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RIDING TYPE | ◆︎ Advanced

TRIP DURATION | 3-Days

SEASON | June – August

A world-class trail system in the Bradshaw Mountain foothills of central Arizona, the Black Canyon Trail has been stretched out to nearly 80 miles of flowy purpose-built singletrack that just begs for a multi-day trip. The Black Canyon Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail in June 2008 and also carries the prestigious "Epic Trail" award from the International Mountain Biking Association. For more information you can check out this trail on MTB Project - Black Canyon. This trail is a blast! Rolling downhill with short climbs and quick turns, you will love the flow. The mountain views are beautiful and the desert plants amazing. This three-day trip has so much packed in you'll feel like you have been gone a week! With direct flights from many cities right into Phoenix, fitting this mountain bike getaway into your schedule should be easier than most destination riding vacations.

This tour contains some difficult riding on technical singletrack trails and a small amount of jeep roads. We will be without vehicle support during many sections
of the ride. Many cacti, sharp vegetation, and sharp rocks exist along trail.

Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventures. Road Surface: Mostly singletrack. Includes packed sediment, some rocky and sandy sections and smooth dirt sections.

Overall Rating: Intermediate/Advanced
Technical Difficulty: Advanced—rocky, loose and sometimes steep singletrack, some moderate exposure.
Physical Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced— short but steep climbs, longer days and technical sections make this ride a challenging one.
Altitude: 1,000 - 4,000 feet

MEETING PLACE AND TIME

Phoenix, AZ
The trip will meet at 8:30 AM local time at The Holiday Inn Express, 3401 E. University Dr. & I-10. You may park your car here, gratis, during the trip. You
will need to spend the night before in Phoenix.

ENDING TIME

We will return to Phoenix between 4:00-5:00 PM on the last day.

GETTING TO PHOENIX, AZ

Phoenix, Arizona is truly a diamond in the rough. Its active nightlife and beautiful scenery make for the sixth largest city in the nation to be a top choice for
anyone’s vacation! Inexpensive flights to Phoenix are quite often abundant from most any city.

LODGING BEFORE YOUR TRIP

Phoenix is a popular vacation spot. It is a good idea to book your rooms several months in advance if possible; here are a couple of recommendations:

Holiday Inn Express, Phoenix Airport
3401 E. University Drive & I-10
602-453-9900
This is where the trip meets. We recommend making reservations here ahead of time.

The Clarendon Hotel
401 W. Clarendon Ave
www.theclarendon.net
602-252-7363

For transportation from the airport either call Discount Cab (602-200-2000) or use the Uber app on your smartphone.

TAXI SERVICE

Paul’s Taxi: 602-222-2227
Ejecutivos Taxi: 602-678-1444
Discount Cab: 602-200-2000

Be sure to bring everything on this list. We have carefully developed this list to ensure your comfort on the tour regardless of the weather. If you are prepared for extreme weather, it is an adventure. If you are not prepared it can be a serious problem. We recommend the layering system, including a wicking or long underwear layer, an insulating layer and a weather barrier for wind and rain. This list reflects that philosophy. Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable so be sure to bring all the warm clothing and rain gear listed!

HOW TO PACK: The bulk of your gear and clothing will ride in the Western Spirit support vehicle (preferably in a large duffle bag) and will not be accessible during the day.

For this trip, you will need a riding pack and optional day bag:

  •  Your riding pack may be a hydration pack, but needs to carry 2-3 liters of water, rain gear, other warm clothing, and food for the day. You may be away from camp and the support vehicle all day and need to be self-sufficient.
  • A small day bag is optional and may be used to store things you’d rather not ride with, but would like to have access to during the day. This day-pack will remain with the support vehicle and may not be accessible, depending on the day.

WHAT WE PROVIDE:
✓ meals, snacks, water, electrolyte drinks, non-alcoholic drinks
✓ camp mugs, all kitchen and dining ware
✓ 2 large cycling water bottles
✓ camp chairs
✓ dry bags to pack your gear
✓ solar showers
✓ sunscreen & bug spray
✓ bike stand and lube
✓ guides bring their own tools
✓ first aid kit with basic medications

BRINGING OR RENTING

o bike (Our rentals come with flat pedals. You are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.)
o helmet (gratis w/rental bike)
o tent
o sleeping bag
o sleeping pad

CYCLING CLOTHING

o cycling shoes
o 3 - 5 pair cycling shorts
o 3 - 5 cycling shirts
o long sleeve cycling shirt
o long sleeve cotton shirt or solar sleeves
o cycling socks
o windbreaker
o tights or leg warmers
o 2 pair cycling gloves (1 pair full length for warmth)
o rain jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
o rain pants (Gore-Tex or similar)
o warm layer (lightweight synthetic puffy jacket or long sleeve fleece shirt)
o sunglasses or other eye protection

