Guidebook

The Flowiest Cross Country Trails in Tucson, Arizona

Pedal miles and miles of flowy cross country trails in Tucson with these top four trail recommendations.

Description

Tucson, Arizona, has played host to the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo endurance race for a staggering 21 years (as of 2020). While 24-hour races are now nearly extinct, 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo just keeps chugging along!

This storied endurance racing legacy has bled over into the greater Tucson mountain biking scene, making Arizona’s second-largest city a destination for professional mountain bikers looking to train in the middle of the winter. With mild temperatures and dry trails through even the coldest winter months, the Sonoran Desert is arguably the best place in the continental United States to escape from the snow and ice.

Consequently, the region is home to an impressive array of singletrack of all levels of technicality. And while there are tons of chunky enduro trails here, you can also find a delightful array of flowy cross country trails that seem to go on for miles and miles.

In this guidebook, we’ve rounded up four of the very best cross country mountain bike rides with an emphasis on smooth, flowy singletrack. Whether you’re an expert XC racer that wants to log an absurd number of miles or a beginner mountain biker looking for some flowy trails to pedal, the four selections in this guidebook should satisfy you either way!

Fantasy Island
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Fantasy Island

18.9 km
169 m
169 m
A classic cross country ride on the southern edge of Tucson
Easy
Private
Sweetwater Preserve Trail System
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Sweetwater Preserve Trail System

16.2 km
207 m
207 m
A classic, scenic desert mountain bike trail with challenging rock sections.
Moderate
Private
Honeybee-X Trails
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Honeybee-X Trails

45.5 km
483 m
483 m
A classic, scenic desert mountain bike trail that is just plain fun to ride for all skill levels.
Easy
Private
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Race Course
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Race Course

26.4 km
337 m
337 m
One of the oldest and largest 24-hour races still in existence.
Moderate
Private