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3 Days Black Canyon Trail Mountain Bike Tour in Arizona, USA
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Bumble Bee camp, Bumble Bee, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA

Exciting Bike Tour in USA

Ride the Black Canyon Trail with Escape Adventures, giving you a history lesson on a backdrop of endless vistas! The trail follows a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. Your first section, from Bumble Bee to the Table Mesa trailhead, offers the most dramatic scenery and the most adventurous riding. You will cross the Agua Fria River many times along this exciting route. See the backcountry in a unique and exciting way and experience a connection with nature!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Downhill, mesas, and singletrack
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day) and challenging (cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 69 miles / 111 kilometers
  • Average elevation: 610 - 1,311 meters / 2,000 - 4,300 feet
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking and adventure cycling
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (225 USD)


  • 3-day mountain bike tour
  • Services of two guides / tour leaders
  • Cycle through miles of cactus, across mesas and along singletrack
  • Starts in Big Bug and ends in Emery Henderson Trailhead
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinners, snacks, and beverages
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 4WD support vehicle

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction
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During this tour, you will be accommodated in three-man tents with fly and ground tarp at Bumble Bee camp. The camping on this trip is in a primitive camp area. There are no shower facilities, but solar showers will be available. Your tent will be equipped with a 30-degree sleeping bag, camp pillow (you provide the pillowcase), and self-inflating ground pad. Expect scenic and serene campgrounds, starry skies or full moons, and warm, cozy campfires. Escape Adventures offers high-quality camping equipment because they know that a good night’s sleep is the key to a good day’s ride.


Day 1: Big Bug to Bumble Bee camp

Please arrive in Phoenix at least 12 hours prior to the tour departure to allow for rest and acclimation. After meeting at Best Western Airport Inn in Phoenix, at around 09:00, a short shuttle ride will deliver you to the Black Canyon Trail trailhead. Your first ride begins with the Big Bug segment in the Prescott National Forest. Today marks the highest points on your ride and will result in a net downhill for the day! You will see much of the high desert and catch some great views as you head through the towering saguaro cactus toward the Bradshaw Mountains. As you head into the camp, a delicious dinner awaits you.

  • Total mileage: 25 miles / 40 kilometers

Day 2: Bumble Bee to Black Canyon City

Energize with a hearty breakfast for this morning’s invigorating ride to Black Canyon City! Your second day of riding paints the true picture of why the Black Canyon Trail was named Arizona’s best trail in 2012. You 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 you arrive in Black Canyon City, you will shuttle back to your comfortable camp in Bumble Bee.

  • Total mileage: 22 miles / 35 kilometers

Day 3: Black Canyon City to Emery Henderson Trailhead

Wake up to freshly brewed coffee and a hot breakfast. You will break camp and hop in the shuttle for a ride to Black Canyon City and the start of today’s adventure. Your final day cuts through to the heart of the Black Canyon Trail. Today, you have it all, from tight twisting cactus filled singletrack, river crossings, and wide open desert views. You will return to Phoenix around 17:00.

  • Total mileage: 22 miles / 35 kilometers

Notes: This is a general itinerary and may vary. Escape Adventures 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. The inn is also subject to change.

Skill level


  • Can cycle for three - four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents


  • Can cycle for five - six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions


If you would like to rent a bicycle for your trip, Escape Adventures will fit you with a high-quality, durable, and safe ride. Their mountain bikes are full-suspension, lightweight, and adjustable. Both of their tour centers are proud to supply high-end bikes. All bicycle rentals are equipped with flat pedals, a tire repair kit and pump, and a complimentary water bottle. Helmet, gloves, seat pack and Shimano Pedaling Dynamics (SPD) pedals are available upon request and are included in the rental price. Please specify your individual needs when confirming your reservation. If you are leaving a familiar bicycle at home, Escape Adventures highly recommends bringing your saddle and pedals. Your guides will be happy to install them for you during the orientation.

Full suspension mountain bike - Specialized Stumpjumper 650b

The Specialized Stumpjumper is the best bang for your buck! This bike features 150 millimeters of front and rear travel, which is plenty of cushions to soak up any bump in the trail. You can visit the Specialized site for more information. Individual components on rental bikes may vary slightly. Please call Escape Adventures for more information.

Bringing your own bike

You may also bring your own bike with you and ship it in advance via UPS (available only in Las Vegas and Moab). Escape Adventures will receive your bike, assemble it, tune it to make sure everything works properly, and disassemble it. You are responsible for the cost of shipping to and from the meeting location. You will be charged for return shipping after the tour. If you are shipping your bike, please write your name, trip, and trip date on the outside of the box and attach this information to your frame. They must receive all shipped bikes no less than four days before your tour.

Bringing your bike on the plane can be quite costly and will require you to assemble your bike in your hotel room before the tour. Most hotels will let you store your bike container for the duration of the tour. Due to space constraints, Escape Adventures cannot take your bike box on the tour van.

Preparing for your mountain tour

For optimal physical preparation, Escape Adventures recommends that you ride at least several hours per week during the month preceding the tour. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day and they can assure you that an unprepared bottom is a sore one! If you can’t ride your bike or don’t own one, take a spin class at your local gym a few times a week. Your level of fitness does affect how much you enjoy your tour. Check your specific itinerary for an idea of your average daily mileage and level of strenuousness - then train appropriately.

Support vehicle

For more than a decade, Escape Adventures has been designing their custom fleet of 4x4 trucks, vans, and trailers with rack systems made exclusively for backcountry adventure touring. The support vehicle and driver becomes your own personal support system, bringing you food and drink, carrying your gear safely through the mountains, and lending a bench for a soft ride at your convenience. Their exclusive fleet is custom-built to go further in the backcountry, so you can see places you never knew existed.


This bike tour takes place in the Black Canyon Trail, Arizona, USA. You will start from the Big Bug segment in the Prescott National Forest toward the Bradshaw Mountains and Bumble Bee. After that, you will ride to Black Canyon City and Emery Henderson Trailhead.


During this tour, the guides lovingly prepare meals for the trip with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic foods, ensuring you have the fuel you need to ride and a delicious meal at the same time - including dessert! Expect to eat only freshly-prepared foods at each meal. You will eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. They will serve all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day, along with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Breakfast favorites include blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Lunches include delicacies such as Greek salad, veggie-feta wraps, and pasta. Appetizers, like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité compliment elaborate salads and pastries. Dinner entreés, such as polenta lasagna, steak, salmon, and deep dish pizza are delicious when baked in a Dutch oven or grilled over an open fire. Desserts range from pineapple upside down cake to chocolate fondue. If you have special diet requirements, Escape Adventures can accommodate with prior notice. Vegans and vegetarians are no problem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3-day mountain bike tour
  • 2 guides / tour leaders
  • 4WD support vehicle
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Camping gear
  • Transportation
  • First-aid kit
  • Bike maintenance
  • Community gear
  • Souvenir shirt

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the departure point
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities for Escape Adventures guides (based on the quality of your experience: 10-20% of your trip cost to be divided between the guides)
  • Taxes and fees

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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