Visiting Moab in August and looking for an activity that won’t involve being out in the blazing sun at high noon? How about a beginner/moderate-level mountain bike tour that starts at 6:00 AM (6:30 beginning September 1) and includes a delicious, fresh and wholesome breakfast table spread, served by your guide, while you relax in camp chairs watching the sun rise over Arches National Park?
Rim Tours, Moab’s Original Mountain Bike Outfitter, offers daily Desert Sunrise tours starting from convenient public pickup locations in downtown Moab. Advanced booking is required (see below for details.)
Following breakfast, your guide will assist you in getting ready for your riding adventure. The tour includes a full suspension 2018 Santa Cruz mountain bike, bike insurance, helmet, complimentary Rim Tours water bottle (which you can keep as a souvenir) and trail snacks. In short, everything you need for an amazing mountain bike adventure suitable for beginner or moderate riders.
Once breakfast is packed away, you’ll spend a few minutes getting used to the bike, followed by some instruction on safety and riding fundamentals, if needed.
Then your guide will lead you out for a two to two-and-a-half hour ride on the Courthouse Loop section of the Moab Brands mountain biking area. The ride includes plenty of stops for learning further riding tips, and just to catch your breath.
Along the way, we’ll park the bikes and take a very short hike over to the edge of a dramatic box canyon that drops into Arches National Park.
The ride then continues around the Courthouse Loop -- a wider, undulating path that includes a few sections of Moab’s famous slickrock riding surface. And, depending on the individuals that make up your particular tour group, options may be available for increasing the riding-skill level to include some moderate level singletrack, at the guide’s discretion.
The tour concludes by completing the loop back to our original location where the van awaits for the drive back to town. Most tours are done by 11:30 AM, if not before -- well before the peak heat of Moab’s summer days, and just in time for an afternoon lounging by the pool, or floating down the Colorado River.
Rim Tours offers the Desert Sunrise tour starting at $125 per person (adults) and $110 (children 12 & under.) Discounts are offered for groups of seven or more. Tours require a minimum of 3 persons (if your group is smaller, please inquire.) To book, visit https://rimtours.com/tours/desert-sunrise/ , email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 435.259.5223.