Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT
Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT
Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT
Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT
Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT
Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT

US - Grand Canyon Mountain Biking Tour

from US$1,145

Experience the only single track trails in the Grand Canyon open to bikes from our plush basecamp set up alongside our professional mechanical and nutritional support. Whether you opt to bring your own bike or rent a bike to match your skill, you’ll enjoy miles of remote trails along the ... Read More

  • Reviews
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  • Difficulty
    Challenging: 4/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Mountain Biking (level 3+ 4)
  • Availability
    Specific dates June-October
  • Duration
    4 Days/ 3 Nights
  • Distance
    11-30 miles trail

DAY 1: SCOTTSDALE TO GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM

Today we shuttle from Scottsdale/Phoenix to the Grand Canyon North Rim with some interesting stops along the way. We break at Cameron Indian Trading Post. Established in 1916, it is a famous showplace for fine Native American and Southwestern art, as well as a perfect lunch spot. Then we’ll explore Navajo Bridge, just downstream from Lee’s Ferry which is the launch point for rafting the Grand Canyon’s mighty Colorado River. Day’s end will find us dialing our bikes, riding approximately 10-11 miles into camp, and enjoying our first night’s dinner in the remote backcountry of the Kaibab national Forest.

• Distance: 11 miles
• Meals: Lunch and dinner included
• Lodging: National Forest Basecamp

Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT

Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT

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DAY 2: RAINBOW RIM TRAIL

Wake up to the crisp, fresh air of the Grand Canyon. After a guide-prepared breakfast to fuel our day, we’ll mount up and take on the Rainbow Rim trail. As we flow along the north rim of the Grand Canyon, we’ll make our way across connecting the five large overlooks that peer into one of the seven wonders of the world. The winding curves, occasional climb, and high elevation riding are sure to challenge you. After plenty of miles in the dirt, we’ll relax and unwind to the slower-paced life in the backcountry. With no shortage of sights to see and trails to ride tomorrow, sleep fast tonight to the quietness of the North Rim.

• Distance: 30 miles
• Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
• Lodging: NFS Basecamp

Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT

Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT

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DAY 3: 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 more establish facilities, we’ll take in the incredible vista from the North Rim that most park visitors never see. After a picnic lunch we transfer to the East Rim where we begin the day’s ride along the Arizona Trail. The Arizona Trail traverses the entire state of Arizona from Mexico to Utah and is approximately 800 miles long. We’ll ride one way with net elevation loss into our new camp location for our final night together.

• Distance: 18 miles
• Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
• Lodging: NFS Basecamp

Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT

Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT

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DAY 4: ARIZONA TRAIL TO JACOB LAKE

Our final day has us riding the remaining section of the Arizona Trail to Jacob Lake. This flowing downhill route provides the perfect conclusion to our trip as we make our way out of the backcountry. We’ll return to the Scottsdale and Phoenix area between 6:00-8:00pm.

• Distance: 14 miles
• Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
• Lodging: On own

Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT

Mountain bike tour Grand Canyon AZT

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

• All transfers during trip
• 3 nights camping with comfortable basecamp amenities
• Meals Lunch day 1 through Lunch day 4
• Water and snacks
• Rider support and aid stations during rides
• Rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance upon request
• Guide and mechanic support

PERMITS AND FEES are $12* extra and include:
• Grand Canyon National Park entrance fee
• Grand Canyon National Park commercial land use fee

Excluded: transport to Phoenix/Scottsdale, personal insurance, pre/post trip lodging, breakfast day 1, dinner day 4, alcohol, tips, bike rental.
Available to Rent: bikes, tents, sleeping bags

Lodging

Accommodations:
Our carefully selected campground locations are the perfect backdrop for an adventure story to unfold with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Our camp kitchen is fully equipped to allow our guides to prepare healthy, fresh meals. Guests will be provided with all dishware and utensils needed for meals. Showers will be available to guests each day. Spacious tents, comfortable sleeping pads, and appropriately rated sleeping bags are available to rent from us if needed or preferred.

GEAR RENTAL:
Sleeping bag - $35 for duration of trip
Sleeping pad - $35 for duration of trip
Tent - $55 (4 person) for duration of trip

Prices
Guided Mountain Biking Rainbow Rim Grand Canyon
Price Per person based on double tent occupancy with a minimum of 6 participants:
US$1195/person
Price Per person based on double tent occupancy with a minimum of 4 participants:
US$TBD/person
Permits & Fees- US$12/person.
Rental sleeping bag ($35+ tax), Sleeping pad ($35+tax) 4 Person Tent ($55+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 of more than 6, subject to availability.



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 and hard tail bikes both work - we offer high quality rentals
- high altitude riding, over 8000 ft at the north rim
- camping style fully supported by guides - top quality food, camp prep and management as well as bike support.

