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Rainbow seen from Pima Point

Where to Ride Your Bike at the Grand Canyon

Roads, trails, and greenways with bucket-list views over the Grand Canyon.

Mountain Biking, Road Biking Easy, Moderate, Difficult

Rainbow seen from Pima Point
Rainbow seen from Pima Point Photo: Michael Quinn, NPS, cropped from original


The Grand Canyon is an indisputable bucket-list destination for hiking and backpacking, but it's not so well known for wheeled recreation. While it’s true that no trails for bicycles exist within the canyon, that’s no reason to leave your bike at home when visiting this national park. Certain roads and trails along the canyon rim are open to bikes, providing riding opportunities like nowhere else on Earth. At more than 7,000 feet elevation on the rim, you’ll breathe in thin air and gaze over the immense gorge unfolding below. Road rides, paved paths, and dirt singletrack all exist at the Grand Canyon... you just have to know where to go.

Here are the best places to ride a bike, both inside and outside Grand Canyon National Park. The list contains something for all types of riders: mountain biking, road cycling, and leisurely rides on greenway paths. If you are debating whether or not to bring your bike to the Grand Canyon, let these ride descriptions decide for you. Even if you don’t have one, you can rent beginner-friendly bikes near the South Rim visitor center.

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