McDowell Mountain Bike Getaway | Arizona
Come join us for a fun, adventurous weekend getaway in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Ride fun, built-for-bikes singletrack and camp out under the stars. We'll pick you up and drop you off at the airport. Just bring your carry-on full of your favorite riding gear and your toothbrush. We'll take care of the rest (bikes, camping gear, yummy food, etc.).
We have forgotten one of the most important parts--we'll make a stop on the way to our campsite so you can pick up any adult beverages needed! Come unwind and finish the riding season off with this unforgettable trip.
Ready for a weekend of fun, adventure, and to get away from it all? Arrive at the Phoenix airport in time for the noon shuttle. We will pick you up and whisk you away to our campsite for the weekend. We’ll fit everyone to their bikes and get you out on the trail a.s.a.p.! We’ll start out riding in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, which is the site of the famous Cactus Cup races of the 1990s. It continues to be one of the most fun places to ride! It’s hard to believe this 20,000 acre park is just outside of Phoenix. The park offers over 40 miles of mountain biking trails so there are plenty of options. After we warm up and test our skills a bit on the trails, we’ll head back to camp for a delicious dinner. Kick back and relax with a refreshing beverage and an amazing view of the Sonoran Desert. TOTAL MILEAGE: 5-12 miles
After fueling up on a yummy breakfast in camp, we’ll spend the day riding fun loops at the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. With lots of options to choose from, we can make this day as easy or hard as we like. One of the more famous loops at McDowell is called the Competitive Track. The Long Loop of the track was designed for the average rider but is used by all. The Sport Loop is for intermediate riders and experts. The Technical Loop is for the expert rider. This portion of the track offers swooping turns, very technical descents, rugged terrain, and steep inclines. Each loop offers a variety of obstacles to test the rider’s skills. This competitive track is geared for mountain bikers who want to improve their technique, but for us it will just amount fun, fun, fun! Enjoy riding through the unique Sonoran desert landscape and past towering Saguaro cacti. The views are incredible and the riding brings nothing but smiles! After a full day of getting our “ride on”, we head back to camp to chill out, eat another amazing dinner, and enjoy the desert sunset. TOTAL MILEAGE: 10-24 miles
Wake up in your tent, get some coffee and breakfast, then hit the trails again! Today we head to another area of fun riding that will make you grin--the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Again, there are many different loops of premier singletrack that we won’t run out of options. Trails such as Whiskey Bottle, Chuck Wagon, Branding Iron, or Granite Mountain Loop are on the agenda. Prepare for fun roller-coaster type riding and experience some amazing geologic wonders in this area, such as Pinnacle Peak and Metate Rock. After our memorable day in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, we’ll head back to our camp for dinner, stories from the day, and stargazing. TOTAL MILEAGE: 8-25 miles
Our last day already? We’ll eat a delicious breakfast and break down camp. A quick morning ride will round out our weekend before we head back to the airport. We’ll drop you off at noon for your flights (make sure you leave enough time to go through security). We’ll say goodbyes and hope to see you again! TOTAL MILEAGE: 5-10 miles
We will be without vehicle support during many sections of the ride. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventures. This area has cacti and occasionally thorns.
Riding Surface: Mostly singletrack. Includes packed sediment, some rocky and sandy sections and smooth dirt sections.
Overall Rating: Introductory-Intermediate Singletrack
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Altitude: 1,000 - 4,000 feet
For travel logistics and a packing list, please download the complete trip itinerary.