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A Highly Rated Mountain Biking Site Close To Marana

Sweetwater Preserve is an 880+acre preserve offering horseback riding, mountain biking and trail running. Sweetwater Preserve Trailhead is located at the southern end of Tortolita Road, with parking for 40 vehicles and an additional 4 horse rigs. There is a virtual tour available on the Pima County website. Check it out.


The Preserve’s hours run dawn to dusk, with summer activities suggested for early or late in the day, due to the heat. Sweetwater Preserve is operated by Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation. You can find a wealth of information on their website.

The lands that comprise the Sweetwater Preserve were acquired using monies from the 2004 Open Space Bond measure. The community strongly supported acquisition of this property and worked diligently to realize the establishment of this preserve.

County crews and volunteers have built 15 miles of natural surface trails in the preserve, which was ranked #4 in the nation in, an online mountain bicycling magazine. While the trails are enjoyed by equestrians, hikers, dog walkers and trail runners, it is highly popular with mountain bikers, both local and visitors. Trails are suitable for beginner and intermediate level riders.

All the usual desert event indicators are in place for the Preserve. Wear a big brimmed hat, use plenty of quality sunscreen, wear good shoes or boots, bring and drink plenty of water, always let somebody know where you are going and when you will be back and always have a plan.

Sweetwater Preserve Trailhead is located at 4001 N. Tortolita Road, Tucson, AZ 85745. The trailhead is 20 miles and maybe 25 minutes south of downtown Marana, and a bit closer to the Gladden Farms communities, on I-10 East and Silverbell Road.

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