Top three reasons to go mountain biking in Sedona
Jaw-dropping landscape and fantastic trails all around
A world-class winter destination full of amazing desert riding
One of the most extensive, best-connected and simply fun trail systems
Sedona has it all thanks to year-round riding, sweeping views, and staggering variety. This area offers plenty of steep canyon walls and red-rock buttes in an otherworldly desert setting — the type of landscape where you might expect to see coyotes planting dynamite. Every biker in the know has their eye set on this desert playground. New riding addicts will find warm-up trails for beginners to gain confidence and foundational skills. Intermediate tracks offer exhilarating technical terrain and exciting features. For advanced mountain bikers, there’s a treasure trove of challenges. Join a guide for some awesome mountain bike tours in Sedona and see why diehards keep coming back!
Phoenix, AZ, is just under 2 hours away
All skill levels are welcome
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day Sedona Mountain Biking Tour
Sample some of Sedona’s classic rides on guided mountain bike tours. This 2.5-hour tour is tailored to your skill and desired pace. Work with a guide to determine which easy-going tracks will make family memories or which daredevil trails will spark adrenaline highs for your crew. You call the shots!
Full-Day Sedona Bike Tour
Can’t get enough stunning desert terrain? Head out for some private 5-hour mountain bike adventures in Sedona. You can tackle some of the area’s more difficult, exhilarating trails or adjust for a beginner’s pace. You’ll soak up views of the Mogollon Rim no matter the difficulty of the trail you choose.
Meet your guide
Alex was awesome! He was flexible with our 4 skill levels and goals. Great coach and proactive at describing what was ahead, which allowed us to determine our approach.
Went mountain biking. equipment was great, location was great and so was instructor.
A day later and I’m still smiling about my day hitting Sedona’s incredible singletrack with Evan from Hermosa Tours. Evan was a great guide! He made everything super easy: from arranging a (sweet!) demo bike from Over the Edge, to assessing my riding abilities and chosing the right mix of trails. Aside from knowing all the local trails, he is also an MTB coach, so I got tips on position, line choice, and bike handling throughout. With him towing me-in I was able to ride some expert features that I never would have tried on my own! (Stoked!)
I highly recommend going with the full-day “ride till you are happy” option to make full use of the demo bike, experience different trail systems, and to be able to take water and food breaks without feeling like you are on the clock. (Sedona miles are physically demanding, and at altitude… you are going to need breaks!)
Overall this was a great day on the bike, thanks to Evan. I’ll be back because the riding here is just crazy good!
My son mountain bikes, however, it was the first time for the rest of us. We booked a tour and Leslie was our guide and couldn’t have been better. She was very patient and gave helpful information on how to ride. She took us on a great trail! We had a wonderful time!
I did a half-day mountain biking tour with Britta, and I am so, so, glad that I did! I had not been out biking in more than two years, and Britta was incredibly patient. She gave me excellent advice on how to conquer some of the trickier parts of the trail, and let me do a couple of re-dos so I could prove to myself that I was capable of getting a few steeper downhills.
Britta is just the best, and I’d recommend her to anyone thinking of doing this trip. When I return to Sedona, I will be requesting her for my next mountain biking adventure!
Things to know
Covid measures in Sedona
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, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Sedona, AZ, please visit the Official Visit Arizona 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
- Half or full day of mountain biking depending on your chosen itinerary
- Roundtrip Transportation from Over the Edge Bike Shop (if necessary)
- Helmet and hydration pack
What’s not included?
- Bikes — can be rented from the guide for an added fee of $25 – $70
- Transportation to Sedona
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
If you’re itching to try out the mountain bike trips in Sedona, you’ll 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 if I 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!
What about required equipment?
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Bike tights
- Biking shorts
- A riding jersey or t-shirt
- Windbreaker or light jacket
- Two pairs of breathable socks
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- 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.)
Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 6:1.
- All the tours are private and cost is per person.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go mountain biking with friends and family.
Mountain biking in Sedona can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
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 climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Sedona, AZ, most people fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport that is just under two hours away from Sedona. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.
You will meet with your guide at Thunder Mountain Bikes in Sedona. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and ability of the group.