Get exercise and explore the farthest reaches of your parks on two wheels.
Biking is available through many of our parks, some even offer specialized trails for mountain biking and a variety of skill levels. Options for some of our favorite biking parks are below, but check your parks "Facilities" page for specific information on bike trails and plan accordingly. See you on the trails!
Catalina State Park (Tucson)
Sitting at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains, the park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. The 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons and streams invites camping, picnicking and bird watching — more than 150 species of birds call the park home. The park provides miles of equestrian, birding, hiking, and biking trails which wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. The park is located within minutes of the Tucson metropolitan area. Cycling is permitted on all park trails except Romero Ruin Trail.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood)
Offers a variety of bicycling opportunities for all levels of riders. Beginning road cyclists will find relatively flat paved roads with only a few gentle climbs and large parking areas perfect for practicing basic skills. Beginning mountain bikers will find a place to hone new skills on the trails adjacent to Red-Tail and Cooper's Hawk campgrounds. View a biking video here.
Lost Dutchman State Park (Apache Junction)
The park has 4 miles of dirt mountain bike singletrack at the foot of Superstition Mountain and within the park's boundary. This loop trail — rated beginner to intermediate — traverses the Sonoran Desert, crosses rocky terrain and provides solitude just a short 30 minute drive from the Phoenix Metro area. Bikes can also use the multi-use trails in the Tonto National Forest which are easily accessed from the park. Bikes are not allowed beyond the Wilderness Boundary on the Siphon Draw Trail or above Jacobs Crosscut Trail. In addition, a 1/2 mile hard-packed granite trail leads from the Campground to the Ranger Station.
Oracle State Park (Oracle/Tucson)
From the Kannally Ranch House, access the Wildlife Corridor Trail via the Nature Trail, and head out to the Arizona Trail. Return on the Mariposa Trail from the American Avenue parking lot. Bicyclists can also use designated multi-use paths including theCherry Valley Wash, Kannally Wash, Firebreak Road and Cottonwood Wash.
Red Rock State Park (Sedona)
While most trails in the park are off-limits to bicycles, there is access to several popular Forest Service trails from within the park. The Lime Kiln Trail (above) is located right outside the entrance to the park and there are various trails located outside the park’s east gate. A common route taken by bikers is the 6.2-mile Cathedral Bike Loop, which takes you out of the park via the east gate, down Verde Valley School Road, across Oak Creek (no bridge) and back to the park’s entrance on the Upper Loop Road.