Guidebook

Where to Ride Your Bike at the Grand Canyon

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

Description

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.

Hermit Road Greenway
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Hermit Road Greenway

Grand Canyon National Park
25.3 km
394 m
394 m
Cycle along the rim of the Grand Canyon on a paved path that’s closed to cars.
Easy
Private
Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Desert View
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Desert View

Grand Canyon National Park
35.6 km
487 m
377 m
Road ride along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Moderate
Private
Bridle Path
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bridle Path

Grand Canyon National Park
4.4 km
91 m
91 m
Shady path on the North Rim that is open to pets and bikes.
Easy
Private
Rainbow Rim Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rainbow Rim Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
35.8 km
585 m
691 m
Superb singletrack along the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Moderate
Private
Arizona Trail: Flagstaff to Grand Canyon, Day 4
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Arizona Trail: Flagstaff to Grand Canyon, Day 4

Grand Canyon National Park
16.2 km
274 m
110 m
What better way to finish a ride on the Arizona Trail than on the edge of one of the seven natural wonders of the world?
Moderate
Private
Arizona Trail: Grand Canyon to Utah, Day 1
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Arizona Trail: Grand Canyon to Utah, Day 1

Grand Canyon National Park
19.2 km
511 m
280 m
Along the Arizona Trail between Grand Canyon and the Utah state line you’ll discover outstanding singletrack, phenomenal views, and beautiful forests and meadows that seldom see human visitors.
Difficult
Private
Village Bicycle Loop
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Village Bicycle Loop

Grand Canyon National Park
8.4 km
90 m
90 m
A beginner-friendly bike tour of the South Rim with campground access, restrooms, and drinking water available.
Easy
Private
Tusayan Greenway
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Tusayan Greenway

Grand Canyon National Park
10.3 km
187 m
45 m
A developed Greenway Trail connecting the town of Tusayan to the South Rim Visitor Center.
Easy
Private