Bicycling in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe

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There are plenty of gorgeous areas for biking in the Phoenix area, but riding in the streets isn't recommended, as there are few adequate bike lanes in the city. Popular parks such as South Mountain Park and the Tempe Town Lake have miles of trails. Note that the desert climate can be tough on cyclists, so make sure you're prepared with lots of water.

Phoenix Parks and Recreation. The Parks and Recreation department has detailed maps of Valley bike paths. 602/262–6862. phoenix.gov/parks. No credit cards.

Pinnacle Peak. This is a popular place to take bikes for the ride north to Carefree and Cave Creek, or east and south over the mountain pass and down to the Verde River, toward Fountain Hills. 26802 N. 102nd Way, 25 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix, North Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 85262. 480/312–0990. scottsdaleaz.gov/parks. No credit cards.

Scottsdale's Indian Bend Wash. This multiuse park system has paths suitable for bikes winding among its golf courses and ponds. Along Hayden Rd., from Shea Blvd. south to Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, AZ, 85251. 480/312–7275. scottsdaleaz.gov/parks. No credit cards.

Trail 100. This trail runs throughout the Phoenix Mountain preserve; it's just the thing for mountain bikers. Enter at Dreamy Draw park, just east of the intersection of Northern Ave. and 16th St., North Central Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 85016. 602/262-6862. www.phoenix.gov/parks. No credit cards.

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