Top three reasons to go mountain biking in Amasa Back
Try out the newly updated singletrack routes on the Hymasa Trail
1,200 feet of vertical climbing guarantees panoramic views
Technical challenges that are guaranteed to satisfy advanced riders
The Amasa Back trail is one of the most classic and recognizable rides in all of Moab. This rocky Jeep trail with steep ledges and drop-offs will challenge all but the most advanced riders, even forcing some to walk the harsher climbs. However, the climb is worth it. As experienced mountain bikers know, every extremely technical up precedes a thrilling and satisfying down, and there’s an abundance of those here. The stunning scenery and easy access to the trails are just the icing on the cake. Early Jurassic Era sandstone and some stunning singletracks await those brave enough to challenge the Amasa Back area’s smorgasbord of extreme and extremely enjoyable routes. Find out more about mountain biking in Moab from Lily Krass, backcountry skier, mountain biker, hiker, and Jackson Hole local.
March through June, September through November
Moab, UT, is half an hour away from Amasa Back
Intermediate to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-day Standard Tour
Head for the trail in the morning and spend 4-5 hours conquering Amasa Back’s amazing routes on this Moab biking tour! Get matched with an experienced guide who will help you explore the world-class singletrack routes uphill on the Hymasa trail and enjoy Moab’s scenic wilderness before riding downhill on the famous and newly upgraded Captain Ahab Trail!
Half-day Private Tour
Take your friends out for the ride of your lives on this private 4-5 hour long mountain biking tour of Amasa Back. Jump on your bike first thing in the morning and spend half of your day riding 10-12 miles of some of the wildest and most technical tracks Moab has to offer, taking in the marvelous views of the Colorado River and the La Sal Mountains. You will have the guide all to yourselves, so go out there and ride your heart out!
Full-day Standard Tour
Ready for 6+ hours of some of the best biking in the Moab? Then this full-day Amasa Back mountain biking tour is for you. Spend your whole day riding the thrilling rocky trails to Pothole Arch and return along the much-buzzed-about Captain Ahab trail. The rides will be adapted to your and your group’s skillsets, so don’t worry and ride on!
Full-day Private Tour
Over 1,200 feet of climbs over ledgy slickrock and some truly amazing vistas await in this classic Amasa Back tour! The tour is private, meaning that you can take on any trail you want — your imagination is your only limit. Travel out the mesa to Pothole Arch, and find your way back on the newly updated Captain Ahab trail. And if you’re in the mood for something gnarlier, Rock Stacker and Jackson Trails await!
Meet your guide
Mountain Bike Guides
Just had an afternoon ride with Rim Tour. Our group ranged in age from 11 – 57, with all kinds of skill levels. Everyone had a blast. The scenery was amazing and the bikes were incredible. Our guides, Matt and Julie, did a great job of handling a very diverse group. We cannot wait to go back to Moab and bike again with Rim Tours!
We put together a custom Trip with Rim Tours. Our group of 12 included my 89-year-old buddy, David Clark, and a gathering of his (younger, i.e., 70 years old) friends who wanted to ‘BE LIKE DAVE”, who is of course, quite amazing and still riding strong in his 90th year on the earth…Our guides, Beth and Scott, were supportive and managed with a steady, deft hand……what a way to celebrate. “Nature heals, adventure, inspires” as we say at the Santa Fe Mountain Center where many of these friendships were forged.
Tours are lead by skilled and knowledgeable guides who are able to provide a challenging and rewarding experience to each rider! Everyone had an awesome time! – Big thanks to Bill and Marcey!
Went on a half-day tour. There were four people in our group and none of us were mountain bikers. Everyone was athletic though and we managed to have a great time with the help of our guide Brooks. It is very challenging, each of us fell but they were minor falls. It is a tiring 2 1/2 trip but well worth it. Great workout, great bike, great scenery!
Things to know
Covid measures in Amasa Back, Utah
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Amasa Back, Utah, please refer to the official Utah COVID-19 update website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Mountain bike, helmet, and hydration pack
- Lunch (for the full-day tours)
What’s not included:
- Lunch for half-day tours
- Bike rentals — you can rent a bike for an extra fee of $25
- Bike insurance — optional
- Food and snacks
If you have your own bike, feel free to bring it with you. If not, you can rent an aluminum frame bike for $25 or upgrade it to a Tier 2 carbon frame bike for $40.
How fit do I need to be?
These tours are suitable for riders with good to excellent fitness levels. You will need to be able to bike between four and eight hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities. Keep in mind, opting for the full day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on easier trails.
What if I’ve never biked before?
Previous mountain bike experience is recommended. Trail surfaces may include uneven terrain and narrow trails, singletrack, with occasional obstacles (roots, rocks, sand). Hills and descents are moderate to strenuous and require some skill. Riders with minimal mountain bike experience but who have road biking skills or a strong fitness level, along with an adventurous spirit, should be suitable for these tours.
What about required equipment?
- Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Plenty of water, water bottle, or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for these private tours is usually between 1-6 people with one guide.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to ride with friends and family.
- Standard tours require a minimum of 2 people to run. If you are a party of one, and if you are willing to pay the solo rate, your guide guarantees that your tour will run – even if you end up being the only person on it.
Mountain biking in Amasa Back can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Amasa Back, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, you can take a shuttle or rent a car for a 4,5-hour drive to Moab. You can also fly into Denver International Airport and take a direct local flight to Moab, or take a local flight to Grand Junction Colorado Airport and rent a car or take a shuttle for a 2-hour drive to Moab.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in Moab or a predetermined location.