Bicycling in Canyonlands National Park
White Rim Road. Mountain bikers from all over the world like to brag that they've conquered this 100-mile ride. The trail's fame is well deserved: it traverses steep roads, broken rock, and dramatic ledges, as well as long stretches that wind through the canyons and look down onto others. If you're biking White Rim without an outfitter, you'll need careful planning, vehicle support, and much sought-after backcountry reservations. New in 2014, permits are available no more than four months, and no less than two days, prior to permit start date. There is a 15-person, 3-vehicle limit for groups. You'll need a free day-use permit even if you don't stay overnight. Most White Rim Road journeys begin at the end of Shafer Trail. Off main park road about 1 mile from entrance, then about 11 miles on Shafer Trail, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park, UT, 84532. 435/259–4351. www.nps.gov/cany.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Magpie Cycling Adventures. Seasoned bikers Mike Holme and Maggie Wilson lead groups (or lone riders) on daylong and multiday bike trips exploring the Moab region's most memorable terrain including the White Rim, Needles, and the Maze. If you need to rent a bike, Magpie will meet you at its preferred shop, Poison Spider Bicycles. 435/259–4464 or 800/546–4245. www.magpieadventures.com.
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