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We have limited group rides during the Pandemic. Please take all Covid precautions out on the trail, respecting other's personal space!

The Legal Stuff: PLEASE READ WAIVER! - Participating in a SAMBA ride indicates your agreement with terms of the Liability Release Waiver for yourself and any invited guests!


I/we hereby waive, release and discharge the Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) and its officers, ride leaders,volunteers, employees, organizers, sponsors, members, and ride participants from any and all claims for personal injury, property damage or death resulting from my/our participation in any SAMBA event.

I/we acknowledge that mountain biking is a high-risk sport. I/we realize there are certain dangers inherent in the sport of mountain biking, and I/we assume these risks with the full understanding that serious injuries and even death may result from my/our participation in any SAMBA event.

I intend this release to discharge the above-named from any and all liability arising from or connected in any way with my/our participation in any event, even though that liability may result from the negligence or carelessness of the above named. I/we certify that my/our bicycle is suitable for safe use in all events, that I/we are in good physical condition, and that I/we are able to complete the event. I/we agree to wear a bicycle helmet properly adjusted and fastened and approved by SNELL or ANSI. I/we agree to obey all traffic laws and other laws at all times during all events.

I/we have read this waiver and release and fully understand its terms and agree that it shall be binding on my/our heirs and assigns. I/we consent to emergency care at my own expense if injured or ill .Furthermore, I/we are willing to abide to the Bylaws and Code of Ethics of SAMBA.


Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) was established in 1991 as a community based organization of people with a passion for mountain biking! We love to explore the spectacular scenery and terrain of Southern Arizona by bike!

As a club, we have been organizing one or more weekly rides for 30 years! You may find us on local Tucson trails or traveling to less frequented areas of the Sonoran Desert and beyond.

Our objective is to promote the enjoyment of mountain biking and nature; to protect and enhance mountain biking opportunities; and to support environmentally and socially responsible use of the land.

SAMBA is active in trail maintenance and mountain biking advocacy. As a group, we are the trail stewards to Passage 5 - Santa Rita section of the AZ Trail. We also highly recommend members to join with groups such as SDMB, TORCA, AZ Trail Association and IMBA for volunteer work, trail maintenance, construction and advocacy.

SAMBA welcomes everyone on our rides! We enjoy the social aspects of mountain biking as well as the challenges. We try to gear the pace of our rides to the group and stop frequently to regroup. However, we do ride in difficult terrain and suggest that you and your bike to be in fairly good condition in order to enjoy the ride.

Most of our rides would fall into the moderate / intermediate category, unless otherwise listed. Our day rides generally last about three to four hours, with a fair amount of stopping to regroup. Beginners with good stamina should do fine. We are also trying to add Beginner Friendly rides on a regular basis. Night rides are shorter, but do require good lights. If you have questions, please contact the ride leader. Please make sure you and your bike are prepared for the ride: bring a helmet, plenty of water, snacks, spare tube, sunscreen, tools, etc.

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National Public Lands Day at Kentucky Camp

Kentucky Camp

As the Trail Stewards for Passage 5 for the past 25 years, we are hosting this event! There is a possibility of overnight camping at Kentucky Camp and riding the AZT on Sunday. More details to come....

More Details, as of 9/21/21: A few things have changed! First, due to the nesting of the Yellow Cuckoo in the Kentucky Camp area we will not be allowed to do any trail work on the AZT south of Kentucky Camp to FR 4110. This is a very scenic area that currently is completely overgrown due to our abundant monsoon rains. Secondly, there is camping allowed in the buildings at Kentucky Camp, which have been rented by the ATA for this event for Friday and Saturday nights. However, there is no tent camping allowed in Kentucky Camp and the Forest Service is not willing to make an exception for our group. So, there is space inside the buildings, but if you want to camp outside, it will have to be in a dispersed camping area near Kentucky Camp. Please indicate if you might be interested in dispersed camping for the weekend. If there is much interest I might try to go Friday morning to find a group campsite.

Where the Arizona National Scenic Trail passes by the Kentucky Camp Cabin and Headquarters has been the site of humans interacting with nature for more than 10,000 years. The 100-year-old adobe building on the site is only a recent addition to the foothills of Ce:wi Duag (the Santa Rita Mountains), traditional lands of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Join the Arizona Trail Association and the Coronado National forest as we celebrate National Public Lands Day on this culturally rich and incredibly biodiverse landscape.

Participants will work to maintain the trail and preserve this historic site while learning more about the traditional inhabitants of the land and their interactions with native plants and resources. Activities include:

Volunteer trail work on the Arizona Trail including tread maintenance and drainage. Up to 2 miles walking may be required.
Volunteer brushing and vegetation removal at or near the trailhead
Cleanup of Kentucky Camp and nearby dispersed camp areas
Tasting traditional foods
Hands-on demonstration of traditional handicrafts
Camping will be available nearby for those who wish to catch the signature Arizona star show that night (weather permitting)
Tools, PPE and training will be provided - no experience with trailwork is necessary. Lunch and snacks will also be provided to those who register.



