High-Sonoran Gravel Bike Tour

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Gravel Biking
ArizonaPhoenix, AZScottsdale, AZ
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Embark on an exhilarating adventure as you explore the Sonoran Desert enveloping the Phoenix/Scottsdale metro area, immersing yourself in the striking and rugged terrain during a half-day gravel biking tour with REI. Known as the Valley of the Sun, this region has earned the title of a designated “ride center” by the International Mountain Biking Association, showcasing some of the finest biking trails in the Southwest. Tailored to accommodate riders from intermediate to expert, our gravel biking excursions provide a unique experience. Accompanied by seasoned local guides, you’ll traverse trails perfectly suited to your preference, whether it be gravel paths or meandering singletracks, all while relishing panoramic vistas of the surrounding Arizona mountains and desert landscape.​

Intermediate. Gravel biking experience recommended.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Performance gravel bike, helmet, gloves, bottled water & snacks
  • Professional safety-certified gravel biking guide
  • 1:6 guide to guest ratio
  • Park entry fees

What to Bring


Comfortable, weather appropriate athletic clothing – shorts and a t-shirt, long sleeves are recommended on cooler mornings. Guests who have biking specific shorts or jerseys are encouraged to wear them.


Close-toed athletic shoes (sneakers). If you have riding specific shoes that require specific bike pedals, please let us know in advance. We do not rent cycling shoes. Guests are welcome to bring their own pedals if they wish.


Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.

Upgrades + Additions

Hotel/Residence Pick Up

$250 per group – inquire over the phone

Private Tour Upgrade Fee

$200 per group. No other parties may add to your tour. We can schedule private tours any day of the week.


Bike Rental Upgrade

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).


  • 1 Person $ 360 pp 360 pp
  • 2-3 People $ 180 pp 180
  • 4 People $ 144 pp 144
  • Groups of 4+ Call to inquire

Prices include a performance gravel bike.

Tours, rentals, and add-ons may be subject to sales tax at the local rate.

Days & Times

Tour Days

Tours run daily Monday – Sunday

Departure Times

Tours start at 8am, 11:30am, and 3pm
Activity duration: 2-3 hours


Our guided half-day gravel bike tours take place in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which offers some of the Sonoran Desert’s best biking trails and best views! Over 2,000 bikers each year choose REI’s all-inclusive guided Scottsdale mountain and gravel bike tours!

With both intermediate trail riding and expert technical riding options, our guides know the trails for you. Enjoy sweeping 70-mile views of the Sonoran Desert as you wind throughout the trails in the McDowell Mountains on one of REI’s performance or high-performance gravel bikes, and enjoy learning about the fascinating plants, animals, and history of the richly diverse Sonoran Desert. Whether you’re looking to hone your gravel biking skills or looking crush some miles, we’ve got you covered!

Most of our regularly scheduled gravel bike tours take place at Fraesfield Trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve but we are able to arrange tours at other locations if you inquire in advance.