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6 Days Trail of the Ancients Mountain Bike Tour in Utah, USA
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Big Pocket Overlook, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA

Remote USA Mountain Bike Tour

If you are a bike enthusiast and wishing to explore the best trails in the USA, then this bike tour in Indian Creek and Lockhart Basin with Escape Adventures is for you. Specializing in western North America, Escape Adventures is the leader in first-class eco-friendly cycling and multi-sport adventures which will take you to ride along the beautiful backcountry areas and invite you to preserve them. Satisfy your thirst for adventure here!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Mostly dirt road and double tracks
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometimes, 31 - 45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 146 miles / 235 kilometers
  • Average Elevation: 1,372 - 2,469 meters / 4,500 - 8,100 feet
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking and adventure cycling
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (not included)


  • 6 days of mountain biking
  • A cycling tour in a remote region
  • A ride to Lockhart Basin and Joint Trail
  • An epic ride from Ruin Park to Chesler Park
  • Service of Escape Adventures' experienced guides
  • Support vehicle and maintenance service
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


6 days with instruction
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You will be accommodated at a camp. The tent is a three-man tent with fly and ground tarp, three-season 30-degree sleeping bag, a camp pillow (you provide the pillowcase), and a self-inflating ground pad included. All camping on this trip is at campsites with no running water and pit toilets. There are no shower facilities but solar showers will be available.



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.

Day 1: Newspaper Rock to Ruin Park

The group will meet at 08:00 in Moab Cyclery for introductions and a brief orientation. Afterward, you head to the southeast entrance of Canyonlands National Park where you make a stop at the historic Newspaper Rock. Newspaper rock is one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs in the world. From here, a short shuttle takes you to one of the last working ranches in the country, the Dugout Ranch.

Recently rescued by the Nature Conservancy, this ranch now provides the foundation for the Canyonlands Research Center, the first facility dedicated to climate change research within the heart of the Colorado Plateau. You ride from the ranch, through Cottonwood Valley, and to your camp which overlooks the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Time permitting, there will be an evening hike into the park to see the remote Wedding Ring Arch.

  • Total mileage: 18 miles
  • Accommodation: camping in Big Pocket Overlook

Day 2: Beef Basin to Ruin Park

You awake to the silence only the remote desert can provide and, of course, to the delicious smells of hot coffee and breakfast only guides can prepare. Today, you discover the extreme backcountry as you ride over the foothills of the Abajo Mountains and drop 1,800 feet into Beef Basin to your camp at Ruin Park.

As the first major permanent settlers, the Ancestral Puebloans came to this area about 1,800 years ago. Aptly named, Ruin Park is an archaeologically rich area. The ruins here range from the open Hovenweep style of "The Farm House Ruin" to high cliff dwellings, some of which are extremely hard to find and get up into the ledge systems. If you’re up to do more riding, you will have the option to do so or the rest of the day is yours to explore the many ancient secrets of the area.

  • Total mileage: 23 miles
  • Accommodation: camping in Ruin Park

Day 3: Ruin Park to the Colorado River Overlook

Get ready for an epic ride that takes you from Ruin Park to Chesler Park, located in the Needles District, where you take a break from the bikes and hike the canyons that made the area famous. The adventurous can give it a go on the Joint Trail, a hiking experience that can be found in few other places in the country. The trail follows a long stretch of connecting “joints” and deep, narrow crevices in a massive rock expanse; some passages are only 2-3 feet wide.

  • Total mileage: 27 - 33 miles
  • Accommodation: camping in Hamburger Rock

Day 4: Indian Creek to Lockhart Basin Road

From the camp, you make your way back through Indian Creek to the base of the Canyonlands Overlook. Your trail weaves through a wonderland of goblin-style rocks that have cut their way out of the Cutler sandstone and you are able to see the broken monoliths of Windgate Sandstone which look like ancient Egyptian pyramids. You’ll have plenty of time today for an 8-mile optional ride to swim in the Colorado River.

