Located east of Tucson in the shadow of the Rincon Mountains, the Chiva Falls make a great destination for exploring the network of trails in the area. The classic (and shortest) ride is an 8 mile out and back to the 60' bridal veil falls via a rough jeep trail. The falls are nice for a summer swim and the route provides intense bike handling practice. For longer rides, the basic route to the falls can be combined with one of three alternate return routes to form loops from 12 to over 20 miles. Also, keep in mind that the Arizona Trail crosses Redington Road a little further up on its way to the Mt. Lemmon Summit. A great resource for route planning is the Tucson Area Mountain Bike Trail Map from AzORA (520) 882-6567.
To reach the trailhead from Tucson, follow Tanque Verde Road east until it turns into Redington Road (FS371). After turning into dirt, climb for five miles on very rough road. Past milepost 7, cross a cattleguard and after about 1000’, turn right into a parking area.
From the parking area, the basic route heads east down an extremely rocky chute which eventually levels to an unmarked jeep trail (FS4417). At about 2.5 miles, pass a large tank (pond) on the left and turn right onto singletrack for a shortcut to FS4426. At the end of the singletrack on FS4426, head across the cattleguard and stay to the right at the intersections. Follow the main route across several washes and veer left at the next intersection to reach the Falls.
Overall, Chiva Falls Loop is the 28th most popular mountain bike trail of all 103 mountain biking rides in Arizona.