Grand Canyon National Park Mountain Bike Tour

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Activity
Mountain Biking
Destination
ArizonaGrand Canyon
Tour Length
4 days, 3 Nights
Accomodations
Camping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate to Advanced

Ride some of Arizona’s most remote and picturesque singletrack on a 4-day guided mountain bike trip at Grand Canyon National Park. Bike the Rainbow Rim Trail on Grand Canyon’s North Rim and a forested high-altitude section of the epic Arizona Trail. The Rainbow Rim Trail offers stunning views of the Grand Canyon and is one of the few mountain bike trails at Grand Canyon and the only piece of singletrack trail on the rim of the Grand Canyon that is open to bikes.

You’ll be amazed not only by the views of the canyon itself but also by the lush and forested backcountry of the Kaibab National Forest. Explore this stunning alpine wilderness on two wheels while riding the length of the Rainbow Rim. Expert local guides ride with you every mile of trail and offer all the essential comforts of home in a comfortable basecamp setting. We offer this Grand Canyon tour from Flagstaff or Phoenix.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip ground transportation from Scottsdale, AZ or Flagstaff, AZ
  • 3 nights camping with comfortable basecamp amenities
  • Basecamp Group Gear (personal mess kit, kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dish washing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 4
  • Water and snacks
  • Rider support/aid stations during rides
  • Rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance (upon request)
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide/mechanic

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Grand Canyon National Park entry and permits
  • Grand Canyon National Park commercial land use fee

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Transportation to and from meet up location in Phoenix/Scottsdale or Flagstaff
  • Pre- and post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 4
  • Alcohol and related gratuities
  • Bike and helmet (available to rent from AOA)
  • Bike shipping/building/packing
  • Personal cycling kit and clothing
  • Tent (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Gear Rental

  • 30 to 40 liter day pack ($25 per)
  • Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($35 per bag/set)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($35 per, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • 4-Person Basecamping Tent ($55 per tent)
  • Bike rental is available through AOA.
Rent A Bike For Your Trip

Optional Additions

A bike and helmet are not included with the cost of this trip.

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2018 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 1195 pp 1195 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 12 pp* 12 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

2019 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 1195 pp 1195 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 47 pp* 47 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

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Dates

Select Month

June 13-June 16
June 27-June 30
July 4-July 7
July 18-July 21
August 1-August 4
August 15-August 18
August 29-September 1
September 12-September 15
September 26-September 29
October 3-October 6
October 10-October 13

Interested in dates not listed here? If you have 2 or more people, chances are good we can create a departure for your group!

Itinerary

Your Trip

Experience mountain biking on Grand Canyon's North Rim, the only singletrack trail in the Grand Canyon open for mountain bikes!

Camp in a plush basecamp set up AOA style by our professional guides. Each trip is led by an experienced guide providing mechanical and nutritional support. Whether you choose to bring your own bike or rent a bike from AOA, you’ll enjoy miles of remote trail along the Grand Canyon’s little-visited North Rim. In addition to exploring these pristine backcountry areas, we’ll also visit the North Rim Visitor Center and experience incredible views of the Canyon that a majority of the park’s visitors never experience.

A sizable portion of this trip is spent at altitudes of 8,000 feet above sea level or higher. Some individuals may find it more challenging to ride at these elevations, however, a strong cardiovascular fitness base can help make this adventure more enjoyable.

PRINT ITINERARY

DAY 1: Scottsdale to Grand Canyon's North Rim

Today, we begin our Grand Canyon tour by shuttling from Scottsdale/Phoenix to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and make some interesting stops along the way. We’ll stop at the famous Cameron Trading Post, a historic trading post for fine Native American and Southwestern art, and scenic Navajo Bridge which is just downstream from “Lee’s Ferry,” the launch point for rafting trips through Grand Canyon.

When we reach the Kaibab Plateau and begin to near the North Rim, we will dial in our bikes and ride 10-11 miles right into our camp. Today’s ride is on mostly forest road, coursing through scenic ponderosa pine and quaking aspen stands. It is the perfect warm-up to riding at this elevation and in the canyon’s dry climate. Day’s end will find us enjoying our first night’s dinner and settling into our campground in the remote backcountry of the Kaibab National Forest.

Mountain Biking

11 Miles

Meals

Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included

Lodging

AOA Basecamp

Today, we begin our Grand Canyon tour by shuttling from Scottsdale/Phoenix to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and make some interesting stops along the way. We’ll stop at the famous Cameron Trading Post, a historic trading post for fine Native American and Southwestern art, and scenic Navajo Bridge which is just downstream from “Lee’s Ferry,” the launch point for rafting trips through Grand Canyon.

When we reach the Kaibab Plateau and begin to near the North Rim, we will dial in our bikes and ride 10-11 miles right into our camp. Today’s ride is on mostly forest road, coursing through scenic ponderosa pine and quaking aspen stands. It is the perfect warm-up to riding at this elevation and in the canyon’s dry climate. Day’s end will find us enjoying our first night’s dinner and settling into our campground in the remote backcountry of the Kaibab National Forest.

