By Emily Nelson
Don’t hibernate just yet, there’s still a few last minute tours
September already?! It seems the warm weather months are coming to an end. Soon, the leaves will be changing, pumpkin spice lattes will begin their migration back to coffee shop menus, and the hiking and biking trails you’ve enjoyed all summer will become more difficult to traverse. But don’t plan your hibernation just yet. Because, there are still adventures to be had and still time for a last minute family mountain bike tour. Grab your bike buddies, oil your bike chains, and keep your shorts out of storage for a month or two longer, here’s our top 3 picks for Autumn Adventures:
- Arizona – Best of Phoenix, Black Canyon
Explore what the sublime Sonoran Desert has to offer with the Best of Phoenix and Black Canyon Trail (BCT) Mountain Biking Tour! This tour is close to the city and customizable, so it is great for close groups of biking friends looking for a fun excursion.
Highlights include Mcdowell Mountain, a 21,099-acre regional park. Riding local conservancy lands, the landscape opens onto a beautiful XC, or cross-country trail system; one that encompasses more than 40-miles of fast and flowy, mountain bike specific singletrack.
Check tour dates here:
- Utah – Best of Moab
(It’s like ‘Best of Phoenix’ but Moab-ier…!)
Moab, Utah’s Hottest New Trails
The mountain biking tour, lovingly labeled, ‘Best of Moab’ is an early fall escape. Because temperatures dip quickly, plan on getting out there sometime in September or October, but not after Halloween. About 245-miles south of Salt Lake City, Moab and its dramatic surroundings have served as the backdrop for many Western movie classics. So even if you’ve never visited the small town of Moab (pop. 5000) before, you’ve probably seen it on screen. Because of it, it is on every mountain biker’s “bike-it list.” Its latest reincarnation is a fairly new one. While the wild beauty of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Parks has drawn nature-lovers for generations, it’s the land edging and surrounding the parks that defines Moab, and we know it all. So with us, you’ll experience the best hits and hidden treasures. It is a world-class travel destination.
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But if you’re feeling a little more independent, check this out. And for a bike packing lodging experience all over Southern Utah, try our newly launched hut system:
- California/Nevada – Death Valley & Red Rock
Less ice, more true wilderness
Road Bike peeps, we didn’t forget about you! While big swathes of North America deal with snow and icy roads, we consider our great fortune: to enjoy exemplary outdoor wintertime adventure in the heart of the Mojave Desert, from Death Valley National Park to Red Rock Canyon. The wild beauty of Death Valley is too hot to handle during the summer months, but come fall, it’s juuuuust right! We promise eyefuls of arid majesty; glittering salt flats, gypsum-colored sand dunes, and ghost towns!
The first step to autumnal liberation starts here: