Guided Bike Tours of Scottsdale
Our guided casual bike tour is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, get a bit of exercise, and explore Scottsdale’s beautiful neighborhoods and waterways. Cruise for 2-3 hours through the desert along paved bike paths near our Scottsdale bike shop or down Scottsdale’s Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt on our hybrid or comfort bikes. Our guides will make your ride both fun and educational, providing interesting facts about the history of the Valley of the Sun and the wildlife that lives in our green spaces.
1 person: $140 pp
2-3 people: $70 pp
4 or more: $56 pp
Prices include a hybrid bike rental.
- Activity duration: 2-3 hours
- Total duration: 3-3.5 hours
- Tours depart at 8am and 1pm
Advance reservations are required.
- Bike, helmet, gloves, bottled water & snacks
- Professional safety-certified road biking guide
- 1:10 guide to guest ratio
- Route consultation
- 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.
Shoes – Close-toed athletic shoes (sneakers).
Miscellaneous – Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.
*This tour includes a hybrid bike rental.*
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…
Meet at our office in North Scottsdale a few minutes before your scheduled tour. You can expect to be with another group on your road 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.
Your Casual bike tour…
Our expertly maintained bike fleet consists of multi-geared bikes specifically designed for ease of use and comfort on both paved bike paths, roads, and the occasional hard dirt surface along the banks of the Scottsdale canal network. AOA provides helmets, snacks, and water for the duration of the tour. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you on a carefully mapped route along designated bike paths, canal banks and the lightly-traveled suburban streets of sunny Arizona. In the early part of the day wildlife abounds in the lush arroyos through which the neighborhood bike paths wind. Look for desert cottontail rabbits hopping away into the underbrush and watch out for quails crossing the path! Your tour can start from the AOA office and explore the many bikeways that abound in North Scottsdale, or we’ll load up the bikes and cruise further afield. Upon request we can operate our guided bike tours at Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, or Papago Park – please note these may require an additional fee.
The Sonoran Desert
The Sonoran Desert covers the lower half of Arizona minus, 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.
© The Nature Conservancy
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 nowhere else in the world.
Temperature and Climate:
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 Neighborhood Bike Tour
Planning for your Trip
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