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US - Grand Canyon to Gooseberry Mountain Biking Tour
The Southwest U.S. is the place to be for your next mountain biking adventure. On this one-of-a-kind trip, we ride the best trails and explore the unique beauty of Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks. Our first rides take us to the world famous Grand Canyon North Rim, only open to visitors for half of the year. The Arizona Trail is an excellent high country warm up, and while riding the Rainbow Rim, the views are breathtaking. Continuing north, just outside Bryce Canyon National Park, Thunder Mountain combines technical riding with amazing views. We then reach Zion National Park, and ride the Hurricane Rim JEM trail. Enjoy breathtaking views of the park and Virgin River while riding this classic single-track. We end with the world class riding of Gooseberry Mesa. These lands are rugged and primitive, appealing to those looking for an adventure. Remoteness, limited travel corridors, and low visitation have all helped to preserve this rare opportunity for mountain biking enthusiasts.
2017 Dates: May 27-June 1, 2017, June 17-22, July 29-Aug 3, Sept 9-14.  
+ Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival in Las Vegas, Arizona Trail (18-30 miles)

Day 1 | Arrival in Las Vegas, Arizona Trail (18-30 miles)

Meet at 8:00am in Las Vegas, NV to begin our epic journey of the best mountain biking that Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks have to offer. We begin with a transfer across the Mojave Desert, peppered with Joshua Trees, to the alpine forests of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Before our ride, we rise over 7,000 feet in elevation from Las Vegas, climbing onto the Kaibab Plateau. Running north-south and cut across in the middle by the Colorado River, the extra height of this enormous landform is what has led to the immense depth of geologic exposure at Grand Canyon National Park. Today’s ride is designed to acclimate us to the almost 9000’ elevation of the plateau, traveling over undulating limestone track surrounded by the high country’s spruce and aspen forest.  

Day 2 | Rainbow Rim Trail (18-36 miles)

Day 2 | Rainbow Rim Trail (18-36 miles)

The famed Rainbow Rim Trail runs near the National Park through Kaibab National Forest, and is the only section of trail along the rim of the entire Grand Canyon where bikes are allowed! A gorgeous, moderate out-and-back over a surface of eroded limestone, the trail cuts in and out of the forest to parallel spectacular Grand Canyon views. Each of the trail's five overlooks offer a distinct view and perspective of the Grand Canyon's features, including the Powell Plateau, Steamboat Mountain, Tapeats Amphitheater and Great Thumb Mesas. Flat sections follow brief up-and-downs as the trail winds in and out between the overlooks.

Day 3 | Thunder Mountain (14 miles)

Day 3 | Thunder Mountain (14 miles)

After a final breakfast near the North Rim we travel north to ride only a few miles away from the Bryce Canyon National Park. Thunder Mountain trail travels through Dixie National Forest to a stone amphitheater of hoodoos that rivals Bryce Canyon. After climbing to the trailhead by way of a scenic bike path and quiet fire road, we carve packed limestone turns, descend tight switchbacks, and cut across open ridges on our descent. We camp tonight in the gorgeous Kodachrome State Park and if times allows take a short hike amongst the multi-colored sandstone layers. 

Day 4 |  Explore Bryce and Zion National Parks (18 miles)

Day 4 | Explore Bryce and Zion National Parks (18 miles)

Today we trade our MTB shoes for hiking boots and take time to explore the inner depths of Utah’s most famous parks. Arriving first at Bryce Canyon National Park, we take a short hike to admire the colorful stadiums of hoodoos and natural rock spires. Then we enjoy a tasty lunch and transfer to the famed Zion National Park. Poetically referenced as “Yosemite dressed in red,” Zion’s crimson sandstone walls tower over 2000 feet from the valley floor. This afternoon choose your own adventure: explore the quaint town of Springdale, cycle the park road to the Temple of Sinewava, hike the world famous Virgin River Narrows, or examine the pristine Emerald Pools. Our camp will be at the base of Zion’s towering red sandstone walls where the descending sun rays set the colors ablaze.

Day 5 | Gooseberry Mesa (8-16 miles)

Day 5 | Gooseberry Mesa (8-16 miles)

We spend the day in the low desert, challenging ourselves on the most sandstone slickrock we’ve seen yet. On Gooseberry Mesa, the landscape mixes slickrock and firm-packed dirt among pinions and junipers. Here, we won’t be tackling long climbs or descents. Instead, the riding is a test of balance, burst strength, and reaction time: short ups, brief downs, and quick turns. The sandstone surface is pockmarked with weathered dips, creating fun swoops and jumps as well as the occasional small pool where we can splash our faces and catch a breath. With an easier ride tomorrow, we can wear out our legs to the fullest before return to Springdale tonight.

