Article: Riding Like Royalty: Mountain Biking the Rim of the Grand Canyon with Rim Tours
By Maureen Gaffney
Posted on Oct 20, 2016
About Maureen Gaffney: "Maureen lives in Larkspur, CA and when she's not riding singletrack or writing for Singletracks, she works for the San Francisco Bay Trail Project."
Exceprt: "Yes, it’s flowy and there’ll be no hucking, no gap jumps, and no hanging off the back having the rear tire hit ya where the good lord split ya, but I always say if it’s not technical enough for you, go faster. To me, this is the perfect trip for the couple that contains one hardcore and one newbie. There’s just no way the hardcore can’t love these trails, the views, the nature immersion, for this is the essence of mountain biking. For the newbie, yeah, maybe they do some walking here and there, but he’ll soon forget that part and become a convert."
Article: Over the Handlebars in Moab
Posted on Oct 6, 2016
About Sol Jorn: "Travel-Write-Photograph. The light in life is knowing we give all our time, all our mulah and every inch of our gusto to the space in our heads and hearts that screams there is so much more to know and learn. As of now we are travelling the United States and Canada in an 18 foot travel trailer."
Excerpt: "Having limited experience with mountain biking, the terrain was challenging but with the help of our guide Marla, who has so much soul and love for life, we were on our way to loving a new sport. Both rocks and sand created the obstacles and it was a head game to overcome them. I was truly disappointed that the camera wasn’t rolling when I went completely over my handle bars, smashing to the ground with the eloquence of a toddler in a bouncy castle, with more thud than bounce. I’m still bruised and also bummed I didn’t make it through that section. Fortunately, the more coordinated half of the team dominated and made it look easy. The nice thing about mountain biking in Dead Horse State Park is that when you have to dust yourself off, at least you have amazing views to pick you back up."
Article: Life Elevated: an unforgettable week in Utah
Posted on Mar 10, 2016
About AdVinetures: "We are avid lovers of both travel and wine. Between us we have visited more than 75 countries and tasted wines from across the globe."
"Established in Moab in 1985, owner Kirstin Peterson has built a fantastic reputation within the community as the most reputable biking guides around that make safety and their clients’ enjoyment their top priority.
Our guide Dave was completely consistent with what we had heard from the locals, first ascertaining our experience and comfort level and then making a couple of suggestions based on what time would permit for our ride. He ended up taking us to Dead Horse Point State Park, a spot that afforded incredible panoramic views of mountains, reefs and canyons with very little traffic. In fact, during the 3 hours we spent with Dave, we only ran into one other mountain biker. We had, almost completely to ourselves, a network of trails that offered the full spectrum from easy to moderate to quite technical trails."
We did the half day mountain bike tour at Dead Horse State Park and had a fantastic time! Highly recommend. Julie, our guide was awesome. The views were spectacular and the bikes were amazing. Highly recommend
Had a great ride in Moab brands, I'm a begginner but felt like a pro after the great instructor guidance.
Had a great private half day tour with Dave on Labor Day weekend. He was very knowledgeable about Moab and the area, and of course he was a great biking guide as well. The bikes were fantastic and the whole experience was very positive.
We were concerned that he would take us on some flat trail for little kids since we had never mountain biked before, so we said we wanted to go to Navajo Rocks. He very politely talked us down into doing Klondike Bluffs which was a much better fit as we could handle most, but not all, of that trail. It happened to be the most strenuous cardio we did during that whole week of hiking in Utah. I guess nothing in the area is TOO easy for our skill level.
Bumped into Corie on her day off on the shuttle uplift to The Whole Enchilada, she was happy for me to ride the trail with her, i had the best days riding, even on her "day off" you could still tell how well she knows the trail and the area, describing in some detail the geology of what is truly stunning scenery. We nailed the trail at warp speed, only stopping when i punctured when she was more than happy to help, another guide, Dave also helped a hand - cant say enough good things about the 2 of them and the biking, truly awesome!
never mountain biked before and the guides both days were awesome. Beginner the first day and intermediate day 2. The wife and I had a blast and would use Rim Tours again in a heartbeat!
We had such a great time! Our guide, Marla, was perfect and provided expert instruction and encouragement to us. Even though we are "advanced beginners", Marla made us feel like pros. I will definitely call on Marla again next time we are in Moab!
We chose this tour because of varying skill levels in our family. Our guide, Mike, did and excellent job of getting everyone in the group a great experience - a little bit of single track and slickrock for those that wanted it, and a safe, enjoyable route for those that needed it.
First time on mountain bikes - we booked the intro ride our first day out - the Courthouse Loop ride - and were fortunate enough to be the only ones in the 'group'. Our guide, Cullen, was outstanding - he walked us through everything we would encounter on our ride, and provided instruction every step of the way. Along the way, in addition to learning the basics, we saw some amazing scenery and had a lot of fun with Cullen. My husband is an experienced road cyclist, and I know how to ride a bike. Both of us had a great day with Cullen - and we even booked a ride for the next day - which was way more challenging, and definitely a huge step up from the intro ride! We did the Dead Horse Point ride the second day - and the vistas were unbelievable!!! The ride was definitely more challenging, and I got off my bike a few times (at the place our guide took a nasty spill was one of them....), but for my 2nd time on a mountain bike, it was a great day. I'm hooked - off to Deer Valley to try some downhill riding! I highly recommend Rim Tours!! PS we even purchased a couple of their bikes....
Bike tour was great. Guide (Marla) was knowledgable of the trails (and in much better shape than me). High quality bike. I recommend clip less pedals when riding the trails. I recommend Rim Tours.
My son and I did a guided Mountain Bike ride up Klondike Bluffs with Rim Tours. Everything about the ride was fantastic, especially our fantastic guide Dave. I'd highly recommend Rim Tours for a Moab mountain bike tour!
