Whether you’re looking for an easy single-track cruise or wicked rock-fest that will put your technical skills to the test, you’ll find your ideal Scottsdale mountain biking trek in the magnificent Sonoran Desert.

If you’re new to the sport, Scottsdale’s adventure outfitters will set you up with everything you need – from a bike and safety gear to instructions and a knowledgeable guide. For those that prefer to go it alone, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve boasts more than 60 miles of shared-use trails including a route local cyclists call the “Double Bypass,” a 1,600-foot climb over the Windgate and Bell passes. Check out these things to Know Before You Go and look up some of the plants and animals you might see along the way, then get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

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