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1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
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Big, epic, sweeping vistas and scenery like nowhere else on the planet with some of the most jaw-dropping mountain biking anywhere on Earth. 

Not as well-known (or as crowded) as its famous cousin Moab to the East, the St.George and Hurricane area nonetheless offers up epic mountain biking on the same scale, with a plethora of big descents from mountain tops down to spectacular valleys.    This  trip boasts tonnes of mountain biking adventure, riding the best selection of intermediate level trails the area offers.

 

If you are a fit, expert level Rider, but want to ease into Utah riding, consider booking the Magnificent Mesas followed by our Ultimate Moab Experience, as we’ve scheduled them back to back for people like you!

 

Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This Ride is for you if you are a strong-intermediate level mountain biker, with sound technical skills, who wants to experience Utah riding at it’s best. You're ok with a more relaxed pace and level than our Ultimate Moab Experience, and tracking calories, mileage, or pace just ain't your thing! This trip will offer an itinerary filled with intermediate to strong-intermediate level trails. You love big open vistas, you’re okay with some exposure while riding and can appreciate spectacular scenery. You don't mind climbing but enjoy the odd shuttle to get you to the top of a big epic downhill. Hiking to a sunset gourmet dinner after a day of riding is right up your alley, or should we say valley?

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    Strong Intermediate 6/9

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain.

    You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and blue trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $2,595 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    6/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $519 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    6 days
  • DATES

    April-May & Sep.-Oct.SEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Familiar

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit. 

 

DAY 1. WELCOME TO ST. GEORGE UTAH!

After settling into your room at the La Quinta Inn, we encourage you to unpack and rest up for the adventure ahead!

 

At 7:00 p.m., head down to the hotel conference room for a group meet and greet. We’ll review the incredible week's itinerary, build our bikes, enjoy some local beverages and some pizza. We’ll provide helping hands for anyone needing assistance with their bikes. 

 

DAY 2. EPIC DAY AHEAD! WIRE MESA and JEM TRAILS

After a hearty breakfast at the La Quinta Inn, we’ll hop in our private shuttle van and head to the bike shop in Hurricane to pick up bikes for those who have rented.

 

This morning we’ll head to the famous Gooseberry Mesa and kick off our trip riding the Wire Mesa loop. This newer trail is an intermediate loop with fun flowy sections speckled with technical slickrock sections... the perfect warm-up for southern Utah mountain biking.

 

We’ll have a picnic lunch at the trailhead then head down the road to ride one of southern Utah's flowiest trails, JEM. Considered by BIKE Magazine to be a trail with some of the best flow in the U.S. JEM is just that... a gem!

 

We'll head back to La Verkin for the evening to relax and get ready for tomorrow. 

 

DAY 3. big day of adventure! guacamole and hike zion national park 

Rise and shine for an early breakfast at the La Quinta  Inn.  We'll pack up our bikes and hit the open road. 

 

This morning we'll ride the spectacular Guacamole trail: a super fun mix of undulating open-rock riding plus singletrack through juniper and brush. Enjoy a big morning of epic trails with amazing views of Zion National Park. 

 

After the ride, we'll head into Springdale for a picnic lunch at a local park near Zion, one of the first national parks in Utah. 

 

After lunch, we'll head into Zion for an afternoon of hiking. Zion's beauty leaves visitors breathless. Known for its canyons,  Zion offers up one of North America's premiere hiking experiences. 

 

We'll return to the hotel in La Verkin for the evening to relax for another adventure tomorrow. 

 

DAY 4. RIDE EPIC GOOSEberry mesa

After breakfast at the La Quinta Inn, we'll hit the road and head to the world-class trail network of Gooseberry Mesa.  We'll spend the day riding trails in the area with fun technical climbs,  epic slickrock descents, and views that will leave you wanting more. 

 

We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at the trailhead and then head towards town for some rest before dinner.

 

If time and weather allow, the group will ride a new selection of trails in the JEM trail network on the way to town! 

 

We'll head back to the La Quinta Inn for a little R & R. 

 

DAY 5. RIDE LITTLE CREEK MESA

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll hit the road and head over to Little Creek Mesa.

 

20 miles of technical slickrock and singletrack, Little Creek Mesa Trail will not disappoint. There’s something magical about riding a trail that is off the beaten track, hard to find and hard to follow - and our Guides know it like the back of their hand! We’ll follow cairns through this incredible canyon ride with incredible views towards Gooseberry Mesa and the Pine Valley Mountains. We'll stop for a snack break mid-trail, as this epic ride  is known to take anywhere  from 3-6 hours. 

 

After this incredible day of riding, we’ll stop for lunch in Hurricane at one of the many local hot spots, before heading back to the bike shop in Hurricane to drop off bikes for those who rented.

 

We'll be heading back to the hotel by early evening. Tonight, we’ll head out for our final group dinner.

 

DAY 6. TIME TO SAY FAREWELL!

Rise and shine for our last breakfast together. High five your new riding pals and say your goodbyes until next time! 

  • Certified, experienced and super-fun guides
  • Transportation during the trip in our private and air-conditioned shuttle
  • 4 days of organized, pedal-packed, guided mountain biking
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Bike building pizza party
  • Bike tools and maintenance kit at your disposal
  • Ice-cold microbrews and local beverages at the end of each days ride
  • Snacks for riding

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

London Menlove
I currently live in Park City Utah, the IMBA Gold Level ride center of the United States! I grew up in Utah and have spent years riding all over our beautiful state. I started riding bikes 19 years ago and have dedicated my lifestyle and... Guacamole

Julie Hanen
Born and raised in Montana, I thought there wasn't anything that could put a smile on my face more than skiing powder...then I got a mountain bike! I have since spent all my free time in summer riding trails from Montana to New Zealand to Costa...[more] Every moment I spend on my bike is a sacred experience! But if I have to pick one, I'd say there's nothing more satisfying than a good clean sweat on the trails of Las Catalinas...[more]

Shaughn Zaleski
Let's see, how do I begin one of these? Mountain biking saved my life? How's that? After a directionless, rather unmotivated push through my late teens and early twenties my life path crossed with an incredible person/boss that basically... When I need my quick fix after work or in a crunch, the Green Lake trail is my go-to sacred shred. Steep and challenging climb>gorgeous seclusion>ripping fast downhill...it packs a...[more]

Johanna Weintrager
I started riding in N.Vancouver around the dawn of the millennium. Falling in love with the gnarly shore trails and spending most of my summer days in Whistler and Squamish, I started racing and coaching pretty quick. Traveling and riding all the... My 'sacred ride' is the incredible Slunt Trail in Fernie, BC: it's a slog and a grunt! This epic ride takes you high above the Elk Valley, with a fast, flowy and amazing...[more]
Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Little Creek Mesa
JEM at dusk
Bikes, bumps and brews in Utah
Thunder Mountain (HD)
JEM Trail, Utah

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m 0 m
2 3 hours 17 km 409 m 177 m 1316 m
3 3 hours 21 km 174 m 174 m 1651 m
4 5 hours 28 km 593 m 807 m 1545 m
5 4.5 hours 25 km 300 m 487 m 1780 m
6 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m 0 m
Totals 15.5 hours 91 km 1476 m 1645 m 1780 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$390.00 USD
Single Room Supplement$570.00 USD
High-End Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$515.00 USD
1 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$390.00 USD
3 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$710.00 USD
6 Month Pre-Ride Training Program $1,330.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 USD
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
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Saturday, October 19, 2019 La Verkin, Utah, 7 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019 La Verkin, Utah, 9 am 2,695.00 539.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
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