The Maze – Canyonlands Mountain Biking

About This Trip

This is no Sunday afternoon bike ride through the park! The Maze and other untamed country in Canyonlands National Park provides mountain bikers and hikers the complete experience…solitude, unparalleled beauty, clean air, and some of the most challenging bike terrain anywhere. Sheer vertical uplifts, and plunging gorges are part of a landscape that once seen, can never be forgotten.

CANYONLANDS MOUNTAIN BIKING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mountain bike through challenging staggering beauty of Canyonlands
  • Sheer vertical uplifts, and plunging gorges
  • Solitude and exploration in a truly awesome landscape

Read more about Mountain Biking in Utah’s Maze in Canyonlands National Park

One of the advantages of a bike trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups in the area. This typical itinerary illustrates a bike trip through the Maze District. *Please note that 5-day extended hike trip options are also available upon request! 

Day One:  Meet group at Holidays headquarters in Green River, Utah for a three-hour van ride to Bagpipe Butte Overlook. The first day’s ride will take the group down the Flint Trail, the most technically difficult riding of the trip. Those with less experience will feel no shame in walking a short stretch of this mile-long descent into the country the old-timers call “under the Ledge”.  The trail will take one more serious descent off the Flint Cove onto the White rim Sandstone layer, where it will be wide open riding to the Maze Overlook, our camp for the night.  We bike around 20 miles this day and lose about 1700 feet of elevation.


Day Two
We will descend by foot this morning into the labyrinths called the Maze.  A half day walk through time will take us past the prehistoric Indian panel called The Harvest Scene a message left a thousand years ago by the Anasazi-The Ancient Ones.  We will exit the Maze in the Land of Standing Rocks where our bikes will be waiting for the afternoon ride to camp.

 
Day Three:
Lizard Rock, Chimney Rock, the Wall, the Plug, and The Fins are a few of the countless rock monuments that make this day’s ride border on the surreal.  Depending on group desires, this day’s riding will cover between 10 and 30 miles with plenty of viewpoints to stop and garner inspiration.


Day Four:
Mother Nature serves up wide-open riding down gradual slopes and through occasional dips into desert washes.  Shortly after lunch the road emerges at Lake Powell and Hite Marina.  The passenger van will meet us for a two-hour ride back to Green River, Utah.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. It could also be exactly what you do. Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!
We meet for your trip in Green River, Utah at Holiday River Expeditions headquarters, 7:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) the morning your trip begins. Our headquarters is located 1/4 mile east of the Green River bridge, across the highway from the Motel 6 and behind the Comfort Inn. If you arrive in Green River by shuttle, bus, Amtrak, or plane, call our headquarters (435-564-3273) upon your arrival to make arrangements to have you and your gear transported to our headquarters the morning of the trip. If you are driving, your car can be left at our headquarters.

Beginning of the trip: Upon your arrival at Holiday River Expeditions headquarters (7:00 a.m., Mountain Time), we will issue your bags. You can buy any last minute items from our accessory’s store at this time (see our packing check list  for a list of items you can find at our store). Before leaving our headquarters, each guest along with a Holiday guide will perform a pre-trip inspection of your bikes. If you are providing your own bike, please make sure that it is in good repair, we recommend a complete service by a professional shop prior to the trip. Guests with bikes’ that fail our inspection will be asked to rent a Holiday bike for $160.00/person. We will then take a two-hour van ride to the embarkation point.

After the trip: We will meet our van at Mineral Canyon and we will take you back to our headquarters in Green River (2 hour van ride). Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Bicycling: The Maze bike route is a technically challenging route. This undeveloped dirt road has steep downhills, loose rocks, sand, and ruts. Riders who have no off-road bicycling experience, or who are not athletic will most likely find this trip too challenging. All riders should prepare for the trip by riding their bike on a regular basis prior to the trip.

Medical emergencies: Our guides are trained in first aid and carry first aid supplies only. REMEMBER to bring your own prescription medicines. ALERT our guides to any medical problem you might have such as diabetes or allergic reactions. Wilderness expeditions are a long way from hospitals, doctors, and pain-relieving medicines. Evacuations to modern medical care are uncertain, and protracted. In case of evacuation and/or medical treatment beyond first aid, expenses incurred are the responsibility of the participant.

Cancellation Policy: If cancellations are made prior to 90 days before the trip, monies will be refunded less a $50.00 service charge per person. If cancellations are made within 90 days and outside of 45 days of the trip date monies will be refunded less a $100.00 service charge per person. Cancellations made within 45 days of the trip date are non refundable. Prior to 45 days to the trip date we will transfer reservations to another trip in the same year with a $25.00 service charge per person. All policies will be enforced and we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. Cancellation of a trip is very unlikely, but we reserve the right to cancel any trip due to river or weather conditions or the lack of sufficient reservations. A full refund will be made if such is the case.

