Sedona to Grand Canyon Cycling

Ride from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Explore the pillars of Northern Arizona on two wheels. This road cycling journey-style trip will take you from the incredible red rock formations of Sedona, through the high alpine Coconino National Forest, and eventually conclude at the Grand Canyon South Rim.

Our experienced guides and expert mechanics provide all the services you need to make this a once-in-a-lifetime ride you can rave to all your cycling friends about. Our campground locations offer many of the same amenities of lodge-based trips, but allow for a more intimate experience with your surroundings beyond what can be achieved from the saddle alone.

Wholesome, guide-prepared meals and professional cycling services make it truly feel like a vacation. The hardest decision you’ll have to make all weekend is how hard you want to push it over the next hill.

Why travel with AOA? – Find out more

 

Trip Price: $1295 pp

+ $25 PP (Permits & Land Use Fees)*

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.

4 days, 3 nights

Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced

Activity: Cycling, Camping

 

Sedona to Grand Canyon Cycling Trip

Price & Inclusions

TRIP PRICE- $1295 PP

+ $25 PP (Permits & Land Use Fees)*

  • Price is per person.
  • Book a 2018 trip online and use the code NIFTY50 for $50 off per person.
  • See our Promos & Discounts page for a list of multi-day trip promotions that may apply!

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

 

Trip Price Includes

  • Transportation to and from the Holiday Inn Express and all transfers during trip
  • 3 nights camping with comfortable basecamp amenities
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 4
  • Water and snacks
  • Rider support/aid stations during rides
  • Rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance (upon request)
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide/mechanic

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Grand Canyon National Park entry and permits
  • Grand Canyon National Park commercial land use fee

Not Included

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Transportation to and from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Pre- and post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 4
  • Alcohol and related gratuities
  • Bike and helmet (available to rent from AOA)
  • Bike shipping/building/packing*
  • Personal cycling kit and clothing
  • Tent (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

*Please see the “Rentals & Add Ons” tab below for a list of available bike and gear rentals and purchase options.*

Trip Details

Trip Rating (1 – 5)

Fitness – 3

Comfort – 3

Solitude – 3

Guest Participation – 4

Click here for an explanation of AOA’s trip ratings.

 

Where to Meet

START: 6:00 am on Day 1. Meet your guide in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale (CLICK HERE for map). 

END: 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Day 4. Drop-off at the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale.

GUESTS: 2 min to 12 max (minimum age 16)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When’s the best time to go on this trip?

A: Due to the varying elevations of the destinations on this itinerary, the spring and fall seasons offer a nice middle ground between the mild winters of the lower elevation regions and the cool summers of the high elevation ones.

Q: What are the rides like and how do I train for the trip?

A: This tour is 100% road riding, moderate, and meant for intermediate road cyclists looking to spend a few hours in the saddle each day. All rides are optional, and most days have options to go longer or shorter. To fully enjoy this trip, we recommend building up to riding 30-40 miles each day for 4 days with moderate elevation change. We provide more specific instructions for preparation in the “trip planner” you will receive upon booking your cycling trip with AOA.

Q: What sort of accommodations are included on this trip?

A: Our carefully selected campground locations are the perfect backdrop for your trip and allow you to combine your love of cycling with an added element of adventure while getting to know other like-minded cyclists. As we journey from the Upper Sonoran Desert to the high alpine forests of Northern Arizona, the soil will transition from sandy to clay, and the vegatation shifts from cactus and scrub forest to towering Ponderosa pines.

Food: The AOA kitchen is fully equipped so that our guides can prepare healthy, fresh meals. Guests will be provided with all dishware and utensils needed for meals.

Showers: Showers will be available to guests each day.

Gear: Spacious tents, comfortable sleeping pads, and appropriately rated sleeping bags are available to rent from AOA if needed or preferred.

Rentals & Add Ons

Gear Rental

  • 30 to 40 liter day pack ($25 per)
  • Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($35 per bag/set)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($35 per, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • 4-Person Basecamping Tent ($55 per tent)
  • Bike rental is available through AOA. See the “Bike Rentals” tab below.

Optional Additions

*A bike and helmet are not included with the cost of this trip.*

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%)

Trip Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

  • May 24-27
  • June 7-10
  • June 28- July 1
  • July 12-15
  • July 19-22
  • August 2-5
  • August 16-19
  • August 23-26
  • September 27-30
  • October 4-7

To see all multi-day guided tours, visit our Adventure Tour Calendar.

Bike Rentals

Bike Rental Options

This trip does not include a rental bike. AOA offers rental road bikes in various performance levels. Each road bike rental includes a helmet and flat repair kit, and can be set up to your basic fit requirements. You are welcome to bring your own pedals and saddle to use with our rental bikes.

Reservation & Cancellation Policy

Reservations, Payments and Cancellation

AOA’s cycling tours are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA) reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements.

