Meet your guides and fellow trip members in the lobby of our host hotel this morning. We?ll meet one another, do a trip orientation, then transfer to our lodging for tonight, and begin our first ride of the trip, riding directly from our hotel to Fountain Park, where the town?s namesake water feature shoots water almost 600 feet in the air (one of the tallest fountains in the world). After enjoying the quiet rolling streets of Fountain Hills, we ride out into the gorgeous Sonoran Desert, along the banks of the Verde River, and into McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Once back at our hotel, there will be time to check-in, relax, enjoy the hotel?s spa or pools before a group dinner at the family-owned Tuscany-inspired restaurant right on property. Lunch and dinner included.
Cycling: 53 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +3,188'/-3,179'; Van transfer 25 minutes
Today we join the locals in celebrating Silent Sunday at South Mountain Park, a day blissfully free of vehicular traffic on this popular summit drive. If the twists and turns of the summit road up to 2,330? overlooking the city isn?t your style, detour along the flatter but equally scenic San Juan Road, which lets you enjoy a more casual ride between two mountain ranges. We descend to the Farm at South Mountain to enjoy a local farm-to-table lunch set in a pecan grove. After lunch, we transfer south to Tucson, a bike-friendly community set in the heart of southern Arizona?s most dramatic mountain ranges. After checking in, we?ll settle in to our hotel for the next three nights before gathering for a dinner on property. All meals included.
Cycling: 33 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +2,108'/-2,108'; Van transfer 2.5 hours
This morning we'll have breakfast together where we'll take in stunning views of the Catalina Mountains. Once we're properly fueled, we?ll begin our ride right from the hotel, utilizing the popular Loop multi-use path through town and along the Santa Cruz River. We climb Gates Pass and descend into the heart of Saguaro National Park, where nearly 2 million saguaro cacti thrive, the densest population in the world. We enjoy lunch at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; part garden, part museum, and part native wildlife zoo, this well-kept secret will be one of the highlights of your trip. We?ll have lunch at the museum?s on-site restaurant, followed by a choice to enjoy the afternoon exploring the museum, or do all or part of the return ride back to the hotel. We'll have time this evening to clean up and relax a bit before meeting back up with the group to enjoy dinner together at a local favorite restaurant serving a du jour menu.
Cycling: 56 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +2700'/-2700'
All meals are on your own today to allow maximum flexibility in choosing your own breed of adventure! Options include: a casual ride through the beautiful Catalina State Park, a challenging climb to the Mt. Lemmon summit, or lace up your boots and hike to the beautiful Maiden Pools of Ventana Canyon. For those interested in a change of pace, stay on property and relax by the pool or book a well-earned spa service! Breakfast included.
Cycling (Optional): Mount Lemmon: 64 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +6999'/-6999'
Cycling (Optional): Catalina State Park: 29 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +971'/-969'
Hiking (Optional): 4.7 miles; Elevation? gain/loss: 1,312'
This morning we'll eat breakfast together before we check out and head further south into Arizona?s wine country. Today's route will take us through the eastern side of Saguaro National Park, a not-to-be-missed ride local roadies enjoy weekly, before making our way south to remote Sonoita, AZ. The final, optional leg of our ride will find us at the foothills of the Rincon Mountains and? is intended for riders comfortable with a narrow shoulder with moving traffic. It will be a steady climb to the high desert grasslands where vineyards thrive; complete with inspiring desert vistas. After check-in we'll have time to freshen up before enjoying a privately hosted dinner and wine pairing at a local family-owned winery! All meals included.
Cycling: 45 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +2241'/-1709'; Van transfer: 1 hour
Cycling (Optional)??: 76 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +4810'/-4810'; Van transfer: 45 minutes
We?ll wake on our final day in the comfort of Sonoita Inn, and a hand-delivered in-room breakfast, courtesy of our guides. After packing our belongings into the vehicle, we take on our final ride of the journey?straight from our hotel to Parker Canyon Lake. Our route today should provide quiet and solitude as we take in the incredible lush landscape of southern Arizona, replete with hillsides dotted with vineyards. We'll stop at Parker Canyon Lake for a guide-prepared picnic lunch with a view before our return ride to Sonoita. Our guides will load up the bikes and we'll give our tired legs earned recovery time during the drive back to Phoenix. Breakfast and lunch included.
Cycling: 62 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +4221'/-4221'; Van transfer: 3 hours
Cycling (Optional): 33 miles; Elevation gain/loss: +2404'/-1867'; Van transfer: +1 hour