Mountain Bike America Arizona  by Paul Beakley

Mountain Bike America: Arizona Guide Book

by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)
Mountain Bike America Arizona  by Paul Beakley
From the low desert to the high peaks, from rolling midlands to red slickrock, Arizona offers some of the finest, most diverse mountain biking in the world. A year-round riding season and a staggering array of trails make Arizona a destination for mountain bikers from every corner of the globe. The state is also the home and training ground for some of the most accomplished riders you'll ever meet. Included are comprehensive trail descriptions, quality maps detailing each ride; route profiles show the ups and downs of each ride; detailed directions to get to the ride; mile-by-mile directional cues, difficulty ratings, elevation gain, trail content, local information, and much more.

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Trails from the "Mountain Bike America: Arizona" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 43.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 43.

The northern foothills of the Santa Catalinas are a birdwatching paradise. Any given morning will bring roadrunners, quail, red tailed hawks, gray cardinals, red cardinals, woodpeckers, Harris hawks…m ...
Oro Valley, AZ - Mountain Biking
The singletrack is a fairly tame climb at first, but it gets progressively steeper the higher you go. Feel free to bail out at any of the crossings over the forest road that goes to the top of the mou ...
Williams, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.3
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The Brown Canyon Trail is a local cycling favorite. Not deadly hard but not a creampuff ride either, Brown Canyon Trail begins with a fairly steep grind up a gravel road. It’s only a mile and a half, ...
Sierra Vista, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.3
"Buena Vista” means “nice view” in Spanish, and this ride is packed with plenty of buena vistas. The Buena Vista Trail, a central piece of the White Mountain Trail System, loops within a triangular se ...
Show Low, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.4
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Camp Beale Loop can be ridden clockwise or counterclockwise. Clockwise, the climb up to the top of the hill is longer but less brutally steep; but the reward is many switchbacks and a shorter, but ste ...
Kingman, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.3
North Mountain Preserve is a very popular destination for bikers, hikers, and equestrians from across the Valley. Nestled right in the middle of Phoenix, the park is surrounded by neighborhoods. There ...
Phoenix, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 21.2
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The Rincon Mountains rise over Tucson’s easternmost marches. Not as well publicized as the impressive Catalina Mountains to the north, the Rincons are a rolling, rugged range laced with a network of r ...
Tucson, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.8
Way, way south, just minutes north of the Mexican border, there’s an endless maze of old mining roads, active and inactive mines, and ghost towns from the days before our national borders were so well ...
Tucson, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14
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Views of the Mazatzals from any point on this ride are breathtaking. The only man-made structure on the entire ride is the Excursion Mine on FS 193. It’s private property, a scattering of water tanks ...
Payson, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 18
The West Valley is a mystery to many mountain bikers. The excellent riding in the East Valley, and the critical mass of riders at Arizona State University and Tempe in general, keep many riders from v ...
Goodyear, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.6
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Gila Mountain is now a favorite training loop for mountain bike racers, triathlon soldiers, and adventure cyclists of all stripe. At 27 miles long, it’s a multi-hour grind guaranteed to keep your hear ...
Yuma, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 27.6
Once done with the walking tour, cyclists can pedal across the grassy slopes of Santa Rita’s eastern reaches, across rolling foothills, into and out of stream beds, and into forests of oak and juniper ...
Tucson, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 18.5
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Granite Basin is Prescott’s “urban” outdoors area. Just 15 minutes away from the town square, the area offers more than 20 miles of interlocking singletrack loops. It’s a hidden gem for riding clubs f ...
Prescott, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
Cutting Arizona in half like a massive tectonic scar is the Mogollon Rim. The rim is in fact the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, upon which much of northern Arizona rests. While the Mogollon Ri ...
Payson, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length:
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Within five minutes of downtown Payson, the Houston Mesa Horse Camp Trails comprise a network of bermed, smooth singletrack, ultra-rocky jeep roads, and walking paths. The network is fairly new, hav ...
Payson, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.8
The Indian Spring Trail 627 was built by the Forest Service in the mid-1990s with mountain bikes in mind. The trail is immaculately groomed, with shallow berms on the turns and fun little hops here an ...
Eagar, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.6
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The Los Burros trail begins at the Los Burros Campground, 7,900 feet up, and climbs to 8,300 feet. Cool to cold year-round, this is the White Mountain area’s must-ride adventure. The ride starts out w ...
McNary, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.8
Riding through the Laguna Mountains is like riding across one of the more unpleasant circles of Dante’s Inferno. The landscape is bleak and barren, yet starkly beautiful. Single blooming ocotillos spr ...
Yuma, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.9
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Back in the late 1890s (no, that’s not a typo) members of the Coconino Cycling Club rode the Moqui Stage Route in eight to twelve hours—on singlespeeds! Bicycles of this era were heavy, painful contra ...
Flagstaff, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 70.3
Riding-wise, Mormon Mountain consists of a fairly tame, if long, middle-ring climb up to 8,500 feet, and a singletrack switchback that almost anyone can blast down with some speed. The upper reaches o ...
Flagstaff, AZ - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.6
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