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Best of Moab MTB Tour

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Moab, Utah is unarguably the quintessential mecca for mountain biking, hiking, rafting, climbing, jeeping, and many other off-the-grid adventures. The mountain biking here is world class and second to none. You will find no other place like this on earth and as such you will find adventure seekers from all over the world as they are drawn to the red rocks, the deep canyons, the rushing rivers, the smooth slickrock, the vast plateaus, the snow capped mountains… all juxtaposed and weaved together into a seemingly alien planet.

Join Lizard Head Cycling Guides as we guide you through this wondrous landscape along well groomed singletrack and dual-track roads taking in the glorious scenery and stunningly beautiful high desert terrain of southeast Utah. We will explore hidden places, discover ancient rock formations, take in beautiful sunsets (and sunrises!), enjoy clean desert air, ride mind-boggling trails, and then end each day back in the bike crazy town of Moab to take in the night life, beer, and great food!

Best of Moab MTB Tour: Highlights

Arches National Park and the La Sal Mountains

Riding the slickrock in Moab

Mountain Biking in Moab

Best of Moab MTB Tour: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891.

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Best of Moab MTB Tour: Overview

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Arrival Town/Airport: Grand Junction, Colorado (Grand Junction Regional Airport – GJT)

Departing Town/Airport: Grand Junction, Colorado (Grand Junction Regional Airport – GJT)

Tour Length: 4-Days Cycling/3-Nights Lodging -or- 5-Days Cycling/4-Nights Lodging

Total Miles: 65-125 (varies based on trails ridden and length of tour; additional mileage options available)

Ability Level: Tours can be arranged with 2/3 (Intermediate to Advanced) routes or 3/4 (Advanced to Challenging) routes. There are also options for easier dual-track and open desert routes. Please inquire.

Tour Cost: 4-Day Lodging with 3 days of meals at $1550 per person; 5-Day Lodging with 3 days of meals at $1790 per person; -or- Lodging On-Your-Own in Moab, UT at $200 per day per person. Group discount of 5% for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Tour Includes: 4 or 5 days of guide service, most meals, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

Lodging for 3 or 4 Nights: (subject to change)

Bike Rental

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value. Ebikes excluded, pedal bikes only).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Read more on our Road Bike Rental FAQs page.

Meals On Tour

Lunches: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

Dinners: Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! :) Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post-ride element.

Best of Moab MTB Tour: Trails and Routes

Since the Moab region is loaded with a ton of fantastic riding, the below is merely a small sample of the trails and routes that can be ridden. If you have enough riders for a custom tour (8 riders minimum or the paid equivalent), we can customize the rides and itinerary based on your group’s riding preferences as some trails are easy, some are longer in distance, some are more challenging, some can be very difficult… but all are a ton of fun!


Amasa Back/Cliff Hanger Out & Back
18 miles/intermediate to advanced

This is a great out and back ride from downtown Moab along paved roads for the first 5 miles adjacent to the Colorado River and then a turn towards Amasa Back up a challenging climb to a fantastic view of Jackson Hole. We then return along the same route back to Moab. This is an ideal early morning ride leaving the afternoon open for another Moab area ride.

View of Slickrock and the La Sal Mtns from the top of Amasa Back


Dead Horse Point Singletrack
19 miles/intermediate

Dead Horse Point is famous for it’s hundred mile views and riding the singletrack here offers some of the best riding in the entire region. We will shuttle from Moab to Dead Horse Point and then ride a meandering course of beautiful singletrack while admiring the views.

The view from Dead Horse Point


Gemini Bridges to Bar M Trails
27 miles/intermediate

Another classic Moab ride! We take a short shuttle from Moab to the top of Gemini Bridges road to ride along dual track to a view point of Gemini Bridges, a natural rock formation of two adjacent natural bridges hence the “Gemini” or twins. The ride offers iconic views of the distant La Sal mountains to the east. We then drop down to ride along the Bar M Trails singletrack where we have options to ride just some or all of the trails. An optional ride back to downtown Moab from the Bar M Trails will add 10 miles to the day.

Along the Bar M Trails


Gemini Bridges to Gold Bar Rim to Golden Spike Safari
24 miles/intermediate to advanced

Don’t let the distance fool you – this is a challenging ride along some rugged Jeep trails, but it offers stunning views of Moab and Arches National Park. We shuttle to the top of Gemini Bridges road with a stop at Gemini Bridges, then from here drop down to ride Gold bar Rim and the Golden Spike Safari trails. The ride ends at the bottom of Poison Spider Mesa with an optional 10 mile ride back to Moab.

View of Arches National park from the Gold Bar RIm


Hurrah Pass Out & Back
30 miles/intermediate

This is an easier out and back ride from Moab along paved and unpaved roads to the top of Hurrah Pass which offers gorgeous views of Canyonlands and the oddly blue/green colored evaporation ponds of the distant potash mine. This is another iconic Moab area ride which would make for a great morning ride.

View from Hurrah Pass


Ken’s Lake to Moab via Steelbender
16-26 miles/intermediate

This is a hidden gem of a trail not many know about. We can either shuttle from downtown Moab to the ride start at Ken’s Lake, or ride there adding 10 miles to the route. From Ken’s Lake we ride up to the Steelbender trail passing Faux Falls, so named as they are man made to divert water from Mill Creek to Ken’s Lake, Moab’s main water supply reservoir. There are several crossings of Mill Creek on this route and if the water is high, it’s best to take off the shoes and socks to carry your bike across… which can be quite refreshing on a hot day! We then return to Moab, but not without stopping at Milt’s Stop & Eat for one of the best burgers you will ever have!

