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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.
With visits to four of the most spectacular National Parks in the Southwestern United States, AND a week of shredding in Moab (the mecca of mountain biking) this 11-day mountain bike journey showcases SOME OF THE BEST RIDING ON THE PLANET.
There are few places in the world that can compare to the American Southwest; experience Porcupine Rim trail on your mountain bike and you'll be stopping every few minutes to ask someone to pinch you to find out if you're dreaming. Stand at a lookout on the Thunder Mountain trail and you'll get dizzy from the spectacular views. Experience sunset at Arches National Park and you'll swear you've found God.
You’ll travel in comfort in our own private shuttle to as many of our local favourites as we could pack into 11 days, in places like St. George, Thunder Mountain, Zion, Moab and more!
This trip is for experienced and technically strong riders only! 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 technically strong mountain bike addict who loves nothing more than riding singletrack and rocky terrain for hours and hours. You love big open vistas on your rides and can appreciate spectacular scenery. You've always wanted to ride Slickrock and the other classic trails of the Southwest.
WHY RIDE WITH US?
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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 bike stands, tools and helping hands for anyone needing assistance.
n.b. For those taking the St. George Shuttle from Las Vegas, our private shuttle will pick you up from the St. George Shuttle platform upon arrival and transfer you to the Hampton Inn.
Day 2. Let the riding begin! More Cow Bells, JEM, Guacamole Trail
After a hearty breakfast at the Hampton Inn, we’ll hop in our private shuttle 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 stop for lunch in LaVerkin, then hit up Guacamole Trail: a super fun mix of undulating open-rock riding plus singletrack through juniper and brush.
After our first full day of riding, we’ll head back to the Hampton Inn for some down time before heading out for a group dinner (for those who’d like to join).
Day 3. Big day on Gooseberry Mesa Trail Network
After a hearty breakfast at the Hampton Inn, we’ll build our own lunches from our lunch buffet and pack it go on our big day of shredding!
First stop: the world class trail network of Gooseberry Mesa.
We’ll have 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 for some down time before heading out for a group dinner (for those who’d like to join).
Day 4. Zion National Park Hike, Thunder Mountain Trail Riding and Bryce Canyon visit
After a hearty breakfast at the Hampton Inn, we’ll pack up our luggage and hit the open road.
Morning destination: 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. On our magical drive through Zion, we’ll stop along Highway 9 in the park to stretch out our legs on one of the many shorter - yet stunning - hikes along the way.
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 then head over to the town of Kanab, home of many old western movies. Here, we’ll rest up at Parry Lodge, where stars like John Wayne and Ronald Reagan also caught some Z’s.
Tonight, we’ll dine in Kanab as a group (for those who’d like to join).
Day 5. Lunch at the Grand Canyon Lodge and ride Little Creek Mesa
After a hearty breakfast at Parry’s Lodge, we’ll pack up our luggage for a road trip to the one-and-only Grand Canyon.
We’ll do some sightseeing and take advantage of some incredible photo opportunities the Grand Canyon offers.
We'll enjoy a lunch to remember at the Grand Canyon Lodge.
You’ll be thankful for the relaxed morning, as this afternoon, we’ll be hitting up 20 miles of technical slickrock and singletrack at Little Creek Mesa Trail.
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 be heading back to the Hampton Inn in St. George around 7:00 p.m.
Day 6. Road Trip to Moab!
Take the morning to catch a few extra Z’s, and have breakfast at your leisure at the Hampton Inn. Our private shuttle will be hitting the road at 9:00 a.m.
We’ll stop for lunch in Richfield and arrive to our accommodation in Moab around 3:30 p.m. to settle in.
At 7:00 p.m., we’ll meet up with the Riders joining us for the Moab portion of the trip for a group meet and greet, review of the incredible weeks itinerary, bike building, beers, and pizza party.
Day 7. Let the Moab riding begin! Navajo Rocks Trail and Mag 7 Trail
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll build our own lunches from our lunch buffet and pack it to go on our first day of shredding in Moab.
First stop, the Navajo Rocks Trail. The BLM has blessed us with this great new trail system. Our in-the-know team will have you starting this ride off with an 8 mile downhill, not typically included.
We’ll have a picnic lunch at Dead Horse Point overlooking the Colorado River.
We’ll wrap up the afternoon with riding Mag 7 Trail. The first part of Mag 7 has lots of fast-paced, holy-crap-that-was-fun sections. Then, we have two options, the Portal Trail, or Great Escape/Arth’s loop.
