Moab Sampler: Bike, Raft, & Hike

Holiday’s Moab sampler bike-raft combo trip brings together two of Utah’s most popular activities: biking and whitewater rafting. Mountain biking and Moab are nearly synonymous. The former uranium boom town has become a Mecca for bikers. Swoop, soar, climb, and roll over the region’s sinuous sandstone and wild desert trails, then climb aboard a raft for the best whitewater in Moab, Westwater Canyon. Our Moab sampler bike-raft combo gives you a taste of it all, while also allowing your group the flexibility to tailor each day’s ride to your interests and skill level.

Our guides will lead you on single or double track adventures through a red rock wonderland. Splash through the Onion Creek stream crossings or slalom downhill past the Gemini Bridges. You could also pedal among dinosaur footprints at Klondike Bluffs. Whatever your group chooses, you’re sure to find a ride that leaves you just the right amount of breathless.

Follow the biking with two days of floating on the Colorado River, splashing through rapids beneath the sheer black walls of Westwater Canyon. We’ll serve you gourmet meals both trail-side and river-side: this is glamping at its finest! Fall asleep on a canyon beach to the sound of water on rocks: relaxation well deserved.

 

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Bike-Raft

  • Location:

    Moab Area Biking + Hiking / Colorado River

  • Length:

    4 Days: 2 Biking, 2 Rafting

  • Dates:

    Scheduled upon request with 8 people or more

  • Meet at:

    Green River, Utah @ 7:00am

  • Difficulty:

    Intermediate

  • Min. Age:

    14

  • Deposit:

    300

Highlights

  • Customizable: go where your group wants
  • Experience Moab's best with local guides
  • Fully supported bike riding and fully catered rafting
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Itinerary

This is one of our most customizable trips; our itinerary can vary widely from one trip to the next.

The following is just one example of the variety of itineraries we can create based on the group’s interests and ability levels, weather, and campsite availability.

Typical Itinerary

Day 1:

Meet group at headquarters in Green River, Utah at 7:00 a.m., Mountain Time, where we will issue your waterproof 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 River Expeditions 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 $180.00/person.

A one-hour van ride to Moab marks the start of the trip. We will select a base camp on public land outside of town, location to be determined by where we want to ride, weather, and camp availability. We’ll start with a warm-up ride: the Bar M trail network north of Moab provides a number of excellent short beginner and intermediate single-track loops. Options for after lunch include riding the Klondike Bluffs or Magnificent 7 trail networks. Klondike Bluffs features intermediate, undulating trails; more difficult trails climb up ledgy rocks and over expanses of slickrock. Magnificent 7 provides options for longer technical downhill rides, as well as lengthy scenic loops, including side trips to the spectacular Gemini natural bridges. Dinner and solar showers await back at base camp.

Day 2:

Today’s ride can be as leisurely or as ambitious as the group wants. With the whole day ahead, advanced or expert groups could choose to tackle the Amasa Back trails. The Navajo Rocks loop is a longer intermediate option that climbs gradually and descends via a long, flowy trail with short technical sections (remember: it’s always okay to walk sections you don’t feel comfortable with!). We could return to Magnificent 7 or Klondike to try the trails we missed the day before, or drive up into the La Sal Mountains for some alpine riding. Our guides are always out exploring new trails and can suggest the best options for each group. Night two’s camp could be the same as night one’s, in a location more convenient to the day’s ride, or even at one of the developed campsites along the Colorado River.

Day 3:

Drive to the put-in for Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River. Look for bald eagles on the cliffs above the river as you adjust to having the water work for you! Swim through a mellow rapid, visit an old goldminer’s cabin, and pull up to camp on a cozy beach within the black schist of the inner canyon.

Day 4:

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast (omelets, anyone?) before we dive into the whitewater: one drop after another, including Skull Rapid, the narrowest part of the entire river: only 35 feet across! Watch the canyon walls fall away as we approach the take-out, where our vans wait to bring us back to our headquarters in Green River, typically around 4:00 p.m.

Keep in mind that this is only a sample itinerary. Your own trip’s itinerary will be built as your group goes. We invite you to arrive with an open mind, a flexible attitude, and an appetite for adventure!

The Bicycling: The Moab Sampler mountain bike trip does not have a fixed itinerary, but is designed to provide access to the best of Moab’s bike trails. These trails may consist of packed dirt with gentle up and down sections; loose rocks and gravel; sand; ruts; winding or steep turns; technical ascents and descents, including ledges, exposure, or slickrock; and/or steep uphill and downhill sections.

Guides will select trails based on groups’ interests and riding ability, but a good level of fitness will make the riding more enjoyable. Riders who have no previous off-road bicycling experience should be experienced road cyclists with good athletic ability. All riders should prepare for the trip by riding their bike on a regular basis prior to the trip.

*This company is an equal opportunity provider as specified by the USDA 

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