Sedona & Grand Canyon Cycling Trip

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Worry-Free Cancellation Policy
Activity
Road Cycling
Destination
ArizonaGrand Canyon
Tour Length
4 days, 3 nights
Accomodations
Camping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate to Advanced

The Sedona and Grand Canyon road cycling trip takes you from beautiful red rock country to Grand Canyon National Park on the ultimate bike adventure.

Explore the pillars of Northern Arizona on two wheels. This point-to-point road cycling vacaction will take you from the incredible red rock formations of Sedona, through the high alpine Coconino National Forest, and eventually conclude at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.

Experienced guides provide all the services you need to make this a once-in-a-lifetime cycling vacation you can rave to all your friends about. Our campgrounds offer many of the same amenities of lodge-based trips, but allow for a more intimate experience with the surrounding landscape and offer a taste of adventure touring on road bikes.

Wholesome, guide-prepared meals and professional ride support makes it truly feel like a vacation. The hardest decision you’ll have to make all weekend is how hard you want to push it over the next hill.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip ground transportation from Scottsdale host hotel
  • 3 nights camping with comfortable basecamp amenities
  • 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 Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Pre- and post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 4
  • Alcohol and related gratuities
  • Bike and helmet (available to rent from AOA)
  • Long stem tubes
  • 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

Other 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 $ 25 pp* 25 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 $ 33 pp* 33 pp

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

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Dates

Select Month

April 23-April 26
May 9-May 12
May 16-May 19
June 6-June 9
June 27-June 30
July 11-July 14
July 18-July 21
August 1-August 4
August 15-August 18
August 29-September 1
September 19-September 22
October 3-October 6

Itinerary

Your Trip

Join our point-to-point road cycling journery from Sedona, Arizona to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park!

This Grand Canyon road cycling trip takes you from the low-lying Sonoran Desert to the high-altitude Ponderosa Pine forests of Northern Arizona, experiencing as much of the region as possible, while still making plenty of time to relax and escape the bustle of everyday life. AOA’s professional ride support staff will be alongside you throughout the cycle tour to ensure your bike is rolling smoothly, your bottles are topped off, and you are fresh and ready for every mile. Much of this bike trip is spent riding at altitudes of 6,000 feet above sea level or higher. Some individuals may find it more challenging than their norm to cycle at these elevations so strong cardiovascular fitness will help make this bike adventure enjoyable.

PRINT ITINERARY

DAY 1: Ride from Sedona to Page Springs

6:00 AM – Meet your guides and fellow riders at our host hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. After a quick meet and greet, we’ll hit the road for red rock country. During the drive to Sedona, the terrain changes as we climb out of the Sonoran Desert and into the chaparral scrub forest of the Verde Valley. Here, we get our first glimpse of Sedona’s famous red sandstone formations.

Today’s ride begins in the Village of Oak Creek, just outside the town of Sedona. After getting our bikes ready to roll, the bike adventure continues on the gradual climb north into Sedona where you will be amazed at the 360 degree views of the red rocks landscape. Soak it all in as we tackle some rolling hills and make our way through Sedona towards Page Springs, our first night’s camp location not far from Oak Creek. After dinner, get a taste of the Arizona wine scene with a tasting at a local cellar. What better way to end day one of your road cycling holiday than wine tasting?

Cycling

35 Miles, +2,356 ft elevation gain

Meals

Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included

Lodging

Camping near Page Springs

6:00 AM – Meet your guides and fellow riders at our host hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. After a quick meet and greet, we’ll hit the road for red rock country. During the drive to Sedona, the terrain changes as we climb out of the Sonoran Desert and into the chaparral scrub forest of the Verde Valley. Here, we get our first glimpse of Sedona’s famous red sandstone formations.

Today’s ride begins in the Village of Oak Creek, just outside the town of Sedona. After getting our bikes ready to roll, the bike adventure continues on the gradual climb north into Sedona where you will be amazed at the 360 degree views of the red rocks landscape. Soak it all in as we tackle some rolling hills and make our way through Sedona towards Page Springs, our first night’s camp location not far from Oak Creek. After dinner, get a taste of the Arizona wine scene with a tasting at a local cellar. What better way to end day one of your road cycling holiday than wine tasting?

Cycling

35 Miles, +2,356 ft elevation gain

Meals

Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included

Lodging

Camping near Page Springs

DAY 2: Bike Flagstaff and Mormon Lake

Wake up to the sound of Oak Creek flowing past our camp as your guides prepare a wholesome breakfast to fuel a full day of bicycle travel. This morning we’ll enjoy the ethereal views of Sedona before transferring by van to the high alpine forests outside Flagstaff; Arizona’s mountain town. Explore historic downtown before hopping in the saddle of your road bike. Today, our sights are set on Mormon Lake, a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by marshland and tall pines. The route brings us along the shore of another larger lake, Lake Mary, with stunning views of the 11 and 12 thousand foot tall San Francisco peaks standing sentry over the plateau country. Once in camp, enjoy another guide prepared meal around the fire as you recap day 2 of your bike vacation. Remember to look up – you can often see the Milky Way through the canopy of pines on a clear night!

