White Rim LayOver 5-day Tour
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Iconic desert mountain biking – the birthplace of multi-day MTB touring in the American Southwest. Follow historic overland routes pioneered by Ancestral Puebloans, enhanced by Cattle Ranchers and later developed into rugged 4×4 roads by the USGS and Prospectors through endlessly scenic terrain.
Our meals are delicious! And, our guides are seasoned professionals and passionate educators – dedicated to facilitating more than just a ‘fun ride’ experience. Guides share their knowledge about the area’s Cultural and Natural History as well as help you refine your MTB skill set.
Our White Rim Trail 5-day LayOver MTB/Hike Tour in Canyonlands National Park has a unique bonus in the itinerary; it has a LAYOVER camp in the middle of the adventure. From our layover camp we’ll lead a big day hike to the top of the Island in the Sky for a bird’s eye view of the Park, or from the southernmost point on the White Rim we’ll launch an exploration “under the ledge”, as the Outlaws from the Robber’s Roost used to say.
Duration: 5-day MTB Tour
Included in cost:
- Food – lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day
- Support Vehicle
- National Park fees, including campsites
* Optional add-ons (not included in cost)
- Full suspension MTB rentals
- Camping equipment – tent $45, sleeping bag $25, sleeping pad $25, full kit $85
Suitable for adventurers in good physical condition and able to ride or hike for 3-6 hours a day, this trip delves deeper into an enormously scenic national treasure. We’ll travel by bike & foot through canyons with towering sandstone cliffs and ancient layers of rock containing fossils and petrified wood to those distant “places” in the landscape through a maze of undulating canyons where you’ll feel the remoteness of the Classic Wild West!
This trip is yours for riding, hiking slot canyons, viewing ancient ruins, taking a dip in the river, sleeping out under the stars or just kicking back at camp and taking in the spectacular views. Our meals are delicious, and our guides are seasoned experts who will help you make this the best week of riding you’ve ever had!
We meet the group for a pre-trip orientation at 5pm in Moab on the evening before the tour and it typically lasts an hour. Introductions, trip details, rental equipment, questions and last minute trip purchases can all be taken care of at this time. You will also be provided with 2 Dry Bags for packing your personal equipment for the trip.
* FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED WHEN 6′ APART SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NOT POSSIBLE, INDOORS, AND INSIDE VEHICLES
You must bring your mountain bike to the Pre-Trip Meeting for inspection by your Guides. If you will be a late arrival, or unable to attend the pre-trip meeting, or need help picking up your rental mountain bike from a local bike shop, then please let us know as soon as possible!
Pre-trip orientation meetings are held at our Magpie Cycling Headquarters at 711 N. 500 West, Moab, UT.
Breakfast on your own. We’ll meet at 8am in Moab to load all personal gear on the 4WD Gear Vehicle before we depart by van for Canyonlands. A safety orientation and MTB basic skills instruction will be given before riding. Then we’ll begin cycling to our scenic camp at Airport Tower for the night.
Awaken to a spectacular sunrise, fuel up with a hearty breakfast and you’re back in the saddle again. Riding through miles of visual splendor we’ll work our way around Buck and Gooseberry Canyons in route to our scenic layover camp. (21-26 miles)
Ahhhhh, a LayOver Day in one of the most scenic places in the Park. Your Guides will lead a Day Hike from camp either “under the ledge”, as the Outlaws of the Robber’s Roost used to say, or up to the top of the Island in the Sky for a bird’s eye view of the Park. After your return to camp, relax with a cold beverage and gaze at the landscape acknowledging those fantastically hearty souls who once lived off these lands.
Plenty of Fresh Moab Coffee and delicious food will fuel our ride over Turk’s Pass, hike into a slot canyon, viewing Ancient Puebloan Indian ruins in route to our last camp at Potato Bottom on the Green River.
Our last day’s adventure in Canyonlands will involve a short 14 mile ride to the top of the historic Horse Thief Trail where we’ll enjoy another lunch together before returning to Moab by 5pm.
Moab, UT is the beautiful gateway town to Canyonlands National park. We suggest making lodging or camping arrangements as soon as you book your trip with us. You can fly right into Moab at Canyonlands Field Airport, which is just 20 minutes North of town. The next option is Grand Junction, CO, just under 100 miles/2 hours away. If you fly into Salt Lake City, you should anticipate a 4.5-hour drive to Moab. We recommend you lodge in Moab before your trip and the night your trip ends. There’s so much to see here!
