The Loop

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Love to Ride? Then You'll Love The Loop.

Officially named the Chuck Huckelberry Loop, this 131-mile shared use path circles the perimeter of Tucson and provides the best way to explore the area by bike. The path is accessible from just about anywhere in town. Close to downtown on the west side and extending close to scenic areas such as Saguaro National Park (east) and Catalina State Park (northwest), the Loop provides access to both urban areas and natural wonder.

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A Brief History of The Loop

After the significant flooding in the Phoenix area in the late 1970s, the state Legislature required counties to create special taxing districts to raise money for the construction of regional flood control improvements. Pima County began building soil-cement bank protection along the Rillito and Santa Cruz Rivers after the massive 1983 floods. Nearby residents were using the unpaved maintenance access paths on top of the banks to walk their dogs, go for a run or ride their bikes. The County started building river parks with improved paths on top of the banks, including pavement. By 1986, a paved section along the Rillito from Campbell Avenue east to Oracle Road was completed. This river park became hugely popular with hundreds of people using it every day. The Loop become a real "loop” in January 2018 and is now one of the longest and best shared-use paths in the entire country.

Shared-Use: Fit for More Than Just Bikes

Since The Loop is a shared-use path it isn't just a playground for cyclists. It's also a great place to take a run or take the family for a leisurely stroll, you can even take your dog for a walk or ride a horse along the path. And the best part for all users of the path is not having to worry about cars or any other motorized vehicles being on the path.

Find Out More at VisitTucson.org/Loop

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