Moab Trip - Celebrating Jim's 70th Birthday & SAMBA'S 30th Anniversary

Sand Flats Recreation Area

Come ride Moab! We will enjoy a week of riding some of the best trails in Moab.

Tentative ride schedule:
Monday - Slickrock Trail
Tuesday - Navajo Rocks Trails
Wednesday - Mag 7 Trails
Thursday - Whole Enchilada
Friday - Klondike Bluffs
Saturday - Amasa Back/Capt Ahab
*And hopefully Phil's World in Cortez, CO on Sunday before or Saturday at the end of the week.

Rides will be done at an intermediate/social pace with stops for photos, etc, regrouping frequently. Most of the rides are intermediate level except for the Whole Enchilada and Upper Ahab which have some more technical areas. A good alternative ride is the Moab Brands trails.

We have reserved a group campsite at Sand Flats Recreation Area.
Datura A Group Site - https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campsites/10061149
There is parking for 6 vehicles. There is still some room, but it is mostly taken at this time' It should be easy to find a campsite on Monday morning as many weekenders are leaving. Check-out time is noon. There are also plenty of other accommodations in Moab, so find a place where you are comfortable. We will post meet-up times and locations for each ride.

Please post questions in the discussion area below. I will be updating this post regularly as we get closer to the date.

Whole Enchilada: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Whole+enchalida&&view=detail&mid=D9BB33CEF90D80734F58D9BB33CEF90D80734F58&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3DWhole%2520enchalida%26form%3DSWAUA2

Sky Islands Odyssey (East Loop) Overnight Ride

Green Valley

We're planning an overnight bikepacking ride in early December. Taken from the website bikepacking.com, the Sky Island Odyssey (East Loop) bikepacking route.

This overnight ride is 125 miles and can be ridden in 2 - 4 days, it has 84% unpaved roads and almost no singletrack. So most of the route is on dirt and paved roads.
Below is the link to the actual route page with ALL information about the ride.

This is a Intermediate level ride due to the elevation gain on a couple days.

This will be a 4 day ride, riding counter-clockwise. The start is in Green Valley (parking at Safeway). Due to the cooler temperatures, we will not tent camp but stay overnight in the Town of Patagonia. Reservations can be made over the phone to stay at the Stage Stop Inn. There are airbnb options in the area well. Stay at the Bunk House at the Appleton - Whittell Research Ranch in Elgin (for all riders), Kentucky Camp Cabin (all riders) then ride back to Green Valley on day 4 riding Box Canyon Rd The mileage for each day will be approx Day 1 - 40 (with shuttle - 27 miles), Day 2 - 32 and Day 3 - 32, Day4 - 26 miles.

If you want a 3 day option, start your ride in Patagonia on Dec 6th with the group or start your ride in Green valley then end your ride at Kentucky Camp on Dec 7th.

This route can be ridden on a Mountain Bike or a Gravel Bike, as long as you can carry your own gear. Tubeless tires would be a good idea and 40 mm tires minimum. Having enough water is very important, be sure you can carry 3-4+ liters of water. A filtration system may not be necessary due to water and services not being too far away.

Guest House Information at Audubon Society Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch: Bunk house has 5 bed rooms with 2-3 beds in each room and a couple shared bathrooms ($40/person/night). The house also have fully equipped kitchens, BBQs and a fire pit. Camping is right next door and campers have their own camp-base with access to a restroom/shower and kitchen ($20/person/night).

Riding through the Audubon Society's Appleton- Whittell Research Ranch requires a permit and an access code for the gate. The Ranch would like all ride participants to complete a Liability form. This form needs to be completed and returned to me by Sunday November 21st so that I can send in to the Ranch before the ride. Turning in the form will let the Staff know how many guests they will have stay in the Guest House(s).

Kentucky Camp Cabin: This facility consists of a cabin and headquarters building. The cabin can accommodate up to five people, and is equipped with two twin beds, a twin bunkbed and a full-sized futon. The kitchen has basic amenities including a small refrigerator, microwave, hot plate, coffee pot, dishes, utensils, cookware, and a table and chairs. The cabin has propane heat. Outside, there is a grill and picnic table for outdoor dining. A vault toilet, stall for solar showers, and an outdoor sink are located on site. The cabin has electricity, but no indoor running water. Guests must bring their own food, sleeping bags, linens, towels, dish soap, matches, a first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags.

Please email me to receive Liability Form. I'm not able to attach it to this posting. [masked].

This ride is limited to 6 riders. RSVP will close November 22nd, 7:00 pm.

If you have questions, please use the comments section below or email me at email address above. Details and other information will be done through email to those who requested Liability Form.

***COVID guidelines will be followed. Please carry a mask to wear in local businesses. For the Health and Safety of others, we request that you be Fully vaccinated and show vaccination card to participate in this trip. Two locations require the group to share a house or cabin.***

WAIVER, RELEASE, AND ASSUMPTION OF RISKS will be provided for signature on day of the ride.

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