Why do we require an application?Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:
1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?
Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.
We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.
Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.
Big, epic, sweeping vistas and scenery like nowhere else on the planet with some of the most jaw-dropping mountain biking anywhere on Earth.
Not as well-known (or as crowded) as its famous cousin Moab to the East, the St.George and Hurricane area nonetheless offers up epic mountain biking on the same scale, with a plethora of big descents from mountain tops down to spectacular valleys. This trip boasts tonnes of mountain biking adventure, riding the best selection of intermediate level trails the area offers.
If you are a fit, expert level Rider, but want to ease into Utah riding, consider booking the Magnificent Mesas followed by our Ultimate Moab Experience, as we’ve scheduled them back to back for people like you!
Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect.
IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?
This Ride is for you if you are a strong-intermediate level mountain biker, with sound technical skills, who wants to experience Utah riding at it’s best. You're ok with a more relaxed pace and level than our Ultimate Moab Experience, and tracking calories, mileage, or pace just ain't your thing! This trip will offer an itinerary filled with intermediate to strong-intermediate level trails. You love big open vistas, you’re okay with some exposure while riding and can appreciate spectacular scenery. You don't mind climbing but enjoy the odd shuttle to get you to the top of a big epic downhill. Hiking to a sunset gourmet dinner after a day of riding is right up your alley, or should we say valley?
WHY RIDE WITH US?
- Satisfaction Guarantee
- Guaranteed Departures
- Lifetime Deposits
- Risk-Free Booking Window
- Travel Concierge
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit.
DAY 1. WELCOME TO ST. GEORGE UTAH!
After settling into your room at the Hampton Inn, we encourage you to unpack and rest up for the adventure ahead!
At 7:00 p.m., head down to the hotel conference room for a group meet and greet. We’ll review the incredible weeks itinerary, build our bikes, enjoy some local beverages and some pizza. We’ll provide helping hands for anyone needing assistance.
DAY 2. BIG DAY OF ADVENTURE! RIDE MORE COW BELLS, JEM, GUACAMOLE, HIKE ZION NATIONAL PARK
After a hearty breakfast at the Hampton Inn, we’ll hop in our private shuttle van and head to the bike shop in Hurricane to pick up bikes for those who have rented.
This morning we’ll ride More Cow Bells and JEM, which offers spectacular views of the chasm of the Virgin River and a high-speed singletrack descent!
We’ll have a snack in the van while heading over to Guacamole Trail: a super fun mix of undulating open-rock riding plus singletrack through juniper and brush.
A picnic lunch will be enjoyed trailside on Guacamole - Guac and chips anyone?
We’ll wrap up riding early afternoon and head off for our next adventure.
A short drive away is Zion National Park, one of the first national parks in Utah. One of the most spectacular in the US - Zion's beauty leaves visitors breathless. Known for its canyons, Zion offers up one of North America's premier hiking experiences.
We’ll enjoy a short hike on the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion.
We’ll wrap up this huge day of adventure with dinner in Springdale before heading back to St. George for a good night of rest.
DAY 3. RIDE GOOSEBERRY MESA, HIKE SNOW CANYON, GOURMET DINNER AT CRAWDAD CANYON
After a hearty breakfast at the Hampton Inn, we’ll hit the open road.
First stop: the world class trail network of Gooseberry Mesa.
We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at the Point of the Mesa, overlooking 3 states.
We’ll wrap up the ride and head back to the Hampton Inn to freshen up and switch over to our hiking gear.
Early evening, we’ll head out to hike Snow Canyon State Park, featuring a canyon carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the Red Mountains.
This incredible day of adventure, will wrap up with a gourmet sunset dinner at Crawdad Canyon!
DAY 4. epic day ahead!
Rise and shine for an early breakfast at the Hampton Inn. We’ll pack up our bikes and hit the open road.
SPRING SEASON (April & May):
This morning we’ll get to experience Barrel Roll Trail, an intermediate-level trail in the Santa Clara River Preserve with beautiful views of the Pine Valley Mountains. We’ll then move on to Bearclaw Poppy Trail, named after the endangered Bearclaw poppy flower. Known for its super-fun decent, this trail has been picked by utahmountainbiking.com as a “must ride” trail!
We'll stop for a quick and early lunch, before heading over to Gander.
Gander is a fairly new trail built in 2014 by Morgan Harris (who built Gooseberry and Little Creek). It starts at Gooseberry Mesa and offers a little more singletrack than Gooseberry. It’s a “one-way” trail, and the van will meet us at the bottom.
FALL SEASON (September & October):
This morning, we’ll get to experience the incredible trail system of Brian Head.
We'll stop for a quick and early lunch, before heading over to Thunder Mountain for an afternoon of scenic riding.
Thunder Mountain could be the most scenic trail in Utah. You'll ride through the bright red and pink "hoodoos" unique to the Bryce Canyon area. Although the trail is only eight miles long, often riders take over two hours to ride it for the the many photo-opps it provides. One of the most photographed areas is called the "spine" where you ride across a 3 foot wide spine dropping off at 45 degrees on both sides. The last 2 miles of Thunder Mountain is a fun, flowing downhill through the aspens and pines.
