Go Play: Explore Colorado singletrack with Desert Rat Tours
Colorado’s world-class singletrack mountain-bike trails are a major tourism draw, yet many visiting riders need helpful tips.
Desert Rat Tours — a Grand Junction-based, family-run business — offers private, mountain-bike trips for groups throughout Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade and Moab, Utah. Guides have permission to lead groups throughout BLM lands in Colorado’s Grand Valley without limitations.
Trips officially started in March and may be booked through November, weather permitting.
“We have permits to all of the BLM land in the Grand Valley all the way through BLM land outside of Utah,” said Sarah Withers, co-owner of Desert Rat Tours.
According to Desert Rat Tours, trips are customized and cater to riders spanning beginner to expert levels from around the world. Plus, itineraries aren’t set in stone once the journey starts.
“We ask (our customers) what kind of riding they want to do — rocks, bumps, ledges or swoopy singletrack,” Sarah Withers said. “A lot of riders really want scenery and beauty as part of their trip, or they’ve heard of a specific trail they’d like to ride.”
Plus, tour guides are certified wilderness first responders, fully skilled to help anyone in trouble on the trails.
“We’re there to take care of them, no matter what happens,” said David Withers, co-owner of Desert Rat Tours.
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According to the Withers, they lay the groundwork for Desert Rat tour groups — from renting bikes and organizing all necessary transportation to recommending hotels and supplying gourmet trailside meals. What they provide is more than a simple guided tour of the area; it’s personal, fun and each trip caters to a group’s unique specifications. Add-ons, like skills clinics, are also available, and tour guides carry all necessary tools and equipment to fix a bike on the go. High-quality photographs from a trip are provided as well.
Local riders sometimes take advantage of Desert Rat Tours shuttles to Ribbon Trail, as well as skills clinics.
“We have a minimum fee for shuttles and, as long as that is met and we are available, we will run a shuttle,” Sarah Withers said. “Skills clinics are one-on-one or small groups to insure that we can meet the riders at their skill level.”
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