Mountain Biking From the Eyes of Pnut


If you haven’t met me yet, they call me Pnut! It was a nickname given to me by my guide friends from the East coast that kind of stuck. I am the mountain biking aficionado here at the ranch! I wanted to share what you can expect when you go on a ride with my team.

First, if you are a beginning mountain biker and are curious in the mountain biking adventure that Tanque Verde Ranch offers, look no further! We want to make sure you are completely comfortable and have fun but are also safe. No need to worry though, we provide you with everything from the helmet, gloves, and of course, the fully equipped, finely-tuned mountain bike with mechanical disc brakes.

When joining me on a mountain bike tour, one may wonder what to wear. I suggest wearing something that you are comfortable riding in, sweating in, and getting a little dirty in. Although you may have brought your cowboy boots to the ranch, I would suggest wearing comfortable athletic shoes on the bike tour. Depending on the weather, shorts and a t-shirt in the warmth while tighter style clothing around the legs and a sweatshirt might be the best in the cooler season.

Our rides vary in ability: all levels, intermediate, and adventure. Whether you want to ride at a relaxed pace with stops to admire the amazing flora and fauna or you want to get a good workout in, you are sure to have an outstanding experience at a comfortable pace.


Our Mountain Biking for All Levels is offered twice daily. There is no prior mountain biking experience needed for this ride. While on the tour, I’ll suggest things that will help you to become a better mountain biker. We’ll build your bike handling skills with games, obstacles, and a pump track in a controlled setting while exploring 640 acres of property. Along our ride, we will experience the desert and I’ll educate and amuse you with fun facts. It’s fun taking riders for their first experience and having them get “hooked” on mountain biking. If you’re already an experienced mountain biker, this may be a good opportunity to join with a beginner, friend, or family member and enjoy the adventure together.

Also offered daily is the Intermediate Mountain Ride. Previous mountain biking experience is needed for this ride. When I say mountain biking, I mean a thrill ride through the desert with some exciting technical areas. I will help you to develop and build on your techniques while exploring some of the harder lines on our beautiful property. While on this ride, you’ll need to be prepared to handle going further and faster than what is experienced in the All Levels ride. Not sure if you’re up to the challenge? Sign up for the All Levels Ride first and ask me or one of our guides on how you are doing. We’ll make some suggestions and recommendations to make you feel more comfortable on your decision.

Our Adventure Ride is a customized ride with multiple levels of terrain. Once you have ridden with the guides and me on the property and you feel like it’s time for the next level—on an ADVENTURE we will go! An excursion off our property to explore the amazing surrounding Tucson single track is next on the checklist.

Our three guides have over 45 years of combined riding experience. Private rides on and off property, as well as instruction, are available upon request.  We have an array of mountain biking activities for everyone here at Tanque Verde Ranch. Let’s go for a ride! Check out times on our activity schedule or call us at 800-234-3833 to start your next adventure!