Grand Canyon National Park Mountain Bike Tour

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

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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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

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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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 (8.05%).

Rates

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

2020 Rates

  • Trip not offered in 2020 $

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

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Dates

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Select Month

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!

Mountain biker passes purple flowers on Grand Canyon tour

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

Mountain biker passes purple flowers on Grand Canyon tour
Mountain biker raises fists in front of Grand Canyon overlook

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

Mountain biker raises fists in front of Grand Canyon overlook
Campsite setup on Grand Canyon mountain bike tour

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

Campsite setup on Grand Canyon mountain bike tour
Mountain biker rides through green field on Grand Canyon trip

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

Mountain biker rides through green field on Grand Canyon trip