$2799 for 2 people
Bike Rental Included!
October 7th to October 11th, 2015
Average Daily Mileage / 20-25 miles
Ride Level – Beginner (options for more mileage)
Join Arizona Cycling Tours as we grab our road bikes and head north to escape the heat of Tucson while enjoying the breath taking scenery of Sedona and the Grand Canyon. This tour is designed with the beginner in mind, averaging 20-25 miles per day with options of up to 45-50 miles. Imagine cycling among the serene and spiritual red rocks of Sedona. Pedaling your way to a picnic lunch in the heart of this colorful setting. A Pink Jeep Tour will cap off your afternoon, allowing you to get close and personal with the surrounding wilderness. A visit to Sedona is always special but this is just the start of many adventures to come, as we head away from the high desert and into the mountains of Flagstaff. At 6910 ft. elevation, Flagstaff is located in the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest. You will enjoy the vast openness of the land and the crisp mountain air as we pedal out to Mormon Lake, the largest natural lake in Arizona. You’ll have time to check out historic Route 66 and learn about the Native American history that is woven into the culture of this historic railroad town.
But rest up, because the Grand Canyon is on the horizon and there is nothing that compares to the magnificence of this natural wonder which has taken 6 million years to carve. We’ll head into the park where you’ll enjoy a short ride on the rim’s bike path out to the South Kaibab Trailhead, before being awed by one scenic overlook after another as we hike along the trail on the South Rim. Don’t worry, we’re not going down into the canyon. We’ll save that for the next trip! After you soak up as much of the beauty and wonderment as possible of this indescribable monument to time, we’ll call it a day and head back to Flagstaff for the evening.
New for this season is the opportunity to see the Grand Canyon from the sky! For an extra fee, you can climb aboard a Papillon Helicopter for the flight of your life over this rugged and picturesque landscape. Papillon Helicopter Tours charges $179 per person for the half hour North Canyon Tour, which flies into the deepest sections of the Canyon. (This is not included in the base package price of $2679 per couple)
The Chaparral Inn Suites – Scottsdale – Experience the beauty and the hospitality of the southwest when you arrive in Arizona and the Chaparral Inn Suites of Scottsdale. The Inn is the perfect place to kick off our adventure, providing a location where you can sit back and relax, energizing yourself for the days ahead. Or, you can head over to Old Town Scottsdale to explore the incredible assortment of galleries, shops and restaurants which are nearby.
The Arroyo Roble Hotel – Sedona – The Arroyo Roble is located in uptown Sedona. This family owned and run establishment will pamper you with service that goes beyond the expected as you enjoy the many amenities such as the whirlpool, steam room, sauna, game room, and more. The location allows you close access to all the shops and restaurants while still offering mind boggling views of the one of a kind glowing landscape that is Sedona. It is impossible to describe the beauty and serenity that permeates the atmosphere here. It must be experienced to be appreciated because no words that I write can do it justice.
The Marriott Fairfield Inn – Flagstaff The Marriott Fairfield Inn is located just off Route 66 near historic downtown Flagstaff. Comfort and elegance await you at one of Flagstaff’s finest hotels featuring spacious contemporary rooms with luxury amenities. Enjoy the outdoor heated pool or spa after your ride, but don’t get too comfortable, as you’ll probably want to head into downtown Flagstaff to check out the local micro brews or choose from an array of tantalizing restaurants.
- All accommodations from Wednesday through Saturday of your tour week.
- Cannondale Hybrid or Road Bicycle (call for sizing availability)
- All ground transportation, upon your arrival, including a hotel shuttle from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to The Chaparral Inn Suites in Scottsdale and a return shuttle (by us) to Sky Harbor on Sunday at noon.
- All baggage transportation
- All meals are included for the tour except for one dinner (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners)
- Entry into Red Rock State Park
- Entry into Grand Canyon National Park
- Pink Jeep Tour of Sedona
- SAG support vehicles including mechanical support, water, energy food and snacks
- Maps and cue sheets handed out at the morning orientation
- Group leaders with one purpose — making your time in Arizona extraordinary!
Old Town Scottsdale – Take a walk through Old Town Scottsdale and get the flavor of the old west. Not only are there an amazing variety of shops and restaurants, but the history of the area and the deep roots many of these establishments have, is truly fascinating. Be sure to check out the Olive trees that date back to 1896. They were planted to enclose a 40 acre orange grove. The oranges are long gone but the Olive trees are going strong and a reminder of Scottsdale’s agricultural past.