Dates: June 14th-17th, June 28th-July 1st, July 5th-8th, July 19th-22nd, August 2nd-5th, August 16th-19th, August 30th-September 2nd, September 13th-16, September 27th-30th, October 4th-7th, October 11th-14th. This is a GUIDED tour. 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+ to 4 - This trip is mostly single track, a very little bit of double track with some technical skills required. Climbs are short and punchy, and the trail does come close to the rim edges on Rainbow rim day. The AZ trail is long and mostly smooth trail with some short loose climbs. Participants should be experienced and fit, remembering that riding is at 8000 ft and above..

Options
- Camping gear rentals, and bike rentals possible.
- Extra nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale or Flagstaff on your own.
  Arrival and departure:

START: Meet your guide at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Old Town Scottsdale at 6:00am, Flagstaff Pullman Airport at 8:30am, or Jacob Lake Inn at 12:00pm.
END: Drop-off at Jacob Lake Inn at 12:00-2:00pm, Flagstaff Pullman airport at 3:30-5:30pm, or the Holiday Inn Express in Old Scottsdale between 6:00-8:00pm

Q: When’s the best time to go on this trip?
A: The North Rim of the Grand Canyon makes a great summer destination to escape the heat due to its high elevation. Expect cool nights during early and late summer departures and more mild temperatures during mid-summer departures. Historically, August presents the greatest possibility for rain during the operational season with other summer months being relatively dry.

Q: What are the rides like and how do I train for the trip?
A: This tour is 100% mountain biking and meant for intermediate level cyclists looking to spend a few hours in the saddle each day. To fully enjoy this trip, we recommend building up to riding 10-20 miles of trail each day for 4 days with moderate elevation change. The Grand Canyon North Rim sits at over 8,000 feet above sea level which can challenge even experienced athletes – the more cardiovascular fitness you have in this regard, the better off you will be. You can expect a majority of single track with a few sections of rocky trail as well as a few parts along dirt roads on the Arizona Trail. We provide more specific instruction for preparation in your trip planner after you book your cycling trip.

Q: What sort of accommodations are included on this trip?
A: Our carefully selected campground locations are the perfect backdrop for an adventure story to unfold with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. The kitchen is fully equipped to allow our guides to prepare healthy, fresh meals. Guests will be provided with all dishware and utensils needed for meals. Showers will be available to guests each day. Spacious tents, comfortable sleeping pads, and appropriately rated sleeping bags are available to rent from us if needed or preferred.  

Local Coordinator

This revised itinerary for 2018 is now only available on a guided basis. Pure Adventures and AOA Adventures have integrated to build the best cycling tours in the western USA. Our team forms the most experienced and knowledgeable cycling tour outfitter in the southwestern USA. Our rental fleet is the largest and highest quality and all of our guides are experienced WFR certified. We have 4+ mechanics on staff and carry the most respected brands. Come experience the southwest with the local experts!
Q: Who are the guides?

A: No person knows the trails better than the guides who live, work, and play here! We employ only the best local guides. They have the knowledge to intrigue you with stories and facts of the desert flora, fauna, geology and history in the most diverse desert ecosystem the world has to offer. They have the skills and experience to keep you confident in your riding ability and, if desired, help you to improve while having fun at the same time. All of Pure/AOA’s multi-day tour guides are Wilderness First Responder-certified to give you confidence that our first goal is your safety. And most importantly, our guides have a true passion for their chosen professions. They strive to not only meet, but exceed every one of your expectations in order to help you have the best adventure vacation of a lifetime!

Reviews

This is a new tour in 2018 as a stand alone Grand Canyon tour, separate from Gooseberry Mesa tour. New reviews will be posted as they come in. 
Bike rental options for this tour:

Hardtail: Trek Stache 7
Full Suspension base models: Giant Anthem 27.5 or Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er

Upgraded bike option:
Santa Cruz Hightower LT


Helmets and repair kits are included in every rental.

When you rent: Upon meeting your guide at the start of the trip your bike will be ready to ride including a spare tube, CO2 cartridge, CO2 inflator, tire lever, and multi-tool. You will only be responsible for bringing your pedals, shoes, and any other personal cycling equipment (GPS computer, saddle, etc.). Helmets are required on our trips, and you are welcome to bring your own, however, we can provide one for you upon request if needed.
You may also send us your measurements for the bike to be set up by our professional mechanics. If you do not know your measurements we’ll spend some time before our first ride getting your bike dialed in to ensure it’s comfortable and properly fitted to you.
Would you like to bring your own bike? You are welcome to do so; and if you wanted to ship it ahead of time or need help building up your bike, we do offer a service to assist you with you own bike and we do have some policies around what we can accommodate. To see our complete policy and shipping/travel tipsBike Guide to Bringing your Own bike or you can also Contact us by email.

Navigation: Throughout your cycling trip there may be periods of time where you or a small group will be short distances from other guests or guides. To ensure you follow the correct route, we will provide a mobile app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone with the routes pre-loaded for you to follow. Your guide will also have hard copies of maps and cue sheets to pass out if needed, and will keep you grouped up at important trail intersections. We do not provide any GPS devices or mounting hardware. If you would like to mount your phone to your bike we recommend checking out the Quad Lock mounting system, or you can keep it in your jersey pocket.

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