We’ll wrap up this epic day of riding with a group dinner and head back to the Hampton Inn for a solid night of rest.
DAY 5. RIDE LITTLE CREEK MESA
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll hit the road and head over to Little Creek Mesa.
20 miles of technical slickrock and singletrack, Little Creek Mesa Trail will not disappoint. There’s something magical about riding a trail that is off the beaten track, hard to find and hard to follow - and our Guides know it like the back of their hand! We’ll follow cairns through this incredible canyon ride with incredible views towards Gooseberry Mesa and the Pine Valley Mountains. We'll stop for a snack break mid-trail, as this epic ride is known to take anywhere from 3-6 hours.
After this incredible day of riding, we’ll stop for lunch in Hurricane at one of the many local hot spots, before heading back to the bike shop in Hurricane to drop off bikes for those who rented.
We'll be heading back to the Hampton Inn in St. George by early evening. Tonight, we’ll head out for our final group dinner (and we hope you all can join!).
DAY 6. TIME TO SAY FAREWELL!
Rise and shine for our last breakfast together. High five your new riding pals and say your goodbyes until next time. Sob, weep, waaaaa!
- 2 certified, experienced and super-fun guides
- Rider to Guide ratio 9:2
- Transportation during the trip in our private and air-conditioned shuttle
- 4 days of organized, pedal-packed, guided mountain biking
- 5 nights of accommodation
- 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners
- Bike building pizza party
- Bike tools and maintenance kit at your disposal
- Ice-cold microbrews and local beverages at the end of each days ride
- Snacks for riding
Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.
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|Name||Bio||My 'Sacred Ride'|
|Let's see, how do I begin one of these? Mountain biking saved my life? How's that? After a directionless, rather unmotivated push through my late teens and early twenties my life path crossed with an incredible person/boss that basically...||When I need my quick fix after work or in a crunch, the Green Lake trail is my go-to sacred shred. Steep and challenging climb>gorgeous seclusion>ripping fast downhill...it packs a...[more]|
|I learned to mountain bike in 2002, in Durango, Colorado. Since then, mountain biking has brought me some of my most cherished friends and experiences, and has been a constant through the best and worst times of my life. It's amazing how a...||The Whole Enchilada, no question about it.|
|I love to ride, I always have. Growing up in Ontario, I was that kid who rode my bike everywhere, every day of the year. From the day my training wheels were removed, I've been addicted to free wheelin. I rode bmx, flatland, trials, x-...[more]||My sacred ride; well, that would have to be Hyper Ventilation to Hyper Extension in Fernie. An awesome switchbacking climb (yes, I love going uphill too) with some of the best views in...[more]|
|I started riding in N.Vancouver around the dawn of the millennium. Falling in love with the gnarly shore trails and spending most of my summer days in Whistler and Squamish, I started racing and coaching pretty quick. Traveling and riding all the...||My 'sacred ride' is the incredible Slunt Trail in Fernie, BC: it's a slog and a grunt! This epic ride takes you high above the Elk Valley, with a fast, flowy and amazing...[more]|
Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)
|Day||Hours of Riding||Distance ridden||Elevation gained||Elevation lost||Highest elevation|
|1||0 hours||0 km||0 m||0 m||0 m|
|2||3 hours||17 km||409 m||177 m||1316 m|
|3||3 hours||21 km||174 m||174 m||1651 m|
|4||5 hours||28 km||593 m||807 m||1545 m|
|5||4.5 hours||25 km||300 m||487 m||1780 m|
|6||0 hours||0 km||0 m||0 m||0 m|
|Totals||15.5 hours||91 km||1476 m||1645 m||1780 m|
|Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$260.00 USD|
|Single Room Supplement||$400.00 USD|
|High-End Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$450.00 USD|
|Donation to Bikes Without Borders||$20.00 CAD|
|Start Date||Pickup Location & Time||End Date||Dropoff Location & Time||Price||Deposit||Currency||Booking||Private?||Availability|
|Saturday, April 22, 2017||St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm||Thursday, April 27, 2017||St. George hotel (Utah), 9 am||1,695.00||339.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, September 23, 2017||St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm||Thursday, September 28, 2017||St. George hotel (Utah), 9 am||1,695.00||339.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, October 7, 2017||St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm||Thursday, October 12, 2017||St. George hotel (Utah), 9 am||1,695.00||339.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, October 14, 2017||St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm||Thursday, October 19, 2017||St. George hotel (Utah), 9 am||1,695.00||339.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Start Date||Pickup Location & Time||End Date||Dropoff Location & Time||Price||Deposit||Currency||Booking||Private?||Availability|
|Saturday, April 14, 2018||St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm||Thursday, April 19, 2018||St. George hotel (Utah), 9 am||1,795.00||359.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, April 28, 2018||St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm||Thursday, May 3, 2018||St. George hotel (Utah), 9 am||1,795.00||359.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, October 6, 2018||St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm||Thursday, October 11, 2018||St. George hotel (Utah), 9 am||1,795.00||359.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Saturday, October 20, 2018||St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm||Thursday, October 25, 2018||St. George hotel (Utah), 9 am||1,795.00||359.00||USD||Book Now!|
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