless opportunities for fun.
FANTASY ISLAND TRAIL
600 ft. elevation gain
While this trail system has been ravaged a bit by new housing developments, the hidden trails still beacon for a great time. This trail includes slightly steeper trails with loose rocks, and challenges riders to tackle more technical terrain. The Fantasy Island trail system is known for a number of great obstacles known as “the half-pipe”, the “over-under”, and “the shaft”. Challenge your trail riding with this fun and versatile trip!