Adventure West

Thank you Matt and KP!

January 22, 2024

When Matt Hebberd and Kirstin Peterson arrived in Moab in the late 80’s, this whole mountain bike thing was mostly just an idea that they wanted to share with the world. 35 years later, they along with a gang of boot-strapping entrepreneurs turned the mining town of Moab into a mecca for mountain biking, known… Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to Bike Touring for Women

March 13, 2020

Are you a woman planning her first bicycle tour? After traveling more than 10,000 miles (and counting) in the last five years and visiting more than 20 countries, I feel competent to give you a few tips on some crucial beginner’s do’s and don’ts. Here’s my simple and actionable guide that will get you from… Read More »

A Moab Mountain Biking “Big Ride”

December 5, 2019

Or What Mountain Bike Guides Do For Fun During The Off-season Moab mountain biking season wraps up pretty quick at the end of October, leaving guides on what has been called ‘Funemployment.’ Plenty of time to ride and good November weather make it a great time of year. I thought, let’s celebrate the end of… Read More »

Flats or Clips? Mountain Bike Pedal Options

October 24, 2019

Cycling is filled with all these ying and yang concepts. Road or Mountain? 27.5 or 29? Enduro or XC? Guided ride vs DIY? Clips or Flats? A million internet forum threads debate the pros and cons of each with passionate believers on each side. I’ll just have the time here to consider flat vs clipped-in… Read More »

Fall Mountain Biking in Moab and Southeast Utah

October 11, 2019

In Canyonlands, fall is high season for mountain biking (and for just about every other activity, as well.) The number of visitors in town on any day in September or October can rival the busiest days of April or May. There are many reasons for this, though the most obvious is that the triple digit… Read More »

Mountain Bike Singletracks in Arches and Canyonlands?

August 26, 2019

Where are they?! Short Answer: There are none. Long Answer: The National Park Service only allows bikes on paved or unpaved roads. No bikes are allowed on hiking trails. In Arches, you can bike the Willow Flats Road or the Salt Valley Road (but few people do it.) In Canyonlands, you can ride: The White… Read More »

Moab Mountain Biking Guide

July 18, 2019

For Beginner and Low-Intermediate Riders Beginner Trails Bar M Trail Head: Get ready for a wonderful introduction to Moab mountain biking. Moab Brands Trailhead 10.6 miles from town. Drive north on Hwy 191, turn right at sign for Moab Brands, follow gravel road to large parking lot with pit toilets. Distance: 8.8 miles in a… Read More »

How To Not Die In The Desert

June 20, 2019

(hint: drink water… lots and lots of water) While visiting Moab, especially during the hot summer months when temperatures commonly spike north of 100 degrees, the effort to keep your body adequately hydrated can be a real chore. It can also be the difference between a pleasant hike and a trip to the hospital. Some… Read More »

The Whole Enchilada in Bites

June 4, 2019

(with a side of The Big Burrito “coming soon”) The Whole Enchilada is famous. It is ranked the number one mountain bike trail in the world by And yet it isn’t actually a “trail” at all, but rather a route that involves linking together six distinct trails back-to-back. Writers have described it as “iconic,”… Read More »

Front Wheel Lifts or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rocks

April 23, 2019

Mountain biking in Moab could be described in one word: rocky. Whether they are smooth or chunky, sloped or ledgy, our terrain is pretty much the rockiest stuff out there. Navigating all these rocks can be a challenge if you are new to it, but with a couple small tricks in your kit, you can… Read More »

Adventure Holiday on a Motorcycle tour

Adventure Holiday Primer

By Eric Bakken | April 12, 2017

Looking for adventure holiday ideas this year but keep coming up with the same old things? Here’s our Primer for Hassle-Free Adventure Holiday Ideas: five perfect adventure-sport vacations in the western United States (minus all the hassle of DIY planning, logistics, etc.) Road Trip Alaska in a Converted Yellow School Bus 12 days, from $1690… Read More »

Bears Ears Map

Best Way to See the New Bears Ears National Monument?

