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El Tour de Tucson is Arizona’s largest and longest-running bicycling event. Held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour is a fundraising adventure ride attracting cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide. Further information about El Tour de Tucson, including a route map, can be found at

Motorists may experience lengthy traffic delays associated with this event, so please plan accordingly.  The traveling public should use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in these areas.  Please watch for event participants, obey all traffic control, and watch for detour signs and personnel providing traffic control.


On Saturday, November 18, 2023, the 40th Annual El Tour de Tucson will take place throughout the community.  The following travel restrictions and road closures will be in place for the day-long event.



  • On Friday, November 17, 2023, beginning at 6 a.m., Cushing Street from Stone Avenue to El Paso Avenue will be closed.

  • On Saturday, beginning at 6 a.m., Sixth Avenue from 22nd Street to Broadway will be closed to motorists. Expect additional side street closures in the downtown area.



  • The following roadway closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    • Aviation Parkway eastbound from Broadway to Golf Links Road

    • Wilmot Road southbound from Golf Links Road to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

    • Nicaragua Drive/Calle Polar/Escalante Road eastbound from Wilmot Road to Kolb Road

    • Kolb Road southbound from Escalante Road to Valencia Road


East Side:

  • Houghton Road southbound will be closed to motorists from Mary Ann Cleveland Way/Old Vail Road to Sahuarita Road beginning at 8 a.m. It is anticipated to reopen by noon.

  • I-10 eastbound exit at Houghton Road

  • Houghton Road northbound/southbound at the I-10: Houghton Road Traffic Interchange

  • The following roadways will be highly restricted to travel:

    • Valencia Road eastbound/westbound from Kolb Road to Houghton Road

    • Valencia Road eastbound from Houghton Road to Old Spanish Trail

    • Mary Ann Cleveland Way westbound from Colossal Cave Road to Houghton Road

    • Houghton Road northbound from Mary Ann Cleveland Way to Valencia Road


South Side

  • Valencia Road westbound from Benson Highway to Alvernon Way

  • I-10 eastbound exit at Valencia Road and Sixth Avenue

  • Alvernon Way southbound from Valencia Road to Aerospace Parkway

  • Sixth Avenue/Nogales Highway northbound from 22nd Street to Sahuarita Road will be highly restricted to travel


These roadways are anticipated to reopen as the last rider passes through the closures, with all roadways scheduled to reopen by 5:00 PM.  There will be additional traffic restrictions regionally to accommodate this event. Emergency services personnel will be allowed to travel through the closures in case of an emergency.

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