Guided Mountain Bike Tours in Scottsdale/Phoenix
The Sonoran Desert surrounding the Phoenix/Scottsdale metro area is a beautiful and rugged landscape with some of the best mountain biking trails in the Southwest. Our mountain biking trips can accommodate all skill levels from beginner to expert. Pedal perfect gravel paths and singletrack with sweeping views of the surrounding desert, your expert mountain biking guides will help to make your tour an outstanding experience.
1 person: $280 pp
2-3 people: $140 pp
4 or more: $112 pp
Prices include a standard front suspension mountain bike.
- Tours meet at Gateway Trailhead or Brown’s Ranch Trailhead
- Tours start at 8am, 11:30am, or 3pm
- Activity duration: 2-3 hours
- Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced options available.
Advance reservations are required.
- Mountain bike, helmet, gloves, bottled water & snacks
- Professional safety-certified mountain biking guide
- 1:6 guide to guest ratio
- Park entry fees
- Hotel/Residence Pick Up: $95 per group – inquire over the phone
- Private Tour: $150 per group. No other parties may add to your tour. We can schedule private tours any day of the week.
What to Bring
Clothing – Comfortable, weather appropriate athletic clothing – shorts and a t-shirt, long sleeves are recommended on cooler mornings. Guests who have biking specific shorts or jerseys are encouraged to wear them.
Shoes – Close-toed athletic shoes (sneakers). If you have riding specific shoes that require specific bike pedals, please let us know in advance. We do not rent cycling shoes.Guests are welcome to bring their own pedals if they wish.
Miscellaneous – Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.
What to Expect
Once You’ve Booked a Tour…
You will receive a booking confirmation email with details on the time and date of your tour, where to meet, the cancellation policy, a receipt of your tour purchase, and requests from us if we need additional information.
On the Day of Your Tour…
You will meet at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s Gateway Trailhead or Brown’s Ranch Trailhead. Other meeting locations may be arranged in advance by calling the office. You can expect to be with another group on your mountain bike tour unless you have booked a private tour. Our guides plan accordingly for varied skill levels and choose routes that fit the needs of everyone in the group. Following brief safety instructions, your guides will lead you onto trails carefully chosen to suit your skill level and ability. Throughout the course of your guided bike tour your knowledgeable guides will offer helpful biking tips and interesting desert facts.
Mountain Biking in Scottsdale/Phoenix…
Over 2,000 mountain bikers each year choose our all-inclusive guided mountain bike tours! We provide riders of all levels an invigorating trail riding experience. Enjoy sweeping 70-mile views of the Sonoran Desert as you wind throughout the trails in the McDowell Mountains on one of AOA’s high-performance mountain bikes. In addition to sharpening your mountain biking skills, this adventure allows you to learn about the fascinating flora, fauna, geology, and history of the richly diverse Sonoran Desert.
Most of our regularly scheduled mountain bike tours take place at McDowell Mountain Regional Park or at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Both claim some of the Valley of the Sun’s best mountain biking trails and views. Whether you’re looking for easy trail riding or expert technical singletrack, our guides know the trails for you.
The Sonoran Desert
The Sonoran Desert covers the lower half of Arizona, the extreme southeastern portion of California, and parts of the Baja Peninsula and Mexico. It’s a 55-million-acre world of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, rivers, underground springs, sprawling sand dunes and yes, cities. The Sonoran is the hottest desert in the United States (although not in the world) and is the most tropical. On a worldwide scale, we are the most temperate desert on the globe generally remaining between 32 and 118 degrees Fahrenheit, making this a great area for many plants and animals.
Temperature and Climate:
Adding to our attractiveness for plants and animals, we usually get between 7 and 12 inches of rain per year. This rain is provided through a bi-seasonal system. From December to March frontal storms from North Pacific Ocean occasionally bring widespread, gentle rain to the northwestern areas. From July to mid-September, the summer monsoon brings surges of wet tropical air and frequent but localized violent thunderstorms.
These rainy seasons and our temperate climate added to the extreme elevation changes ranging across the state make Arizona and the Sonoran Desert a very diverse area with hundreds of plant and animal species. The Sonoran Desert alone has over 500 edible plants out of its nearly 3500 plant species. Arizona harbors greater plant and animal species diversity than any other non-coastal state in the country – third only to California and Texas and has the eighth highest number of endemic (unique to the area) species, with 135 species found no where else in the world.
Bike Rental Options
Our guided half-day mountain bike tours include a standard front suspension mountain bike. Options to upgrade to a full suspension mountain bike for your guided mountain bike tour are below.
– Upgrade to Performance Full Suspension – $30/bike + tax*
– Upgrade to High Performance FS – $40/bike + tax*
*upgrades are subject to 7.95% sales tax.
Advance reservations are required and can only be confirmed with receipt of guest contact information and a valid credit card. Final payment is due in advance of the tour. Guide gratuities are optional, but are appreciated.
There is no charge for cancellations made more than 48 hours before departure time. Cancellations made less than 48 hours from departure time will be charged in full.
Photos of the Half-Day Mountain Biking tour
Planning for your Trip
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