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Length: 80 mi (128.7 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +272/292 ft
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

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#205 of 401 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#6,741 in the world

The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area was established in 1987. The trail system is fairly young and under used. It is rich in history both modern and archaeological. It is broken into three separate networks.

If you are willing to ride outside the box however (ride pavement) it would be possible to easily ride from one section to the next. Most of the rides are suitable for the beginner although there are certainly some sections that qualify as intermediate. A down side to many of these rides are the inevitable sandy stretches. The individual rides described are all fairly short but could certainly be combined in many ways. Starting from San Pedro House, for instance, you could ride to the Waters Road trail head in Palominas then return by way of the Miller Back Country Camp and go North to the Escapule trail head and back to San Pedro House for a ride of over 30 miles. Starting from Fairbank you could ride to the Charleston Road trail head then return and ride all the way to the Cienega trail head in Saint David and back to your car for a very challenging ride exceeding 40 miles. A ride on my wish list is to be let out at the Palominas trail head and have a friend waiting with a van at the Northern trail head in Saint David which would be a nice 38 mile one way ride.

First added by arizonaglider on Nov 11, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
There are many entry points to this trail network. The closest towns are
Bisbee, Sierra Vista, Saint David and Tombstone. The central trailhead is at
the San Pedro House and is closest to Sierra Vista. From the junctions of
Hwy 92 and Hwy 90 in Sierra Vista drive seven miles East on Hwy 90. The
San Pedro House has a book store and also sells beverages and some trail
foods such as energy bars. Water and a toilet facility are also available.
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  • Caceres90

    Super easy trail, flat all the way around. But worth the views, shade and nature. Good for a few laps to get a decent workout. Nice under pass route, grassy and near the water/river is my recommendation.

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  • arizonaglider

    I rode this trail as a loop/lollipop. I rode it before on a full suspension bike. This ride was on a hard tail. The Eastern/river return trail is pretty bumpy for a hard tail. It makes the ride 8.5 miles as opposed to about 9 miles for the out and back but my time with the hard tail would have probably been about the same going back on the Western leg. It is a nice ride though. This ride on a cool morning timed at 51 minutes for the 8.5 mile loop. It's 8.2 to the turn-off to the camp. I mapped the trail this ride and mapped a circle at the location of the camp.

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  • arizonaglider

    This trail had changed very little since I rode it in the spring. I rode it with a GPS this time so thought I'd add a few details. The Northern half of the trail is the easiest. It is level double track for the first four miles going South. The turn-off to the Miller Backcountry Camp is right before Miller wash. The trail through the wash has been eroded a bit so I needed to walk my bike a bit due to big drops and deep sand. The southern half of the trail is double track also but there are several sandy streches. I was able stay on the pedels for most of the ride however. At 8.3 miles keep an eye out for a metal trail marker off the track to the East (left hand side). This marks the single track portion of the trail. It is a nice ride and leads under the bridge ending at the trail head and parking lot with a toilet. The trail is 9.2 miles one way and of course the same going back. I averaged 8 miles per hour on the entire ride. Two hours and 15 minutes for the out and back ride.

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