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EXCLUSIVE TO TAG-A-LONG EXPEDITIONS! We’ve teamed up with Moab Cyclery to offer you this exciting mountain biking package exclusive to Tag-A-Long Expeditions! Find out why they call Moab the mountain biking capitol of the world! The famous White Rim Trail deep in Canyonlands National Park is your destination on this 20-mile guided Moab, Utah mountain biking expedition. We’ll drop you and your guide off at the top of Shafer Trail and pick up you and your mountain bike at Lathrop Canyon on the Colorado River for a relaxing, scenic ride back to town on our large jet boat.
Moab and mountain biking go together. This expedition is fun and enjoyable because the terrain is level or down hill to the river. Experienced or moderately strong cyclists will love this trip around the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park. This is one of those expeditions that people love to say they’ve done. It’s a badge of honor! The jet boat is a fast refreshing trip back.
Your guided mountain bike adventure on the White Rim Trail begins at the Tag-A-Long office in Moab. We will load your mountain bikes and drive you to the Island in the Sky where you begin the gorgeous descent down Shafer Trail, an historic cattle trail and 4X4 road. You’ll enjoy the day deep inside Canyonlands National Park where you may choose to visit natural bridges and other geologic wonders as you skirt even deeper canyons. Attentive bikers will spot bighorn sheep that make Island in the Sky their home. It’s a day of world-class mountain biking in some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, right here in Moab!
You must make reservations ahead of time to participate in this shuttle service and jetboat expedition.
Please check-in with Moab Cyclery by 6:00pm the evening prior to departure for bike fitting.
Please check-in with Tag-A-Long the evening prior to departure to confirm times.
The Details – Mountain Biking with a Cool Twist
You meet at the Tag-A-Long office at 7:30am with a rented bicycle or your own, helmet, and lots of water! we want to have you at the trailhead to begin your descent about 45 minutes to an hour later. The Shafer Trail is a steep 4X4 road literally cut into the side of the canyon wall. You’ll get a kick out of the tight switchbacks and awesome views. As you reach the middle level of the Island in the Sky, you’ll pass Musselman Arch and the Walking Rocks area. Your route offers memorable overlooks of the Colorado River and the canyons it cuts through. Your guided tour will wind around the White Rim Trail for 20 miles until you reach the head of Lathrop Canyon.
At the Lathrop Canyon picnic area, you will meet the Tag-A-Long jet boat to enjoy a leisurely ride back up the Colorado River. The river trip is a relaxing way to end your mountain bike expedition and will give you a chance to learn about the geology, wildlife and other natural and cultural history of the area as seen from the river. The boat stops for a short walk to view petrified wood. You will arrive back in Moab about 5:00 p.m. Modifications may reduce the sightseeing aspect of this itinerary.
Some days the itinerary will need to be modified with a later departure and later rendezvous with the jetboat. It is important to check-in, at least, by phone the evening prior to confirm timetable.
Mountain bikers with average skills and in moderate shape will enjoy this tour. Tag-A-Long will not support this service in the relentless hot months of July and August.
The surface of the trail varies among dirt, rock and some sand.
You will be required to carry a minimum of 1 liter of water per person for the bike ride. On hot days you should carry 2 liters of water. The jetboat will have water for re-supply when you arrive at the picnic area at Lathrop Canyon.
Mountain bike riders of a wide range of ages with average skills, families with teenagers.
March 15 – June 31
Too hot to ride in July and August
September 1 – October 31