This trip confirms with 2 guests. Grab a friend and your trip is guaranteed!

We strongly recommend that you purchase “travel insurance.” This is a valuable tool that will protect your trip investment.

For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.

We recommend Travel Guard insurance.


Trip Itinerary

Overview

From the low-lying Sonoran Desert to the high-altitude Ponderosa Pine forests of Northern Arizona, this journey-style road bike tour experiences as much of the region as possible, while still making plenty of time to relax and escape the bustle of everyday life. AOA’s professional ride support staff will be alongside you throughout the tour to ensure your bike is rolling smoothly, your bottles are topped off, and you are fresh and ready for every mile. Much of this trip is spent riding at altitudes of 6,000 feet above sea level or higher. Some individuals may find it more challenging than their norm to cycle at these elevations so strong cardiovascular fitness will help make this adventure enjoyable.

DAY 1: SEDONA AND PAGE SPRINGS

6:00 AM – Meet your guides and fellow riders at our host hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. After a quick meet and greet, we’ll hit the road for red rock country. During the drive to Sedona, the terrain changes as we climb out of the Sonoran Desert and into the chaparral scrub forest of the Verde Valley. Here, we get our first glimpse of Sedona’s famous red sandstone formations. Today’s ride begins in the Village of Oak Creek, just outside the town of Sedona. After getting our bikes ready to roll, we’ll continue the gradual climb north into Sedona where you will be amazed at the 360 degree views of the red rocks landscape. Soak it all in as we tackle some rolling hills and make our way through Sedona towards Page Springs, our first night’s camp location not far from Oak Creek. After dinner, get a taste of the Arizona wine scene with a tasting at a local cellar.

  • Cycling: 35 Miles, +2,356 ft elevation gain
  • Meals: Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included
  • Lodging: Camping near Page Springs

DAY 2: FLAGSTAFF AND MORMON LAKE

Wake up to the sound of Oak Creek flowing past our camp as your guides prepare a wholesome breakfast to fuel our trek. This morning we’ll enjoy the ethereal views of Sedona before transfering to the high alpine forests outside Flagstaff; Arizona’s mountain town. Explore historic downtown before hopping in the saddle. Today, our sights are set on Mormon Lake, a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by marshland and tall pines. Our route will brings us along the shore of another larger lake, Lake Mary, with stunning views of the 11 and 12 thousand foot tall San Francisco peaks standing sentry over the plateau country, before looping around Mormon Lake to settle in at a nearby campground for the night. Enjoy another quality guide prepared meal around the fire as you recap your day on the bike. Remember to look up – you can often see the Milky Way through the canopy of pines on a clear night!

  • Cycling: 43 miles, +1,474 ft elevation gain
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: Camping near Mormon Lake

DAY 3: SUNSET CRATER AND WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT

Our third day of riding continues our journey north towards the ultimate goal of reaching the Grand Canyon. After breakfast, we transfer by van to Sunset Crater National Monument where we begin our ride. Sunset Crater is an extinct volcano that erupted approximately 1000 years ago, generating lava flows that reached as far as 4 miles from the volcano and expelling ash for over 800 square miles, significantly impacting native populations in the area. Nearby Wupatki National Monument showcases the ruins of an ancient pueblo dwelling. The multi-story stone buildings were inhabited by over 100 people, many of whom migrated there following the eruption at Sunset Crater. Today’s ride features a net downhill through Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments and upon entering the Grand Canyon National Park, there is the option to ride along Grand Canyon’s east rim drive and into tonight’s camp. Our last night together at the Grand Canyon provides the perfect ending to a journey filled with hard-earned miles and countless smiles.

  • Cycling: 35 miles (options for additional mileage), +1,340 ft elevation gain
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: Camping at Grand Canyon South Rim

DAY 4: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK SOUTH RIM

Wake up in the cool, crisp air of the Grand Canyon at 7,000 feet above sea level and enjoy the morning views of the vast expanse before you. Today’s ride will be a self-guided excursion with multiple options right from camp. Enjoy an incredibly scenic out and back ride along the South Rim, or opt for a more casual, shorter loop exploring the Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village. Whether you prefer to ride, go for a short hike, or enjoy the down time and sleep in, AOA will provide a delicious brunch to conclude the morning’s activities as we prepare for our return to Scottsdale.

  • Cycling: 10-20 miles, +387-1,050 ft elevation gain
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
  • Lodging: On your own tonight

 

CHECK OUT THIS TRIP’S ROUTE

Click here to see the routes we ride on this guided cycling trip.

 

Tips for Planning a Cycling trip

Looking to plan a road biking trip but not sure where to go? Read this blog to find out the best places for a road bike trip in the spring! 

While all of our road cycling tours have rider support, it’s still very important that you know the basics of bike maintenance before any ride. 

Before you rent or ride a bike, you might want to know what size you are. Here’s a blog on finding out your best bike fit.