"Another unforgettable, brilliant trip on some of the best trails - pushing my skills and riding with great people." Roddy Beynon, UK

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.

There are places on this Earth where you stand in awe of just how beautiful our planet is and get a chill or two down your spine. On this Ride, you'll get that feeling almost every single day.

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.

This incredible itinerary features as many of our local favourites as we could pack into 11 days, in places like St. George, Thunder Mountain, Zion, Moab, Fruita, and more!

Check out a past Rider's writeup in the Bangkok Post

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This Ride is for you if you are a mountain bike addict who loves nothing more than riding singletrack 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.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    8/9

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $2,795 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    7/9

    Level 7

    • You can ride 5 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks, over several days.
    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.
    • You exercise on average 6-7 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 7

    • You can ride 5 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks, over several days.
    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.
    • You exercise on average 6-7 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $559 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    11 days
  • DATES

    Apr.-May & Sep./Oct.SEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Familiar

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • Travel Concierge

Check out our Peace of Mind Policies

(Please note: the first 5 days of the itinerary will differ in the spring and fall due to the weather in certain areas. Please scroll down to view the itinerary in the spring.)trong>

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Fall Itinerary (first 5 day)

Day 1. Arrive Las Vegas, transfer St George

After landing in Las Vegas, take the shuttle to our hotel in St. George and if you have time, relax and enjoy the scenery and sights in this quaint southwestern town. We'll have a meet and greet dinner at 7 pm at our hotel and discuss the incredible trip ahead.

Day 2. Bearclaw Poppy, Barrel Roll

Get ready for a fantastic first day of riding! We'll get the legs warmed up and the blood pumping on the incredibly fun Bearclaw Poppy trail, just outside of St George. Highlights include a not-too-tough one-mile hill climb, a run down a desert wash, a series of short "scary but not too hairy" drop-offs, and a roller coaster hard-pack. 

We'll grab lunch and hydrate at Jazzy Jay's, then spend the afternoon riding the best trails in the Santa Clara area, like Stucki Springs, Barrel Roll or Suicidal Tendencies. We'll head into town for dinner, then back for a swim at the hotel. 

Day 3. Gooseberry Mesa, JEM

We'll start off with the spectacular Gooseberry Mesa, now being mentioned in the same category as the Slickrock Trail and Porcupine Rim in Moab as one of the elite mountain bike trails in the world. Gooseberry is an amazing combination of technical, slick rock ups & downs and single track. Trails requiring different technical abilities loop from the road. (The South Rim loop is more technical than the North Rim loop). Views from the edge of the mesa will take your breath away!

We'll top off an incredible day with the mind-blowing JEM trail, which offers spectacular views of the chasm of the Virgin River and a high-speed singletrack descent. After a round of high-fives and a few cold ones, we'll head to the remarkable Cedar Breaks Lodge, our home for the next 2 nights, for some fine-dining, a hot-tub soak and a deep, restful slumber.

Day 4. Angel's Landing, Thunder Mountain

We'll start the day off with a bang, getting up early to catch the early morning light in Zion National Park. One of the first national parks in Utah - and one of the most spectacular in the US - Zion's beauty leaves visitors breathless and speechless. Known for its canyons, Zion offers up one of North America's premier hiking experiences. We'll take a couple of hours off the bikes this morning to hike the spectacular Angel's Landing trail, which offers up a healthy serving of stunning views of Zion Canyon.

We'll grab a delicious, hearty lunch at Oscar's Cafe in Springdale, before heading over to Thunder Mountain, another one of Utah's well-known epics (rated #1 trail in US by Bike Magazine). Thunder Mountain is probably 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 because they are off of their bikes taking pictures. 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 back to Cedar Breaks Lodge for a nice BBQ dinner.

Day 5. Virgin River Rim

After fueling up on a delicious and colorie-packed breakfast, we'll shuttle to the awesome Virgin River Rim trail, one of our personal favourites. We're talking about a high-altitude alpine singletrack, skirting the edge of Utah's high southern plateau and offering excellent forested riding and some killer views. Lots of great photo opps along the way, including the iconic Pink Cliffs, an eroded rock formation similar to Bryce Canyon. 

After this incredible ride, we'll say goodbye to our friends on the Magnificent Mesas and head back to beautiful Cedar Breaks for a relaxing evening, sharing pictures, stories and laughs from the day (scroll down to Day 6 for the rest of the itinerary).

