Sedona Arizona Desert Winter Mountain Biking Tour

Medium, Challenging
8 - 20
 daily miles
Hilly, Very hilly
Meals, Lodging
/ Person / In Group
While your local trails are snow covered, join us for Saguaros, sunshine, Sedona and single track! Our trip begins in the Sonoran Desert with a wide variety of trails to suit intermediate to advanced riders before transferring to Sedona to finish out the week. The number of amazing trails to be found north of Scottsdale, AZ will astound you with over 200-miles of new single track opening in the last 5-years. Winter days often reach 70-degrees and the riding is fast and flowy. Next up we head to Sedona a red rock playground of slickrock, hard packed silt and ledge filled rides. Even better, this all takes place beneath soaring sandstone cliffs and an azure blue sky. Well known by sightseers and new age spiritualists, Sedona is also home to some of the best mountain biking in the country.
Available: November 1 - April 30. This program is both SELF GUIDED / GUIDED and is available in Winter only or according to desert weather. We also offer a Sedona adventure in summer time and can customize Sedona to any time of the year. This trip can also be made fully guided at any time.
Min Group Size
Minimum riders in your group
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2 rider minimum
PersonIn Group
4 rider minimum
Day 1: Arrival - Meet in Scottsdale at AOA-Pure offices 10 am meet in Scottsdale at AOA-Pure offices for bike set up, orientation, and bike carrier install. You will also meet with ... moreyour trip consultant to review all of you planned rides and reservations (arrive by own rental car). On the way to your Resort, get on your bikes and ride! Nearby is the Brown’s Ranch Trail system, a great way to start out and test your bike and skills on the desert terrain. None of the recommended routes are technical, but riding can be from 1-4 hours. Lodging: Carefree Resort Riding: 8-miles +

Lodging in Carefree Resort
Just North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona lies a desert gem, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Here you can embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation. It’s a place of soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the Spa, or simply relax at the pool with a margarita. For couples, families or groups, Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name.
At your leisure, get up and roll out again to the Tom’s Thumb trailhead. From here, you can descend into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and McDowell Mountain Park. You have a nice long ... moredescent but careful, your return is back up the same way! Smooth trails and long rides possible today. 2-4 hours + Lodging: Carefree Resort Riding: 20-miles +
By car, load your bikes up and travel to Spur Cross Ranch in nearby Cave Creek for a slightly more challenging ride with some rockier sections of trail. Another option is to ride Trail ... more100 in central Phoenix which offers great city views in this massive park in the middle of the city. Sections of this trail are also challenging. Count on 2-4 hours of riding today. Lodging: Carefree Resort Riding: 16-miles +
Up early, packed and ready to get to Sedona we have a fantastic ride stop for you on the way! Hit the now famous Black Canyon Trail for an out-and-back ride that includes mostly smooth ... moretrail with a lot of punchy climbs and some hillside overlooks. (1-3+ hours) After your ride, load the bikes and make the 1.5 hour drive to Sedona. Our lodging tonight has been carefully selected in Oak Creek Village, well away from the tourists and T-shirt shops of uptown and right next to some of the area’s best trails. Riding: 12-miles +
After breakfast get ready to ride, but here in Sedona the condition are different and we include a local guide to spend the morning with you. You will be met by our local mountain ... morebike guide who will go over the rides and answer any questions and then adapt the ride for your abilities. For starters and as a warm up for more novice-intermediate riders we recommend the Big Park Loop. Accessed right across the street from our lodge, this short loop is a great introduction to Sedona riding complete with killer views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. After lunch, you can ride on your own with some suggestions from the guide and in your route book. We suggest exploring the ungulate trails: Little Horse and llama. Again, head just across the street and follow the Bell Rock Pathway going North to the beginning of singletrack bliss. Tonight we have you covered with suggestions for some of Sedona’s best post-ride dining experiences. Riding: 12-miles +
Another half day guided ride starts this day; and perhaps this morning we head right out the back of the resort and follow the Templeton Trail as it contours along an incredible slickrock ... morebench at the base of stunning Cathedral Rock. After a steep downhill take a break and stack some rocks or take swim at Buddha Beach before completing the loop. Next up on the opposite side of the creek is the Carroll Canyon Trails with lots of ups, downs, and great views - don’t forget your camera. This evening head into Sedona’s uptown for some of the most distinctive shopping and dining experiences to be found in the Southwest. Galleries and unique shops live in harmony with the natural environment. It would be hard to find more beautiful surroundings anywhere to enjoy an evening on the town.
Riding: 19-miles +
Today you get a final half day guided ride; perhaps a spin beneath Steamboat Rock on the Jim Thompson trail and explore the Soldiers Pass Area? Or another as your guide suggests for ... moreyou. Then, after checkout, have a celebratory lunch in uptown Sedona. After lunch it is a short 1.5 hours south to your bike drop and the Phoenix Airport.
2016 - 22 years in the travel industry, selling adventure tours and supporting local businesses and 12 years with the brand Pure Adventures®! In 2012 Pure Adventures sold our first ... moreand original brand Discover France Adventures (started in 1994 by our owner Loren Siekman) . Pure Adventures grew on its own in order to meet the demand by customers wanting to other destinations around the world and experience similar high quality self guided tours but in other destinations than France. Pure Adventures was just recently awarded a Best Trip Winner by Active Times for 2014; and recognized in 2015 by Outside Magazine
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