Bike Sierra Vista

2016-adventure-guide-ovg-cover-image-only-for-websiteHop in the saddle—the bicycle saddle—and explore southeast Arizona. Whether your bike has skinny tires or knobby ones, or you ride astride a single-speed cruiser or a speedy racer, Sierra Vista is the place to start your bicycle adventure.

Sierra Vista loves bicycling—and bicyclists! Click here to learn about our Bike-Friendly Business program and participating businesses.

Download the Sierra Vista Adventure Guide to learn more about visiting Sierra Vista, or click here to check out the Visit Sierra Vista website.

Road Cycling

Four cyclists on multi-use pathRoad cyclists looking for long, winding roads with low traffic can’t beat the stretches of asphalt in and around Sierra Vista. Whatever direction you ride, you’ll find a constantly changing landscape and expansive mountain views along the way. And with the promise of good eats in every town (about 30 miles apart) you can grab a bite then pedal on.

Download the Bicycle & Multi-Use Path Map, showing paved paths and marked bicycle lanes in and around Sierra Vista, plus several loop rides through Cochise County.

Favorite Road Rides

Old Bisbee Tombstone CanyonThe Bisbee Loop (60.8 miles) circles from Sierra Vista through this historic copper mining town that saw its boom in the 1880s. Bike friendly and funky, Bisbee is known for its many art galleries, upscale and down-home eateries and coffee houses, and independent specialty shops. Touristy? Maybe. But definitely groovy and a great place to roll into after the grunt up Highway 80, gaining 1,564 feet from the San Pedro River on Highway 90. The descent into Bisbee passes through Mule Pass Tunnel, which can (and should) be avoided by bicyclists; take North Old Divide Road a half-mile before the tunnel entrance. After refueling, loop back to Sierra Vista via Highway 92 for breathtaking views of the Huachuca Mountains, rolling grasslands, and the tiny communities of Palominas and Hereford.
Coronado National MemorialThe ride to Coronado National Memorial is a 16-mile up-and-back trip for road bikes and hybrids. If you start at Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive, you’ll find weekend parking for your vehicle at the Huachuca Mountain Elementary School or the United Methodist Church. With a bike lane connecting to Ramsey Canyon Road, St. Andrews/Equestrian Trail is a bike-friendly starting point and fairly flat (with a few speed humps along the way). Take a left at Ramsey Canyon Road to connect to Highway 92. The short incline is rewarded with a big decline into a dip just before another climb into Hereford. Here, you’ll find a convenience store and a couple of restaurants: Ricardo’s for Mexican (tasty and affordable) and Pizzeria Mimosa for upscale Italian (with locally sourced produce and house-made mozzarella). Enjoy the tree-lined, rolling hills south of Hereford, then turn right onto Coronado Memorial Drive and start the slow incline to the Visitor Center (5 miles). From here, you can enjoy the picnic tables and walking trails, or continue riding to Montezuma Pass (gravel road), gaining about 1,500 feet in elevation in 3 miles. Coronado Memorial Road offers access to several great off-road trails for hiking or mountain biking: the easy Coronado Peak Trail, moderate Joe’s Canyon Trail, and Yaqui Ridge and Crest trails (both rated “difficult”). Yaqui Ridge drops down to the U.S./Mexico border and marks the southern terminus for the 800-mile Arizona Trail.
Wagon pulled by two horses on Allen Street in TombstoneThis 47.3-mile loop takes you to “The Town Too Tough to Die.” Founded in 1879 as a mining town, Tombstone became famous for the gunfight at the OK Corral. Now, see live street theater, shops and restaurants in the historic buildings.

Start at Highway 90 and Charleston Road, riding east on Charleston for 16 miles to Tombstone. Charleston Road outside of Sierra Vista narrows with stingy shoulders, but traffic is low volume and visibility is good, and the ride is reasonably smooth with some rough spots. Six miles east of Sierra Vista, the road descends to the San Pedro River through generally rolling terrain. The last mile is a steep descent, then a short, very steep uphill entry into Tombstone. Your reward is a feast of sights, sounds, and flavors the Old West. Get your fill, then head south onto Highway 80. Ride for 12 miles to the intersection with Highway 90; turn right (west) onto Highway 90 and ride to 15 miles into Sierra Vista.

Two bicyclists on multi-use pathFor in-town cruising at its best, ride the paved paths that criss-cross Sierra Vista. Nearly 30 miles of paths take you off of busy streets and along washes and open areas for easy rides for all skill and fitness levels. Some favorite routes are the Path to Higher Education in the Cochise College/University of Arizona area, the Fitness/Water Cycle loop (5 miles) between Buffalo Soldier Trail and Avenida Cochise, and the Cochise-Vista Trail along Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and through Veterans Memorial Park. Don’t forget your camera!

Mountain Biking

Mountain bicyclistsMountain bikers can find miles of single track trails in the Huachuca Mountains, just a short ride from your hotel along multi-use paths or signed bike lanes. One of the most popular jumping on points is along Ramsey Canyon Road at Brown Canyon Ranch. The Brown Canyon Trail gains about 1,900 feet in elevation and connects with the Hamburg Trail, making a nice loop ride; be sure to take the well-traveled jog to avoid the Miller Peak Wilderness Area. Popular with experienced riders, Brown Canyon gets a little gnarly with the elevation gain and rocky terrain, but the reward is breathtaking views and smooth, flatter trails in open areas. A gentler ride is the Perimeter Trail, gaining only 834 feet in an 8.5 mile loop. Start at Carr Canyon Road or Miller Canyon Road, and then head into the hills. At the junction, add Clark Spring/John Cooper to complete the loop and avoid the wilderness area.

Download the Bicycle Mountain Trail Map, with three favorite trails with elevations.

Bike Rentals

Bicycles at the libraryDidn’t bring a bike? No worries! Borrow one from the Sierra Vista Public Library, or rent one from these bike shops:
M&M Cycling
1301 E. Fry Boulevard
(520) 458-1316

Sun ‘N’ Spokes
156 E. Fry Boulevard
(520) 458-0685