What we're about

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 over 25 years! You may find us on local Tucson trails or travelling 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.

We are an IMBA affiliated club and encourage our members to support and participate in like minded organizations, locally and nationally. SAMBA supports the Pima Trails Association, the Arizona Trail Association and is trail steward to a portion of the AZ Trail in the Santa Rita Mountains.

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. 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.

You can ride with SAMBA for free. We are not into raising money, but your financial support keeps SAMBA running as an organization. We have expenses such as insurance, promotional materials and equipment, web site, Meetup, mountain bike advocacy, IMBA dues and support of other like minded organizations. No one receives any money; all services are provided voluntarily.

January is our membership renewal month, but you can join at anytime. Dues are $20 yearly and donations are always welcome!

Click on the following link to access our on-line membership application:


The website also provides information on member benefits.

Thanks for your support!

Visit our website at: http://www.sambabike.org

Upcoming events (5+)

Wednesday Night Ride at Robles Pass

Cascabel Trail Head

I am changing the parking place to avoid conflict with the neighbors around our usual start point, so now we will park at the Cascabel Trail Head, plenty of space to park just a few feet from the tiny parking lot of the proper Trail Head. Meet up time is still at 6:00, feet in pedal 6:15

Ride Kentucky Camp, Apache Spring, and Tunnel Spring - AZT


We'll meet at Kentucky Camp parking lot off Fish Canyon Rd. This ride is an intermediate level ride that will go south on the AZT from the Kentucky Camp parking lot to Apache Spring, Tunnel Spring and than back to Kentucky Camp. We'll ride on the Arizona Trail and on Gardner Canyon Rd in a clockwise lollypop loop. The miles will be about 16, with an option for some to ride longer. I have a link below to the route. If you have never been to the Kentucky Camp Cabin, this will be a great opportunity. Our route will take us by Cave of the Bells too. There are bathrooms (nice one's) at Kentucky Camp. Bring your bike in good working condition, at least 2 liters of water and snacks for yourself. This will be a fun ride. Directions to Kentucky Camp: Take I-10 East to exit 281 for Hwy AZ 83 South for 21 miles. Turn Right onto E. Gardner Canyon Rd, at 0.8 miles turn Right onto Fish Canyon Rd for about 4.2 miles. Strava Map: https://www.strava.com/activities/1472207959/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-US&v=1522031183&utm_source=com.google.android.gm&utm_medium=referral

Monday Night @ Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island Parking Lot

Monday night ride @ Fantasy island. Plan on 2-3 hours. All skill levels welcome, but you do need a good light (750 lumens minimum). We meet @ 6:30pm, Irvington and Harrison parking lot. No rider left behind. (please bring lights& helmet)Any ?'s call me Mike[masked]

Wednesday Night Ride at Starr Pass

Richard E. Genser Starr Pass Trailhead

Let's meet at 6:00, feet in pedals at 6:15 we'll do a clockwise loop, lots of newly built trails to ride! Lights are still needed! Pizza and beer at Bianchi's after the ride, bring some cash! ;)

Past events (1,459)

Wednesday Night Ride at Sweetwater Trail!

Sweetwater Preserve Trailhead

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