Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Capitol 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. San Rafael Swell mountain biking tours take you into a place where it’s hidden canyons provided sanctuary to old west outlaw Butch Cassidy. Biking into the San Rafael Swell’s red-wall canyons are your sanctuary from the everyday grind.
Mountain biking in the San Rafael Swell will take you 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. Biking in the San Rafael Swell will be a mountain bike trip to remember!