We’ll head back to our accommodation for some down time before heading out for a group dinner (for those who’d like to join).
Day 8. Slickrock Trail and Pipe Dream
After a hearty breakfast, it's off to the most recognized trail in the world: Slickrock.
Riders mistakenly think Slickrock is easier than it really is. This is a rock trail marked by white dots to guide your way, although it's not a beginner or even lower intermediate trail - it's a technical romp through spectacular scenery, and a ride that will stay with you forever. The views across the slick rock, especially in the early morning or late afternoon will take your breath away.
We’ll head to town for a quick bite to eat at Peace Tree Cafe.
This afternoon, we’ll ride Pipe Dream. Thanks to our own private shuttle access, we’ll ride Pipe Dream as a one-way trail from South to North. It’s the perfect ride at the end of the day as the mesa to our west shades us from the afternoon sun.
We’ll head back to our accommodation for some down time before heading out for a group dinner (for those who’d like to join).
Day 9. Porcupine Rim Trail and Hike at Arches National Park
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll head off to Porcupine Rim Trail.
We’ll experience 14 miles of vastly diverse riding: from slow, steep and technical rocky singletrack to wide open high speed sections and everything in between. You're going to love this trail.
We’ll stop for a picnic lunch mid trail and finish up mid afternoon.
This afternoon, we’ll head over to Arches National Park for a pre-dinner hike.
Tonight we’ll head out for a group dinner (for those who’d like to join).
Day 10. Captain Ahab Trail and Klondike Bluffs Trail
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll head over to Captain Ahab to ride one of Moab’s newest trails.
Built by local riders to be unapologetically technical, Captain Ahab is the epitome of Moab’s version of “All Mountain” riding. With numerous mandatory drops and steep technical descents, often with little warning, this trail keeps you on your toes! In between the heart pounding thrills are some great flowy descents.
We’ll stop for a picnic lunch followed by shredding at Klondike Bluffs.
Tonight, we’ll head out for our final group dinner (and we hope you all can join!).
Day 11. Morning ride: PIPE DREAM Trail and goodbyes!
Rise and shine for our last breakfast together in Moab.
Before hitting the trails, we’ll build our own lunches from our lunch buffet so it’s ready to devour upon returning back to our condo’s.
We’ll hit the incredible Pipe Dream trails early this morning and see how far we’ve come, cleaning sections we walked on Day 8. The morning will be dedicated to enjoying every last pedal stroke in Moab.
We’ll head back to our condo to clean up, enjoy some lunch grub, pack up and check-out by 1:00 p.m.
High five your new riding pals and say your goodbyes until next time. Sob, weep, waaaaa!
N.b. For Riders needing to get back to St. George, we will arrange for transportation from Moab leaving at 1:00 p.m. to The Hampton Inn in St. George Utah arriving between 7:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m.. For those requiring an additional hotel night in St. George, please book directly with The Hampton Inn using this link.
- 2 certified, experienced and super-fun guides
- Rider to Guide ratio 9:2
- Transportation during the trip in our private and air-conditioned shuttle
- 10 days of organized, pedal-packed, guided mountain biking
- 10 nights of accommodation in historic lodges, clean hotels and new condos
- 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 2 dinners
- Admission to the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce and Arches National Parks
- 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
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||4 hours||11 km||170 m||155 m||m|
|3||4 hours||15 km||m||m||m|
|4||4 hours||16 km||m||m||m|
|5||6 hours||32 km||m||m||m|
|6||0 hours||0 km||0 m||0 m||0 m|
|7||5 hours||20 km||390 m||600 m||1450 m|
|8||5 hours||18 km||390 m||600 m||m|
|9||5 hours||22 km||136 m||995 m||2000 m|
|10||3 hours||8 km||240 m||439 m||1500 m|
|11||4 hours||9 km||316 m||457 m||1430 m|
|Totals||40 hours||151 km||1642 m||3246 m||2000 m|
|Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$750.00 USD|
|Single Room Supplement||$800.00 USD|
|High-End Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$895.00 USD|
|Donation to Bikes Without Borders||$20.00 CAD|
There are no scheduled departures for this Ride at the moment, however custom group departures are available for groups of 4 or more. If you are interested in a custom departure, contact our office at email@example.com or 1-888-423-7849. You can also add this Ride to your Bucket List (click on 'Add to Bucket List' at right) and you'll be notified when scheduled dates are added!
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