59 mi. / 95 km2-3 days
A (San Rafael) Swell Night Out, Utah36 May 14 Guest Routes USALess than two hours from the mountain biking meccas of Fruita, CO, and Moab, UT, lies a veritable paradise for the intrepid bikepacker – the San Rafael Swell. Rich in both geological and human history, this pair of routes (126 miles total) traverse stunning landscapes forged by dramatic tectonic uplift, numerous remnants of the region’s bygone mining era, and a creek descent sure to entice even the most adventurous riders!
98 mi. / 158 km3 days
Hey Joe Safari, Moab, Utah29 Apr 9 Colt Fetters USAThe Hey Joe Safari offers a broad strokes tour of the ever popular desert landscape around western Moab. This weekend bikepacking route follows rugged jeep tracks, bounces along slickrock expanses, explores prehistoric dinosaur tracks, winds through Utah cattle country, dumps you into the Green River’s Hey Joe Canyon via a 3rd class hike-a-bike, and culminates with 20 miles of the area’s most popular singletrack, the Magnificent 7 Trails.
160 mi. / 257 km3-4 days
Grand Staircase Loop146 Sep 18 Guest Routes USAWending its way through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the Grand Staircase Loop is a three or four day bikepacking route following quiet and remote dirt roads over spectacular plateaus and canyons. With abundant scenery and wide open camping, the route was designed to bring awareness of to this beautiful and threatened area.
Bikepacking & Packrafting San Rafael Swell5 Jul 6 Guest / video
Drift through the heart of the San Rafael Swell on two of Utah’s most elusive rivers in this new bikerafting video and trip report by Graham Abrams and Jason Bryce…
1218 mi. / 1,960 km30 days
Plateau Passage12 May 10 Kurt Refsnider USAFrom Las Vegas to Durango, over arid peaks, lush plateaus, deep canyons, slickrock, and stunning mountains, the Plateau Passage bikepacking route features 1,200+ miles of rugged, isolated, and challenging riding that takes you from the low Mojave Desert, across the peerless Colorado Plateau, and into the high Rocky Mountains.
Cold Blood in John’s Canyon12 Nov 21 Guest / plog
Deep in the canyon country of southern Utah, time is thin, and murders from 1935 are close to the surface. The Bedrock Bags crew set out to bikepack a bit of history.
154 mi. / 248 km3 days
Cedar Mesa Loop: Ruins and Monuments35 Aug 10 Guest Routes USAWith its abundance of canyon hikes, Cedar Mesa has long been a popular destination for backpackers. But great bikepacking opportunities abound on the dirt roads atop the mesa and through its washes and canyons. This weekend loop offers the chance to pass through incredible desert landscapes and explore some of the many Ancestral Puebloan ruins in the area.
The White Rim: MONTANUS in the Utah desert2 Jun 7 Montanus / plog
Sometimes I think back to my childhood, when I returned hastily from school to board the USS Enterprise with Captain Kirk and “explore strange new worlds, to seek other forms of life and civilization… to go where no man has gone before.”