Faux Falls with Ken’s Lake in the distance


Porcupine Rim Trail
30 miles/intermediate to advanced

This is perhaps one of the best rides anywhere offering some great riding with stunning views deep into Castle Valley. There are distance options for this route with pre- and/or post-ride shuttles, but the best way to ride this is to do the full 30 mile loop from downtown Moab and then back… it’s what the locals do! Riding up Sand Flats Road, we reach the trailhead for the Porcupine Rim Trail. It’s a faily technical route the entire way, but so worth it! After completing the tail, we ride back to Moab.

Looking into Castle Valley from the Porcupine Rim Trail


Shafer Switchbacks to Musselman Arch to Potash
25 miles/intermediate

Now THIS is a stunner of a ride! We drop down Shafer Trail along the switchbacks, but make sure to check your speed as this can be a fast, technical descent! At the bottom and after looking back up to admire what we just came down, we head out onto a portion of the White Rim Trail to Musselman Arch, a natural stone bridge carved by nature into the White Rim Sandstone. This is our turnaround point and we head back towards Moab along the potash road passing by the strangely colored and seemingly out of place potash evaporation ponds. We end the ride at the Potash Boat Ramp and then shuttle back to Moab. The EFI option is to keep riding to Moab to add 20 miles to the route.

The Shafer Trail switchbacks


Slickrock Trail
10-17 miles/intermediate to advanced

This is the most iconic Moab area trail of them all! We ride up to the Slickrock Trail from downtown Moab, because that’s what you are supposed to do! We will first play for a bit on the Slickrock practice loop which helps acclimate riders to what comes next – riding the big Slickrock loop. This is a super fun ride on super grippy petrified sand dunes and it’s not for the faint of heart! You will talk about riding on this trail for years.

Slickrock bike trail


Sovereign Singletrack
17-27 miles/intermediate to advanced

This is a stretch of super twisty singletrack to the west of Arches National Park and it has quickly become one of the top trails in the Moab area. Offering a mix of dirt, open rock, ledges, and short climbs mixed with fantastic views, you will soon fall in love with this trail. There are options to ride an out and back on the Sovereign Singletrack, or add a loop around Cedar Mountain for a longer ride.

Riding on slickrock

Best of Moab MTB Tour: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Sample 5-Day Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a typical intermediate rider based 5-Day/4-Night Moab area mountain bike tour.

  • Day 0 – Pre-Tour Arrival in Grand Junction:
    Guests arrive in Grand Junction, Colorado on the day before the tour starts and stay at the designated meeting hotel (not included in tour cost). If driving to the tour, your car can stay at the meeting hotel while we are on tour. Those flying can take the complimentary airport shuttle to the meeting hotel.
  • Day 1 – Gemini Bridges to Bar M Trails (27 miles):
    We gather at the meeting hotel at 7:00 am to meet, greet, and load gear into the support vehicle. We then shuttle two hours from Grand Junction to the top of the Gemini Bridges trail near Moab, Utah. Here we onload, gear up, and discuss the day’s route. We then ride to Gemini Bridges to admire the double stone arch bridges and then continue riding along the Gemini Bridges trail to the Bar M Trails. After riding on the Bar M Trails, we then shuttle a short distance south to check into our lodging in Moab, Utah. There is an option to ride from the Bar M Trails to Moab for extra mileage.
  • Day 2 – Dead Horse Point Singletrack (15-19 miles):
    From Moab we shuttle up to Dead Horse Point to ride the magnificent singletrack. The trails here loop around one another and we will ride a circuitous route taking in all the best views and singletrack. The mileage can vary based on how the trails are ridden. We then shuttle back to Moab. This ride is best done in the early morning to catch the rising sun or in the late afternoon to catch the setting sun, plus to avoid the heat of midday.
  • Day 3 – Porcupine Rim Trail (15-30 miles):
    This can be a shuttled ride to the start of the trail and from the finish (15 miles), or it can be made into a large loop from downtown Moab and back via the Porcupine Rim Trail (30 miles). We recommomend the big loop as the pre-trail gradual climb up Sand Flats Road will prime your legs for the twisty descent down the Porcupine Rim Trail and the post-trail ride will help relax the legs afterwards.
  • Day 4 – Slickrock Trail (10-17 miles):
    This is another trail that is better either in the early morning or later afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. It can also be ridden to from downtown, or we can shuttle there as well. For those unfamiliar on how to ride slickrock, there is a short practice loop that we recommend a few laps on for you to get the feel of how the tires grip the sandstone. The big slickrock loop might take longer than you expect as it is a challenging, but rewarding circuit. So take your time to find your lines and have fun!
  • Day 5 – Sovereign Singletrack (17-27 miles):
    After breakfast we check out of the hotel, load the support vehicle and then shuttle a short distance to the start of the Sovereign Singletrack. This is a super fun, super twisty run of singletrack and there are options of between 17 to 27 miles, or even more. We end the ride at the Archview Campground where riders can shower while guides prepare a final lunch. Afterwards we shuttle back to Grand Junction, Colorado to end the tour.

Best of Moab MTB Tour: Logistics & FAQs

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.
 

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