After many hot months locked away indoors, trying to hide from the torrid temperatures, it’s time for the whole family to escape.
For an energetic day, you’ve got to start by fueling up at the Bisbee Breakfast Club (Stop 1 on the map below). Make a stop at this quaint diner, where you can enjoy all the morning classics as well as a few creative dishes that will keep you coming back for more.
Now you’re ready to get rolling. For today’s ride, you’ll want to access the Loop at the Christina Taylor Green Memorial River Park at Cañada del Oro (Stop 2). From there, enjoy a car-free ride southwest on the multi-use path. After you pass beneath I-10, the path hooks around to intersect with the main loop path. You’ll want to head northwest, briefly parallel with the frontage road, crossing over the wash. Once you’re over the bridge, zigzag down to the path, which now follows the banks of the Santa Cruz River.
Keep riding along the path, at one point passing over the Santa Cruz, and then cross Ina Road to continue your ride along the west side of the river. Shortly, you’ll reach Crossroads at Silverbell District Park (Stop 3).
Crossroads is one of Marana’s showcase parks. With ballfields, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, free Wi-Fi (for those PokemonGo fanatics!), well-preserved Hohokam ruins, and even a library, it offers a little something for everyone. If nothing else, this is one of the best views around of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
After you’ve spent a full morning at the park, it’s time for lunch. Across the street is Asian Spice, a “family business with a servant’s heart” (Stop 4). You can’t go wrong with any of their savory Chinese dishes, from perfectly prepared potstickers to Canton-style pan-fried noodles, a specialty of Chef Phillip Tan.
For your afternoon adventures, retrace your steps (your wheel tracks?) back to the path along Cañada del Oro Wash. About ¼ mile after you ride beneath I-10 is a bridge leading over a spur of the wash. Instead of going over the bridge, head straight to access the parking lot of a large retail complex. South of Home Depot is AZ Air Time, an indoor trampoline park that’s every kid’s dream (Stop 5). They’ve got all kinds of games and activities for young bouncers, and there really is nothing more fun than flying through the air with the greatest of ease.
Once you and the kids have bounced yourselves out, return to the bike path, and ride back towards I-10. Before you cross under the highway, keep an eye out for a path through the wash, up to Camino Martin. On the other side, you’ll enjoy quick access to Bedroxx, a classic bowling alley where you can see who in the family can knock over the most pins (Stop 6).
Hungry for dinner? Perfect. You can leave your bikes locked up outside Bedroxx and walk over to La Parrilla Suiza on the other side of Ina (use the crosswalk at Oldfather Road) (Stop 7). La Parrilla Suiza captures the essence of Mexico City cuisine, right down to the parrilladas, which are served on a table grill right where you’re sitting.
After dinner, head back to Bedroxx to pick up your bikes and take a quick jaunt down Camino Martin to the Catalina Brewing Company (Stop 8). Even the kids will love this stop since CBC has a ton of games, including a mini-shuffleboard setup which is already a favorite among the younger crowd. Hank and Brian, who opened Catalina Brewery earlier this year, are avid cyclists themselves. “We bike, we brew,” as they like to say, and with their convenient location right next to the Loop, it’s easy to see that this motto isn’t just a clever slogan. It’s a way of life.
After this full day, you’re just a short bike ride from your car. Cross back through the wash and ride northeast to Christina Taylor Green Memorial River Park (Stop 2). By the time you get home, you’ll want nothing more than to go to bed early. You’ve earned it. Discover family adventures when you Discover Marana.
For a detailed map of this route, click here.