Half-Day Road Biking Tour

Guided Road Biking Tours in the Valley of the Sun

The Valley of the Sun is a dream destination for cyclists. With over 300 days of sunshine and incredible scenery, the conditions are perfect for exhilarating road rides, including challenging climbs to beautiful views of the surrounding desert.

AOA’s guided road biking tours in Scottsdale and the Phoenix metro area are led by experienced professional guides and tailored to each guest. Our guides know the best cycling routes in Phoenix and Scottsdale, offering lengths from 15-100 miles. These guided road bike tours are perfect for the avid cyclist, the visiting triathlete in training, or the casual road biker.


1 person: $90 pp
2-3 people: $45 pp
4 or more: $36 pp

Prices do not include bike rental. See all of our rental road bikes here.

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Advance reservations are required.

Tour Options

Tour Price

  • 1 person: $90 pp
  • 2-3 people: $45 pp
  • 4 or more: $36 pp

If we are able to add a single guest to an existing group, the tour charge for 1 guest will be reduced by 50%.

Prices do not include bike rental. See all of our rental road bikes here.


Private Tour

– $125.00

Exclusive to your group. No other parties may add to your tour.


Hotel/Residence pick-up

– $95 per group – inquire over the phone



All tours depart from our office in North Scottsdale unless otherwise requested.


All tours require advance reservation.

  • Meet at AOA
  • Activity duration: 2-3 hours
  • Total duration: 3-3.5 hours
  • We can schedule tours any day of the week.
  • Tours typically depart at 8am and 1pm*.

*Advance reservations are required.


Trip Rating:

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced options available.



  • Professional safety-certified road biking guide
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • Helmet, gloves
  • 1:6 guide to guest ratio
  • Route planning

Combine with any other half day tour for a full day of adventure, lunch included! See our full-day tours page.


What do you need 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.

Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.


Reservation, Payments, and Cancellation

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.


Your road biking tour…

Choose a bike from our top-notch rental fleet, let us know your pedal requirements and the sort of ride you are looking for and we will design it for you. If you have pedals of your own feel free to bring them with you for your ride. Guided road rides can be arranged to suit varying skill levels and molded to challenge each individual.

Reservations are required. Guest contact information and a valid credit card are required to hold a reservation.


Road Biking in Scottsdale

Scottsdale has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Gold Level for 2011-2014. Cyclists are drawn to Scottsdale and the Phoenix metro area year-round for its beautiful weather and world-class riding. When the rain and snow return to Chicago, Toronto, Seattle or Minneapolis, the temperatures in the Valley of the Sun hover at a perfect and mellow 75 degrees (21 C). Well-maintained bike lanes and a complex network of paved paths provide routes for all skill-levels and performance needs. The desert surrounding the Phoenix metro area is full of stunning vistas, winding roads, and rewarding climbs.

Arizona Outback Adventures bike rental shop can get you outfitted on the right bike for your riding needs. Take a look at our bikes for rent to find the right model for you.

Planning your ride:
Visit our map center to check out some of the routes we recommend around Scottsdale.

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.

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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:

Average Temperatures for Scottsdale, Arizona

Need a more family-friendly ride?

Try our fun neighborhood bike tour through Scottsdale’s green spaces.

Looking for a longer adventure?

Take a look at our multi-day cycling tours. 


Photos of the Half-day Road Bike Tour