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The Black Canyon trail follows a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. Riders are constantly rewarded with breathtaking scenic vistas and glimpses of the varied historical activities that have echoed through these hills. The Department of the Interior officially established the route as a livestock driveway in 1919, when it was used by woolgrowers from the Phoenix area to herd sheep to and from their summer ranges in the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains. Many segments of the trail roughly parallel the old Black Canyon stagecoach road between Phoenix and Prescott. At present, 13.3 miles of this trail between the Emery Henderson Trailhead and Table Mesa Road, provide a pleasant route to follow.

Mountain bike
5 days
225 km / 140 mi
$ 1,406.-
  • Ride buff singletrack in South Mountain and McDowell Mountain
  • Ride Black Canyon Trail System
  • Add rides in the Sedona area
  • Please arrive in Phoenix at least 12 hours prior to tour departure to allow for rest and acclimation.
  • We will return to Phoenix around 5pm on the last day.
  • Deposit for this tour is $500.-pp

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Details

Type
Mountain bike
Duration
5 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
20-40 km / 12-25 mi
Total distance
225 km / 140 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Camping, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Not included
Dates
29 Aug 2022 - 02 Sep 2022
05 Sep 2022 - 09 Sep 2022
12 Sep 2022 - 16 Sep 2022
19 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022
26 Sep 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
03 Oct 2022 - 07 Oct 2022
10 Oct 2022 - 14 Oct 2022
17 Oct 2022 - 21 Oct 2022
24 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022
31 Oct 2022 - 04 Nov 2022
Start dates 2023:Jan. 2 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 Aug. 28, Sept 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Start
Phoenix (9.00)
Finish
Phoenix (17.00)
Airport at start
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Airport at finish
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 1,406.-
Camping gear rental
We rent high-quality camping gear for all of our camping tours. These include a tent, sleeping pad, raised cot, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, full size pillow, and ground tarp.
$ 108.-
Optional

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – campgrounds


Day 1 | McDowell Mountain Park

Total Mileage | 20 miles
McDowell Mountain Regional Park offers over 40 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. The trails range in length and difficulty from easy to strenuous. We will design today’s ride based on the group’s preferences and abilities, but you can be sure you will be happy at the end of the day!
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Day 2 | South Mountain

Total Mileage | 22 miles
The South Mountain Park boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels. Today’s ride will chosen by your guide and dictated by the ability level of the group. The riding here is world class and not to be missed, so leave the details to the experts and enjoy the ride!
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Day 3 | Big Bug to Bumblebee camp

Total Mileage | 25 miles
A short shuttle ride from Phoenix will deliver us to the BCT trailhead. Our first ride begins with the Big Bug segment in the Prescott National Forest. Today marks the highest points on our ride and will result in a net downhill for the day! We will see much of the high desert and catch some great views as we head through the towering Saguaro cactus towards the Bradshaw Mountains. As we head into camp a delicious dinner awaits us.
Camp | Bumblebee

Day 4 | Bumblebee to Black Canyon City

Total Mileage | 22 miles
Energize with a hearty breakfast for this morning’s invigorating ride to Black Canyon City! Our second day of riding paints the true picture of why the Black Canyon Trail was named Arizona’s best trail in 2012. We will ride through miles of cactus, across awe-inspiring mesas and along spectacular singletrack. Today’s ride is more technical than the day before, making those views well worth the effort! When we arrive in Black Canyon City we will shuttle back to our comfortable camp at Bumblebee.
Camp | Bumblebee Camp

Day 5 | Black Canyon City to Emery Henderson Trailhead

Total Mileage | 22 miles
Wake up to fresh brewed coffee and a hot breakfast. We will break camp and hop in the shuttle for a ride to Black Canyon City and the start of today’s adventure. Our final day cuts through to the heart of the BCT. Today we have it all, from tight twisting cactus filled singletrack, river crossings and wide open desert views.

This is a general itinerary and may vary. The tour operator reserves the right to make changes due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Inns are subject to change.

Included:

Meals (except where noted on itineraries), snacks, non-alcoholic beverages,
Community camping gear (portable chairs, large awnings, coolers, utensils, etc.)
Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, reservations.
At least two professionally trained trip leaders, a mobile first aid and mechanic station, spare bikes, and a support vehicle(s).

Not Included:

Airfare to and from our departure point.
Lodging before or after the tour.
Personal camping gear, rental possible $108.-
Rental bike, see PDF file below
Gratuities for guides.

Lodging and meals

We choose well-maintained public campgrounds with scenic vistas and comfortable arrangements. You’ll move seamlessly from one day of your trip to the next, camping outdoors and enjoying wildly healthy, delicious homemade meals.
The majority of our selected campgrounds feature indoor facilities and showers. Conversely, in more remote backcountry camping scenarios, we’ll provide portable toilets and private solar showers.
Cell phone service is very spotty. All meals on this trip are prepared by your guides with the exception of dinner on the 4th day and breakfast of the 5th day.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

Specialized Stumpjumper Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Full suspension
Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er Full suspension
Santa Cruz 27.5 Full suspension

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