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

Bikers ride the White Rim Trail toward the Airport Towers campground in Island in the Sky District, Canyonlands NP

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 will enjoy your tour. Even riding a stationary bike at your local gym will help. The terrain you will encounter on your tour is on 4-wheel drive roads with intermittent rocks, small ledges, and sand, and ranges between 4,000 and 6,000 ft. in elevation. Our guides are skilled instructors to help the more inexperienced riders adopt the proper techniques for this kind of riding.

If Bringing Your Own Bike:

Have your bike tuned up before the tour and have any worn-out parts replaced. You may want to ship your bike ahead of time to Rim Tours. Our assembly fee is $40 or $80, if we also disassemble and box it up at the end of the trip as well. As for tires for your tour, any good off-road tires are fine. We use Wilderness Trail Bike’s latest creations. They're the best! We do recommend bringing a full suspension bike. Rim Tours rents high quality full suspension bikes for $45-$70 per day.


While traveling to your tour, drink water. Keep fully hydrated. This will help your body to adapt to our dry desert environment, to deal with the higher altitudes, and to allow you to recover better from the full days of riding. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol. These will dehydrate you.

Packing Tips:

We provide waterproof bags (dry bags) for your gear. Most soft shell duffel bags fit right into these 12 ½” x 18 ½” x 30” bags. It is best to divide your gear and pack into several small to medium sized duffel bags. Please do not bring hard shell suitcases. These will not fit into the dry bags, and the dry bags are much easier to pack on our support vehicles.

Getting to Moab Utah from Salt Lake City, UT:

  • Fly directly into Moab via Boutique Air
  • Rent a Car: Drive time is about 4 hours to Moab. If renting a car please know you must return it to Salt Lake City or pay an exorbitant drop fee.
  • Ground Shuttle: Elevated Transit (888)353-8283 Elevated Transit runs daily shuttles to and from Moab Utah to Salt Lake City.

Getting to Moab from Grand Junction, CO:

  • United, Delta, Sky West and Allegiant Airlines all fly into Grand Junction. You’ll need to rent a car to get to Moab but it’s a beautiful, less than 2 hour drive, take Hwy 128 if in daylight!
  • Thrifty Rental Car (800) 373-0277
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car (970)242-8103, 406 S. 5th ST. Grand Junction, CO.

Suggested Reading For The Moab State Of Mind:

  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.
  • Canyon Country Wildflowers by Damian Fagan.
  • Open Space of Democracy by Terry Tempest Williams.
  • Any of the Guide books by F.A. Barnes.