Our Moab Mountain Biking 101 trip is the perfect choice for those with a bit of mountain biking experience who want to see the best of Moab while improving their basic mountain biking skills. No crazy technical riding on this trip but rather fun roads and trails with world class views of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
We begin day one at Western Spirit’s headquarters in downtown Moab with continental breakfast and a bike fitting session. From there we will head out in our shuttle van to the north Klondike Trail head where we begin our first ride. This area is stark and dramatic with smooth fun trails that take you right back to the Jurassic time period. We will enjoy a picnic lunch at the south Klondike Trail head before loading up to head towards Canyonlands National Park in the Island in the Sky. From here we will take a double track road to our camp at Horsethief campground for our first night under the stars.
After a hearty breakfast we will head towards Dead Horse State Park. This Park is full of great trails and incredible views. We will ride Ravens Roll to the visitor center and continue from there onto the overlook. This particular spot has been captured in many famous movies including Thelma and Louise. From the overlook we will be able to see where the final scene was filmed. After lunch we will head out through several spots with views of the canyonlands basin and the Colorado River as we make our way back to our camp. The views from this area include geology very similar to that of the Grand Canyon, only more up close and personal with different angles and different landscapes popping up around every corner. All of which makes for a memorable day of mountain
We will explore the northern part of the Island in the Sky through some roads and trails that visit a variety of different ecosystems. In the shady spots, the plants are entirely different from those in the sunny spots. Great views of hanging gardens where the water seeps from the rock itself are mixed in with rolling sage. After lunch on a giant slickrock section above the valley we will head back to our camp via a smooth and fun trail that was purpose built for mountain biking. Our last night at camp will feature another delicious dinner and some great opportunities to see the stars.
After another hearty breakfast, we will pack up camp and make our way back to civilization. We start with a little spin along the pavement to get to the famous Magnificent Seven trail system, where we begin with Getaway and move on to the Great Escape, on our way to Gemini Bridges, a double arch that we will be able to see from above. From there we take the Gemini Bridges Road over one short but challenging climb for incredible views of the Moab Valley. And then it really is all downhill in town!
Road Surface: Introductory to Intermediate singletrack with some doubletrack - packed sediment, sand and slickrock. Overall Rating: Introductory Technical Difficulty: Mild, with some climbs and rocky sections. Physical Difficulty: Moderate Altitude: 4,000 - 5,500 feet
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
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
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)
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.
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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Rise & Shine
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.
“Normally I do self supported but having someone else make excellent food makes me want to do it again”
“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!”
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.
“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.”
“Very accommodating of me being vegan, very cheerful and nice.”
“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.”
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.
“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…”
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!
“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”
“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!”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“Warmth, humor, seriously good people skills,professionalism, competence. They execute their very serious responsibilities with confidence-inspiring grace.”
Your guides are your ambassadors, they are fun, energetic and very knowledgeable. I would not do anything different.
We base our itineraries around the trails that we love to ride, but also around great camp locations. We love to find the perfect place next to rivers or lakes, or by vistas and sunset spots. In many of our camps you can take a dip in the lake or take a solar shower to get cleaned up, before kicking back and enjoying the view. We want you to relax and enjoy your home for the night. That is why we have camp set-up, cold drinks ready to enjoy, and appetizers ready to serve. We have all the tables, chairs, and shelters to make a small village and it is surprisingly easy to call our camp home. We take pride in our menu and our backcountry cooking skills. We build our menus on your dietary preferences and restrictions and happily accommodate each individual in the group. You’ll enjoy campfires, legendary chocolate brownies, and great conversation, accompanied by the best stargazing ever. After nearly 30 years of sharing the great outdoors with people from around the world, we know you’ll enjoy the comforts of Western Spirit style camping.
Whether your trip includes: riding the Rainbow Rim Trail; enjoying breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon; leading your friends on the White Rim Road in Canyonlands; or ripping down the singletrack of the North Umpqua Trail, we look forward to sharing our favorite rides and trails..After reviewing our route that we lovingly call our “map talk” we will head out for the day. If you are a faster rider we will happily let you lead ahead at your own pace. For folks who want more instruction, our guides are all trained in teaching mountain bike skills and helping you ride successfully on whatever type of terrain the day presents. There will always be a tail guide at the end of the group to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you need assistance we will take care of maintaining and repairing your bike throughout the day. Lunchtime is usually met with excitement as we prepare, our famous Western Spirit salads, custom sandwiches, along with fruit and snacks to keep you going. After lunch, we get back on our bikes and for more great riding. We always take time to enjoy our surroundings, share knowledge about the natural and cultural history of the land around us and snap lots of photos.
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 await you. We take our cooking seriously and for good reason. We want to make sure you are well fueled and ready for the day ahead. In the morning you can expect to enjoy the comforts of a well-prepared breakfast, quiet mornings at camp, and plenty of time to prepare for a day in the backcountry. Your guides are expert backcountry chefs who magically take care of everything: cooking, clean up, bike maintenance, and loading our custom build support trucks. All you have to do pack up your luggage, and get ready to ride your bike.
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