This trip is the perfect sampling of what Moab has to offer! This is Moab riding at its best. Wonderful purpose-built flow trails interspersed with super yummy meals prepared by your guides in the great outdoors—gives you more time to chill and take in the view. Some singletrack experience and technical skills would be helpful to get full enjoyment out of this mountain biking experience.
This trip meets at our headquarters in Moab Utah. Once we have made our introductions, we will be whisked away to Klondike Bluffs for our first ride and lunch along the trail. After checking out this spectacular singletrack we will head to our camp for the next 3 nights just in time for cocktail hour and dinner. TOTAL MILEAGE: 8-12 miles
After some delicious coffee and a serious breakfast, we will head over to Dead Horse State Park and ride the Intrepid Trails. These are fun and swooping trails with some of the best views anywhere in the world—from the Colorado River Overlook to Big Chief Mesa—the photo ops are endless. And so are the options—choose a a shorter loop and save time to hike the perimeter of the view point or keep riding and meet the group out at the point. Either way the views really are some of the very best from any mountain bike trail in the world. You can see all the way down into Canyonlands National Park and the famous Thelma and Louise Point—the very spot where those crazy ladies drove their car off the edge of the cliff! TOTAL MILEAGE: 9-25 miles
Today’s ride will take us through the Navajo Loop Trail System—more fun mountain biking on great trails that take us along beautiful cliffs and under hanging ga dens in giant alcoves that will someday become natural arches. This trail travels through several different desert ecosystems, including beautiful sections of slickrock with the towering La Sal mountains looming in the distance. Again we will have lots of options for longer and shorter routes before heading back to camp for our final night under the stars. TOTAL MILEAGE: 8-24 miles
We will get an early start today and head for the Magnificent Seven rails that take us off the Island in the Sky and back down to civilization. We cruise over to the Great Escape Trail and pop out at the famous Gemini Bridges—from here we continue the descent to our final climb out of the valley. The end of the trail meets a bike path that will lead us straight back into town where we will end at Western Spirit between 3 - 4 pm. TOTAL MILEAGE: 23 miles
The trip will meet at 9:00 am MST at Western Spirit's headquarters. 478 Mill Creek Drive, Moab, Utah.
We will return to Western Spirit between 2:00-3:00 pm on the last day.
GETTING TO MOAB, UT
Driving to Moab
Moab is located 30 miles south of Interstate 70 on HWY 191. We have a roomy parking area.
Flying to Moab
Airport Code: CNY
Canyonlands Field Airport is located 20 minutes North of town.
Contact Moab Express at 435-260-9289 for shuttles to and from Canyonlands Field Airport.
Flying into Grand Junction, CO
Airport Code: GJT
From Grand Junction there are two options:
1) Rent a car and drive to Moab, it will take approximately 2 hours. You can park at our shop while you are on tour.
2) Contact Red Rock Express at 435-260-9289 for door-to-door transportation.
LODGING BEFORE YOUR TRIP
It is a good idea to book your rooms in advance; here are a few recommendations:
Red Stone Inn -Bikes allowed in room.
800-772-1972, 435-259-3500 moabredstone.com
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.
Your guides are your ambassadors, they are fun, energetic and very knowledgeable. I would not do anything different.
“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!”
“Normally I do self supported but having someone else make excellent food makes me want to do it again”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Warmth, humor, seriously good people skills,professionalism, competence. They execute their very serious responsibilities with confidence-inspiring grace.”
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.
“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”
“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…”
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.
“Very accommodating of me being vegan, very cheerful and nice.”
“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!”
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!
“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.”
“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!”
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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