Insurance: Medical Evacuation and cancellation insurance on a vacation plan can be obtained from numerous insurance companies. You should be aware that medical evacuations in the backcountry can easily cost $10,000 and up.  You are responsible for these potential expenses and we strongly encourage all guests to have this coverage. We offer plans by TRAVEL GUARD that cover evacuation, baggage and cancellation claims. It is available to American and Canadian citizens, as well as citizens of another country as long as you have a U.S. address. For a quote or questions give us a call or include Your Names, Birth Dates in an Email and we will send a quote.  Also, if you are bringing expensive cameras, binoculars, or other items we suggest you have insurance coverage for them (commonly available through Homeowners Policies). In the event of a loss, our insurance will not cover those items.

Tipping the guides: If you feel the guides have been instrumental in your enjoyment of the trip, you may choose to direct a gratuity to the trip leader in the form of cash or check.  He/She will then distribute it evenly to the other crewmembers.  The average contribution amount ranges between $20.00 and $30.00 per guest, per day. Cash is the preferred method of tipping.

Beverages/Snacks: We provide ice water, gatorade, one soda per day and ample cooler space. If you choose to bring any specialty sodas and/or alcoholic beverages, we have no problem taking whatever you want to bring – within reason. Don’t bring beer, wine coolers or sodas in glass containers. Wine packaged in a box is ideal. Mark beverages/snacks that you bring so that you can keep track of them. The liquor store in Green River, Utah is located in the back of the West Winds restaurant. In Utah, wine or liquor is not sold after 7:00 p.m., before 11:00 a.m., or on Sundays and holidays. We will have high-energy snacks and fresh fruit available, but if you have a favorite energy bar or snack bring it along.

If you have any questions prior to leaving for your trip, we welcome you to call our Salt Lake City office, Monday through Friday at 800-624-6323 (outside Utah) or 801-266-2087 (inside Utah). We’re happy to take the time to answer your questions. You may also contact us by email at [email protected]

IN THE EVENT OF EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TRIP, OUR GREEN RIVER HEADQUARTERS NUMBER IS 435‑564‑3273

Canyonlands weather: In April, May, September and October the daytime temperatures are 60 to 90 degrees, with nighttime temperatures 40 to 60 degrees.  It seldom rains in Canyonlands, but when it does it can cool temperatures considerably, so be prepared for the possibility of cooler temperatures.  There will also be sun, so bring a hat and plenty of suntan lotion and/or sunscreens. *Please avoid spray on sun-screen for the health and safety of your guide and fellow-guests.

Bugs, snakes, etc. are generally no problem.  In fact, the lack of pesky insects is one of the reasons wilderness camping in the desert is so pleasant.  Any wilderness trip, however, is subject to an occasional localized insect hatch.  During these hatches mosquitoes can be bothersome.  Be sure to bring long sleeve clothing and repellent.  Insect repellents that contain “deet” are by far the most effective during heavy hatches.  Citronella-based products work only in light hatches.  We rarely see any snakes, but if the thought of them bothers you, try sleeping in a tent instead of under the stars.

Hiking is strictly an optional activity. There are many interesting short hikes available. Hiking can be done in your biking shoes, durable sneakers, or lightweight hiking boots. Remember that hiking and other activities vary widely pending time, and what other plans are ahead for the day.

The best place to eat in Green River is Ray’s Tavern. Ray’s is a true small western town bar rich in atmosphere and good food. They serve incredible hamburgers, pork chops, small salads and steaks. The Tamarisk Restaurant also offers family dining with riverside seating and some delicious cuisine to boot.

Things to see in the area: John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, Utah. Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, Fisher Towers, Colorado National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, San Rafael Swell, Capitol Reef National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and the La Sal and Henry Mountains.

Reading material, you may enjoy:

Canyonlands Country Donald L. Baars……………………………………………. $15.95

Life in Stone Christa Sadler……………………………………………………………. $11.95

The Educated Outlaw Harvey Lay Murdock (Grandson)…………………….. $10.95

These books can be ordered online at www.bikeraft.com, or by sending the appropriate amount listed above plus $5.60 priority shipping to Holiday River Expeditions, 544 East 3900 South, SLC, UT 84107. This is available within the U.S. only. If outside the U.S. additional shipping and handling charges will be added. You can call 801-266-2087 for rates. These books can also be purchased at our headquarters in Green River.

If you are flying, you can fly to Salt Lake City located 180 miles northwest of Green River, Utah.  From there you can rent a car or take a shuttle with Moab Luxury Coach (call 435-940-4212 or www.moabluxurycoach.com) to Green River.  If you need assistance with your travel arrangements, please ask your Holiday River Expedition reservation agent.