First, we reserved this tour through Moab Adventures but it was really Rim Tours. Excellent equipment. I will put out the caveat that this is sort of a tough sport to pick up. Even beginner trails have their moments.
My wife and I cycle a good bit so we had no problems. Our kids sort of struggled-a lot. There was a 6:1 ratio of riders to guide. This is a solid intro to the sport and they do a fine job working with you on tough turns. My wife and I will definitely do it again.
My caveats: strong familiarity with bikes, 13 or above no fear of heights.
We are city slickers and the guides not only gave us an amazing tour but they were patient with our over ambitions cycling abilities. Couldn't wait for the tour to be over and then couldn't wait to get back out there again. Great experience for the kids (12 & 14).
Opted for a solo ride as an intermediate standard rider and the Navajo Rocks tour. Excellent communication from my guide, Brian, before collecting from my lodgings. Into canyonlands for the tour and a quick set up of the bike with my pedals before we were off on our 3 hour blast. Expected 12 miles but did 23.... No problems from me. Hard core great pace power through slick rock, cross country trail, 1000ft climb and more awesome. Highly recommended.
I'm glad I booked the "beginner package" with Moab Adventure Center. Michael took us to a location where we were able to advance to more difficult trails.
My son enjoyed filming his ride on his Go Pro and was thankful to be riding behind Michael so he could judge what was coming next.
Get the insurance! It's only a few dollars, and you never know!
Visited June 2016
I had a wonderful trip with Rim Tours--a 6 day mountain bike trip into the Maze District of Canyonlands. The food was great and the guides were wonderful. This was my second time mountain biking in the Maze, but my first time with Rim Tours. I am already thinking about the next trip I can take with them.
My husband and I booked a private half day mountain bike tour. It was perfect. Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable. He selected a circuit and a riding pace that was well suited to our ability. The quality of the bikes was fantastic and far exceeded my expectations for a rental. Having great bikes made riding very enjoyable. The whole experience was excellent. I highly recommend Rim Tours.
Booked a 1day private MTB tour for 3 adults to ride Dead Horse Trail.
We got picked at the hotel by our tour guide Justin at exactly the schedule time (8:30am)
Justin is the best tour guide that money can buy. He asked us simple but important questions about our riding style, experience and preferences. He recommended trails to go based and what we told him and was very flexible and considerate. We follow his advise and got to ride some awesome trails. Justin seemed to always know the perfect time for a break. When we took breaks he would give us good riding tips told was to expect on the next part of the trail and even taught us a bunch of cool stuff about geology and Moab history. He really really took good care of all us and we enjoyed this trip a whole lot more than we expected.
The price for this private tour was in my opinion very fair and both Rim Tour and Justin made sure we got our more than our money's worth.
If your planing on MTB go to Rim Tours and ask for Justin.
Moab was definitely on our list of destinations this holiday because of the mountain biking. We decided to give these guys a call at 4pm looking for a full day ride for the next day. They were able to accommodate us no problem! We went out on two great rides that certainly met our expectations of biking in Moab. Our guide (Dave) was great and picked rides that were perfect for our riding ability! Just a little challenging but within our ability for sure! Great value for money. Will go to these guys again if we ever come back!
My girlfriend has never been mountain biking and here we were in the most epic mountain biking location in the country. We called Rim and asked for something easy but exciting and got exactly that. The guide Jason quickly assessed our skills and new the perfect trails for us to start off on. He offered tips and assistance to my girlfriend along the way and made her feel comfortable and safe on the trail. The bikes were new and in excellent shape. Overall enjoyable ride and I will definitely use RIM again when back in Moab.
I just finished 4 full days of riding with Sam and Dave (separately). The back office did a great job of setting up the first two days, and putting us on trails to see how we did. Sam and Dave then monitored our progress and adapted our rides to suit our abilities and desires. We rode Dead Horse, Klondike Bluffs, Navajo Rocks, and Magnificent Seven. Legs are achey now, but that's our fault.
Bikes were great, prompt pickups, helpful technique pointers, plenty of snacks and supplies - all-around first class job. Thanks for a great time!
We rode on two different full day bike tours with Rim Tours, both excellent. First tour was with Jenna at Dead Horse, and she is an amazing, patient, helpful guide. Just follow her line, and you'll be fine. We went over and down big rocks, but, the bikes are incredible and you can do it. Views from various vistas was amazing. Next day, we rode with guide Dave, also wonderful, who taught us even more about how to ride single track. Cannot recall the name of the trail(s), but we went up slickrock, and saw dinosaur tracks, possibly a velociraptor or baby Tyrannosaurus Rex.
We also hiked up to a vista with more fantastic views. Dave also adjusted the ride so that my husband could go off on a much harder trail, then meet up with us at a junction. And, Dave adjusted it so that I could go on an easier trail back. Again, follow the guide's line, and you can go over and down difficult looking obstacles and surprise yourself. It was a lot of fun and exhausting, but we took breaks. Both guides had delicious sandwiches for lunch, as well as snacks and extra water. Remember to bring your own camelback hydrator, too.
Fantastic group. We had two great guides for our rides. Super nice, patient and they taught us a bunch. Humbling---I thought I was in good shape. We rented our own bikes which worked out great. They refunded us our $$ when we got rained out on our first day. Very nice of them. Again, this is a wonderful group. Our guides were Marla (a tiny, little powerhouse---super charming and she put us to shame) and Greg (mellow, patient, amazing rider).
Visited October 2015
Rim Tours is a fantastic operator. From start to finish, the staff in the front office and out in the field, are helpful, professional and personable. The bikes provided were excellent, the food was fantastic, and all the logistics went smoothly. After two trips with Rim ToursI am confident there will be more.
Visited September 2015