Mountain Biking Arizona: Tucson's Dove Mountain Bike Trails

  • Miles: 15.5
  • High: 158 m
  • Type: Singletrack
  • Low: 709 m
  • Ascent: 158 m
  • Ave/Grade (4°): 2%
  • Descent: -159 m
  • Max Grade (13°): 4%
  • Technically challenging in parts
  • Bike shop nearby: Oro Valley Bicycles
  • Nearest mountain bike rental shop: Oro Valley Bike Rentals and Tours

“A scenic route through Ironwoods and Cholla.”

— Troy Everson on Oct 15, 2014

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Tortolita Preserve – Dove Mountain Trails- Tucson, Arizona Photos

What The Bike Bandit Says About Dove Mountain Bike Trails

“For scenery alone this is a must do ride. Mountain biker traffic is low, but you will see hikers. For those of you who are road cyclists, this area of town is road biking heaven.”

Jason, The Bike Bandit Jason, The Bike Bandit

TUCSON, Arizona – Mountain Biking – You will find the Tortolita Preserve an excellent trail system that is just close to The Ritz Carlton Golf Club. This is a 9.9 mile single track loop of sand that come with a number of hardpack, and rocks plus several semi-technical sections. Great, fun ride on a singlespeed! The trail stretches out to a gorgeous ironwood forest that best looks and seen during the May bloom. You should see metal signs marking the trail and indicating the kinds of trees and cactus, trailhead distance as well as elevation. The ride is esentially compatible with beginner’s mountain bikers. If you decide to proceed with this trailhead, why not try the Honeybee Canyon which around 15 minutes away only. It is best to come with your singlespeed or a hardtail.

Tortolita Preserve: Technically Challenging and Very Scenic!

The trailhead which is part of the ever-growing trail system comes from the Ritz Carlton Golf Club, known as the Wild Burro trailhead. Go to the Dove Mountain Blvd all the way from Tangerine up to the roundabout at the end. Go right, then proceed to the security gate. Just let them know you will be riding the Wild Burro trailhead. There should be enough parking complete with all new facilities. Should you choose this parking, know that the trailhead is located back a little along the golf club’s entrance.

The trail is advanced and technical that comes with some steep climbs and challenging sections. Riders that are already on the intermediate level with good fitness should be able to ride a lot of this system. However, they may get frustrated from the amount of short sections of hiking that they will be required to do. Riders are advised not to try and attempt this during the heat of summer and without plenty of water. You should also be prepared, not for the faint heart. If you are a more accomplished rider, then this could be a great workout, and the more technical sections will keep you occupied for a long time with their idiosyncrasies. Make sure you come along with armor/padding.

These trails open up the South West side of the Tortolitas. You can ride this as a simple out and back from the Ritz. You can also use this to go to the Goat Corral connector trail to get to the North side, or as part of a loop into Cochie Canyon (Bushwhack Trail), or to get to Alamo Spring and back down the Wild Burro trail. Once the Ridgeline Trail is completed, riders should have access to the East side of the Tortolitas as well.

If you’re up for the technical obstacles of this trailhead, you should check out Brown Mountain, Milagrosa and the Mount Lemmon/Aspen Draw trails. You’ll definitely enjoy.

Directions to Tortolita Preserve to Dove Mountain Bike Trails – Tucson, Arizona

Directions: To go to the Preserve trailhead, take Tangerine Rd. to Dove Mountain Blvd then proceed North. You should turn left or west once you are at Moore Road. At the end of the pavement, pass through the gate. Expect the trailhead to be around 100 yards past gate on the right (Google Map). Go straight for another 1.2 miles or so when you want to go to the Wild Burro trailhead. Do not turn left Moore, continue. You’ll see the trailhead pullout on your right.

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