The Rillito River Park Trail runs from Craycroft Road to Interstate 10 on both banks of the Rillito River. Since much of it is paved, the trail is ideal for the casual cyclist who wants to avoid motorists.
Saguaro National Park-East Loop (paved). Travel east on Broadway or Speedway Boulevard to Freeman Road (turn right on Freeman Road). Drive south on Freeman Road (4 miles [6.5 kilometers] from Speedway, 3 miles [5 kilometers] from Broadway) to Old Spanish Trail. Turn left on Old Spanish Trail. Drive .25 miles (.4 kilometers) southeast on Old Spanish Trail to the Park entrance on the left side of the road.
Saguaro National Park-West Bajada Loop (unpaved). Travel west on Speedway Boulevard. At the junction of Camino de Oeste, Speedway Boulevard will change names to Gates Pass Road. From this junction, drive 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) west on Gates Pass Road until it ends at Kinney Road (turn right on Kinney Road). Drive 3 miles (5 kilometers) north on Kinney Road to the Park entrance (entrance will be on the right side of the road). This route is not suitable for vehicles over 25 feet in length. From the Visitors Center, get a map of the Bajada Loop which starts just down the road.
Catalina Highway to Mt. Lemmon (paved). See our Mt. Lemmon video. Grant Road to Tanque Verde; left several miles. Catalina Hwy. is the next
signal after Bear Canyon Road signal. Turn left onto Catalina Hwy toward the mountains. 27 miles almost all uphill. Mt. Lemmon summit: 9100' elevation. Almost to summit is Ski Valley and Iron Door Restaurant. Two miles further is Sky Center (astronomy).
More bike trails around Tucson & Southern Arizona can be found on Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists.