The United States is sometimes overlooked as an incredible destination for discovering the natural beauty of its diverse wilderness. Thanks to Hollywood, larger-than-life cityscapes and world-famous theme parks, the incredible native landscapes to be found here can be obscured from view. The US is a major destination for biking, and mountain biking specifically has many epic homes here. Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada spring to mind initially as must-bike destinations for avid mountain bikers and many of the tours we suggest below take place in those locales. But there are also a few surprises and so we urge you to take a look, get on your bike – no matter what your skillset – and find your ideal fit.
Many of the tours listed here may appeal to budget-friendly riders with options for camping under the wide and starry skies. However, for those looking for a bit more comfort, fear not, many of the tours also offer local inn accommodation. Here at Roar Adventures, we eat, drink and sleep bike tours, so feel free to contact us should you have any questions, or are looking for something not covered here.
Arguably the Daddy of MTB destinations stateside, head to Utah for some iconic mountain biking action. With large swathes of untamed landscapes ripe for adventure on two wheels and for those who dare, you'll never be short of thrills. For experienced riders this is one place to tick off your list and enjoy the canyon and high desert topography.
Some of the tours shown here are truly accessible for all – The Maze MTB tour, for example, is suitable for everyone including families and can also be offered as a private tour. Explore the breathtaking Canyonlands National Park by mountain bike, including some once-in-a-lifetime experiences, such as hiking historic sites and flying out of the wilds via chartered plane, giving you a unique and awe-inspiring perspective on the terrain just-traveled.
Bryce and Zion Mountain Bike
Welcome to Utah. With the largest concentration of parklands in North America, plus fast, narrow trails, this is no less than a mountain biker’s paradise.
Best of Moab Mountain Bike
Signature slickrock trails offer challenging, if fun rides for all levels of riders, marked by seemingly endless singletrack that shade each day.
The Maze MTB Tour
Tucked away into the most remote section of wonderfully secluded Canyonlands National Park, The Maze is one of the biggest and best of the last: a rarely traveled, wholly inaccessible wilderness.
The White Rim Trail, Utah
Known the world over, Utah’s 100-mile White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park comes on like a natural rollercoaster, looping in and out of a multi-colored array of spires, arches, buttes, and mesas carved by the Green and Colorado Rivers.
One of Utah's many neighbors, you cannot go wrong with an MTB adventure in Arizona. Established trails, geological beauty and the world-famous Grand Canyon beckon for mountain-biking pursuits. One other benefit of the arid southwest is that winter MTB tours here are superb. Get into it!
Grand Canyon Biking - 4 Days
Providing gently rolling terrain of lung-expanding dimensions, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon has been long-held as almost sacred ground to hikers and cyclists. Come and explore!
Black Canyon Trail 3 Day
From Phoenix, Arizona, ride one of the best singletrack trails in the entire Southwest - the Black Canyon Trail - over 3 incredible days.
Durango, in the heart of the San Juan mountains, and known as the wildflower capital of the state, is also an MTB enthusiast's dream destination. Exceptional scenery, riding and nature are all here and the tour below is suited to intermediate–advanced riders.
Further north, close to Grand Junction, a challenging MTB tour awaits on wily single track, slipping into Utah on occasion. Get out among real dinosaur tracks, stupendous views, rock formations and canyons and enjoy dipping in mountain streams, adrenalin biking and short hikes to ruins.
The Kokopelli Trail
With long mileage and two days of moderately technical singletrack, The Kokopelli Trail is perfect for riders looking for a challenge and an epic mountain bike adventure.
Durango in Colors
Taming the climbs, living and breathing high elevation days, you'll cover the best the biking heaven of Durango, Colorado has to offer over 5 days.
Outside of the bright lights of Vegas, Nevada offers some of the best mountain biking opportunities. Riding the otherworldly landscape of Death Valley is an experience not to be missed. Head out to Red Rock National Conservation Area for the last two days of the tour and bike, among others, the epic singletrack of the Mustang Trail. Yeeeew!
Death Valley and Red Rock MTB
Don’t expect to see wilderness, expect to experience wilderness over 5 days mountain biking and exploring this iconic part of the US.