Mountain Biking

11 Miles

Meals

Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included

Lodging

AOA Basecamp

DAY 2: Mountain Bike the Rainbow Rim Trail

Wake up to the crisp, fresh air of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. After a hearty breakfast prepared by your guide to fuel the busy day head, we’ll kit up and take in the stunning singletrack of the Rainbow Rim trail. As we flow along the north rim of the Grand Canyon, we’ll make our way in and around tributary side canyons, stopping at five main viewpoints. Each of these rocky promontories along the trail gives us the chance to peer over the edge into one of the seven wonders of the world. The winding curves, occasional climb, and high elevation riding are the perfect mix of challenge and reward. After plenty of miles in the dirt, we’ll relax and unwind to the slower-paced life in the Grand Canyon backcountry. With no shortage of sights to see and trails to ride tomorrow, sleep fast tonight to the quiet of the North Rim.

Mountain Biking

30 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

AOA Basecamp

Wake up to the crisp, fresh air of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. After a hearty breakfast prepared by your guide to fuel the busy day head, we’ll kit up and take in the stunning singletrack of the Rainbow Rim trail. As we flow along the north rim of the Grand Canyon, we’ll make our way in and around tributary side canyons, stopping at five main viewpoints. Each of these rocky promontories along the trail gives us the chance to peer over the edge into one of the seven wonders of the world. The winding curves, occasional climb, and high elevation riding are the perfect mix of challenge and reward. After plenty of miles in the dirt, we’ll relax and unwind to the slower-paced life in the Grand Canyon backcountry. With no shortage of sights to see and trails to ride tomorrow, sleep fast tonight to the quiet of the North Rim.

Mountain Biking

30 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

AOA Basecamp

DAY 3: Ride the East Rim and the Arizona Trail

The smell of coffee, tea, and breakfast is sure to lure you out of your tent after a cozy night under the stars. We’ll pack up camp and head for the North Rim Visitor Center. After a quality shower at a more established facility we get to stretch our legs on a short hike. Hiking to iconic Bright Angel Point gives us unrivaled panoramic views of the canyon and a whole new perspective on our adventure.

After a picnic lunch we transfer to the canyon’s East Rim where we begin today’s mountain bike ride on the iconic Arizona Trail. The Arizona Trail is a part of the National Scenic Trail system and traverses the entire state of Arizona from Mexico to Utah, with a total length of approximately 800 miles. Much of the AZT is incredibly remote, making for challenging riding, however the terrain near Grand Canyon’s North Rim is forgiving and available to a wide range of skill levels. Our ride today is one direction and has a net elevation loss. We’ll pass through forest and alpine meadows, winding along narrow flowing trail to lead right into our new camp for one final night together.

Mountain Biking

18 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

AOA Basecamp

The smell of coffee, tea, and breakfast is sure to lure you out of your tent after a cozy night under the stars. We’ll pack up camp and head for the North Rim Visitor Center. After a quality shower at a more established facility we get to stretch our legs on a short hike. Hiking to iconic Bright Angel Point gives us unrivaled panoramic views of the canyon and a whole new perspective on our adventure.

After a picnic lunch we transfer to the canyon’s East Rim where we begin today’s mountain bike ride on the iconic Arizona Trail. The Arizona Trail is a part of the National Scenic Trail system and traverses the entire state of Arizona from Mexico to Utah, with a total length of approximately 800 miles. Much of the AZT is incredibly remote, making for challenging riding, however the terrain near Grand Canyon’s North Rim is forgiving and available to a wide range of skill levels. Our ride today is one direction and has a net elevation loss. We’ll pass through forest and alpine meadows, winding along narrow flowing trail to lead right into our new camp for one final night together.

Mountain Biking

18 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

AOA Basecamp

DAY 4: Arizona Trail to Jacob Lake

Our final day has us riding one more section of the Arizona Trail to Jacob Lake. As you pedal along, enjoy the casual nature of the trail, perfect for picking up speed, playing around in corners, and relaxing into the surrounding wilderness. This fun and flowy descent provides the perfect conclusion to our trip as we make our way out of the backcountry. Enjoy the cool breeze through the pines as you spin along to our end of the trail. Time permitting, we will stop in the Jacob Lake general store and pick up some of the world’s best cookies! Today, our trip will return to the Scottsdale and Phoenix area between 6:00-8:00pm.

Mountain Biking

14 miles

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

Our final day has us riding one more section of the Arizona Trail to Jacob Lake. As you pedal along, enjoy the casual nature of the trail, perfect for picking up speed, playing around in corners, and relaxing into the surrounding wilderness. This fun and flowy descent provides the perfect conclusion to our trip as we make our way out of the backcountry. Enjoy the cool breeze through the pines as you spin along to our end of the trail. Time permitting, we will stop in the Jacob Lake general store and pick up some of the world’s best cookies! Today, our trip will return to the Scottsdale and Phoenix area between 6:00-8:00pm.

Mountain Biking

14 miles

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Comforts of Home

Cell service & Electricity: The Grand Canyon area has very limited cell phone service, you should expect to be unreachable by phone. There will not be access to power on this trip, bring a backup power source to charge your electronics.

Bathrooms & Showers: During this trip we will not have access to showers or bathrooms. We will have the option to rinse off with solar heated water at the end of the day and will use a WAG Bag system to pack out our waste and ensure we Leave No Trace.

Camping & Weather

On this trip we will be primitive camping in a remote area of Grand Canyon’s North Rim. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is at a high elevation where the overnight lows can be very cold, even in midsummer.

Van Transports

This trip involves long van transports, expect to be in the van about 6-6.5 hours during the drive to and from the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.

Rides

Some of the routes on this mountain biking trip are “point to point” and require that every participant have the confidence and fitness to complete the mileage.

Trip Ratings

Fitness 3.5 | Comfort 2.5 | Solitude 4 | Guest Participation 4