“The Loop” Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
“The Loop” Bike Path in Tucson, AZ Has Opened Up So Many Cycling Options For Tucson Cyclists
The Rillito River bike path also known as “The Loop” is a great ride along the river beds of Tucson, AZ. There is a total of 131 miles of paths linking Tucson to its communities.
Pima County and The City of Tucson have been hard at work putting in miles and miles of paths along Tucson river beds. The city has done an amazing job and we are so lucky to have these paths to ride bikes on, walk or run. THANKS TUCSON!
You can ride your bike starting as far east as Craycroft all the way east to I-10 and then south along the Santa Cruz River.
You can get from one end of town east to west or west to east with no traffic or lights. For the most part, both sides of the river have a bike path so it does not matter what side of the river you are on.
The river path system is a great way to get to the various rides within Tucson without having to deal with traffic and lights. It is the safest way on a bike to travel across town.
So as you look at the various bike rides in Tucson on this site, think about using the river path to get you to where you want to go.
To add miles there is an out-and-back section along the Canada del Oro Wash. To check out this section to add miles to the “The Loop” CLICK HERE
Click here for a map of all bike routes in Tucson and The Loop: CLICK HERE
To follow The Loop on Facebook: CLICK HERE
Be careful of walkers and joggers moving at slower speeds. Watch out for walkers who have pets on leashes and avoid getting tangled in any long leash lines.
During heavy rains, the underpasses can be full of sand and debris. On the south side of the loop, there are a couple of underpasses that often close down during heavy rains because the washes are full of water.
Along the route, there are plenty of bathroom and water stops.
Bike Ride Map and Elevation Details
Max elevation: 2936 ft
Min elevation: 2208 ft
Total climbing: 1585 ft
Total descent: -1578 ft