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    Visiting Tucson, looking for trails

    I'll be in Tucson for Thanksgiving visitin' kin-folk, and I'd like to spend every available moment checking out what the area has to offer. Are there any great places to ride within a couple of hours of Tucson? I'm looking for XC riding, with an emphasis on enjoying Arizona's natural beauty. Thanks in advance.

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    Ha!

    Good job!

    (Not that I haven't been guilty at one time or another of not searching for answers PRIOR
    to asking a question.)

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=50179
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    Lol!

    Last night I realized that this board has a "trail reviews" feature, and that maybe I could've used that instead of making a thread. I think I just wanted grass-roots level communication with real Arizonans. Yeah, that's it.

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    Tuscon is LOADED!

    Lot's and lot's of great trails! I'd live there if I could find the right job AND own a home in
    Summerhaven as well as in the valley.

    Where are you visiting from?

    What kinds of trails (difficulty and exertion) are you looking for?
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    I'll be coming from Virginia, so I'm expecting quite a scenery and technical change. I'm not looking for anything too technical, as I've only been seriously riding for the last 2 or 3 months (read 4-5 times a week). I'm looking for more epic style stuff with a focus on earning some great scenery. I don't mind falling, though. as long as it's not off a cliff.

    Do you know of any places that rent decent bikes or would I be better off bringing my own. Also, do you know of any info on group rides?

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    A couple suggestions

    Several trails S. of town on the way to Patagonia AZ. Kentucky camp has some very cool scenery and it's away from the urban sprawl. Arizona Trail weaves in and out of various sections of the area. Not anything major technical on most of the trails.
    Fantasy Island is comfortable xc type riding within the perimeter of town.
    Mt. Lemmon has tons of great trails but I'd recommend riding with a local since most, while not being very long, are remote in the terms of "if a bear eats you" if an accident happened and several can be done as shuttles.

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    I'd also recommend...

    The 50 Year Trail as well as "the chutes"; a playground of sorts that connects to the
    50 Year Trail. Beware that there are sections here and there that have some moderate
    sized drops which, for a beginner, are best to walk...unless you were born with mad
    skillz. Scenery is beautiful! Take a camera with plenty of memory (or film).

    Also, there's plenty of rugged, jeep trail riding in the Chiva Falls area.

    And yes. Never ride alone.

    Someone else (sorry, forgot who) recommended Mt Lemmon, but of the trails I've ridden
    near the top, I cannot recommend any to a beginner. That'd be a long, slow drive up the
    mountain only to find that you were probably in over your head. It's steep and rocky up
    there.
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