Mountain Biking in Porcupine Rim

Porcupine Rim | Utah
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Top three reasons to go mountain biking in Porcupine Rim

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    Take on one of Moab’s most famous Black Diamond trails

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    Speedy descents and complex technical sections will keep your blood pumping

  • Trip Highlight

    Capture some great photos of the famously scenic views of Castle Valley

If you’re a seasoned mountain biker and you haven’t ridden the Whole Enchilada, you’re missing out. The 33-miles of (mostly) downhill singletrack offer the most diverse and rewarding riding in the Moab area. The trail starts with some alpine mountain singletrack, which transforms into a cruise through high-altitude forests and finishes strong in Utah’s panoramic deserts. With its terrain variety, this ride is full of highlights, and Porcupine Rim may just be the biggest one. The abundance of perilous ledges, crazy drops, and technically complex terrain makes the ride feel a hardcore challenge, and conquering it is an immeasurable pleasure and bragging right. And with the massive sandstone cliffs you’ll be riding by and the amazing views of Castle Valley and the Colorado River, it’s certain that riding Porcupine Rim will be an experience you won’t soon forget. Find out more about mountain biking in Porcupine Rim and The Whole Enchilada from Lily Krass, backcountry skier, mountain biker, hiker, and Jackson Hole local.


March through June, September through November

Nearest city

Moab, UT, is only 15 minutes away from Porcupine Rim



Skill level



Choose how you spend your day

Porcupine Rim Full-Day Standard Tour


Put your cycling skills to the test with a fast-paced descent on some of the best terrain Moab has to offer in this full-day tour of Porcupine Rim! Over 6 hours of ledges, drops, and excellent technical singletrack await. Let a knowledgeable local guide take you on one of the most thrilling and rewarding rides you’ll ever experience, and enjoy some quintessentially Moab panoramic views. If you’re an experienced biker always looking for the next thrill, Porcupine Rim is a certified must-ride!

PREREQUISITES: Anybody who tries to book this tour will need to go through an additional vetting email from the guide. Riders can expect exposure on the trails, in addition to features that could be bigger than knee-high. Porcupine Rim is high elevation and has some steep climbing, depending on the trailhead the shuttles take riders to; it is the most remote trail in Moab.

Porcupine Rim Full-Day Private Tour


Round up your friends and family and take them on an extremely challenging, but even more rewarding downhill ride on the world-famous Porcupine Rim. If you’re an experienced mountain biker, you’re in for a treat – Porcupine Rim’s bone-chilling heights and great technical sections are sure to keep you on your toes. And when you feel like taking a break, you can pause and enjoy the remarkable views of Castle Valley, Castleton Tower, and the Colorado River. Your private expert guide will be there to make sure you’re safe, so don’t worry and ride your heart out!

PREREQUISITES: Anybody who tries to book this tour will need to go through an additional vetting email from the guide. Riders can expect exposure on the trails, in addition to features that could be bigger than knee-high. Porcupine Rim is high elevation and has some steep climbing, depending on the trailhead the shuttles take riders to; it is the most remote trail in Moab.


Reviews (3)

Excellent service
Greg P. about Rim Tours on Tripadvisor

Ok, listen. I am an avid mountain biker. I’ve been coming to Moab for almost 20 years. I love the trails love the terrain and every time I am here I hire a guide, why? I wanna ride what’s new and I don’t wanna get lost. Rim tours is simply the best, most professional mountain bike guide service in Moab! They hire only the best guides who are trained not only in the area’s terrain but in every aspect of mountain biking, they are handpicked, and when you go out with one you will realize why! If you want someone who knows how to give you the best experience with the time you have in Moab then the choice is simple. They rent only top-end bikes to go along with their top-end guides. Yesterday we rocked out the infamous porcupine rim and it was epic. The guides ride to your ability and will challenge you if you want. I ride with Sam but all their guides are top-notch! If I recommend one thing in Moab it’s Rim Tours!

Bucket List Ride - Porcupine Rim
Gt M about Rim Tours on Tripadvisor

Reed was great. Did not want to ride Porcupines Rim alone. He helped me with my lines and definitely help me with some pointers on this highly technical ride. I am glad I got a guide and would not recommend riding this alone. This was a bucket list ride for me. I came prepared but Reed came prepared with food, water, tubes, and a rented bike. Expect to fall. It humbled me and made me a better rider. Reed was great and would do it all over again. Thank you!!!

Swift and professional support and the guide Dave was completely awesome
Robin B about Rim Tours on Tripadvisor

I traveled 22 hours to get to Moab for the Porcupine Rim and Rim Tours helped me with everything. Very easy, swift, and professional. And their guide was super awesome and helped me through with great instructions and explanations. Picked up at the time at the hotel and shuttle ride worked exactly as planned

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Covid measures in Porcupine Rim, 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 Porcupine Rim, 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’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
    • A full day of mountain biking
    • Helmet and hydration pack
    • Bike insurance

What’s not included:

    • Shuttle fee to the trailhead ($23)
    • Bike rentals — you can rent a bike for an extra fee of $25
    • Accommodations
    • Food and snacks
    • Guide gratuity

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 a Tier 2 carbon frame bike for $65.

How fit do I need to be?

You will need to be able to bike between six and seven 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 that biking on advanced tracks for a full day is extremely strenuous and requires a very high level of fitness.

What if I’ve never biked before?

These tours are suitable for experienced mountain bikers only, with excellent fitness and strong bike handling skills. The riding is primarily done on rough doubletrack with frequent obstacles or high elevation singletrack. Sections of the trail can be very challenging, with frequent ascents and descents of significant length. Most of these advanced-level tours are located at elevations ranging from 8,000 to 12,000 feet, where trail conditions can change rapidly due to weather conditions and thunderstorms.

What about required equipment?

Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material
    • Sneakers or sport shoes
    • Breathable outside layer or jacket
    • Sunglasses
    • Plenty of water, water bottle, or hydration bladder
    • Daypack with snacks
    • Biking gloves are optional but recommended
    • Bike repair kit
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • The group size for these tours is usually between 1–6 people with one guide. Groups can have up to 24 participants with several guides.
    • 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 will guarantee that your tour runs – even if you end up being the only person on it. If, after making your reservation, someone else joins your tour, your rate will automatically drop to the 2-3 person rate.

Mountain biking in Porcupine Rim 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.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the tour 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 Porcupine Rim, 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.

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