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Spring Itinerary (first 5 days)

Day 1. Arrive Las Vegas, transfer St George

After landing in Las Vegas, take the shuttle to our hotel in St. George and if you have time, relax and enjoy the scenery and sights in this quaint southwestern town. We'll have a meet and greet dinner at 7 pm at our hotel and discuss the incredible trip ahead.

Day 2. Bearclaw Poppy, Barrel Roll

Get ready for a fantastic first day of riding! We'll get the legs warmed up and the blood pumping on the incredibly fun Bearclaw Poppy trail, just outside of St George. Highlights include a not-too-tough one-mile hill climb, a run down a desert wash, a series of short "scary but not too hairy" drop-offs, and a roller coaster hard-pack. 

We'll grab lunch and hydrate at Jazzy Jay's, then spend the afternoon riding the best trails in the Santa Clara area, like Stucki Springs, Barrel Roll or Suicidal Tendencies. We'll head into town for dinner, then back for a swim at the hotel. 

Day 3. Little Creek, JEM

This morning, we'll shuttle an hour east to Little Creek Mesa, what our driver Mark refers to as his favourite trail in all of Utah! Little Creek is the perfect mix of singletrack, open rock areas and technical challenges. The trail zigs and zags over small outcrops of rock and rolling sandstone without any long brutal climbs and just about a gazillion stunt opportunities.

We'll grab lunch in Little Plain before heading to the epic JEM trail in the afternoon, which offers spectacular views of the chasm of the Virgin River and a high-speed singletrack descent. After a round of high-fives and a few cold ones, we'll head to Springdale to check-in at the beautiful, rustic Pioneer Lodge, just outside of the must-see Zion National Park.

Day 4. Angel's Landing, Guacamole

We'll start the day off with a bang, getting up early to catch the early morning light in Zion National Park. One of the first national parks in Utah - and one of the most spectacular in the US - Zion's beauty leaves visitors breathless and speechless. Known for its canyons, Zion offers up one of North America's premier hiking experiences. We'll take a couple of hours off the bikes this morning to hike the spectacular Angel's Landing trail, which offers up a healthy serving of stunning views of Zion Canyon.

We'll grab a delicious, hearty lunch at Oscar's Cafe in Springdale, before shuttling 30 minutes to the amazing Guacamole trail, a super fun mix of undulating open-rock riding plus singletrack through pinion, juniper, and brush. It's back to the Pioneer Lodge this evening where we'll feast on traditional Southwestern cuisine, relax in the jacuzzi, throw back a few cold ones and call it a day.

Day 5. Gooseberry Mesa

We'll check out of the Pioneer Lodge and make our way to the epic Gooseberry Mesa trail, now being mentioned in the same category as the Slickrock Trail and Porcupine Rim in Moab as one of the elite mountain bike trails in the world. Gooseberry is an amazing combination of technical, slick rock ups & downs and single track. Trails requiring different technical abilities loop from the road. (The South Rim loop is more technical than the North Rim loop). Views from the edge of the mesa will take your breath away!

After this incredible ride, we'll say goodbye to our friends on the Magnificent Mesas and head back to beautiful Cedar Breaks for a relaxing evening, sharing pictures, stories and laughs from the day.'ll>

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Day 6. Transfer to Grand Junction

After 4 big days in the saddle, we'll enjoy some well deserved rest this morning - enjoying a gluttonous brunch. In the afternoon, we'll hop in the van and make our way to Grand Junction, CO, where we'll check-in to our hotel and meet our new friends on the Best of Moab and Fuita. We'll have a meet-and-greet dinner at 7pm and chat about what the next few days have in store for us.

Day 7. Steve's Loop, Moore's Fun 

Fruita is now mentioned as often as Moab when talking about mountain biking meccas in the United States (and some will say in the world). There's a bit of everything: breathtaking climbs, tight switchbacks, exhilarating downhills and technical challenges unmatched in most of North America. Today, we'll head to Fruita, then ride several local epics in the Kokopelli area, including Steve's Loop and Moore's Fun. Tonight, we stay in Grand Junction.

Day 8. Mag 7, Bar M

Today, we're off to Mag 7, an awesome new trail system in Moab. The first part has lots of fast-paced, holy-crap-that-was-fun sections. Then, there are two options on the second half of the trail: we can either go down the famous Poison Spider Trail including the Portal or the more intermediate, Gemini Bridges Road.  We'll hit up Bar M in the afternoon; a great mixture of slick rock and singletrack loops.

