Hidden in the depths of the Kaibab National Forest, the old Arizona Trail creates a unique gateway to the natural grandeur of the Grand Canyon. Lined with wildflowers, the trail takes us through ponderosa forests and shimmering aspen groves en route to an unspoiled panorama of the East view of the Grand Canyon, a place few have witnessed.
233 km / 145 mi
The Rainbow Rim Trail, most scenic mountain bike paths in the world.
We explore 36 miles of remote forested singletrack stretching between spectacular canyon overlooks.
Deposit for this tour is $500.-pp
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy = unpaved roads, almost flat Average = narrow paths, steep climbing Difficult = barely used trails, rocks
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
20-40 km / 12-25 mi
233 km / 145 mi
2500 m / 8202 ft
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
Daily luggage transfers
02 Aug 2021 - 06 Aug 2021 09 Aug 2021 - 13 Aug 2021 16 Aug 2021 - 20 Aug 2021 30 Jul 2021 - 03 Sep 2021 13 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021 27 Sep 2021 - 01 Oct 2021 04 Oct 2021 - 08 Oct 2021 10 Oct 2021 - 14 Oct 2021 23 May 2022 - 27 May 2022 06 Jun 2021 - 10 Jun 2022
3-man tent with fly and group tarp, three-season 30 degree sleeping bag, a camp pillow(you provide the pillow case) and a self-inflating ground pad
Pillow + sleeping bag
Included / Not Included – campgrounds
Total Mileage | 14 miles Camp | East Rim, Terrain | 90% Singletrack, 10% Jeep Road
After a quick pre-trip meeting and lunch, we will begin our ride into the forest along the Arizona Trail. As we descend, we’ll pass through abundant ponderosa pine forests and many beautiful mountain meadows. Our final ascent up Mission Impossible delivers us to the secluded East Rim of the Grand Canyon, our camp for the next two nights. We’ll meet the van half way through the ride for a snack break and an opportunity to catch a ride to camp if you need it.
easy 7 miles / 981 ft gain, moderate 15 miles / 1493 ft gain
Total Mileage | 17 miles biking + 5 miles hiking Camp | East Rim
Terrain | 70% Singletrack, 30% Jeep Road, 30% Van Support
Riding from the East Rim, we’ll continue along the Arizona Trail for nine miles of rolling singletrack and beautiful scenery. We’ll meet the support van to regroup and enjoy a quick snack before continuing our ride through the forest. After 7 miles of Jeep road riding, classic Grand Canyon views again fill our sights. We'll stop at the viewpoint for lunch and then begin a challenging out-and-back hike. The hike is strenuous, but the sense of adventure and incredible views all along the way of Point Imperial and beyond make for a great way to end our day. After the hike we'll shuttle back to our East Rim base camp for the evening.
moderate 16 miles / 1742 ft gain, challenging 32 miles / 3097 ft gain + Hiking 5 miles / 262 ft gain
Total Mileage | 25-31 miles Camp | North Timp Point
Terrain | 80% Jeep Road, 20% Singletrack, 70% Van Support
Today’s ride is a combination of double track and fire roads that lead us over to our second camp. On this section of riding we’ll navigate through the deep backcountry of Kaibab National Forest. Once we reach camp we're treated to an awe-inspiring view of the main part of the canyon. After lunch, relax at camp or venture out on an optional singletrack ride or hike along the Rainbow Rim trail. We all gather together again for dinner and another awesome sunset as we lookout upon the Tapeats Amphitheater of the Grand Canyon.
easy 16.8 miles / 492 ft gain, moderate 24 miles / 1742 ft gain, challenging 23 miles / 3209 ft gain
Total Mileage | 30 miles Camp | North Timp Point
Terrain | 100% Singletrack, No Van Support
Today we ride along the most scenic singletrack bike trail, ever! Our 30-mile out and back ride along the Rainbow Rim Trail has over 20 different Grand Canyon viewpoints! Along the way we are sure to observe an abundance of wildlife. Since we bring our lunches out on the trail today, you can take your break and head back to camp whenever you are ready; ride as much or as little as you would like. The guides will be available for trailside assistance, but the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. We return to camp for another hearty home-cooked meal at North Timp Point.
easy 12 miles / 1125 ft gain, moderate 18 miles / 1825 ft gain, challenging 30 miles / 2644 ft gain
Total Mileage | 12-15 miles
Terrain | 100% Jeep Road, 60% Van Support
Today we continue our exploration with more fun riding. Our trip begins with a gentle ascent, but that initial section is followed by a rolling section with 4 big climbs and descents over 7 miles. The last section of our ride is a gradual downhill, leading us into Indian Hollow. We've reached our lunch spot, but we'll get in a quick hike before lunch to checkout the viewpoint that lies at the top of the trail. After saying our goodbyes to the majestic canyon, we head back down to enjoy our last camp meal together. Following lunch we shuttle back into town.
easy 15 miles / 508 ft gain, moderate 32 miles / 2510 ft gain.
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 .
You can meet us at one of three convenient locations: 1. Meet us in St. George, UT at 10:30am MST at the Crystal Inn OR , 2. Take the Escape Shuttle (from $86 Round-Trip) from Las Vegas at 7am PST from the Element Hotel (in Summerlin).
Remote camping ground.
Guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts.
Excellent meals and support, Snacks and sport-drinks.
Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees
Airfare to and from our departure point
Lodging before or after the tour
Personal Camping Gear (Rental available)
Rental Bike, see PDF file below,
Gratuities to guides
Nights 1 & 2: East Rim
Nights 3 & 4: North Timp Point
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.
Camping gear may be rented or you may bring your own. All of our camping gear is tested and hand-chosen from top manufacturers to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Our camp gear package includes a tent, sleeping pad, raised cot, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, full size pillow, and ground tarp.
Map & Routes
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Full suspension
Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er Full suspension
Santa Cruz 27.5 Full suspension
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