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Guided Bicycle Tours

Cochise County Itinerary

Dates TBA-Tour begins and ends in Tombstone, AZ.  (Guaranteed Departure with 4 people min.)

Day 1 (Fri) –   AZ trails between Sonoita and Tucson-the rolling hills where over 30 OLD WEST movies were filmed.  
Day 2 (Sat)  – Bisbee trails-See the Copper Queen mine, hotel and art galleries of Old Bisbee.
Day 3 (Sun) – Cochise Stronghold-Where the Apache Chief, Cochise, stood off the US Cavalry of decades. A chance to walk the streets of Tombstone in the afternoon.
Day 4 (Mon)–  The Huachuca Mountains-Home of the Buffalo Soldiers, America’s first mountain bikers.  Schedule ending around 1pm, clean up at hotel & late check-out.

DAILY SCHEDULE:
8am  Breakfast talk over the day schedule
9am  Assemble gear at shuttle vehicles, load bikes & leave for ride
10am  On trails/we should make our lunches with snacks that can go with us on ride so we can eat mid day
2-4pm  Time in destination town, then return to hotel
4-6pm  Leisure time
6pm Sat/Sun open for their own meal exploration

Bike Tour Package Price is $525.00 per person per double room and $695.00 per single room.

Package includes:  3 nights lodging, breakfast daily, snacks, all lunches, expert guide, bike transfers and welcome reception & orientation.   Package price does not include: dinners, guide tips or  trip insurance,airfare or airport transfers.

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to alter the itinerary details, published times, and accommodations due to weather, local conditions, organization necessity or safety concerns.

Local Riding Locations

Tombstone , Arizona the “Town too Tough to Die”   www.tombstonechamber.com  is internationally known for its stormy and storied past.  Western legends like Wyatt Earp and “Doc” Holliday became household names after the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral®.  However, the legend didn’t end there, it continues today!

Stilwell family, descendants of Frank Stilwell, pictured with Wyatt Earp.

We invite you to walk the streets that these and other legendary men and women of the American West walked throughout the years.  Come absorb the experience and history that is unique to Tombstone, Arizona!  Step back into the Old West for a few days or even weeks.  It is an encounter with history that you and your family can only get in “The Town Too Tough To Die.”  With a mild year-round climate, any time is the right time to visit Tombstone!

Located 75 miles southeast of Tucson, Sierra Vista is a destination worthy of discovery.  Travel into our exciting past when you visit one of our many museums or drive the trail where the Spanish Conquistadors rode up from Mexico.  Fort Huachuca is the longest continuously operated fort in the United States and an active military installation, is a national historic landmark in Sierra Vista.  Learn about its role in the Apache Indian wars.  A visit to the newly remodeled museum on site is well worth the time.

For birders, there are 400 species along the San Pedro River migratory corridor.   Birders come from all over the world to see Elegant Trogans, Green King Fishers, and Gray Hawks.  The Ramsey Canyon Humming Bird Sanctuary with 13 species is a must.

Hiking and biking opportunities abound and combine that with wide open spaces, rugged landscapes and remarkable attractions and you have an experience worth remembering.  Many people are amazed to see 10,000 ft.  mountain peaks in the Huachuca Mountains.  The nearby Chiricahua Mountains with their renowned rock formations boast 600 miles of hiking trails.

Bisbee’s Queen Mine contributions to the economy of Arizona and the nation www.discoverbisbee.com  Stroll its sidewalks and find delight in the many art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses, book stores and specialty shops. Visit the charmingly restored neighborhoods of Victorian and European-style homes perched miraculously on the hillsides. Unwind…relax…and find soothing respite from your everyday world.

Fort Bowie commemorates the bitter conflict between Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. military – a lasting monument to the bravery and endurance of U.S. soldiers in paving the way for settlement and the taming of the western frontier. It provides insight into a “clash of cultures,” a young nation in pursuit of “manifest destiny,” and the hunter/gatherer society fighting to preserve its existence.  The Bascom Affair, the event took place near Fort Bowie National Historic Site, just south of Willcox and set off the Indian Wars in the 1800s.

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson is the largest living most colorful caverns in the US.  The Kartchner Cavern story is about amazing discoveries past, present and future. Marvel at the many strange and colorful formations. Learn about the cave fauna, both living and ancient. Experience the wonder of the cave’s discovery and learn about new scientific research and discoveries as ongoing studies continue.

 


John Slaughter Ranch
 
Take a step back in time as you visit the historic John Slaughter Ranch near Douglas, Arizona. Texas John Slaughter was one of the Southwest’s most beloved characters and most feared lawmen. And here, at his ranch, originally known as San Bernardino Ranch, you can enjoy the scenery, wildlife and atmosphere that has been left largely untouched since Texas John Slaughter’s time. Learn about Pancho Villa’s foray into the ranch and his encounter with the formidable Texas Ranger John Slaughter.

Hotel Gadsden in Douglas  The Gadsden is truly a hotel unlike any you’ll find elsewhere. Besides a colorful past perhaps most splendid is her architecture. The spacious main lobby is majestically set with a solid white Italian marble staircase and four soaring marble columns. Each capital is decorated in 14K gold leaf-worth $20,000 in 1929. The building is constructed of structural steel and reinforced concrete. The finest materials and fixtures were used, even the plumbing is installed with all copper pipes throughout.  An authentic Tiffany stained glass mural extends forty-two feet across one wall of the massive mezzanine. An impressive oil painting by Audley Jean Nichols is just below the window. Vaulted stained glass skylights run the full length of the lobby.