Best Easy Mountain Bike Ride - 2010
Wanna get your tires dusty without blowing out a lung or risking your neck? Try the tame but fun loop trails of Papago Park, centrally located on the borders of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Access the trailheads from the parking lot on the west side of Galvin Parkway, just across from the entrance to the Phoenix Zoo. Begin on the 2.7-mile Elliot Ramada Loop and head toward the buttes. Much of this trail is kid-friendly — rolling, sandy, wide single-track without the need for technical skills. Be sure to intersect with the Double Butte Loop, 2.3 miles, which offers gentle up-and-downs around a butte and past the stone amphitheater visible from McDowell Road. Numerous other trails criss-cross the park, allowing bikers a relaxing cruise through the desert or the chance to try something more challenging.