By Eric Bakken | March 31, 2017

Ride Twin-track Roads on a Mountain Bike Have you heard about Bears Ears National Monument, President Obama’s parting gift to the nation that he designated just weeks before leaving office? If you have heard of it, it’s probably due to the political uproar it caused within Utah’s arch-conservative congressional delegation. They’ve been making lots of… Read More »

A Vacation Less Ordinary - Gold Mine

A Vacation Less Ordinary

By Eric Bakken | March 23, 2017

Looking to head west for your summer vacation but you’ve done the beach to death and the family is bored with the same old kind of camping trip? Really, all you want are a few good ideas for a vacation less ordinary? Here are five ideas based out of Durango, CO that are definitely not… Read More »

Slickrock Trail completed

The little known history of Moab’s Slickrock Trail

By Eric Bakken | March 17, 2017

Photo from Times-Independent article Moab is known around the world as a mountain biking mecca, and much of that fame is due to The Slickrock Trail. “Slickrock” is arguably one of the most famous mountain bike trails in the world, with thousands of riders flocking each year to its steep and relatively smooth, rounded rollercoasters… Read More »

Something you need to know about Moab

Something you need to know about Moab

By Eric Bakken | March 8, 2017

NPS photo A secret in the soil you need to know about Moab Planning a visit to Moab, the adventure-sport capital of the world? Here’s one unique thing you need to know about Moab: Because this canyon country mecca sits on the Colorado Plateau, Moab is home to an organism that is virtually everywhere –… Read More »

Family Adventure Vacation Ideas

This Summer Stay Cool by Getting High

By Eric Bakken | March 1, 2017

adventure vacation idea: Camp and Mountain Bike at Altitude in Colorado, Utah or Northern Arizona Searching for some new family adventure vacation ideas for summer but you’ve already done the beach to death? Want to camp under the stars with everything included, like backcountry gourmet meals, yet still seek challenge and adventure? This summer, try… Read More »

Kayak Labyrinth Canyon

7 Best Adventure Vacation Ideas in the Western US

By Eric Bakken | February 21, 2017

Expand your soul — try something new! Searching for the best adventure vacation ideas in the western United States? Do you love trying something you’ve never done before? Are you into wilderness, wildlife, camping and amazing scenery? Once-in-a-lifetime, soul-expanding experiences? Here are our personal “not-your-grandma’s vacation” favorites: 1. Mountain Bike and Camp in Canyonlands “I’ve never… Read More »

Desert Dawg and his buddy Rob somewhere near Moab.

Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg

By Eric Bakken | February 16, 2017

If you love the desert, camping and dogs, you’ll love this blog! Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg is highly unusual fare. For one, it is written by a dog. No, seriously. This dog has somehow figured out how to blog. And he’s quite articulate, always shedding light on the best method of training his man, especially with… Read More »

Oregon singletrack rider mts distant

Oregon Timber Trail: cross entire state 55% singletrack!

By Eric Bakken | February 8, 2017

Aching for a new mega-adventure that involves hundreds of miles of singletrack riding and a route so new the maps are still being made? Start planning today for a summer riding across the entire state of Oregon on the Oregon Timber Trail. Begin with Mt. Shasta in view over your shoulders, finish by dipping your toes… Read More »

Lowdown on the Hightower (bike, not Jim)

By Eric Bakken | February 7, 2017

I’m writing about the Santa Cruz Hightower for three reasons: First, it’s one of our top-end bikes in this year’s Rim Tours rental fleet. Second, Bike Magazine just posted a nice review of it. Third, I have a major case of Hightower envy: the Hightower replaces the widely lauded Tallboy LTc, which was one of the first long-travel 29ers… Read More »

How to Play in Canyon Country Without Ruining It

By Eric Bakken | January 26, 2017

Planning to spend a week or a day visiting Canyon Country? Here are a few simple rules about how to play in this mostly unspoiled natural paradise without ruining it for those who will come after you. (It’ll also make your own visit an even richer experience!) Prepare In Advance Know the regulations and special… Read More »

A family follows their guide along The White Rim Trail above Little Bridge Canyon in Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky District

Prepping for a Camping-Based Mtb Tour on the White Rim

By Eric Bakken | January 26, 2017

Ride Your Bike: Get on your bike as much as possible before the tour starts to get your butt in shape! You’ll be riding all day for multiple days so, if you haven’t been on a bike in awhile your butt will be sore, guaranteed! Also, the better shape you are in, the more you… Read More »