Mountain Biking Moab and the Canyonlands

For Spring Break this year, my 11 year old son Jack, and I and a couple of other dads and their sons spent the week in Utah with the goal of riding the White Rim Road in the Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. The “Road” is a reasonably well maintained “Jeep Trail” mostly devoid of any signs of civilization aside from a handful of primitive camping sites and some rather decent enclosed pit toilets. The camp sites are merely designations – there are no facilities other than proximity to one of the aforementioned pit toilets – they’re mostly just a sign and some markers showing you where you can and can’t pitch a tent.

If you are superhuman and don’t require much water or food – you can ride the 100.7 miles of White Rim Road in a single day – the level of fitness and logistics required to do this are beyond my comprehension. Instead, we opted for the four day, three night tour (there is a three day tour as well). RimTours our well equipped and very capable tour guide company provided a decent range of bikes, a support truck for transporting our camping gear, food and luggage and two extremely competent and affable tour guides.

In addition to the White Rim Road – we  had a couple of days either side of our 4-day tour so we explored some of the local bike trails and hikes around Moab.

If you’re thinking about doing this trip – I’d highly recommend RimTours – my son and I will likely make this kind of thing an annual event and I wouldn’t hesitate in using RimTours again for one of their other tours.

There are 7 parts to this post (including this one). They are, in chronological order :

I’m posting this because I couldn’t find much information on-line – hopefully these posts will provide you with some additional information and inspiration to make your own trip. Enjoy.

 

6 thoughts on “Mountain Biking Moab and the Canyonlands

  1. Excellent. We were in Moab in February and bitten by the bug. We want to do a White Rim ride and with the multiple offerings from various tour groups the information you provide is invaluable. Interested in what type of bikes you used. Nick

  2. I rented a Santa Cruz 5010, my 11 year old a Juliana (female bike) – both were great bikes and brand new. You really need FS and some decent travel. RimTours List.

  3. Thanks…I ride a Mukluk with a newly installed Bluto but thinking the ground clearance might be tight. My wife just bought a Salsa Spearfish but the tires are too narrow for me…Renting looks to be a great option.

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