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.

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

Green River, Utah: Things to Do and Places to Explore

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)

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:

    Bike

  • Location:

    Canyonlands National Park

  • Length:

    3 or 4 Days

  • Dates:

    April–May & September–October

  • Meet at:

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

  • 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
  • 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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2022
  • 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

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 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 $205.00/person.

Day 1:

Meet back at our headquarters in Green River at the time we established at 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). 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) the Gooseberry Trail.

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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Average rating:  
 42 reviews
 by Andy Walker

Our 4-day ride was absolutely perfect! From the help and support we got Karen Johnson to bring this trip together, to the easily digested registration and trip check-lists, to the night-before set-up and briefing, it was all refreshingly easy and fun! We met our guides: Jack and Ben when we first pulled up to the warehouse at 7 p.m. the night before starting. We immediately wanted to adopt them as sons or brothers and it just got better from there. These guys know every inch of the trail and all the cool things you’d miss if they weren’t guiding. They made the Holeman Slot an adventure that, without their expertise, would have been too difficult to forge. With them, it was just another good “hill” with stunning slot architecture all the way to its end. This side-hike you DO NOT wanna miss! We hit weather, well, it hit us, on night 2 climbing Murphy’s. It was cold and rainy and windy and because of the group attitude and “can do” spirit they helped to embed (our private group of 9 already had A LOT), it was just fun instead of what could have so easily have been dread. Camp was set in half an hour and 30 minutes later we watched the sun set as the sky went totally blue and the wind took the rest of the night (and next 2 days) off. The meals were unbelievable. These guys can cook and if you’re a big eater, you won’t be disappointed. There’s so much food and every bite is exquisite as is morning coffee! It would be impossible to overstate the magnificence of this adventure and Holiday River Expeditions makes it even better with a 50-ish year tradition of making guest adventures in Canyonlands extraordinary. Five full stars on everything. Can’t wait to go again!

 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.

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