Day 6 | Jem Trail (16-20 miles)

Day 6 | Jem Trail (16-20 miles)

Just outside the Zion Park borders, The JEM trail, humorously named for trailblazers John, Ellen, and Mike, is a beautiful exploration of the lower Virgin River corridor. High-speed track cuts through the open desert, accompanied by expansive views of the river below. Easy climbs are followed by fast and flowy downhills, creating a seamless transition back to desert riding. Along the ride, our guides show us the beginnings of the geology we’ve seen in even greater glory in Zion Canyon. After a final tasty lunch, our guides will shuttle us to the airport for our flights home. Saying goodbye is always the hardest part, but as you travel to your next destination you will be bringing with you not only some great photos but friendships and memories to last a lifetime.
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Prices

Guided Mountain Biking GC-Gooseberry

Price Per person based on double tent occupancy with a minimum of 6 participants:

US$1610/person

Price Per person based on double tent occupancy with a minimum of 4 participants:

US$1980/person

Single supplement- not applicable in camp, single tents possible.

Rental sleeping bag ($25+ tax)


Groups of 6 or less have 1 guide; starting with 8 persons we add a 2nd guide, included above.

Any departure date possible for custom groups. Exclusive Pure-AOA dates published to join.


+ What's Included?

- 5 nights camping
- All necessary camping equipment: tent, sleeping pad, cookware, utensils...
- Professional, knowledgeable, Wilderness First Responder certified bike mechanic and guide for the duration of your adventure
- Van transportation from and to Las Vegas
- All park entry fees and permit costs
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6 (except for dinner on day 4)
- Healthy snacks and assorted drinks during van rides


Lodging

Accommodations:
Our well-appointed basecamp offers over-sized tent accommodations, shower facilities, tables to enjoy meals around, and the privacy of this wonderfully remote location. Each day, after mountain biking, you will be served delicious meals, planned by a professional chef and executed beautifully by our well-trained guides. Fall asleep in comfort and coziness to the sound of coyotes. Wake up to unbelievable sunrises that warm your soul. Spend your days mountain biking and your evenings around the campfire, regaling the journeys of the day and talking about what tomorrow will bring.
 
All tents are made of durable construction with a full-coverage rainfly. Each tent has plenty of space for two people and their gear, as well as thick, comfortable sleeping pads. Freshly cleaned sleeping bags and sheets are not included, but you can rent them from Pure Adventures.
 
Nights 1,2: Grand Canyon North Rim
Night 3: Kodachrome Basin State Park
Nights 4 and 5: Camping in Zion

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- Amazing single track along the edge of the North Grand Canyon rim
- Slickrock riding high up on the Mesa with amazing views across southern Utah
- Kodachrome, Zion, Bryce Canyon in addition! All in 1 trip!

Need to Know:

- full suspension bikes recommended - your own or our rentals
- high altitude riding, nearly 9000 ft at the north rim

Dates: 2017 Dates: May 27-June 1, 2017, June 17-22, July 29-Aug 3, Sept 9-14. This is a GUIDED tour which also offers total freedom of dates for groups of 4 or more - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can price this tour to operate with as few as 4 persons but can go up to larger groups of 12. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 3-4 - This trip is a mix of mostly single track, a little bit of double track with moderate technical skills required. There is also some off the bike hiking. While there are some sustained climbs, the rides are all best characterized as rolling as we do not tackle any significant mountains. This is not a trip for beginners, however riders of intermediate fitness and average bike handling skills will be comfortable.

Options

Las Vegas add ons
Custom tours for groups

  Pure Adventures base camp:

Our well-appointed camp offers over-sized tent accommodations, shower facilities, tables to enjoy meals around, and the privacy of this wonderfully remote location. Each day, after hiking up an appetite, you will be served delicious meals, planned by a professional chef and executed beautifully by our well-trained guides. Fall asleep in comfort and coziness to the sound of coyotes. Wake up to unbelievable sunrises that warm your soul. Spend your days riding and your evenings around the campfire, regaling the journeys of the day and talking about what tomorrow will bring.

All tents are made of durable construction with a full-coverage rainfly. Each tent has plenty of space for two people and their gear, as well as thick, comfortable sleeping pads. Freshly cleaned sleeping bags and sheets are not included, but you can rent them from Pure Adventures.

Nights 1 and 2: Grand Canyon North Rim
Nights 3: Kodachrome Basin State Park
Nights 4 & 5: Camping in Zion

 

Local Coordinator

Josh is just one of our many professional guides, all who possess Wilderness First Responder certification. On our mountain biking tours our guides will also be capable of basic mechanical adjustments, and assessing skill level to terrain. We use more than 1 guide when groups go over 6 persons to keep things smooth, safe, and max fun possible!  

+ Bikes & Gear
 
Bike rental options for this tour:

Giant Revel hardtail - $125US for the duration of the tour.

Other mountain bike options:

Full suspension: Specialized Epic Comp 29er - new in 2015;
Specialized Spec Sheet $350

Full suspension: Giant Trance 27.5 - new in 2015
Giant Trance Spec Sheet $250

Hardtail Trek X Caliber 9 - spec sheet available. Trek X-Caliber Spec Sheet $250

 
 
 
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US - Grand Canyon to Gooseberry Mountain Biking Tour

Tour Type: Guided Mountain Biking (level 3)
Difficulty:
Distance: 19 Miles average/day
Duration: 5 Days/ 6 Nights
Availability: May 27-June 1, 2017 June 17-22 July 29-Aug 3 Sept 9-14
Cost: Starting at US$1610





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