You always want to find new places to ride your mountain bike. Because riding isn’t just about exercise. It’s also about the thrill of the trails and the amazing scenery. Check out these great spots in state 48.

Pemberton Loop in Scottsdale

This is great for beginners. It’s a singletrack that extends over 15 miles. Minimally technical, with no huge climbs or descents. There are a lot of places to start. For a shorter trip, you can take the Bluff Trail or Tonto Tank Trail. There’s the desert trail, which is wide and fast. The super trails will make your ride even longer.

Black Canyon Trail in Phoenix

You can stay close to home for this one. Start at the Table Mesa Trailhead. Or at the Back Canyon City Trailhead near the Rock Springs exit on I-17. There’s 80 miles of terrain that’s free to explore. The singletrack section is for more advanced riders. There are some long downhill sections, too. Just be aware of the cacti. You should also carry a map to navigate the many trails off the main route.

Sonoran Desert Loop in Cave Creek

This 13.1-mile trail is part of the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve. Start off north at the Apache Wash Trailhead. The trek will be very balanced, but not super technical. Just remember, this is a multi-use area. So watch out for hikers and horseback riders.

Hawes Trail Network in Mesa

This is part of the Sonoran Desert Trail System. It’s about 11.2 miles long, mostly singletrack, and not too rocky. There are a lot of fun twists and turns. And you’ll even pass by some abandoned mines. Again, just watch out for cacti. A lot of bikers park near Power and Recker Roads for access.

Hangover Trail in Sedona

Drive two hours north of the valley to take in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. There are a lot of biking trails there. But this is one of the more unique ones. You’ll ride up to a saddle between two sections of red rocks. Then you’ll keep going along the narrow edge of a canyon, and travel along a steep cliff just a few feet above the canyon floor. The journey is 3.2 miles long. And it’s very intense. So you should only go if you’re an experienced rider.

Cathedral Rock Big Loop in Oak Creek

Another great Sedona trail. It’s an awesome ride for intermediate and advanced cyclists. Start at the Bell Rock Vista trailhead. If you’re a beginner, you might need to walk your bike for a few sections. The loop travels along the Slim Shady Trail and Templeton Trail. The hardest part is the descent from Cathedral Rock. When you’re close to the end, you’ll ride along Oak Creek to the Baldwin Loop. Then you’ll end up back on Templeton.

Schultz Creek Trail in Flagstaff

Venture further north for this popular 4.2-mile ride. You’ll start at the bottom of Schultz Pass Road and bike up the valley on a steady climb. You’ll pass by Schultz Creek, which runs through pines and fir trees. You can even get a little air on the way back down.

50-Year Trail in Tucson

This is one of the best trails in Southern Arizona. That’s because it has something for everyone, from beginners to advanced riders. You can start on Oracle across the street from Catalina State Park. Or drive in to the park and leave your car in the equestrian area. The first part of this trek is easy flat singletrack. The second part is more technical, and you might have to hike-a-bike. Combined, it’s around 6 miles long. The whole time, you’ll be surrounded by open landscape and beautiful wild flowers.

Honeybee Canyon Loop in Oro Valley

This is also near Tucson. It’s a 16.8-mile easy singletrack trail. but it does require some endurance. Park along Oracle Road in the gravel and dirt lot. Once you’re on your way, you’ll enjoy smooth terrain and minimal uphill sections. Once you hit the end of the loop, it’s all downhill fast and smooth