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Sweetwater Preserve

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AKA: Bitter Rocks Preserve

Official trail map can be found here: webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/S…

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Can be really busy there on weekends. However, the whole system is a mixed bag of great riding...one of my favorites in Tucson. There are many rocky trails, but Desperado is a smooth, flowing fun-fest. Alternatively, some of the technical stuff on Wildflower Ridge Trail is worth hitting as well.

This area has great riding and great scenery.

Recommended Routes in Sweetwater Preserve - 1

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Favorite Towering saguaros.
Intermediate

Sweetwater Trail System

7.7 mi 12.4 km 479' Up 146.09 m Up 479' Down 145.95 m Down

Flowing…, AZ

Sweetwater Preserve Biking

  • 15 Miles 24 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
  • 3 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 3 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Sweetwater Preserve - 5

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3.6 mi 5.8 km #1Desperado Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Flowing Wells, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Flowing Wells, AZ 48 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #2Black Rock Loop
Intermediate
Flowing Wells, AZ
Intermediate
Flowing Wells, AZ
0.3 mi 0.5 km #3Roller Coaster Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Flowing Wells, AZ
Easy/Intermediate
Flowing Wells, AZ
0.8 mi 1.3 km #4Ocotillo Hill
Intermediate
Tucson Estates, AZ
Intermediate
Tucson Estates, AZ
0.6 mi 0.9 km #5The Spine
Intermediate
Tucson Estates, AZ
Intermediate
Tucson Estates, AZ

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Towering saguaros.
Mar 30, 2016 near Tucson…, AZ
Fat biking through fat saguaros.
Feb 10, 2018 near Flowing…, AZ
Zippin' down the line
Feb 14, 2021 near Flowing…, AZ
There are prickly friends everywhere! Don't forget to bring your tweezer! Or just don't fall on one of them...
Mar 30, 2016 near Tucson…, AZ
Having fun within the fields of Arizona cactus.
Feb 10, 2018 near Flowing…, AZ
A must ride when in Tucson! Sweet ride along Saguaros at the Sweetwater National Preserve.
Mar 30, 2016 near Flowing…, AZ
Enjoy beautiful singletrack in Sweetwater Preserve – just make sure to avoid the cholla!
Feb 17, 2017 near Flowing…, AZ
Riding among the saguaros.
Feb 10, 2018 near Flowing…, AZ