3-Day Arizona Mountain Bike Tour

From $795 See Rates

Mountain Biking
ArizonaSonoran Desert
Tour Length
3 days, 2 nights
Guide Type
Beginner to Advanced

On this three day Arizona Mountain Bike Tour you will ride fun, rolling mountain bike trails with amazing views of the most lush desert in the world and magnificent mountain ranges surrounding you. Nobody knows Arizona’s central Sonoran Desert better than the guides who live and ride here. During rest breaks, your guide will share some local knowledge of the area. AOA offers options to rent some of the best mountain bikes in the industry, making it easy to travel unencumbered.

Highlights of this trip include a remote basecamp retreat packed with amenities, incredible views and fabulous mountain bike trails that can accommodate fit novices and experts alike. Winter and spring offer the perfect mild-moderate temperatures for miles of riding. If we have had a rainy winter, expect seas of vibrant wildflowers during the spring!

...As an experienced mountain biker from Europe I didn't know what to expect - was blown away by the variety of desert trails which are suitable for all levels of MTB experience...Clive

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • 2 nights camping at AOA Basecamp
  • Round-trip ground transportation from Scottsdale host hotel
  • Basecamp Group Gear (personal mess kit, kitchen equipment, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 3
  • Water and snacks
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder-certified guides/mechanics.

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • McDowell Mountain Regional Park entry fee
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve commercial and entry fees

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Scottsdale/Phoenix
  • Pre- and post-trip lodging
  • Airport transfers (available through our host hotel)
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3
  • 4-Person Basecamping Tent (available to rent)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent)
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent)
  • Bike and helmet (available to rent)
  • Bike shipping/building/packing/tuning
  • Personal cycling kit
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Gear Rental

  • 4-Person Basecamping Tent ($45 per)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($25 per, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($25 per bag/set)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($15 per pack)
  • Bike rental is available through AOA
Rent A Bike For Your Trip

Other Additions

A bike and helmet are not included with the cost of this trip.

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).



  • TOUR PRICE $ 795 pp 795 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 7 pp* 7 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

Mountain Bike Rentals

  • Standard Mountain Bike $ 90 90
  • Performance Mountain Bike $ 190 190
  • Performance Mountain Bike $ 265 265
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*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

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Camping tent beside Arizona desert cactus on mountain bike tour

11:00am – After meeting our guides and fellow bike riders at our Scottsdale host hotel, we transfer by van to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and enjoy a short orientation and picnic lunch before getting ready to ride. As soon as our bikes are set and our lunch is settled we set out to enjoy the fun and fast gradual downhill of the east slope of the McDowell Mountains.The landscape here is an otherworldly jumble of massive rough-hewn granite boulders. This area features well maintained non-technical mountain bike trails and allows everyone to focus on building their desert riding skill set, watching out for cactus, and learning about the unique environment we are traveling through. At trail’s end we roll into our well-appointed private basecamp. Bordered by Tonto National Forest to the east and the McDowell Mountains to the west, relax with a cold drink beneath giant cacti and unobstructed views of several rugged mountain ranges. As the setting sun turns the surrounding mountains shades of purple and pink, enjoy a healthy and delicious meal prepared by your guides.

Mountain Biking

16 miles on smooth rolling singletrack


Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included



Camping tent beside Arizona desert cactus on mountain bike tour
Rocks and cacti in front of Arizona desert rock formation

Rise and shine! Day 2 of your Arizona Mountain Bike Tour will be in the northern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in an area historically known as “Brown’s Ranch.” There are over 100 miles of pristine desert trails to enjoy here. Originally carved by the motocross community, the trails have been restored by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and are now off-limits to dirt bikes and electric mountain bikes as well. They vary from mild to wild, offering exciting flowy riding for riders from beginner to expert. The landscape here is made up of huge granite boulders and punctuated on all sides with the desert’s most recognizable cactus, the mighty Saguaro. We’ll take intermittent breaks for photo ops and to enjoy the view so that on the trail you can focus on the whoopty-doos and nicely carved turns.

Mountain Biking

20-33+ miles on tight undulating singletrack. Smooth trail surface. Options for various difficulties.


All meals included; breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail, dinner at camp.



Rocks and cacti in front of Arizona desert rock formation
Mountain bike tour group on Arizona desert trail

Imagine a trail system created just for mountain bikes, the competitive track at McDowell Mountain Regional Park is that place. Originally built to serve as the home for the Cactus Cup race, Specialized Bikes provided significant support in the development of this track, which resulted in professionally hand-crafted trails that twist and flow across miles of expertly designed one-way loop trails chiseled out of beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape. With a time out for lunch and skill building on McDowell’s fun pump track, today’s twisting, turning berms, dips, jumps and straightaways will make your spirit shine. By late afternoon we will be back in Scottsdale to say goodbye to a fabulous weekend of singletrack.

Mountain Biking

20+ miles on tight undulating singletrack. Rocky mixed trail surface.


Breakfast and lunch included; breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail


On your own tonight

Mountain bike tour group on Arizona desert trail

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Comforts of Home

Electricity: During this trip there will be limited access to electricity. We recommend bringing a portable battery pack to charge your phone for photos.

Showers: This trip offers hot showers a short 5 minute van ride from camp.

Minimum Age: 12
Max Group Size: 12

Rides & Camping

On this trip we camp in a public campground that provides the best access to the area’s world-class singletrack. We select sites with the best privacy, but we may have other travelers as neighbors. Mountain biking in the desert can have a learning curve but most riders soon adjust to the loose sandy corners and persistent sun exposure. We’ll ride some of the areas best trails on this trip, so expect to share the trail with local riders.

Trip Ratings

Fitness 3.5 | Comfort 2.5 | Solitude 4 | Guest Participation 2