Sedona – Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona is well known for its awe inspiring red buttes and monoliths that tower out of the surrounding and lush Coconino National Forest. Although uniquely inspiring through pictures, Sedona is a place that must be experienced up close and personal to truly appreciate the rugged beauty this land has to offer. It is believed by many people that the region of Sedona contains a concentration of vortexes which are spots that release psychic energy or power from the Earth.
Red Rock State Park – Red Rock State Park, in Sedona, is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat provides the setting and the opportunity for the park to offer a focus on environmental education.
Mormon Lake – The name of the lake commemorates Mormon settlers who arrived here in the 1870s and founded several dairy farms in the area. The lake itself, is intermittent and only 10 ft at its deepest. It covers 12 square miles when full, making it the largest natural lake in Arizona. It is fed from the rain and snow melt in the nearby mountains.
Flagstaff – Flagstaff is located on the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, just south of the San Francisco Peaks, the highest mountain range in Arizona. The city is named after a Ponderosa Pine flagpole made by a scouting party from Boston to celebrate the United States Centennial on July 4, 1876. Located on Route 66, this historic railroad town is a key destination for people seeking the adventure and natural beauty of the American West.
Grand Canyon National Park – It began as a river flowing over the Colorado Plateau, requiring millions of years of carving and sculpting to form this jaw dropping fissure through earth and time. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, embracing its visually stunning and colorful landscape, one is left at a loss of words to describe the overwhelming immensity of its size and grandeur. Simply, there is no other place like it on earth.
Pink Jeep Tours of Sedona – To see Sedona from off the beaten path, you’ll be joining the infamous Pink Jeep Tours for some of the most talked about off-road adventures the southwest has to offer. Be prepared to view things from a slightly different perspective as the guides at Pink Jeep take you on a truly memorable tour of the red rocks. of Sedona.
Optional (Additional Fee) – Papillon Helicopter Tours – You will have the option of taking the Papillon Helicopter North Canyon Tour on Saturday Morning before entering Grand Canyon National Park. The extra charge for this incredible experience would be $179 per person. This half hour tour takes guests through the central region of the Grand Canyon where it is most diverse. Enjoy breath taking views of the mighty Colorado River, the Tower of Ra and Dragon Corridor as you fly towards the north rim.
A typical Arizona Cycling Tours day starts with a leisurely breakfast at a specialty resort or inn where you stayed the previous night. After enjoying that second cup of coffee, we’ll pack up the van and head out for the beginning of the day’s ride. As we shuttle to our starting point, we’ll go over the plan for the day, including handing out maps or cue sheets as needed. If today is Friday, we’ll be meandering our way up to Flagstaff, checking out the infamous Oak Creek Canyon as we go. Another natural wonder that has taken millions of years to develop. It has been described as the little brother of the Grand Canyon because of its scenic beauty and the height of its canyon walls. A series of steep hairpin turns will bring us atop the Mogollon Rim and into Flagstaff.
We’ll head out on today’s ride from Flagstaff, rolling southeast out of town towards Morman Lake. You’ll enjoy the large expanses of open land and the aroma of acres of ponderosa pine surrounding you. We’ll be enjoying lunch at the end of today’s ride at the Morman Lake Steakhouse and Saloon. After the well deserved refueling, you can choose to shuttle back to town or double up your mileage by riding back to Flagstaff.
Once you are settled into your rooms and you have had a chance to relax, the town of Flagstaff awaits! This is the night you are on your own for dinner and it will give you the opportunity to experience Flag (as called by locals). We’ll give you plenty of guidance on what will best satisfy your cravings and/or your entertainment desires. Perhaps you prefer a quiet dinner after a planetarium visit or maybe you’d rather rock out to a local Flag favorite. Either way, it will be a great ending to a fun filled day.
Total Days of Tour – 5
Total Days Riding – 4
Total Cycling Mileage (shortest mileage) – 80
Total Cycling Mileage (longest mileage) – 135
Average Mileage per Day (short) – 20-25 miles
Average Mileage per Day (long) – 40 miles
Group Size – 8 to 10 riders
Of Course, The SAG van is always available!