Day 9. The Whole Enchilada

Linking up several Moab favourites, this trail spans almost 30 miles and has a cumulative descent of over 8,000 feet. The beauty of this ride is not just the sheer scale of it - but its diversity. Starting in the high alpine, the ride transitions to aspens, high desert and finishes off plummeting down to the Colorado River on exposed singletrack. It includes Porcupine Rim, one of the most incredible trails in the world. The type of riding if vastly diverse as well: from slow, steep and technical rocky singletrack to wide open high speed sections and everything in between.

Day 10. Slick Rock, Arches hike

This morning, it's off to the most recognized trail in the world: Slickrock. Often because it is so well known people mistakenly think Slickrock is easier than it really is. This is a rock trail marked by white dots to guide your way, and 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. In the afternoon, we'll head over to the spectacular Arches National Park with views to die for. We'll then hop back in the van to enjoy our final dinner together in Moab and hit the hay for a good night's rest.

Day 11. Moab to St George

We'll head out in the morning after a hearty breakfast for the drive back to St George, arriving at around 4pm. You can then hop on your shuttle back to Las Vegas. We recommend you not book a flight leaving Las Vegas before 9pm, or spend the night in Sin City to fly out the next morning.

  • 10 days of incredible mountain biking
  • 10 nights of accommodation in local lodges and hotels
  • Delicious breakfasts and lunches
  • All transportation during the trip (to and from St George)
  • 2 experienced, certified guides
  • Admission to national parks
  • Tools and maintenance kit at your disposal
  • Ice-cold microbrews at the end of each day

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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BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Ryan Stimac
I live in Durango Colorado it's a great place for a mountain biker. My brother showed me the movie ROAM, I didn't even bike then but I thought "what that's what mountain biking is, I'm in." I spent all the money I had...[more] Molas pass to Durango Epic high country, above tree line, basin hopping, huge descents, big weather

Sylvi White
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.

Cathleen McCulla
Cathleen purchased her first mountain bike -a yellow K2 Attack- in Kauai Hawaii 2001. As it turned out, she didn't fall in love with the sport 'till after she purchased her 4th bike -a black anodized Santa Cruz Nomad AKA: Black Mamba- in... Goose

Mark Baeder
Raised in California, I've been guiding with Sacred Rides for the last 3 seasons. I'm the Lead Guide in California, as well as running day trips with Mountain Bike San Francisco. I'm an IMBA Certified Mountain Bike Guide and Skills... It's a tough call between Manly Gulch, a sweet flowy descent, or Paradise Royal, a remote singletrack loop after a fresh rain.

Ryan Kikauka
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]

Johanna Weintrager
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, I started racing and coaching pretty quick. Sacred Rides found me in the mountains of... 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]
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Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Projekt Roam: Fruita
Fruita mountain biking
The Whole Enchilada (HD)
Flying down the Whole Enchilada
Thunder Mountain (HD)
The Whole Enchilada, Moab, Utah (part II)
The Whole Enchilada, Moab, Utah
JEM Trail, Utah
Porcupine Rim, Utah
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental$425.00 USD
Single Room Upgrade$650.00 USD
High-end mountain bike rental$800.00 USD
Extra Hotel Nights
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (single)$120.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (double)$150.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (single)$120.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (double)$150.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 CAD

Book Your Spot!

To book your spot on this Ride, click on one of the Booking links below to put down your deposit. The deposit is fully refundable for 14 days after booking, giving you 2 weeks to sort out flights, vacation time, etc... and not have someone else take your spot(s)!


All departures are guaranteed to run - we'll never cancel a trip due to low numbers!

And we're so certain that you'll have the experience of a lifetime on this Ride that we back it with our Ride Guarantee!

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.

2015
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, May 9, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 4 pm 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Sold Out
Saturday, May 23, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm Tuesday, June 2, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 4 pm 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Yes Sold Out
Saturday, September 19, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm Tuesday, September 29, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 4 pm 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, October 3, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 4 pm 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Sold Out
Saturday, October 10, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2015 St. George hotel (Utah), 4 pm 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
2016
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, May 14, 2016 St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2016 St. George hotel (Utah), 4 pm 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, September 17, 2016 St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2016 St. George hotel (Utah), 4 pm 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, October 1, 2016 St. George hotel (Utah), 7 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2016 St. George hotel (Utah), 4 pm 2,795.00 559.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
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