Why Tucson is a great place to bike
Tucsonans love to bicycle. And for good reason since our climate is made for it with sunny days, cool mornings, and mild temperatures all winter long. Our topography ensures that there’s something for every level of bicyclist with flat riding (like much of The Loop) available in the valley where most of the city lies, and the opportunity for more rigorous mountain rides like the 56-mile round trip up Catalina Highway from Tucson to Summerhaven. Tucsonans and visitors make good use of the hundreds of miles of bike paths throughout out the metropolis and beyond.
What is The Loop?
The Loop, also known as the Chuck Huckelberry Loop, is a 130 mile paved, mixed-use path along the banks of Tucson’s dry riverbeds. It runs along the Santa Cruz River, Rillito River, Pantano Wash, and Julian Wash dry riverbeds. The last section that made it an actual loop was completed in 2018, although more expansion work is planned in the future.
The lack of cars on the paved path and the location of so many parks along the route, make this such a popular recreation destination for bicyclists, walkers, and runners alike. Did you know The Loop also features over 4 dozen works of public art?
The Loop runs adjacent to many parks. The Rillito River leg has the Rillito River Park, George Mehl Foothills Park, Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, Rio Vista Natural Resources Park, and Curtis Park. The Santa Cruz River portion of The Loop has Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, Christoper Columbus Park, Juhan Park, and Santa Cruz Park. The Pantano Wash section has Fort Lowell Park, Udall Park, and Michael Perry Park. Each of these parks offer a nice place to rest or have a picnic along the route. Didn’t plan a picnic? No problem, there are lots of restaurants to visit along the way too.
What are you waiting for? Get out there and explore a new portion of The Loop this weekend! Here’s a handy map to help you find your way.
Looking for a home close to The Loop?
Looking for a home close to the loop is easy no matter what side of town you are interested in, because it goes through all parts of Tucson including Marana, Oro Valley, South Tucson, and unincorporated Pima County.
Homes listed for sale near The Loop, divided by area:
- Central Tucson
- North Tucson
- Northeast Tucson
- East Tucson
- Southeast Tucson
- South Tucson
- Southwest Tucson
- West Tucson
- Northwest Tucson
National recognition for Tucson as a biking destination
- Ranked #5 best places to bike by the organization People for Bikes
- Awarded Gold by the League of American Bicyclists
- Bicycling Magazine rated Tucson #24 for Best Bike Cities of America in 2018
- Livibility.com ranked Tucson #2 in their list of Surprisingly Bike-Friendly Cities