Lodging before and after your trip can be booked at one of six locations:

  • River Terrace Inn  435‑564‑3401 (locally owned, pool, hot tub, full breakfast, riverside rooms available) *10% discount
  • Comfort Inn  435‑564‑3300 (inside pool, hot tub, continental breakfast – in front of our headquarters) *10% discount
  • Holiday Inn Express  435-564-4439 (inside pool, hot tub, continental breakfast – west of our headquarters)
  • Super 8  435-564-8888 (inside pool, hot tub, refrigerator, microwave)
  • Motel 6  435‑564‑3436 (pool, kids free, lower rates)
  • Sleepy Hollow  435-564-8189 (clean with lower rates)

*When making advance reservations at the River Terrace Inn or Comfort Inn, mention that you are on a Holiday River Expedition trip and you will be extended a discounted rate on your room (see above). You will need a trip invoice at check-in.

BE SURE TO MAKE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS!

If you are camping out, there are two campgrounds in Green River:  the Green River State Park (no pool, lower rates and may have mosquitoes – call 435-564-3633 to make reservations), and the KOA Campground (435-564-8195 – across from our headquarters).

Air Service to Salt Lake City (SLC) 

Transportation Options from Salt Lake City to Green River, Vernal or Blanding, Utah:

Rental Cars

Once in Salt Lake City most of our guests rent-a-car and drive to our meeting points.

All rental cars are located in both terminals of the Salt Lake City Airport.

  • Salt Lake City to Green River 180 miles
  • Salt Lake City to Blanding 300 miles
  • Salt Lake City to Vernal 180 miles

Bus
To Green River Only 
(Bus has limited schedule and is not as convenient as rental cars) 

Shuttle Service to Green River or Blanding, Utah from Salt Lake City or Moab (Vernal is on a Charter basis only)

Trip Overview

Location: Canyonlands National Park
Type: Biking
Length: 4 Days
Dates: May, September & October
Meet At: Green River, Utah 7:00 am
Rating: Advanced
Age Min: 14
Deposit: $300

Trip Prices

Adult – $1,020
Youth – $895 (18 & under)
Senior – $895 (65 & older)
Group – $895 (8 or more)

*7.85% tax + *$10 NPS Fee

Departure Dates

4 Day Trip Dates

May 9
September 19
October 7

Check Availability

What’s Included

Large Waterproof Bag
Day Bag
Camp Chair
Eating Utencils & Plates
Bike Repair Kit
Full Course Meals: Lunch the first day through
lunch the last day
Drinks: Ice Water, Lemonade, Juices, One pop/person/day-mix of regular & diet

The day bag 8″ diameter x 20″ high is for items you will need access to during the day. For your sleeping gear and clothing, we will furnish you with one bag 16″ diameter x 2 feet high. Separate storage is provided for tents and beverages. Please remember to keep your gear light and compact. The less you bring, the happier you will be. Please limit gear to no more than 15-20 lbs.

What’s NOT Included

Cup
Plastic mugs work well
Water Bottle
Not included in the rental kit
Sleeping Bag
Compact and warm
Poncho/Rain Suit
high quality important for Dinosaur & Desolation trips.
Sleeping Pad/Air Mattress
Compact, must fit in the provided bag
Light Tent:
Back packer style, not the bulky, heavy types
Bike

You can rent most of the items listed above in our sleeping rental kit. We offer two varieties, our basic sleeping kit which includes a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear and cup for $40.00, or the same basic sleeping kit with a two-person tent for $65.00. Rentals must be reserved in advance, especially on the San Juan trips where we meet away from our headquarters. Rentals requested the morning of the trip are subject to availability. Cups and water bottles available for purchase at our stores in Green River and Vernal Headquarters, or online.

BIKE must be in good repair; Holiday rental bike with helmet is available $160.00/bike; If personal bike fails to meet minimum safety standards you will be asked to rent a Holiday bike. Please note if renting bike – if you have clipless shoes you MUST bring your own pedals. Holiday rental bikes come with platform pedals only.

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by Jim Ripley on Blank Business Name

Bloody brilliant! I came all the way from London, England for this trip and boy, was it worth it. This was the best cycling, food and scenery in the world. I met some great friends too.

by Ryan Martinez on Blank Business Name

The office staff was very helpful! The Hike was enjoyable, but we didn't reach our destination because we didn't think we had enough time. Turns out we had plenty of time and could have hiked for another hour. Not a huge deal. We couldn't have asked for a better trip. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking with canyons, mesas, rock formations, and wildflowers-all spectacular! The guides were fun and took great care of our group, ensuring our bikes were in tiptop shape every day. The meals were delicious, and well-balanced, with as many servings as we wanted. A trip of a lifetime!

by Greta Browning on Blank Business Name

My son and I did this trip for his 21st Birthday. What and adventure! Canyonlands is stunning and the riding was great but the guides made the trip. Dave, Brin and Justin was training. We were so well taken care of. They cooked for us, took care of our bikes and shared their knowledge of Canyonlands with us and even gave us riding tips. We plan to do the White Rim next. Thanks Holiday!

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