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Biking in Scottsdale

With a maze of mountain trails in scenic desert country, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of the best places for biking in Scottsdale. Mountain bikers can venture into the rocky climbs and rugged terrain of the surrounding Sonoran Desert, but Scottsdale also has a number of fantastic cycling and road biking trails to explore right within the city. Here are five of the best trails for biking in Scottsdale.

Brown’s Ranch Trailhead

With over 120 miles of trails, the pristine desert landscape of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is perfect for beginner mountain bikers. The Brown’s Ranch Trailhead takes you through mellow climbs and gentle descents splashed with vibrant wildflowers and saguaro jutting out from the ground. Work up a sweat while you take in the inspiring desert scenery.

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Granite Mountain Trail

The incredible granite rock formations and panoramic mountain views make the Granite Mountain Trail another beginner favorite. This is one of the best Scottsdale bike trails. Giant saguaro and spindly desert ocotillo plants color the scene, but you might find your eyes perpetually drawn to the breathtaking views of the Mazatzal Mountains and Arizona’s iconic Four Peaks.

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Gateway Trailhead

Looking for more of a challenge? The Gateway Trailhead at the base of the McDowell Mountains offers 3.6 miles of steady, rocky climbs and exhilarating descents perfect for advanced mountain bikers. Surrounded in the towering McDowell Mountains, the views are unparalleled.

National Loop

Just half an hour away from Scottsdale lies South Mountain Park and Preserve in Phoenix. This 16,000 acre park has more than 51 miles of trails to explore, including the popular National Loop. This mountain biking trail is considered the ultimate challenge in the area, topping the bucket lists of advanced, technical riders. A shuttle is available to take you to the top, where you can hit all the trail’s highlights as you descend over 6 miles of rocky terrain.

Mountain Vista Route Offers Great Biking in Scottsdale

For more casual biking in Scottsdale, the area offers a sensational network of trails and greenbelts connecting its parks. The Mountain Vista Route is one of the city’s most recent additions, a self-guided, 2.3-mile bike tour beginning at Main Street and ending at Brown Avenue. The route highlights incredible views of the McDowell Mountains and Camelback Mountain framed by interpretive panels, telling stories of the mountains on display.

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Fort McDowell Adventures

This unique company offers a wide range of activities from kayaking, land and river tours, desert Segway adventures and so many more. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush or something more serene, you’ll find it with Fort McDowell Adventures. You can schedule corporate, special event, retreats, and even wedding parties at Fort McDowell.
14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Road, Scottsdale

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, in the heart of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community houses a tropical rainforest that is home to thousands of butterflies from around the world. In addition to the butterflies, there are several galleries with interactive exhibits, a modern theater, and even educational laboratory spaces. This is a perfect place for a family adventure or even a romantic stroll through the gardens. 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480-800-3000

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a unique railroad park offering a look at the history of the railroad. The park is home to a one-of-a-kind Model Railroad Building, housing a model railroad, four model railroad clubs, and a Magma Arizona Railroad locomotive. This interactive railroad museum offers a variety of objects and artifacts related to the railroad industry including the Roald Amundsen Pullman Car, the Merci Train, and the Model Railroad. The park also has several playgrounds, picnic areas, and a charming antique carousel, making it perfect for visitors of all ages.
7301 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale

Octane Raceway

Octane Raceway is an indoor/outdoor racing venue offering a casual and competitive kart racing for all ages. Octane Raceway features a third-mile track, which winds indoors and outdoors, with European electric race karts that travel up to 45 mph. Visitors can come in, register and race, and their race is scored in a Fastest Lap format. Octane Raceway also caters private and special events such as corporate and team building events and birthday parties. The Raceway also has a Trackside Bar & Grill, and several other entertainment facilities, including a Pit Crew Challenge, bowling alley, a games arcade, and billiards.
9119 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale

Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale

Those with a sweet tooth will love exploring the sweet side of Scottsdale on a guided walking tour that visits all the town’s best chocolate destinations. You’ll visit a variety of chocolatiers and local shops where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the history of this confectionery and how the products are made and sample varieties of the world’s most popular treat, including truffles, hot chocolate, ice-cream, cupcakes, and other baked goods made with or from chocolate and meet the owners and chocolate-makers of some of Scottsdale’s best chocolate stores, while at the same time soaking up the wonderful ambiance of this vibrant town.
4225 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale

Desert Splash Adventures

Desert Splash Adventures is your go-to source for scenic flights over some of Arizona’s most dramatic, breathtaking landscapes, ending in an exhilarating water landing on Roosevelt Lake or Lake Powell. Operated by Island Air Express, Desert Splash Adventures provides an exclusive and unique desert adventure experience from the comfort of a Cessna Caravan Amphibious Seaplane. Highly experienced commercial bush pilots, (who are based in Alaska in the off season), fly the planes, and they guarantee absolute safety throughout the journey. Start your adventure conveniently located near the Scottsdale Airport, in an executive lounge that is a luxurious space to relax before the flight. Desert Splash Adventures also offers a range of other adventures ranging from gourmet brunches on a private island to canyoneering in the magnificent rock formations of the Sonoran wilderness.
15115 N Airport Drive, Landmark Aviation (FBO), Scottsdale