White Rim Trail Mountain Biking Trips

A must on any biker’s bucket list is the White Rim Trail mountain bike tour in Canyonlands National Park. With professional guides to handle cooking and logistics and a 4×4 support van to carry the load, all you have to do is pedal—and enjoy the view!

Travel along the iconic sandstone bench around the Island in the Sky. See Musselman Arch, Monument Basin, Turks Head, and Candlestick Tower. Also check out White Crack, a perch 1,000 feet above the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers in the center of Canyonlands…what some call the center of the universe. If you only have time for one Moab-area multi-day bike trip, the White Rim Trail should be the one. Holiday’s White Rim Trail mountain bike tour can also be combined with a rafting trip on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon for the ultimate seven-day multi-sport adventure vacation.

Read more about this classic Utah trail ride: The Insider’s Guide to the White Rim Trail

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“Amazing downhill stretches on the first and third days. Delicious food and beautiful views the entire journey! Grueling uphill battles are few and far between, but they make the descents that follow much more rewarding. I am a better human being for having gone on this ADVENTURE!” (Grant Patton)

Holiday is an authorized concessioner of Canyonlands National Park.  Additionally, (& more importantly) southern Utah’s canyon country was home to Indigenous people and cultures long before our modern society existed. Out of respect for these people, Holiday wishes to acknowledge that Cataract Canyon and the stretches of the Green and Colorado Rivers that approach it are the traditional homelands of the Pueblos and the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) people. Read more about our land acknowledgments here.
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Trip Overview

  • Type:


  • Location:

    Canyonlands National Park

  • Length:

    3 or 4 Days

  • Dates:

    April–May & August–October

  • Meet at:

    Green River, Utah @ 7:00 pm (night before the trip)

  • Difficulty:


  • Min. Age:


  • Prices:

    Adult - $1,020
    Youth - $940 (18 & under)
    Senior - $940 (65 & older)
    Group - $940 (10 or more)
    + $15 park entrance fee

    Adult - $1,160
    Youth - $1,065 (18 & under)
    Senior - $1,065 (65 & older)
    Group - $1,065 (10 or more)
    + $15 park entrance fee

  • Deposit:



  • Featured on the KUED and Salt Lake Tribune "Bucket List" series
  • Human-powered, active vacation through Canyonlands National Park
  • Epic night skies in one of Utah's International Dark Sky Parks
  • Schedule a private trip with 8 people or more
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The White Rim bike trip follows an 86-mile route along the perimeter of the Island in the Sky district in Canyonlands National Park. Much of the route is gentle, hard-packed doubletrack. Although there are a few significant climbs, steep downhills, and areas of loose rock and sand, most technically challenging sections are short and can be easily walked. Your endurance is rewarded with endless stunning views, unique rock formations, and incredible cultural sites.

Sample Itinerary

Meet at our Green River, Utah warehouse at 7:00 p.m. the night before your trip. Bring your bikes, any personal drinks, and your questions! We will inspect personal bikes and set up rental bikes, hand out rental sleep kits, collect personal drinks and gear, answer questions, and go over final trip details (like at what time we’ll meet the next morning!). You can also buy any last minute items from our accessories store at this time (see our packing checklist for items you can find at our store). Please note: if you are bringing your own bike, please make sure that it is in good working condition; 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 $240.00/person.

Day 1:

Meet back at our headquarters in Green River at the time we established during the pre-trip meeting. Have your gear packed into an “overnight bag” and a “day bag” so that we can load our van efficiently and be on our way (see our FAQs page for tips on packing for your bike trip). We’ll hop in the vans for a two-hour ride to the park entrance and the beginning of the Shafer Trail.  The first hour’s ride will take the group on a soaring, switchbacking downhill onto the white rim sandstone, then roll across gentle ups and downs toward Musselman Arch. The trail continues to wind southward as it follows the meandering course of the Colorado River. Camp is made at (or near) the Gooseberry Trail. Kick off your bike shoes and relax at camp while your guides prepare a hearty dinner to keep you fueled for the next few days of riding.

Day 2:

Our ride takes us on undulating roads past the white, sandstone-capped monoliths of Monument and Twin basins. Then in the afternoon, ride up to Murphy’s Hogback, the first of this trip’s challenging uphill climbs. After conquering the hill we’ll be rewarded with a campsite at the top, with 360-degree views of red rock canyons and pillars. Somewhere far below us, the Green and Colorado rivers meet.

Day 3:

After a hearty breakfast and coffee, we’ll drop off of Murphy’s Hogback and roll our way north; we’re now following the contours of the Green River. Ride around the labyrinths of Soda Springs Basin and past Candlestick Tower before reaching the welcome shade of Potato Bottom’s cottonwood trees and our camp for the night.

Day 4:

This morning we will tackle the challenging Hardscrabble incline and visit prehistoric indigenous ruins at a lookout point above Fort Bottom. After descending from Hardscrabble to the river bottom, we follow the Green River to Mineral Canyon and one last uphill. Celebrate completing this final climb with lunch and cold beverages before loading up the bikes as our vans meet us for the 2-hour drive back to Green River. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

**On a 3-day trip, you can expect to cover the same terrain but at a quicker pace. The first day will be similar, but day two will lead you a bit farther along, camping on the far side of Murphy’s Hogback, usually near the iconic Candlestick Tower. The third day will finish with the few extra miles to Potato Bottom, Hardscrabble, and the final climb out.**

Please keep in mind that the itinerary of any human-powered adventure (like a bike trip!) must be flexible by necessity. This is a sample itinerary. We may camp in different areas, explore different side hikes, or even bike the entire trail in the opposite direction! Please arrive with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the adventure!

White Rim Murphys Holding Hands

Please note: Riders with no off-road bicycling experience, or who are not athletic, will most likely find this trip challenging. All riders should prepare for the trip by riding their bike on a regular basis prior to the trip. Expect to bike an average of 20-30 miles/day, depending on campsites and trip length.


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 54 reviews
 by Nancy Placide

Food went above and beyond my expectations for camp food. Ben and Zoey were awesome guides and cooks. As a group of “enthusiastic beginners” we were excited to conquer this trail! The bikes were great and we all got better each day! It was hard, fun and beautiful!

 by Thomas Jansen

The trip was amazing! Ben and Zoey were awesome guides! Very knowledgeable about the canyon and very informative of what our plan was. They also watched out for everyone in our group. Making sure we're all fueled up with water and snacks! Great job to you both Ben and Zoey. It was an awesome time and I highly recommend the White Rim Trail ride with Holiday Expeditions.

 by Julia Placide

Such a great trip!

 by Perry Cohen

I love Holiday! The locations, food, people, experience is all top notch. I will be back again and again!

 by Will Sullivan

The mountain bike was awesome. The guides were very fun and friendly. Good cooks.

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