Road Biking Kitt Peak – Best Cycling in Tucson


What The Bike Bandit Says…

“Because it is quite a drive, Kit Peak does not get a lot of cyclists. It’s an intense, fun, great uphill ride that ranks as one of our best road biking rides in all of Tucson. If you are going to drive this far out, do the hill two or three times. I love road biking Kitt Peak.”

Jason, The Bike Bandit Jason, The Bike Bandit


Uphill climbing: Kitt Peak is a serious Tucson road bike ride.

Dificulty: Hard

Average time: 5 to 7 hours depending on your fitness

Ride Mileage: 100+ miles

Climbing Elevation: 4,965 ft

Type of ride: Climb

Road/Mountain: Road


Get ready for a steep climb when road biking Kitt Peak!

ROAD BIKING, TUCSON – Arizona – Kitt Peak is home to one of the world’s largest observatories and it offers some very underrated cycling opportunities.

Kitt Peak: Great Road Cycling Climbs in Tucson

Start from central Tucson and it works out to be a century ride. The actual climb up Kitt Peak is only 12 miles long. Many cyclists start at the bottom of Kitt Peak and road bike it twice. Kitt Peak is one of the best short road bike climbs in Arizona. If you need some great road bike climbing, be thinking of Mount Graham, Mount Lemmon, Madera Canyon, then Kitt Peak.


The 360 degree views at the top of this sacred Native American mountain are well worth the climb. The road is pristine and traffic is very minimal. Bike this on a Sunday and you may not see encounter a single car. Worth noting: cyclists will find that, while not perfect, the roads are in decent shape. Flats are not a big factor here.

For more information on Kitt Peak, click here.

Here is what it is like to bike up Kitt Peak.


Cycle Kitt Peak: Rents and Delivers Road Bikes

Tucson Bike Rentals and Tours at delivers and picks up carbon rental road, mountain, hybrid, kids bikes to all the entire Tucson/Oro Valley/Green Valley metro area. We are the official Tucson, Arizona bicycle guiding and rental arm for the Arizona Bicycle Association at All cyclists receive free helmets and maps.  When cycling Tucson, only rent from the best.

Mountain Bike Tucson! Bike Delivery to Mountain Bike Trails

There is a two rider minimum delivery. Bike for 1 to 5 hours, finish riding and we pick up the bikes! No need to worry about loading mountain bikes in your rental car! Price is generally $100 per bike – depending on location of trailhead. Don’t know where to ride?! offers rides that are beginner, intermediate to advanced. We deliver mountain bikes to Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley and the Southern, Arizona area. We rent top of the line full suspension and hard tailed mountain bikes. Click here!