Q: DO I NEED PREVIOUS MOUNTAIN BIKE EXPERIENCE? It would be helpful, though not completely necessary. If you ride a road bike, you have the same balance skills necessary for mountain biking. This trip is suitable for a fit beginner rider. Learning to safely handle a mountain bike is not difficult. We will give a complete orientation prior to the start of the ride. All of our Guides are experienced riders & great coaches. Daily, we discuss & demonstrate cycling techniques & safe riding skills to help improve your ability on the mountain bike.
Q: HOW MANY MILES PER DAY? 8 to 21 miles/day. Mountain biking moves at a slower pace compared to road riding. A rough rule of thumb is to double the number of mountain bike miles when comparing them to road riding (10mi on dirt feels like 20mi on pavement). Extra riding & hiking are available from camp for those who wish to extend their day.
Q: WHAT KIND OF SHAPE DO I NEED TO BE IN? Mountain biking is a wonderful, healthy sport that attracts people of all ages & walks of life. It can be as strenuous or mellow as you make it; it all comes down to being in good general health, being accustomed to regular exercise and controlling your pace. If you can ride at a comfortable pace for 3-6 hours at home you will do fine on the trip. Remember, it is possible to ride a mountain bike for fun and it doesn’t have to be a race. Everyone rides at their own pace so there is plenty of time for photos & relaxing.
Q: WILL I NOTICE THE ALTITUDE? Moab lies 4,000 feet above sea level and most of our tour is between 4000’-6000’. If you live near sea level you may feel a slight difference; everyone adjusts at different rates. The quickest way to adapt to the altitude & dry air is to make an extra effort to drink plenty of water & eat salty foods when you arrive and throughout the day during your trip. It is dry here, so plan to drink lots of water, salt your food and snack frequently.
Q: HOW IS THE FOOD?
We prepare healthy & hearty delicious meals! Our outstanding menu reflects the nutritional needs that mountain biking and outdoor living requires. Our meals are prepared using Local Organic Ingredients; lean meats, fresh fruits & veggies, and whole grains as well as enough sweet treats to satisfy!
- We also bring snack bars & electrolyte replacement mix.
- Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian or other dietary requirements & requests can be accommodated with advance notice.
Q: WHAT ABOUT BEVERAGES?
We provide Orange Juice, Fresh Moab Coffee, Black & Herbal Teas, Vitalyte (an electrolyte replacement mix) and plenty of yummy water. If you want to bring beer, soft drinks or extra juice, we request you bring aluminum cans or plastic containers only! We typically have room for four beverages per person, per day, in our cooler. Please transfer wines & spirits from glass bottles to a plastic or metal bottle with a tight fitting screw cap lid.
Q: WHAT ABOUT TIPPING?
While not expected, it’s certainly appreciated for a job well done. 20% is customary in the service industry.
Q: WHO ARE THE GUIDES? All trips are lead by our Professional MTB Guide/Instructor Staff; Mike Adler, Mike Rundle, Eric Boxrud, Trevor Ohlstein, Julia Franz, Joe Auer and of course, the owners, Mike Holme & Maggie Wilson. Our Staff have a wealth of knowledge about the local area and a comfortable style bringing people together like a group of friends having fun on an amazing adventure vacation.
Q: WHERE DO WE LEAVE OUR CAR?
At the Pre-Trip Meeting we’ll give you a map & directions to where we’ll meet the following morning to launch our trip. This is where you’ll leave your car parked during the trip.
Q: HOW LONG IS THE SHUTTLE TO THE TRAILHEAD?
About 45 minutes.
Q: WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?
All White Rim Trail multi-day Tours are camping trips! The campsites are designated by the National Park Service and have pit toilets that are cleaned & stocked with paper regularly by the NPS.
Q: IS CAMPING GEAR AVAILABLE FOR RENT?
Yes! Magpie Cycling has rental camping gear available (tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads). Advanced reservations are essential!
Q: WHERE DO WE STAY BEFORE AND AFTER THE TRIP?
For your convenience and safety, we recommend that you stay in or near Moab before & after your trip. Visit DiscoverMoab.com for a complete listing of accommodations in Moab.
At the Pre-Trip Meeting you’ll receive 2 Dry Bags, water & dust proof bags. The large bag is for your clothes, sleeping bag & sleeping pad; it’s carried on top of the gear vehicle and is not easily accessible during the day. The small bag is for extra clothing & items you may need during the day and don’t want to carry on your bike. The small bag is carried on the gear vehicle and easily accessible when you’re near the gear vehicle. Finally, your Hydration Pack is for items you need with you while riding; water, snacks, sunscreen, camera, rain jacket, etc.
