White Rim Trail Mountain Biking

A must on any biker’s bucket list is the White Rim Trail mountain bike tour in Canyonlands National Park. We offer you the chance to do it the easy way. 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. And 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.

Featured Review:

“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)

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

Traditional lands acknowledgement. The Utah canyon country has been home to Indigenous people and cultures since long before this continent was colonized. In a gesture of respect for those who came before us, Holiday acknowledges that the White Rim Trail is the homeland of the Pueblos and the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) people. Read more about our land acknowledgements here.
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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Bike

  • Location:

    Canyonlands National Park

  • Length:

    3 or 4 Days

  • Dates:

    April–May & September–October

  • Meet at:

    Green River, Utah @ 7:00 am

  • Difficulty:

    Intermediate

  • Min. Age:

    12

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • 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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Rates & Dates

3 Day

  • Adult:
  • $895
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $820
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $820
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $820
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2022 (pending NPS approval)
  • April
  • 20
  • May
  • 4, 7, 14, 21, 28
  • August
  • 27
  • September
  • 3, 10
  • October
  • 5

4 Day

  • Adult:
  • $1,000
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $905
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $905
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $905
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Check Availability
2022 (pending NPS approval)
  • April
  • 16, 23
  • May
  • 24
  • August
  • 30
  • September
  • 6, 17, 27
  • October
  • 8, 15

Itinerary

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

Day 1:

Meet your group at Holiday River Expeditions’ headquarters in Green River, Utah (7:00 a.m., Mountain Time). Please consider separating your gear into an “overnight bag” and a “day bag” so that we can load our van efficiently. You can buy any last minute items from our accessories store at this time (see our packing checklist for 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 bike. 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 $180.00/person.

Business completed, we’ll hop in the vans for a two-hour ride to the park entrance and the head 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) Gooseberry Canyon.

Day 2:

Our ride will take us over 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 stretches. 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 Indian ruins at a lookout point above Fort Bottom. After descending from Hardscrabble to the river bottom, we will follow the Green River to Mineral Canyon and one last uphill. Our vans will 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.

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

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 further 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 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.

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 41 reviews
 by Kelly Bernd

The food was far better than expected. French toast, juicy medium-rare steak, fresh melon... everything was delicious.

The trip was legendary & highly recommend Rocky and Ben as guides. You work your butt off riding, but it’s all worth it because in return you get some breathtaking views, delicious meals, and some nice time away from a cellphone. The rental bikes seemed almost new and you can tell that every step/detail of the Holiday experience was purposeful and well thought-through. Our group has done a Holiday Expedition before and we will certainly do one again. Riding was an absolute blast too.

 by Karen and Curt Haire

All parts of the trip, from planning to unpacking at the end, were flawless. It's wonderful to not worry about anything but having fun!

 by Christine Mandion

Wonderful guides--caring, knowledgable, and so multi-talented!

We have gone on two adventures with Holiday River Expeditions in the last two years--one river and one biking--and we have loved our two trips equally. We can't wait to try one more trip with you next year!

 by Matt and Sara Hutchinson

The White Rim trail in September was spectacular. We loved our four days in the desert. The combination of biking, hiking, and relaxing was perfect. We never felt rushed. Our guides were very approachable, kind, competent, and knowledgeable. We really appreciated their attention to bike maintenance as well! Our food was delicious. We lucked out with the weather and group dynamics. It was an incredible four days in the Canyonlands.

 by Omar Rees

The management and guides went way above and beyond our expectations

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