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Activity
Road Cycling
Destination
Arizona
Tour Length
5 days, 4 nights
Accomodations
Lodge-Based
Guide Type
Self Guided
Difficulty
Moderate to Advanced

With over 300 days of sunshine and incredible scenery, Scottsdale is perfect for exhilarating road cycling, including long scenic rides and challenging climbs to beautiful desert views. This cycling trip through the Sonoran Desert around Scottsdale and Cave Creek, Arizona, is tailored to each traveler and incorporates the best cycling routes in the area, offering daily lengths from 28-68+ miles.

Available November 1 – April 15.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Personal orientation on Day 1 with expert staff to go over your route book, bike set up and cover the days ahead
  • Luggage transfers Day 1 and 5
  • 4 nights lodging at CIVANA Carefree – double occupancy, breakfast daily (lunch and dinner on own)
  • Gloves, helmet, clipless pedals upon request (with bike rental)
  • Detailed route book with maps, cue sheets, suggestions for stops, water, restaurants and more
  • Garmin Touring GPS
  • Telephone support throughout the trip

Not Included ​​​​​​​

Upgrades + Additions

Solo Accommodations Upgrade – $359 pp

All accommodations are shared occupancy by default. Purchase this upgrade to have a room to yourself.

Accommodations Upgrade to the Boulders Resort

  • $1699 pp with 2 participants
  • $1599 ppwith 4 participants
  • $1579 pp with 6 participants
  • Solo Accommodations Upgrade (Boulders): $1085

No solo travelers, this option is for a single room while traveling with your group.

Gear Rental

Bike rental is available through AOA.

Rent A Bike For Your Trip

Other Additions

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2018 Rates

  • 2 participants $ 819 pp 819
  • 4 participants $ 799 pp 799
  • 6 or more participants $ 749 pp 749

*We cannot accommodate solo travelers on self-guided trips. Prices are based on your trip starting on Sunday. Possible increased costs for trips that start on other days of the week.

*We cannot accommodate solo travelers on self-guided trips. Prices are based on your trip starting on Sunday. Possible increased costs for trips that start on other days of the week.

Do you have five minutes to save $25? Use the promo code 25for5 at checkout and get $25 per person off your trip price when you take 5 minutes to complete your guest profile and sign your waiver! Profiles and waivers are due no later than 1 week after booking to cash in on this promotion!

See our Promos & Discounts page for a list of multi-day trip promotions that may apply!

Dates

1555372800

Select Month

This tour is available November 1 – April 15 upon request.

How to reserve your self-guided trip:

One of the benefits of going self-guided is that your travel dates are dependent only on you. We are able to offer this trip at your convenience during the specified season. Please discuss your preferred travel dates with our staff upon inquiry.

Bike group rides desert road on road cycling trip

12:00pm, Upon arrival at the AOA/Pure Adventures rental and tour center in Scottsdale, one of our experts will review your Route Book and resort reservations in detail. After getting to know you and the cycling tour you are looking for, they may suggest customized rides or activities to enhance your week. AOA will then provide a brief bike setup and collect your luggage (changing room available) before you set off on a classic local’s ride to the charming town of Carefree, AZ. When you arrive at your resort you will find your luggage waiting for you at the bell stand. Enjoy your first night relaxing, watching a phenomenal Arizona sunset over dinner on the hotel’s patio or at one of AOA’s restaurant recommendations.

Cycling

28 miles (Standard Route Distance), 1,600+ ft elevation gain

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

CIVANA Carefree

Bike group rides desert road on road cycling trip

Get ready for one of the most beautiful and most challenging rides of the program. This ride takes you northeast into the wild Sonoran Desert to destination you may not expect: a lake! In a few brief pedal strokes, you will find yourself away from the sounds of civilization, ascending over a cactus-laden hill into a wide ravine shadowed by towering giant saguaros. Watch out for Whiptail Lizards scampering off the roadside as you negotiate the high speed descents. What goes down, must come… ready to tackle a few climbs. Once you arrive at Bartlett Lake, head to Rattlesnake Cove for a refreshing swim or simply refuel at the Marina shop. If you are still craving a challenge, not a problem! Today is a great day to extend your ride and AOA knows all of the nearby extended route options. Don’t burn all of your energy though, because tonight is a great opportunity to let loose with the cowboys in nearby Cave Creek.

Cycling

42 miles (Standard Route Distance); 4,200+ ft elevation gain

Meals

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

CIVANA Carefree

There are two options available for today.

Option 1

For those seeking a longer, more challenging day, head out “around the mountain” on a 67-mile route with 3,300 feet of elevation gain. This route will go around the McDowell Mountains through Fountain Hills offering an amazing view over Four Peaks Wilderness area, the Verde River Valley, including a nice 9 mile downhill section to give you a break.

Option 2

For those seeking something short and sweet, we recommend riding to the Toms Thumb Trailhead and back to your resort. Closer to 30 miles round trip, this option allows for a section of hiking, too, if you want to bring along hiking shoes in a backpack. The Toms Thumb trail is a spectacular hike high above the Phoenix metro area which offers views in all directions for many miles.

For the afternoon, save time for spa services or soaking in the pools back at the resort!

Cycling

30-67 miles; 1,600+ ft elevation gain

Meals

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

CIVANA Carefree

Today you will head westward to ride some sections that are popular with the local roadies along with older, classic routes. Today is all about the miles. During the ride you will see some of the suburban and rural coming together as the city encroaches on the rural ranches and former homesteads of this wild west region. Nearby Cave Creek is a combination of town and country, biker and cowboy and many artists- the ambiance eclectic and unique. We can add or subtract miles to today’s ride, according to your goals.

Cycling

58 miles (Standard Route Distance); 2,000+ ft elevation gain

Meals

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

CIVANA Carefree

Today is departure day! We include a luggage transfer back to our offices so you can get one last ride in before departing. The ride is mostly downhill into Scottsdale, but we mix in a few climbs and opportunities to enjoy the Sonoran Desert scenery along the way. Upon arrival back at the AOA/Pure Adventures rental and tour center you may change clothes and gather your things for departure.

Cycling

37 miles (Standard Route Distance); 1500+ ft elevation gain

Meals

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own