CAMP CLOTHING

o camp shorts
o shirts
o warm socks
o long underwear, top and bottom (wicking layer, not cotton)
o 2 pair warm long pants
o long sleeve fleece or sweater
o pile or down jacket (insulating layer)
o warm gloves and hat
o brimmed hat or visor
o bathing suit (for solar showers on the trip and at the hotel before/after your trip)
o hiking shoes
o sandals
o cheap PVC rain gear (to wear in camp)

PERSONAL

o toiletries
o medication (daily and emergency)
o towel
o biodegradable soap
o wet-wipes
o flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
o sunglasses
o optional day bag
o stuff sacks or reusable grocery bags (or separate compartments for your dry bag)
o cash for tipping guides: your guides work as a team and share all of their gratuities. A tip of 10-20% of the price of your trip given to either one of your guides when you return to civilization is a great way to say thanks for a job well done.

OPTIONAL

o camera, extra batteries
o binoculars
o alcoholic or any of your favorite beverages (your guides will pack these)
o books or maps
o we encourage you to turn your devices off, but if you cannot, please bring a way to charge them. We recommend a portable USB charger with 1-2 charges. Also, putting your phone on airplane mode to save power is recommended.

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Black Canyon Trail, 3 Day Trip

PRICE | 1,045 pp

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2022 DEPARTURES

03/13/2022 - 03/15/2022
10/23/2022 - 10/25/2022
10/30/2022 - 11/01/2022
11/06/2022 - 11/08/2022

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How do you like to start your day? If you like waking up to hot coffee and unforgettable sunrises you’re in luck. Delicious cowboy coffee, fresh fruit salad, pancakes, bacon, granola, yogurt and more.

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BIKE TRIP TESTIMONIALS

“This was our 3rd trip with Western Spirit, so we knew what to expect from the guides and the support they’d provide. The trip itself was spectacular – the scenery was unbeatable and the weather was perfect.”

~ Jennifer

“Very accommodating of me being vegan, very cheerful and nice.”

~ Jason

The food was fantastic! I didn’t expect such meals. The guides were so friendly, helpful, and entertaining. They really worked well together. Also, they made sure that everyone in their various skill levels enjoyed the rides and that there was enough for everyone.

~ Nichole

“Warmth, humor, seriously good people skills,professionalism, competence. They execute their very serious responsibilities with confidence-inspiring grace.”

~ David

“Great salads at lunch, a lot of variety, they guides had food specially prepared for those of us with food issues. Plus, they set up our chairs in the best spots!”

~ Teri

“I had been to Canyonlands two years prior so knew scenery was outstanding but it takes on even more magnificence when seen from seat of bike. The guides were awesome and supportive. Food was better than in most restaurants and more than you could eat.”

~ Michael

“Normally I do self supported but having someone else make excellent food makes me want to do it again”

~ Christl

“Food was WAY better than I expected. I like to eat healthy and was worried about “camping food.” The guides prepared amazing food. The trip was a blast in general with gorgeous scenery and good campsites. Guides were very friendly, patient and helpful”

~ Erika

“The trip was one of the most incredible experiences of my life… the scenery, the views, the guides, and the food! I loved how great the meals were!!! The guides were unbelievable cooks! After biking all day, to be able to sit down and eat a great meal & drink a beer …man, it was great!”

~ Gary

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been on any organized event and this one was simply amazing. My skill and fitness level were not up to those as others in the group but never once did I feel intimidated…”

~ Nick
“I was worried riding and camping with a group… could I keep up?… would I “fit in”? I was able to keep up and push myself and was challenged by the terrain, I loved it! The group was great I had nothing to worry about, everyone was friendly and supportive.”
~ Robin

“To begin with the landscape and scenery was majestic and awesome. The guides were all instrumental in enhancing the experience with their knowledge, skills, and out of the goodness of their character.”

~ Edward

The guides made the trip totally beyond awesome. They were fun, the food was WAY better than I expected, the rides could be were tailored, guiding was superb, trails were a blast, our campsite was sweet. I have zero complaints.

~ Wendy

“I was tired at the end of each day and to have everything taken care of as far as dinner and cleanup, it was so nice to have that not be my issue. The guides were amazing, simply amazing….the food was always excellent, their personalities are different but blended with everyone perfectly!”

~ Pam

Your guides are your ambassadors, they are fun, energetic and very knowledgeable. I would not do anything different.

~ Paul

Great salads at lunch, a lot of variety, they guides had food specially prepared for those of us with food issues. Plus, they set up our chairs in the best spots!

~ Teri

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