Moab Mountain Biking & Westwater Canyon Combination Trip

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Moab Mountain Biking & Westwater Canyon – About This Trip

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Mountain biking and Moab are nearly synonymous; the former uranium boom town has become a mecca for bikers wanting to swoop, soar, climb, and roll over the region’s sinuous sandstone and wild desert trails. Our Moab Sampler trip lets you get a taste of it all, and allows 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. Whether it’s smelling the Lupin & Sage in the beatific hillsides of the La Sals, splashing through cross-cutting rides in Onion Creek, slaloming downhill past the Gemini Bridges or pedaling between dinosaur footprints at Klondike Bluffs you’re sure to find the ride that leaves you just the right amount of breathless. Follow this up with two days of floating on the Colorado River, splashing through rapids beneath the sheer black walls of Westwater Canyon, falling asleep to the sound of water on rocks: relaxation well deserved.

***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; 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.

 

Trip Overview

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Location: Moab Area Biking / Colorado River
Type: Bike-Raft
Length: 4 Days - Biking 2 / Rafting 2
Dates: June through August
Meet At: Green River, UT 7:00 AM
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 14
Deposit: $300

Highlights

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  • Idyllic mild temps biking through the high La Sals 
  • Feel the rush of Westwaters finest rapids!
  • Perfect balance of working hard and playing harder

Trip Price & Departure Dates

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Adult - $995
Youth - $895(18 & under)
Senior - $895 (65 & over)
Group - $895 (10 or more)

+$10 BLM fee per person

2019 Trip Dates

Saturdays June 22 through August 10

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This Sampler trip will take you to a medley of red rock trails around the greater Moab area.  On your third day, take a quick ride to the a remote ranger station, the entrance to Westwater Canyon.  Finish your trip in the folkloric Ghost town of Cisco, UT.

Itinerary

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One of the advantages of a bike/river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires and ability level, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups in the area. This typical itinerary illustrates a bike trip in the Moab area and raft trip through Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River.

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 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 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 will begin with a warm-up ride, depending on the group's interests and ability level. 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 groups could choose to tackle the Bar M trails.  The new 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!).  Or, return to Magnificent 7 or Klondike to try the trails we missed the day before. Or check out one of the dozens of other options Moab has to offer! 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, or 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.  Relaxing float through mellow whitewater, with a possible side trip to Little Hole Canyon's natural amphitheater, where rock art and shards of Indian pottery can be seen.  In favorable conditions a short hike up Little Dolores Canyon reveals a beautiful desert waterfall and swimming hole. Camp on the river near Little Dolores.

Day 4:  Leisurely breakfast before rapids of Westwater.  Rapids, one right after another, Marble, Staircase, Big Hummer, Funnel Falls, and Surprise . . . leading to Skull Rapid, one of the Colorado's fiercest drops and the narrowest section of the entire river: only 35 feet across!  Finish with Bowling Alley, Sock-It-To-Me and Last Chance. Vans will return you to our headquarters in Green River at the end of the trip. 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 Teresa Aramaki on Holiday River Expeditions

Karen was always very helpful and willing to answer any questions asked. Very patient, as we each took time to complete the required paperwork. Was very nice to have clean sleeping bags! Guides (Dustin, Sam, Chris and Nick) were knowledgeable, very skillful, helpful, patient and great with all types of people and requests. We were all very impressed with their ability to engage well with all guests, while navigating all aspects of our bike ride and river trip to ensure we all had fun and felt safe. Dustin is an excellent leader, who is professional, talented, articulate, aware, and we appreciated his hospitality. And all are great cooks. Thanks for a very enjoyable time!

by John Englehardt on Holiday River Expeditions

The entire trip was fantastic! It was beyond my expectations. The guides were terrific and are to be commended for a job well done. They worked hard and did their absolute best to make the trip perfect. The meals were delicious and I may have even gained weight. I had no idea how much fun the hikes would be. While they were vigorous, they were a rewarding experience. I hope to come back with others in my family to go on another water rafting trip offered by Holiday River Expeditions next year. The Westwater Canyon experience we a fantastic experience. Besides the good white water itself, the entire package presented (biking, rafting, meals, hiking, schedule and pace and friendly environment) couldn't have been any better. The value here is well worth the money and time. Highly recommended!!!!

by Jennie Wood on Holiday River Expeditions

Dear Karen,

I just want to let you know what a wonderful trip we had. Nothing went wrong. Dave and Ellie were the perfect leaders; I couldn't believe how hard they worked yet stayed cheerful and careful. Dave's judgment on our safety was right on the spot; I came to trust him implicitly. And he's the cutest guy ever; I'd love to go on another of his trips! Please tell Ellie and Dave what fun we had and that I appreciate so much the way they took care of me yet didn't hover.

All the best

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