Grand Canyon Biking Trails

Grand Canyon Biking Trails

Capes of The Canyon

The Capes of the Canyon are a set of two bikepacking routes located on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park.  Both routes traverse classic Colorado Plateau geography.  The COTC take riders into vast forests of pinyon, juniper, ponderosa, aspen, and spruce.  They travel through open subalpine meadows and arid savannahs.  They cross exposed plains of sand, sage, stone, and prickly pear. They traverse across benchlands and canyonlands topography.  They touch the waters of the Colorado River.  And most strikingly, they take bikepackers to Capes of land jutting out into geological space, providing riders iconically recognizable and rarely regarded views of the Grand Canyon. ​​​The Grand Canyon bisects the portion of the Colorado Plateau found in Northern Arizona into two distinct halves.  The South and North Rims offer bikepackers different views, perspectives, elevations, temperatures, climate, vegetation, and remoteness.  Thus, the COTC exists as two circuits: South Rim Capes and North Rim Capes.

South Rim - Capes of The Canyon

The Capes of the Canyon on the South Rim provides a backcountry ride through the southern landscape of Grand Canyon National Park and Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument. From pinyon-juniper grasslands blanketing the base of Red Butte to towering ponderosa stands along the Coconino Rim that spill to limestone at Canyon edge, this route provides bikepackers an opportunity to see the Grand Canyon region. The goal of the route is to hit every bike-legal track that takes a rider to views of the Grand Canyon along the South Rim. The bonus is a backcountry ride though the arid evergreen woodlands and exposed highland geology of the Colorado Plateau along the way. Capes include the Little Colorado River Gorge, Desert View, Navajo, Lipan, Moran, Grandview, Duck on a Rock, Shoshone, Yaki, Pipecreek Vista, Mather, Yavapai, Trailview Overlook, Maricopa, Powell, Hopi, Mohave, The Abyss, Monument Creek Vista, Pima, Hermit’s Rest, South Bass, and Havasupai.

Overnighters

The Capes of the Canyon on the South Rim provides a backcountry ride through the southern landscape of Grand Canyon National Park and Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument. From pinyon-juniper grasslands blanketing the base of Red Butte to towering ponderosa stands along the Coconino Rim that spill to limestone at Canyon edge, this route provides bikepackers an opportunity to see the Grand Canyon region. The goal of the route is to hit every bike-legal track that takes a rider to views of the Grand Canyon along the South Rim. The bonus is a backcountry ride though the arid evergreen woodlands and exposed highland geology of the Colorado Plateau along the way. Capes include the Little Colorado River Gorge, Desert View, Navajo, Lipan, Moran, Grandview, Duck on a Rock, Shoshone, Yaki, Pipecreek Vista, Mather, Yavapai, Trailview Overlook, Maricopa, Powell, Hopi, Mohave, The Abyss, Monument Creek Vista, Pima, Hermit’s Rest, South Bass, and Havasupai.

South Rim Passages

Section-ride the entirety of the South Rim Capes of the Canyon over time or explore the region.  These routes are designed for riders who:
  • (a) Don’t have enough time/money for the full routes in one continuous trip but instead want to section-ride the Passages over time.  
  • (b) Are new to bikepacking and feel more comfortable taking on shorter Passages of the routes.
  • (c) Want to explore the Grand Canyon region on day rides.
  • (d) Have narrow weather windows outside of the optimal seasons for riding the whole routes.
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