Half-Day Scottsdale Mountain Bike Tour

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Mountain Biking
ArizonaPhoenix, AZScottsdale, AZ
Tour Length
Guide Type
Skill Level
All Levels

Explore the Sonoran Desert surrounding the Phoenix/Scottsdale metro area and get to know the beautiful and rugged landscape on a half-day Scottsdale mountain bike tour with REI. This area, nicknamed the Valley of the Sun, has been designated a “ride center” by the International Mountain Biking association and boasts some of the best mountain biking trails in the Southwest. Our mountain biking day trips can accommodate all skill levels from beginner to expert. Your expert local mountain biking guides will help to make your tour an outstanding experience while you pedal along the trail best suited to you, whether gravel paths or serpentine singletrack, all offering sweeping views of the surrounding Arizona mountain and desert landscape.

​Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced options available.

We came away with a real appreciation of place, some great photos and a sense of accomplishment, having covered 10 miles in our 2 hours of riding.Anne

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Standard mountain bike, helmet, gloves, bottled water & snacks
  • Professional safety-certified mountain 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 $ 300 pp 300 pp
  • 2-3 People $ 150 pp 150
  • 4+ People $ 120 pp 120
  • Groups of 13+ Call to inquire

Prices include a standard front suspension mountain 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

Mountain bike tour group on Arizona desert trail

Our guided half-day mountain bike tours take place in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which offers some of the Valley of the Sun’s best mountain biking trails and best views! Whether you’re looking for easy trail riding or expert technical singletrack, our guides know the trails for you.

Over 2,000 mountain bikers each year choose REI’s all-inclusive guided Scottsdale mountain bike tours! Mountain biking offers a great alternative to hiking in Scottsdale or Phoenix, we provide riders of all levels a afun invigorating trail experience. Enjoy sweeping 70-mile views of the Sonoran Desert as you wind throughout the trails in the McDowell Mountains on one of REI’s high-performance mountain bikes. This adventure will help you sharpen your mountain bike skills and learn about the fascinating plants, animals, and history of the richly diverse Sonoran Desert.

Most of our regularly scheduled mountain 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.

Mountain bike tour group on Arizona desert trail