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Loving the Loop

Kick off El Tour season at Pima County's Loop de Loop event, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020

Loving the Loop

Enjoy a walk or a ride on the Chuck Huckelberry Loop – #1 on USA Today’s 2021 “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for Best Recreational Trail.


Video: Loop Completion Celebration

How did The Loop get started? It was born as a flood-control project in the aftermath of disastrous floods in 1983. Dry most of the time, it pours sometimes, as they say, after heavy seasonal rains. The dirt walls alongside the Rillito, Pantano and Santa Cruz riverbeds were reinforced and, at the same time, access roads were built along the banks to make maintenance easier. 

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

In a seemingly accidental win/win situation, inspiration struck and these paths were expanded to create a massive network of paths making for one continuous stretch that in March 2018 was completed with 131 miles. The system connects the communities of Oro Valley, Marana, Tucson, and South Tucson.

Besides the fact that it’s awesome to have a bunch of trails to ride without the drama of dealing with cars, there’s also a community aspect to the Loop. The Loop connects parks, BMX tracks, farmer’s markets and the city as a whole. Plus, on the Santa Cruz Riverside, at 3201 W. Diamond St., there’s The Loop Bicycle Shop, offering free coffee, a place to take a break and a full-service bike shop located in a shipping container. Only in Tucson, apparently.

For more on The Loop, check out its web page or their Ride the Loop Facebook page for frequent updates on happenings.

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