Where Does The Tucson Loop Start?
Oro Valley and Rillito River sections rank as best Tucson Loop starting points
Oro Valley/Northwest Tucson is the most scenic side of The Loop
While there are many entry points to The Loop bike path, the most popular starting point is the centrally located Rillito River section of The Loop located on the 4500 block of North First Avenue. This portion of The Loop has the most “things to do” including restaurants, parks, robust shopping (Tucson Mall) parks, bars etc.
Many cyclists and tourists prefer starting and staying in beautiful Oro Valley/Northwest Tucson. Oro Valley has the splendid Catalina Mountains in the background and this portion of The Loop is also the least congested – and very family friendly. Depending on the day, you even save a few degrees. We recommend parking at either The Oro Valley Market Place or in the Walgreens Plaza on First Avenue and Tangerine. You may choose to start your Loop experience at Catalina State Park. This state park is one of the premier parks in Arizona and is located directly across Oro Valley Marketplace – which is also loaded with family friendly restaurants.
Pro’s Tip: For the best scenery and enjoyment, park at Catalina State Park – world class desert hiking and campground. You can bike from Catalina State Park and hop on The Oro Valley/Tucson Loop, with the Catalinas in the background as you start your Tucson cycling journey.
Chuck Huckelberry/Tucson Loop Interactive Maps
For free interactive maps, click on our Free Maps section. Click on the top legend and discover your favorite starting points on The Chuck Huckelberry Tucson Loop. Interactive and downloadable maps are broken out by sections of The Tucson Loop.