  • Total mileage: 15 - 23 miles
  • Accommodation: camping near Lockhart Canyon

Day 5: Lockhart Basin

The day starts with a climb on eroded jeep track into the beautiful backcountry of Lockhart Basin. As you come around Channel Change Gap, you see your first view of Moab, located up the Colorado River. Your ride climbs and descends through many washes before dropping you down the “Jiffy Lube.” After your final descent, you climb for two miles to Chicken Corners, your camp for the night. Looking down to the Colorado River and across the Elephant sandstone to Dead Horse Point, the views from camp are sure to take your breath away.

  • Total mileage: 26 miles
  • Accommodation: camping in Chicken Corners

Day 6: Hurrah Pass to Moab

After breakfast, you begin your big climb up Hurrah Pass and into the Moab Valley. The climb culminates on top of a beautiful overlook that gives you an impressive view of the Colorado River Canyons you just came from. You finish your journey with a final ride into Moab, arriving around 16:00.

  • Total mileage: 18 miles

How to prepare

The adventures are made up of fun, energetic sports that can be enjoyed by everyone. Since outdoor activity is as strenuous as you make it, it is important to remember that the more prepared you are for a tour, the more fun you will have and the further you will be able to go. You will benefit the most from prior conditioning and experience.

If you are joining on a cycling trip, Escape Adventures encourages you to exercise at least several hours a week up to a month prior to the trip departure. Sometime each day goes a very long way. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day and Escape Adventures 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.

Preparing for a tour at high elevations

Many of the summer adventures take place at high elevations. Most people acclimate easily and without incident; however, it is best to be prepared and recognize symptoms when they occur. Being well hydrated before the tour begins and a good level of fitness will help. Many of the high elevation tours offer an easy first day to help people acclimate. Ibuprofen and other light pain relievers can help with headaches. The most common side effects are a headache, loss of appetite, and sleeplessness. The guides are well trained to recognize altitude symptoms and will offer suggestions on how to manage them.

The guides

Escape Adventures' guides are the best in the business. Trained personally by the owners, the guides understand the areas you ride and the safety of the group.

The support vehicles

For more than a decade, Escape Adventures has been designing the custom fleet of 4×4 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. The exclusive fleet is custom built to go further in the backcountry so you can see places you never knew existed.

Meeting information

  • Location: Moab Cyclery
  • Address: 391 South Main Street, Moab, Utah, USA
  • Time: 08:00
  • Return time: 16:00 on the last day


  • can cycle for 3 - 4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents


This tour will take place in and around Canyonlands National Park, USA. The Needles District of Canyonlands National Park is named for the eroding rock pinnacles that stand as sentinels in a valley of endless views and exceptional sunsets. This area is located over 100 miles from any major interstate, making it one of the most remote regions in the country.

The Canyonlands region was considered a wasteland until the mid-1940s when urgent needs for uranium, vanadium, and petroleum products brought cycles of mining, prospecting, and drilling to the area. These activities created a majority of the network of the backcountry roads and trails that are in use today. But long before modern times, the Ancestral Puebloans developed a flourishing civilization in these canyons. Located far into the backcountry, the remnants of their society have remained untouched for over 800 years. This mountain bike adventure offers a unique perspective on the region. A great trip for intermediate and athletic beginners, this mostly dirt road and double track route contain challenges of increasing difficulty as your skills increase.


This tour includes all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day. The experienced 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. Most dinners and breakfasts will be at local restaurants. Please see your specific itinerary for details.

Expect to eat only freshly prepared foods at each meal. You eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. 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

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

  • Organic
  • 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

  • 6 days of bike riding
  • A service of two experienced tour guides
  • A support vehicle
  • First aid
  • Bike maintenance
  • Community gear
  • A souvenir shirt
  • Camping and community gear
  • Snacks
  • Meals from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Rental bike
  • Airfare to and from the departure point
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Gratuities to Escape Adventures guides
  • Personal camping gear

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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