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cycling trip Tucson Base Camp Cycling Tour

Dates: 3/18 - 23, 2017

(6 days, 5 nights; Sat - Thur)


Assembly Point: Tucson, AZ

(airline service to Tucson, Timberline van shuttle from Tucson Airport and back at the conclusion of the tour)

Meeting time: 3/18 - airport 1 pm, hotel 1:30 pm

Drop off time: 3/23 - 5 pm

Tour Cost: $2,390

(includes all lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, van shuttles from Tucson prior to and following tour, van support, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps & narratives)

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $375

Inn Highlights

  • Canyon Ranch

We've gotten to love Tucson during our Chiricahua hiking adventures and custom cycling trips. It is a natural expansion of the Base Camp program. The area is frequently exalted as a cycling mecca by organizations from Forbes, Outside and the Travel Channel. Come down and join us to find out why.

The city is ringed by 4 mountain ranges, so we our itinerary includes exploring the summits and canyons of these natural wonders. Yes, that means climbing and memorable views. During the week we will ride in the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains, explore Saguaro National Park – make sure you get a picture by one of these giant cacti- and conquer the Tour De Tucson course. Our first day of riding will get us warmed up as we head into the foothills of the Santa Catalina’s and if the weather gods smile we will enjoy a colorful spread of wildflowers. The long ascent up Ventana Canyon doesn’t make big demands but near the top we start a series of rollers. After a nice descent, we cross through a sleepy neighborhood on our way to Bear Canyon. The section of the ride is marked with rollers and hills as we travel through the pristine Sonoran Desert landscape.  A wonderful first day’s ride ends with time to enjoy our resort home. 

Day 3 brings us an ascent, as we take the Catalina Highway up Mt Lemon to Summerhaven. During our ride we travel through seven life zones in the Coronado National Forest. Saguaro Cacti give way to hoodoos and balanced rocks during the day. Anyone looking for “bragging rights”, the Sky Island route is the longest climb in the state, by the end of the day we will have earned over 6000 ft of elevation.

The Old Spanish Trail is a historical trade route, which connected the northern New Mexico settlements with that of southern California.  However our ride on Day 4 is connected only in name with the historic trial.  The ride is striking as we travel the foothills of the Rincon Mountains and into the desert “boonies”.  Rollers and three moderate hills await us. 

One of the famous rides in Tucson is the El Tour De Tucson and on our fourth day we will ride the metric century route around the city  It is a great way to see the whole of Tucson area as we ring the city. Our last day might have the greatest concentration of desert scenery of the week  We will travel to Saguaro National Park and ride the Gates Pass loop. It doesn’t take long to get into a forest of Saguaros along this spectacular stretch of the Sonoran Desert. Alas, the week has come to an end. 

Complementing this unforgettable itinerary are the accommodations. Our home base for the week is the world famous Ventana Canyon resort. This is the ideal trip to invite a non-riding partner or spouse; Tucson has a wealth of additional activities like golf, spas, shopping and hiking. This is just what the doctor ordered early season adventure.


Pre-tour Arrive, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner  
Day 1

Santa Catalina Mountains – Ventana and Bear canyon

40 miles

Day 2

Sky Island Scenic Byway (6203'), Catalina to Mt. Lemmon

60 miles

Day 3

Rincon Mountains – Old Spanish trail (1451')

40 miles

Day 4

El Tour De Tucson – we will ride the metric century route of this famous rid (2854')

65 miles

Day 5

Saguaro NP (1772')

40 miles

Total cycling mileage: 245




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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.