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Experience the only single track trail in the Grand Canyon open to bikes! Each trip is led by an experienced guide providing mechanical and nutritional support. Whether you opt to bring your own bike or rent a bike to match your skill from Arizona Outback Adventures, you will enjoy miles of remote trails along the Grand Canyon’s little-visited North Rim. In addition to exploring these pristine backcountry areas, you will also visit the North Rim Visitor Center and experience incredible views of the Canyon that a majority of the park’s visitors never experience. A sizable portion of this trip is spent at altitudes of 8,000 feet above sea level or higher. Some individuals may find it more challenging to ride at these elevations, however, a strong cardiovascular fitness base can help make this adventure more enjoyable.
During this bike tour, you will camp in a plush basecamp set up in Arizona Outback Adventures style by professional guides with comfortable basecamp amenities. Expert local guides ride with you every mile of trial and offer all the essential comforts of home in a comfortable basecamp setting. The carefully selected campground locations are the perfect backdrop for your adventure story to unfold while the mountain biking pristine single track with your fellow riders. The kitchen is fully equipped to allow our guides to prepare healthy fresh meals. You will be provided with all dishware and utensils needed for meals. Showers and flushing and enclosed restrooms will be available each day. The comfortable basecamp gear and amenities include personal mess kit, kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dishwashing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.
This tour is 100% mountain biking and meant for intermediate cyclists looking to spend a few hours in the saddle each day. To fully enjoy this trip, Arizona Outback Adventures recommends building up to riding 10 - 20 miles of trail each day for four days with moderate elevation change. The Grand Canyon North Rim sits at over 8,000 feet above sea level which can challenge even experienced athletes, the more cardiovascular fitness you have in this regard, the better off you will be. You can expect a majority of single track with a few sections of rocky trail as well as a few parts along dirt roads on the Arizona Trail. After booking your cycling trip with AOA, you will receive a trip planner with more specific instruction for preparation.
Today, you shuttle from Scottsdale / Phoenix to the Grand Canyon North Rim with some interesting stops along the way including the famous Cameron Indian Trading Post. Established in 1916, this trading post is an important showplace for fine Native American and Southwestern art. For you, it is the perfect lunch spot. Continuing onwards, you will reach Navajo Bridge. This scenic span is just downstream from Lee’s Ferry, the launch point for rafting trips down the Grand Canyon’s mighty Colorado River. Finally, you will stretch your legs, dial in your bikes, and ride approximately 10 - 11 miles right into camp. Day’s end will find you enjoying your first night’s dinner in the remote backcountry of the Kaibab National Forest. The meeting point for this bike tour will be at Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale at 06:00, Flagstaff Pullman Airport (FLG) at 08:30, or Jacob Lake Inn at 12:00.
You will wake up to the crisp, fresh air of the Grand Canyon. After a guide-prepared breakfast to fuel your day, you will mount up and take on the Rainbow Rim trail. As you flow along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, you will make your way in and around tributary side canyons, connecting between five main overlooks. Each of these promontories gives you the chance to peer into one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The winding curves, occasional climb, and high elevation riding are sure to challenge you. After plenty of miles in the dirt, you will relax and unwind to the slower-paced life in the backcountry. With no shortage of sights to see and trails to ride tomorrow, sleep fast tonight to the quietness of the North Rim.
The smell of coffee, tea, and breakfast is sure to lure you out of your tent after a cozy night under the stars. You will pack up camp and head for the North Rim Visitor Center. After a quality shower at a more established facility, you will take in one of the most incredible vistas on the North Rim, a favorite of yours for many reasons, most park visitors never see this view! After a picnic lunch, you transfer to the East Rim where you begin the day’s ride along the Arizona Trail. The Arizona Trail traverses the entire state of Arizona from Mexico to Utah and is approximately 800 miles long. Your ride today is one direction and has a net elevation loss. It leads you right into your new camp location for one final night together.
Your final day has you riding the remaining section of the Arizona Trail to Jacob Lake. This fun and flowy descent provides the perfect conclusion to your trip as you make your way out of the backcountry. Enjoy the cool breeze through the pines as you spin along to your end of the trail. Time permitting, you will stop in the Jacob Lake general store and pick up some of the world’s best cookies! Today, your trip will return to the Scottsdale and Phoenix area between 18:00 - 20:00. The endpoint for this bike tour will be at Jacob Lake Inn at 12:00 - 14:00, Flagstaff Pullman Airport (FLG) at 15:30 - 17:30, or the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale between 18:00 - 20:00.
You will need the ability to hike on trails that may have physical obstacles or barriers with aggressive elevation change for up to 15 miles per day. In every case other than an emergency situation, hikes are one-way and are performed at a 2 to 3 mph pace with breaks.
