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Canyonlands National Park Self-Guided Mountain Biking with Colorado River Jet Boat Shuttle 1 Day – (JB0)

Adventure Description

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 self-guided mountain bike expedition. We’ll drop you 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.

Adventure Level

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.

Itinerary

The Details – Mountain Biking with a Cool Twist

You meet our driver at the Tag-A-Long office at 7:30am with your bicycle, 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 self-guided tour will wind around the White Rim Trail for 20 miles until you reach the head of Lathrop Canyon. (You may want to walk your mountain bike for about 200 yards at the head of the canyon.)

At the Lathrop Canyon picnic area, you will enjoy lunch on your own or provided by Tag-A-Long for an additional $10 per person.

At check-in, the appointed time to meet for the bike shuttle to Island in the Sky and for the rendezvous with the jet boat will be designated. This will be reviewed the morning of departure. The rendezvous with the river boat occurs at Lathrop Canyon and travels up the Colorado River for 25 miles before arriving at Moab. 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. 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 jet boat. It is important to check-in, at least by phone, the evening prior to confirm timetable.

Skill Level

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.

Road Surface

The surface of the trail varies among dirt, rock, and some sand.

Water

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 jet boat will have water for re-supply when you arrive at the picnic area at Lathrop Canyon.

Lunch

You may either pack along your own lunch or enjoy a lunch provided by Tag-A-Long, which will be waiting for you at Lathrop Canyon at noon, for an additional $10.86.

Trip Highlights

  • Mountain biking on the White Rim Trail
  • Jet Boat Shuttle on the Colorado River
  • Self-guided; You set the pace
  • Possibility for hikes
  • Fitness Level: Excellent to average. 20 miles of steady biking on uneven terrain. Summer heat can make it more challenging.

Who Should Go

Mountain bike riders of a wide range of ages with average skills, families with teenagers who love mountain biking.

What To Bring

Water: 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 jet boat will have water for re-supply when you arrive at the picnic area at Lathrop Canyon.
Lunch: You may either pack along your own lunch or enjoy a lunch provided by Tag-A-Long, which will be waiting for you at Lathrop Canyon at noon, for an additional $10.86 per person

Dates Available

March 15 – June 30
September 1 – October 31.
Too hot to ride in July and August

Rentals Available

Bring your own Mountain Bike or rent one from Moab Cyclery for $70.00!

Booking Request Form

$ 105.00 per Person

Optional Lunch Add-On: $10.86 per Lunch

20% deposit due at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Balance due the day of departure.

Cancellation Policy

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