Cactus Forest Drive is a one way paved loop road located in Pima County, Arizona, in the southwestern United States.
The loop road is 8 miles (12.9 km) long. It closes at sunset daily. The road is paved. This route has a few sharp turns and a long climb that goes on for more than a mile. Located within the Saguaro National Park East, in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, the loop is one way and the terrain is perfect for riding. It has rollers, a steady climb, fast descents and lots of curves. The road is pretty steep, and tops out at an elevation of 3,227 feet. The drive is definitely worth it. This short loop provides cyclists with a variety of wild plant life and cacti giving it the title of one of the prettiest routes in the Tucson area.
Drive at moderate speed. You’re not on a race. Trailers longer than 35 feet or any vehicle wider than 8 feet are not permitted on the winding Cactus Forest Drive. The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. Back-road travel can be hazardous, so be aware of weather and road conditions. Carry plenty of water. Don’t travel alone, and let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.