Mountain Biking The Arizona Trail
The Arizona National Scenic Trail is one of the only National Scenic Trails in the country
that encourages mountain bikers to enjoy the adventurous route spanning from border to border.
Much of the trail design was accomplished with consultation from mountain bikers; the trail
was built to International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) specifications; and many of the
volunteers who helped build the trail were members of the mountain biking community.
While mountain bikers are encouraged to explore and enjoy the Arizona Trail, there are a
number of segments that are off limits due to wilderness restrictions. In order to accommodate
the needs of the mountain bike community, we have developed preferred routes around wilderness
areas to retain a trail experience that is consistent with National Scenic Trail values. We
invite your feedback on these routes, and if you have preferred “bike arounds” then please let
us know by emailing us at
Mountain Bike Data BookThe ATA has a special version of the databook that
contains mountain bike specific information. It can be downloaded here.
Mountain Bike MapsThe ATA has created a special set of maps and GPS data
files for mountain bikers. They can be found on this page.
One of the goals of the Arizona Trail Association is to develop a cross-state route for
mountain bikers that:
These goals can only be accomplished with support from the mountain bike community. Please
respect our land management partners by not biking through wilderness areas
or National Parks that restrict bicycle use off paved roads. By working together, we will soon
have an Arizona Trail that satisfies the needs of all trail users.
- Is consistent with National Scenic Trail values
- Limits interaction with motorized users
- Maximizes the trail experience and the remote nature of the Arizona Trail
- Includes more singletrack
And if you want to see more singletrack for mountain bikers integrated into the Arizona
Trail, please join the ATA. Every dollar you give goes into
the development and protection of the trail we all love. Ride on.