White Rim Trail Mountain Bike Tour

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White Rim Trail Mountain Biking – About This Trip

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A must in any biker's rites of passage is riding the White Rim Trail mountain bike tour in Canyonlands National Park. Riding on a sandstone bench through a land called "Island in the Sky" you will pass Musselman Arch, Monument Basin, Turks head, Candlestick Tower, and White Crack, a perch 1000 feet above the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers in the center of Canyonlands... some believe the center of the universe. If you only had time for one Moab area bike trip in your life, the White Rim Trail mountain biking tour in Canyonlands should be the one. The White Rim Trail trail mountain bike trip can also be combined with the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon for the ultimate multi-sport adventure vacation.

***The Bicycling:  The White Rim bike route is a technically challenging route.  This undeveloped dirt road has steep downhills, loose rocks, sand, and ruts.  Riders who have no off-road bicycling experience, or who are not athletic will most likely find this trip too challenging.  All riders should prepare for the trip by riding their bike on a regular basis prior to the trip.

Trip Overview

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Location:Canyonlands National Park
Type: Biking
Length: 3 or 4 Days
Dates: April, May, Sept, Oct
Meet At: Green River, Utah 7:00 am
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 12
Deposit: $300

Highlights

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  • The bike tour White Rim Trail takes you through the "Island in the Sky"
  • Stand 1000 feet above the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers
  • The one Canyonlands mountain bike trip for your bucket list
  • Enjoy a fully supported Canyonlands Bike Tour

Trip Price & Departure Dates

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3-Day - Adult - $820
Youth/ Group/ Senior - $745 
(18 & under) (10 or more) (65 & older)

4-Day - Adult  $925
Youth/ Group/ Senior - $830
(18 & under) (10 or more) (65 & older)

*8.10% tax + *$10 NPS Fee

2019 Trip Dates

3 Day Trip Dates

May 4, 18
September 14, 25
October 2, 9

4 Day Trip Dates

April  20, 27
May 11
September 7, 21, 28
October 12

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Map

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The White Rim Trail Mountain biking tour is located in the heart of Canyonlands National Park. You will enter on one side or the other of the "Island in the Sky" or the land-locked triangle between the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.  

Itinerary

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One of the advantages of a bike trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary.  It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups in the area.  This typical itinerary illustrates a bike trip through the Island in the Sky District.  The White Rim itinerary will vary with the time of season, weather conditions on the trip, and scheduling of campsites.

Day 1:  Meet group at Holiday River Expeditions headquarters (7:00 a.m., Mountain Time), we will issue your bags.  You can buy any last minute items from our accessories store at this time (see our packing checklist for a list of 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 bikes.  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 $160.00/person. A two-hour van ride to the head of the Shafer Trail marks the start of the trip.  The first day's ride will take the group down the switchbacks of the Shafer trail before cutting back south toward Musselman Arch. The trail continues to wind southward as it follows the meandering course of the Colorado River.  Camp on this evening 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, up to Murphy's Hogback, the first of this trips’ two challenging uphill stretches. After conquering the hill we will set camp for the night.

Day 3: By the morning of this day the trail has turned back north and is following the contours of the Green River.  We ride around the labyrinths of Soda Springs Basin and by Candlestick Tower before reaching Potato bottom, where we 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 Ridge to river bottom, we will follow the Green River to Mineral Canyon. Our vans will meet us for a 2-hour drive back to Green River. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the trip you will experience.  It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. It could also be exactly what you do.  Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!

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by Anne & Mike Mallon on Holiday River Expeditions

Returned yesterday from a 4 Day White Rim Trail Biking Trip! Dustin and Justin made it a wonderful trip for me! I am a 56 years old woman without much athletic experience and a fear of heights. They accommodated my dietary needs and encouraged me during the difficult parts. They allowed me to discuss my fears and gave me great advice. The meals were delicious and side hikes were so interesting. I would strongly recommend this trip for any adult wanting to see Southern Utah the best way!!!

by Ralph & Rebecca Whatley on Holiday River Expeditions

This was such a great trip. We took our two teenage children and I was worried they'd whine and complain and they loved it! They had such a sense of accomplishment when they finished and our 15 year old even biked up and out of Mineral Bottom at the end of the trip. Our guides were so helpful. They helped with bike seats, bike peddles and general moral boosting! They knew all about biking, geology, regional history and made the trip a great success. The food was outstanding and healthy. I loved the couscous/orzo salad for lunch on the second day. The guides always had energy bars, granola bars, available for us. Holiday River is always so well organized. Professionally done and such a positive atmosphere. Thank you!!

by Kacia Bundle on Holiday River Expeditions

My experience on the White Rim was life changing! I have not spent a lot of time in the Moab area and was completely blown away by the scenery, wildflowers, superb biking and above all the hospitality provided by our guides, Dustin and Sam. We were greeted every morning with "hot coffee!!!" and "how would you like your eggs?" which was pretty awesome. One of the guides biked with our group every day and they were knowledgeable about the geology and plant life we were riding past. They were always available to lend a hand with any biking issues, or as it turned out for us, crashes, bee stings and organizing an impromptu prom party for our friend's 40th birthday. They were also seriously a blast to hang out with and Sam made us the most amazing meals while Dustin provided comic relief. These two were exceptionally sweet, funny, mature and competent in the backcountry and I would trust them with any of my closest family and friends. I can simply not imagine NOT coming back to this special place again and am already dreaming about our next trip. Thank you Karen, Dustin, Sam, Teepee and any of the other employees who helped to facilitate this fantastic experience for us!

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