Bikepacking the Rainbow Rim Trail at the Grand Canyon

Bike Touring By Brian Norton |

What would you say if I told you I knew of a secret cycling trail that runs along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon; that you can cycle in just 1 or 2 days; and that allows you to camp for free on the edge of the Grand Canyon with no one else around for miles and miles? Would that be something you’d be interested in learning more about?

If YES, then you’re going to love ❤️ my new “Bikepacking the Grand Canyon” videos:

There are several different ways to access the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. While the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the largest and most popular location in the National Park, the North Rim is (in my opinion) the best area in which to access the Grand Canyon if you’re looking for privacy and seclusion.

I recently traveled to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and participated in a short 2-day, 1-night bikepacking trip on a scenic single-track trail called the “Rainbow Rim Trail.”

The Rainbow Rim Trail is a 22.5 mile-long single-track trail that is open to cyclists, hikers and people on horseback. It is the only single-track trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon that is open to cyclists and it makes for a perfect 1 or 2-day bicycle touring/bikepacking adventure.

Click here to view a map of the trail, download the GPX data for this route, and learn more about bikepacking the Rainbow Rim Trail.

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