Tucson boasts some of the best road cycling routes in the country, catering to all skill levels. One of the most popular routes is the Tucson Loop, a 131-mile paved trail that encircles the city. The Loop is perfect for cyclists who want to experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert while enjoying a leisurely ride. The trail takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of Tucson, from the towering cacti of Saguaro National Park to the winding roads of the Catalina Foothills.
But as someone who loves a good challenge, I couldn't resist tackling the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway. The route starts at the base of the mountain and climbs over 6,000 feet to the summit, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape along the way. The climb was challenging, but the views from the top were well worth the effort. I started my climb early in the morning, and as the sun began to rise, the colors of the desert landscape changed before my eyes. The climb took me through different ecosystems, from the low desert to the alpine forest at the summit. The descent was equally thrilling, with winding roads and stunning views of the valley below.