Arizona-North Rim of the Grand Canyon Mountain Bike Tour Overview
While nearly all of North America reels under hot summertime temperatures, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, at 9000-feet, offers delightfully cool, high altitudes escape.
The Grand Canyon’s incomparable majesty sunders nearly 280-miles of Northern Arizona highlands. The North Rim is a raw-cut jewel in our national park system.
No less than two-billion years of the earth’s history is on display here. The vermillion cliff-faces and golden canyon walls rise a mile into the sky. From his dory that plied the unbridled Colorado River, early explorer Major John Wesley Powell compared it to “leaves in a great history book.”
This geologic virtuoso, was one of our three original trip destinations. Gazing over the Grand Canyon’s 9,200-ft North Rim, the immediate reaction of our guests runs from fear to reverie, and all agree that the old Arizona and Rainbow Rim bike trails are the best ways to experience the Grand Canyon.
Concealed in big Ponderosa pine and shimmering Aspen groves, our Grand Canyon bike ride through Kaibab National Forest wends to a place that few have visited: the East Rim View. From our campsite on the edge of the Kaibab Plateau, we savor extraordinary views. Trails brimming with wildflowers bring us to exhilarating hikes along the rim. Crossing over to the west side of the plateau, we camp alongside one of the most scenic mountain bike paths in the world, the Rainbow Rim Trail.
Providing gently rolling terrain of lung-expanding dimensions, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon has been long-held as almost sacred ground to hikers and cyclists. For trekkers and active travelers of all levels, the chance to experience this singular section of Eternity is nothing less than the opportunity of a lifetime.
North Rim of the Grand Canyon Mountain Bike Tour Itinerary
Day 1-2: Meet in St. George. Shuttle to Kaibab Lodge then ride singletrack to alpine East Rim camp for two nights. Ride to Monument Point, short hike into the Grand Canyon on backcountry hiking trail.
Day 3-4: Ride across Kaibab Plateau to beautiful backcountry camp on the Grand Canyon North Rim for two nights. Ride the Rainbow Rim singletrack.
Day 5: Descend to Indian Hollow on the west side of the Plateau to spectacular vista. Shuttle back to St. George.