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Bike Riding

Tusayan to Grand Canyon National Park

Bike Riding · Arizona
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After a leisurely breakfast, ride into Grand Canyon National Park along the paved Arizona Trail and spend the day exploring the South Rim of the canyon by bike. 
easy
Distance 22.3 km
2:00 h
172 m
163 m
Revel in the jaw-dropping views of this geologic wonder, enjoying plenty of time to stop and take photos before returning the way you came.
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Author
Macs Adventure
Update: September 29, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,168 m
Lowest point
2,010 m

Safety information

Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components, or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tires are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling.

Remember to obey local road/trail signage and respect other hikers/bikers on the trail.

Tips and hints

Bring your wallet as you will have an entrance fee at the Park entrance and for food and beverage inside the Park. Also, be sure to grab a Park map at the entrance which will give you numerous lookouts and points of interest to ride to.

Start

Tusayan (Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel) (2,011 m)
Coordinates:
DD
35.973867, -112.127680
DMS
35°58'25.9"N 112°07'39.6"W
UTM
12S 398329 3981637
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Destination

Tusayan (Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel)

Turn-by-turn directions

The route today is very straight forward and we have given you a brief outline below, however, please follow the GPS tracks on the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable, and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you.

  • From the hotel in Tusayan, head north on Arizona Trail toward Grand Canyon National Park (alternatively you can cycle the Arizona 64 Road).
  • Explore the National park using your park map (received at the entrance).
  • Head back to your hotel in Tusayan following the same route you cycled earlier in the day.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
35.973867, -112.127680
DMS
35°58'25.9"N 112°07'39.6"W
UTM
12S 398329 3981637
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Be sure to check the local weather forecast each morning before cycling. Along with sun protection make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer to wear over your jersey and cycle shorts/trousers. 

If you are navigating using the Macs App on your phone, if one of your party has a secure phone handlebar mount it will help make finding your way even easier. 

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
22.3 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
172 m
Descent
163 m

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