Cycling

43 miles, +1,474 ft elevation gain

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Camping near Mormon Lake

Wake up to the sound of Oak Creek flowing past our camp as your guides prepare a wholesome breakfast to fuel a full day of bicycle travel. This morning we’ll enjoy the ethereal views of Sedona before transferring by van to the high alpine forests outside Flagstaff; Arizona’s mountain town. Explore historic downtown before hopping in the saddle of your road bike. Today, our sights are set on Mormon Lake, a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by marshland and tall pines. The route brings us along the shore of another larger lake, Lake Mary, with stunning views of the 11 and 12 thousand foot tall San Francisco peaks standing sentry over the plateau country. Once in camp, enjoy another guide prepared meal around the fire as you recap day 2 of your bike vacation. Remember to look up – you can often see the Milky Way through the canopy of pines on a clear night!

Cycling

43 miles, +1,474 ft elevation gain

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Camping near Mormon Lake

DAY 3: Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument

Our third day of the bicycle trip continues to journey north towards the ultimate goal of reaching the Grand Canyon. After breakfast, we transfer by van to Sunset Crater National Monument and begin our ride. Sunset Crater is an extinct volcano that erupted approximately 1000 years ago, generating lava flows that reached as far as 4 miles from the volcano and expelled ash for over 800 square miles, significantly impacting native populations in the area. Nearby Wupatki National Monument showcases the ruins of an ancient pueblo dwelling. The multi-story stone buildings were inhabited by over 100 people, many of whom migrated there following the eruption at Sunset Crater. Today’s ride features a net downhill through Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments and upon entering the Grand Canyon National Park, there is the option to ride along Grand Canyon’s east rim drive and into tonight’s camp. Our last night together of your Grand Canyon cycling trip provides the perfect ending to a journey filled with hard-earned miles and countless smiles.

Cycling

35 miles (options for additional mileage), +1,340 ft elevation gain

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Camping at Grand Canyon South Rim

Our third day of the bicycle trip continues to journey north towards the ultimate goal of reaching the Grand Canyon. After breakfast, we transfer by van to Sunset Crater National Monument and begin our ride. Sunset Crater is an extinct volcano that erupted approximately 1000 years ago, generating lava flows that reached as far as 4 miles from the volcano and expelled ash for over 800 square miles, significantly impacting native populations in the area. Nearby Wupatki National Monument showcases the ruins of an ancient pueblo dwelling. The multi-story stone buildings were inhabited by over 100 people, many of whom migrated there following the eruption at Sunset Crater. Today’s ride features a net downhill through Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments and upon entering the Grand Canyon National Park, there is the option to ride along Grand Canyon’s east rim drive and into tonight’s camp. Our last night together of your Grand Canyon cycling trip provides the perfect ending to a journey filled with hard-earned miles and countless smiles.

Cycling

35 miles (options for additional mileage), +1,340 ft elevation gain

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Camping at Grand Canyon South Rim

DAY 4: Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Wake up in the cool, crisp air of the Grand Canyon at 7,000 feet above sea level and enjoy the morning views of the vast expanse before you. Today’s ride will be a self-guided excursion with multiple options right from camp. Allowing you to culminate your Grand Canyon cycling trip with a route that is perfect for you. Enjoy an incredibly scenic out and back ride along the South Rim, or opt for a more casual, shorter loop exploring the Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village. Whether you prefer to ride, go for a short hike, or enjoy the down time and sleep in, AOA will provide a delicious brunch to conclude our adventurous cycling holiday as we prepare for our return to Scottsdale.

Cycling

10-20 miles, +387-1,050 ft elevation gain

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

Wake up in the cool, crisp air of the Grand Canyon at 7,000 feet above sea level and enjoy the morning views of the vast expanse before you. Today’s ride will be a self-guided excursion with multiple options right from camp. Allowing you to culminate your Grand Canyon cycling trip with a route that is perfect for you. Enjoy an incredibly scenic out and back ride along the South Rim, or opt for a more casual, shorter loop exploring the Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village. Whether you prefer to ride, go for a short hike, or enjoy the down time and sleep in, AOA will provide a delicious brunch to conclude our adventurous cycling holiday as we prepare for our return to Scottsdale.

Cycling

10-20 miles, +387-1,050 ft elevation gain

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

Electricity: During this trip there will be limited access to electricity. We recommend bringing a portable batter pack to charge your phone for photos.

Cell Service: Cell service is unreliable in much of Northern Arizona, particularly near the Grand Canyon. Expect to be unreachable by phone.

Showers: Hot showers are available each day of this trip, but camping at the end of a long day of riding inevitably pushes us outside of our comfort zone.

Rides & Camp

On this trip we camp in public campgrounds that allow us to access some of Northern Arizona’s best road bike routes. Due to the scenic beauty of this area, the campground at Mormon Lake can be quite busy and we will have neighbors close by. On this trip we will move to a new camp each day, your luggage will be transferred for you, but you will have to help settle your personal things in each night. All rides on this trip are at elevations between 5000-7000 ft which adds a measure of challenge.

Trip Ratings

Fitness 3 | Comfort 3 | Solitude 3 | Guest Participation 4