The Loop - Tucson and Pima County

The Loop - Tucson, Arizona

The Rillito River bike path also known as “The Loop” is a great ride along the river beds of Tucson. The Loop is considered to be one of the best cycling place in Tucson, Arizona, connecting the Rillito, Santa Cruz, Pantano River Parks with the Julian Wash and Harrison Road Greenways. This loop is a system of paved, shared-use paths and short segments of buffered bike lanes.

The Loop extends through unincorporated Pima County, Marana, Oro Valley, Tucson, and South Tucson. The connections are the result of Pima County's cooperative partnerships with these jurisdictions. When completed, The Loop will total 131 miles. Approximately 120 miles of paved pathways and bike lanes have already been completed with an additional 11 miles planned or currently under construction.

The Loop is a favorite spot to not only locals since it is a great way to get to the various rides within Tucson without having to deal with traffic and lights. Many people believe that it is the safest way on a bike to travel across town. You can get from one end of town east to west or west to east with no traffic or lights. For the most part both sides of the river have a bike path, so you can choose either sides of the river to ride on.

These videos may give you a clearer view of the trail:

The Loop connects parks, trailheads, bus and bike routes, workplaces, restaurants, schools, hotels and motels, shopping areas, and entertainment venues. Visitors and Pima County residents can enjoy The Loop on foot, bikes, skates, and horses. There are various bathroom and water stop along the route.

For further information about the Loop and associated Guidelines, please visit

Trail map

Locate Me
Get Directions

82.563 km / 51.302 mi

Total Distance

268 m / 879 ft

Total Ascent

268 m / 878 ft

Total Descent

893 m / 2,930 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: Low
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Estimated Distance: 23.0
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
Loading comments...