The Friday Cyclotouriste

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Route Map……Saguaro National Park Loop, Tucson

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This is a great after work ride since my day finishes on the east side of town.

The short, very steep descent immediately after you enter the park is a recipe for a wipe-out if you’re not expecting it. (Just beyond the shade in the above image the road plummets and makes a sharp right hand turn at the bottom!)

There’s a parking lot at the Sahuaro Baptist Church on Old Spanish Trail and Houghton, which turns this ride into a short 12-mile loop. Starting the ride at the church means not having to deal with streets like Broadway during the rush hour.

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November 8th, 2011 at 2:41 pm


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  1. I’ve followed the same route that you show on your map. It’s a great ride! I’ve done it a couple of times on the night of a full moon, without lights it’s a doable ride and very pleasant. (As you’ve stated, it’s requisite to be aware of the steep descent and quick right turn at the beginning of the ride).


    8 Nov 11 at 3:14 pm

  2. Do you have to pay the National Park fee if you’re on a bicycle? If so, how much is it?


    8 Nov 11 at 3:51 pm

  3. Jim/ cooool! gotta watch out for rattlesnakes in the road, however. i nearly ran over another one.

    Gary/ i was going to address this in my next post, but the answer (unfortuntaltey) appears to be that bicyclists do have to pay a fee 🙁

  4. Ooh, what a pretty ride that must be. Fee-wise, I like to buy the $80 annual all-park access card… gets you into all the national parks and national monuments (and BLM lands etc), plus paying the money gives me the impetus/excuse to visit more national parks!


    10 Nov 11 at 9:21 am

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