San Rafael Swell Mountain Biking

San Rafael Swell Mountain Biking – About This Trip

Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Capital Reef, Grand Staircase… in a state brimming with national parks, it’s easy to overlook another national treasure. Utah locals call it ‘THE SWELL’ a three thousand-foot fold of sandstone and shale on the edge of the Colorado Plateau. Its hidden canyons provided sanctuary to old west outlaw Butch Cassidy. Today the same red-wall canyons are your sanctuary from the everyday grind.

You will ride back in time past abandoned mining camps and turn of the century ranches. Stop to explore cowboy camps, prehistoric Indian rock art, we might even see a few dinosaur prints. Your ride ends at the Wedge Overlook, Utah’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’. A thousand feet below, the San Rafael River counts another day in the eons… from above we count ourselves fortunate that such a place exists at all.


  • Ride past abandoned mining camps and petrified dinosaur prints
  • “The Swell” is a 3000-foot fold of sandstone and shale on the Colorado Plateau
  • The Wedge Overlook: a thousand foot drop to the San Rafael River below

Read more about Mountain Biking in Utah’s San Rafael Swell

Trip Overview

Location: San Rafael Swell
Type: Biking
Length: 3 Days
Dates: April 25-27, May 2-4, 16-18, Sept 12-14
Meet At: Green River, Utah 7:00 am
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 12
Deposit: $300

Trip Prices

3 Day Trips
Adult – $795
Youth – $720 (18 & under)
Senior – $720  (65 & older)
Group – $720 (10 or more)

*8.10% tax

Departure Dates

3-day Trips

April 25-27

May 2-4 & May 16-18

Sept 12-14


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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

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

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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