March – May and September – October
Moab, UT is 4-hour drive from Salt Lake City
Half-day to full-day
Beginner to advanced
Moab delivers thrilling trails featuring rock rolls and scenic cliffs
Moab mountain bike tours traverse a landscape that seems borderline insane. Here, you’ll traverse dirt, slickrock, flowy descents, and if you want, tires clinging to walls of vertical red sandstone. Moab mountain biking day trips are plentiful for a range of skill levels — enough to keep advanced riders entertained and allow new and intermediate riders to sharpen their techniques in the world of desert riding.
Most Popular Itineraries
Intermediate Full-Day Tour: Navajo Rocks
You’ll navigate the scenic gorgeous slickrock terrain presenting challenges along twisting and turning dirt singletrack. Spend a full day taking in views of the Monitor and Merrimac buttes and the towering La Sal Mountains with a pro guide on this Moab MTB network.
Advanced Full-Day Tour: Whole Enchilada
Embark on this iconic downhill trail across technical singletrack and a steep 2,000-foot climb. The ride will then drop you 4,000 ft. at the Colorado River. You’ll also gain insight from the MTB experts to navigate the best lines and unforgiving rock drops on the Porcupine Rim section.
Beginner Half-Day Tour: Courthouse Loop
Get acquainted with Moab on this beginner-friendly mountain bike trip with views of Arches National Park. You’ll start at Rusty Spur Trail, not far off the main loop in Moab, as an introduction to singletrack terrain or as an exciting cruise for more knowledgeable riders.
Intermediate Half-Day Tour: Mag 7
Experience Moab’s slickrock with multiple sections of trails taking a break at Gemini Bridges and soaking in the Twin Arches. You’ll take in views of the canyon rims on this Magnificent 7 trails singletrack. Riders with some experience on the bike will love this mountain biking day-tour loop.
Advanced Half-Day Tour: Slickrock
Challenge your skills on a series of petrified sand dunes forming an 11-mile trail into a coaster ride. This famous trail draws serious riders from around the world testing technique and experience. Even advanced riders might be a bit daunted by its reputation, so hit the trail with the experts.
Things you need to know
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Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
Why should I go mountain biking?
Mountain biking is fun! Feeling in control over bumpy and unpredictable terrain is an adrenaline rush all in itself. Once you ease into riding, you’ll learn to read obstacles, manage momentum with your body and brakes, and maneuver over the trail with confidence. All your guides expect from you is a basic grasp of riding a bike, an open mind, and a lot of trust. A small price to pay to feel like you’re practically flying, right?
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Water bottle
Mountain bike and helmet rentals are available for an added fee of $25
What can I expect from mountain biking with a guide?
One of the reasons why mountain biking is so popular is the rush of adrenaline it sends through your veins. Sure, danger is part of the appeal, but you’ll want to avoid any unnecessary risks by hiring a guide. They’ll make sure you enjoy the ride and feel safe while doing it. There is no road map or GPS technology out there that’s as good as having an experienced local guide to lead the way while mastering unfamiliar trails. There’s always more to see, and your guides know just where to go to find it!
What do I need to bring?
- Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material.
- You’ll need bike tights, biking shorts, a riding jersey or t-shirt, windbreaker or light jacket, and two pairs of breathable socks.
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Bike repair kit
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
To book this adventure, all riders, regardless of age or height, must be capable of operating hand brakes and shifting gears. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trail. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to pedal between two and six hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. Even the easy tours require that riders be fit enough to pedal up some rising terrain. 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 beginner level trails.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to book this course.
- 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 party has minors younger than 18 years old, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Half-day Courthouse Loop tour is the easiest, and therefore, often is the best choice for the very youngest riders.
What about group sizes and pricing?
- Only small group adventures are run to ensure that everyone has the best experience and doesn’t get lost in the crowd. For private tours, anywhere from two to large groups can be accommodated.
- Pricing depends on the trails you choose and the length of your mountain biking tour. The price per person decreases as your group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go out riding with family and friends!
What about bad weather?
Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal cycling conditions. When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.
All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Any cancellation made within 48 hours will forfeit the full price of the day tour. For groups of four or more, and all private tours, if cancellation is made more than two weeks prior to the day tour, then half of the deposit will be refunded. If cancellation is two weeks or less before the trip leaves, deposit is forfeited. For groups of 10 or more, a full non-refundable payment is due one week in advance.
Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.
Getting there and meeting location
Fly to Moab, UT (CNY); Grand Junction, CO (GJT) is about a two-hour drive away; Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) is four hours by car. For guided tours on Whole Enchilada, Hazzard County, or the Porcupine Rim trails, depending on group size, you’ll generally use one of the local Moab shuttle companies.