PLEASE NOTE: We have limited space on the gear vehicle; follow the equipment list carefully! Bring only what you’ll need for your trip; excess clothing and gear can be left in your hotel or car.
April, May, Sept & early Oct trips usually have cool nights (35-55F), warm sunny days (65-95F) and the possibility of some wind & thunderstorms. In March, early April & late Oct expect colder nights (30-45F), clear to partly cloudy days (60-80F) and the possibility of some wind & thunderstorms. We suggest dressing in layers, with good Gore-Tex rain gear as the top layer.
EQUIPMENT LIST: MULTI-DAY DESERT TOURS
This equipment list was compiled from personal guiding experience and updated with guest feedback from mountain bike trips beginning in 1985. It’s not meant to overwhelm, but to educate & prepare you for the varied conditions we’ve experienced in the field. By taking time to thoroughly go over this list, you’ll begin to insure the quality of your trip. Items are available for rent, with advanced reservations.
Bike Helmet (rental bikes come with helmets) – Sunhat, Baseball Cap or Visor – Eye Protection (if prescription, bring a spare pair) – Hydration Pack (minimum 100 oz reservoir and capacity for food etc) – Cycling Gloves – Closed Toed Shoes – Sunscreen and Lip Screen (light colored clothing also works)
Sunglasses – Bandanna – Base Layers (synthetic or wool, avoid cotton!) – Down Jacket – Ski Hat (Wool or Fleece) – Cycling Shorts – Shorts – Long Pants – Gore-Tex Rain Suit – Sandals – Earplugs (for sleeping) – Headlamp or Flashlight (with new batteries, spare bulb and extra batteries) – Personal First Aid Kit (Include anti-Inflammatory, anti-acid, Band-Aids, topical antibiotic, Aloe Vera gel, athletic tape or Second Skin, cold/sinus meds, eye drops, personal & prescription medications), hiking poles.
Toilet Kit (normal toiletries in small travel sizes) – Wash Cloths (1 per day for your daily “desert shower”) – Insect Repellent (Citronella works well on gnats)
Camera – Book – Personal Journal or Pencil & Paper – Binoculars – Small Musical Instrument – Beverages (CANS ONLY PLEASE, 4 cans per person per day, transfer wines and liquors from glass to a plastic bottle with secure screw-top lid).
You can rent the following camping gear from Magpie Cycling with advance reservations – Tent (with rain-fly, stakes, poles, stuff sack, ground cloth/foot print & 50 ft. 1/8″ Nylon Cord to secure tent in places where soil is thin) – Sleeping Bag with stuff sack – compact bag with synthetic fill, rated 20-30F – Sleeping Pad (Thermarest self inflating pad)
MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTALS
Advance reservations are necessary – Many different brands and styles of Full Suspension Mountain Bikes are available for rent from Moab’s local bike shops. We’re happy to make a reservation for you from the Poison Spider Bicycles fleet, as well as pick-up & return the bike before & after the trip. We’ll need to know your height and inseam to insure that we reserve a bike in your correct size.
Poison Spider Bicycles Full Suspension Mountain Bike rental rates for a 3-day rental are approximately; $146 Standard, $178 Mid-Range, and $210-226 High-End.
Or, you can make a rental bike reservation at your shop of choice, pay that shop directly and transport (pick-up and return) the bike to our staging/parking area before and after the trip.
IF YOU RENT A BIKE Your bike must be in excellent condition. Consider bringing the following items from your personal bike; your own comfortable mountain bike seat (without the seat post), your own MTB pedals and shoes.
IF YOU BRING YOUR OWN BIKE Full Suspension is Highly Recommended! Your bike must be in ?excellent repair! Service all systems: brakes, drive train & wheels. Magpie Cycling assumes no responsibility for the condition of your personal bike and reserves the right to deny usage of bikes considered unsafe by your Guide! Our tools are for minor adjustments & repairs while on the trip.
SHIPPING YOUR BIKE – send it FedEx or UPS to Magpie Cycling, 711 North 500 West, Moab, UT 84532. Clearly mark exterior of box; “Please Assemble” or “Please Hold for Magpie Cycling”.
WHAT TO CARRY WHILE RIDING MY BIKE – All you need to carry is your Hydration Pack with at least a 100 oz. reservoir, MTB multi-tool, flat repair kit, food, and a rain jacket. The 4WD Gear Vehicle travels behind the group carrying the camp food, first aid, cold beverages and group & personal equipment to the evening’s campsite.
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