You will also need the ability to ride on well-maintained roads / streets or on mountain bike trails with moderate to advanced obstacles. Elevation change is aggressive either overall or on specific challenge climbs and distances could range between 40 and 75 miles per day for road, or 20 to 30 miles per day for mountain. You are traveling at a group pace and may sometimes have the ability to shorten a route.
Base camping (or “glamping”) with showers and / or electricity likely available nearby. Restrooms will be flushing and enclosed. If using Arizona Outback Adventures gear, you can expect to be sleeping on an inflatable pad, or on a cot where available, outdoors or in a large tent.
You will move through popular attractions but will spend most of your time in hard-to-reach or less popular areas. They can expect no wait time and a practical lack of crowds once they’ve left these more populated areas. Overnight accommodations are remote and / or private.
Basecamp trips with multiple camp locations: The same amount of tasks exist as with all the basecamp trips, although set-up and tear-down will be performed each time we move camp, usually 1 to 2 times.
Arizona Outback Adventures' experienced and highly skilled bike mechanics make sure that every bike is tuned, cleaned, and ready to ride. The bike rental shop is here to make sure that your bike rental experience is fun, easy, and memorable. If you are traveling with your own bike, you need to make a plan for transporting it. Some people choose to fly with their bike broken down in a travel case, others prefer to use a service like BikeFlights to ship their bike to the destination. If you are traveling a long way from home or find the logistics of traveling with a bike difficult, you may prefer to find a rental road bike.
Ensure that your bike is properly set up to your specifications before heading out to ride. Check to ensure that the bike meets your quality standards for the kind of riding you want to do. Arizona Outback Adventures' rental fleet is one of the top in the country for bike model options, availability, and customer service.
Arizona Outback Adventures also offers rental mountain bikes in various performance levels. Each bike rental includes a helmet and flat repair kit. You are welcome to bring your own pedals and saddle to use with the rental bikes.
Arizona Outback Adventures do their best to operate each trip as closely as possible to the published itinerary, however there are sometimes forces outside of their control that could require them to make adjustments to the operations of a trip. These include but are not limited to weather, natural disasters, road closures, park closures, campsite availability, emergency guest illness, or injury.
Will has been guiding since 2018 and a bike mechanic since 2016. He has been working at AOA since 2018. His hometown is in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He usually guides multi-day tours. He loves mountain and road bike racing, backcountry skiing, running, backpacking, and hiking.
Alex has been guiding since 2009 and has been with AOA since 2009. His hometown is in Scottsdale, Arizona. He usually guides multi-day tours. His hobbies are trail and road running and playing with his chocolate lab, Thor.
Linda is a tour guide at AOA.
Tyler has been guiding since 2012 and has been with AOA since 2014. He usually guides all multi-day tours, specializing in backpacking and cycling trips. He grew up in New Jersey, so his first language is actually sarcasm. He thinks the best part about guiding is hands down the looks on people’s faces after they’ve conquered something they never thought that they could. Everyone should get out of their comfort zone every now and then, and he loves that he gets to facilitate that every week!
You will ride some of Arizona’s most remote and picturesque single track on a guided mountain bike trip in USA. You will bike the Rainbow Rim Trail on Grand Canyon’s North Rim and a forested high-altitude section of the epic Arizona Trail. The Rainbow Rim Trail offers stunning views of the Grand Canyon and is the only piece of single track trail on the rim of the Grand Canyon that is open to bikes. You will be amazed not only by the views of the canyon itself but also by the lush and forested backcountry of the Kaibab National Forest. Explore this stunning alpine wilderness on two wheels while riding the length of the Rainbow Rim trail and portions of the Arizona Trail.
Meals will consist of all fresh food with courses and more complex additions or spicing, although often will be limited to one entrée. Meals are served by guides and may be plated or served group-style out of serving dishes / platters and eaten with camp utensils while sitting at a covered outdoor table.
Meals will be starting from lunch on day one through lunch day 4.
Anybody who puts in big miles knows that nutrition is key. On any multi-day cycling trip, you should have a strong meal plan to ensure you’re getting adequate balanced calories before and after every ride. Arizona Outback Adventures’ guided trips take care of all the meal planning so you’re always in optimal condition to get out and pedal. In addition to meals, staying fueled on the bike is paramount. You should always have a variety of nutritional items on hand. Plan ahead so you are sure not to run out.
The basics should include an electrolyte mix and complex carbohydrates, either in the form of whole snack foods or gels. The best option is to have both, eat whole foods and use an easy fix of a GU or gel with caffeine for an extra boost. Don’t forget to recover as well. Recovery drinks with extra electrolytes and protein ensure your muscles are given the proper nutrients to process lactate and get ready for another day of riding.
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