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Arizona Trail, Tusayan Area

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

A nice days outing in an area with very few bikeable trails. From the trailhead on US 180 less than a mile north of Tusayan (west side of road), there are 3 possible loops, varying from three to nine miles. The trails are a mix of singletrack and quiet old forest roads. Take your pick! For a longer outing, head out of the trailhead on loop 3 (from the trailhead, all loops head the same direction, then split off), but follow the Arizona trail to the Grandview fire tower near the boundary of Grand Canyon National Park. After taking in the views from the top of the tower, head into the park on the gravel road heading north, then take the paved park road west to Tusayan. This makes for a roughly 38 mile loop, with about 8 miles of singletrack, 14 miles of forest road, and 16 miles of paved road. The paved road passes some of Grand Canyon''s amazing overlooks, which make for great lunch spots. Enjoy! None of the trail requires advanced bike skills. There are a couple short, steeper climbs as well as short sandy sections, but just about anyone could handle this one. It''s the mileage that''ll get ya! If you''re concerned, head out on the three mile loop... it''s a good introduction to the area. Remember, bikes are not allowed off road inside of Grand Canyon National Park, so just DON''T DO IT!
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Latitude
35.973576
Longitude
-112.126319
Trail Directions
Head north out of Tusayan towards Grand Canyon National Park. You'll see a small parkign area on the west side of the road less than a mile out of town. If you get to the park entrance, you went to far. You could also start at the Grandview Tower parking lot, but would have to pay to enter the park. http://travel.yahoo.com/p-parks-235481-tusayan_bike_trails_kaibab_national_forest_mountain_biking-i
Trail Length
varies, 3-40 mile loops or longer Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Tusayan
Zip/Postal Code
86023
Country
USA
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Review Date
January 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: AZTtripper ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have ridden this part of the AZT twice and found it to be very enjoyable. Also it is now possible to ride north all the way to the South Rim through the Park.

Recommended Route:
In July of 2007 the route of the AZT Tusayan to Yaki Point on the South Rim was officially designated. To reach the South Rim from the main trail head north of Tusayan ride north when the trail turns right to go under the highway. Instead of going under the highway continue north on an old 2 track you will come to a fence and the gate should be open. From here the Forest Service still needs to build trail but I was able to ride on the grass with out a trail. You could head for a dirt road that leads to a stable and head north on that or just ride north in the grass. When the dirt road turns to the highway you will have to cross it from here if you look north you will see a new gate in the fence at the boundary of the South Rim Park. After you go through the gate the route is signed with brown AZT post. The route is mostly all two track some of it is part of the old entrance road the original way that folks came into the park. At the end you will be riding on the Rim Trail the only part of it open to bikes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You could work this into the recommended loop I would reverse it though. Head north from the trail head to Yaki point and then take the busy park road east to Grand View Tower. Then hit the AZT back to the trail head. Distance should be similar just a little more dirt.



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Review Date
July 5, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TroyWW ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fun while vacationing in the National Park area. I was glad to see this access so close to the park and to Tusayan. Not technical in any area, but still at 7000+ of elevation, which makes for some heavy breathing when you are a valley dweller. Sandy in spots and likely very dependant on weather. I wouldn't ride it right after a rain as it's likely to be impassible. In very dry conditions, it's powdered dirt that makes for some tougher pedaling as well. Double track and some single track with comfortable departure from crowds.

Recommended Route:
Route # 2 or 3. The trails are well marked, with a map at the trailhead. Loop #1 is very short.



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Review Date
June 17, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jonfree ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just thought I'd add that both trailheads have good maps of the area trails/roads, but there aren't any for the taking. You might want to carry one since there's a complex web of roads out there. As of early June 2006, the loops and the Arizona trail are all signed very well, with little brown posts as all intersections.

Recommended Route:
The loops are straightforward... I think the signs point you in the counterclockwise direction. I also road the long loop from Tusayan, east to Grandview, then back to Tusayan on the Park road. Highly recommended, though the Park road can be busy with tourists driving large RV's!



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