Many of the states mentioned so far have been ideal locations to visit in the off season, however, with our next offering summer is definitely the time to bike! Straight from the horse's mouth, the operator describes this tour succinctly as follows: 'Hailed as an IMBA epic, the MDH unfolds on 95% singletrack, 25% of it set at a maximum grade of 14-degrees, but with a takeaway of 8700-ft total descent. From the northern unit to the ultra-charming, cowboy-poet town of Medora (pop. 112), you'll spend five days riding what’s commonly called the most physically stunning stretch of The Northern Plains, peaking out at 2703-ft'.
Welcome to the Maah Daah Hey Trail, friends.
Maah Daah Hey Singletrack
Mountain bike North Dakota on the incredible 140-mile long Maah Daah Hey Trail (MDH) over 5 days exploring the wild Dakota Badlands.
A simply sublime trip for active lovers of the outdoors. Based in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, an area which includes 17 rivers, 290 waterfalls, 4000 bison, wolf and lynx, with beauty (and photo ops) all around. This trip has it all from scenic singletrack mountain biking (hello Shadow Mountain trail!), to riding eight miles of white water rapids with awe-inspiring, and frankly fear-inducing, names such as 'Big Kahuna'. You'll also fit in some incredible hiking as well as being treated to a day of rock climbing with local experts. More sedate but nevertheless superb activities include a panoramic boat ride across magical Jenny Lake, visiting the popular Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone and other must-see sights.
Grand Tetons & Yellowstone Multi-Sport Mountain Bike
Join a 6 day multi activity tour through Wyoming with the cycling giving you access to some fantastic mountain biking trails.
Waterfalls, volcanic peaks, views of the Cascade Mountains and high desert await on this mountain biking tour of Oregon. Blissful singletrack is ready to ride in the Deschutes National Forest and at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument you'll have the chance to bike this collapsed volcano. The natural wonders on this tour are evident daily and you will ride and swim, if you like, in high mountain lakes along the way. Pure mountain glory.
Bachelor and Bend Singletrack
In the beautiful countryside surrounding Bend, Oregon, you will follow prime singletrack through dense forest and around sparkling mountain lakes over 5 magical days.
On the outskirts of the big apple lies Cunningham Park, an MTB playground for city folk of all abilities. On this fun half-day tour for absolute beginners to skilled bikers, get ready to learn or hone your skills with an experienced local guide. This tour is also suitable for children, so a fun and unusual (active) way to spend some time with the family in New York City.
MTB for Newbies in NYC
Try a half day's cycling in NYC for newcomers to the sport of mountain biking. Learn and have fun in a safe and convenient location.
For laid-back types, who also love a slab of singletrack, head to the freespirited surf city of Santa Cruz for your MTB kicks. Organic farms, craft beer and wine, as well as idyllic biking punctuate this dreamy tour with Wilder Ranch State Park home to the coastal singletrack you'll ride. The twists and turns of Ford Ord State Park and the purpose-built MTB trails of Soquel Demonstration State Forest Mountain Bike Park are also trip highlights. You may also get the chance to ride among the giant Redwoods.
Santa Cruz Singletrack
Enjoy a 4 day MTB adventure in coastal California, venturing into several state parks and riding with the redwoods.
Somewhat off the beaten track, this New Mexico Rockies trip promises and delivers a mountain biker's paradise. The isolation and majestic heights of the tour will astound you, and the historic ruins of Aztec, Zuni and Pueblo culture quietly captivate you. There is so much to take in on this tour and of course, the amazing New Mexican cuisine will ensure your taste buds will also adore it.
New Mexico Rockies Singletrack
Get ready to be floored by a 5 day mountain bike journey through New Mexico’s highest range country, more than 10,000-feet (3048m) above sea level.
Beneath the Sawtooth Mountains, an MTB adventure in Idaho is ready for you to saddle up. Hot springs, rushing rivers and picturesque backcountry paint the perfect backdrop for your ride. This tour gives you two options, depending on your abilities and wishes from a more sedate journey to a more challenging trip. Choose your own adventure.
Five days of fast if transfixing mountain bike rides, bookended by brilliant hot springs and wild rivers make up the deliverables, cut and shaped by the strong-featured Sawtooth Mountains.