Black Canyon Trail Shuttle

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Mountain Biking
ArizonaBlack Canyon CityPhoenix, AZScottsdale, AZ
Tour Length
Guide Type
Self Guided
Skill Level

Looking for an easy way to explore a piece of Arizona’s Black Canyon Trail? Make it simple and organize a shuttle through the REI Co-op’s Adventure Center in Scottsdale. The BCT is a local legend located a short distance north of the Phoenix metro area and is Arizona’s only trail to earn the “Epic” designation by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). The Black Canyon trail truly has it all from challenging climbs, exposed corners, and hairpin switchbacks to open and flowy singletrack traverses and rewarding descents, and don’t forget the landscape itself; giant saguaro cactus, blooming wildflowers, clawing thorn bushes, multiple river crossings, and two different climate zones. There’s no chance to get bored on the BCT, but be careful not to get in over your own head.

The Co-op’s Black Canyon Trail shuttle will take care of the your group’s logistics and make it easier to experience one of the best trails in Arizona’s rugged desert. While the Black Canyon Trail is challenging and recommended only for advanced riders, it is a trail like no other and one that all skilled mountain bikers should add to their bucketlist.

What's Included

Shuttle Price Includes

  • Shuttle to return to your vehicle
  • Maps & route suggestions
  • Snacks & water
  • Basic repair supplies (air, sealant/tubes, tools)
  • Pre-determined rider check-in points (segment 1 only – call for details)

Bike rental NOT included

What to Bring


Mountain bike with sealant or tubeless tire setup. Flat repair kit and tools.


Water bottles and/or hydration backpack or waistpack (recommended).


Comfortable, weather appropriate mountain bike clothing – long sleeves/layers are recommended on cooler winter days and morning starts.


Bike-specific shoes that are comfortable to walk in are recommended.


Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, medications, extra snacks, electrolyte supplements, etc.

Upgrades + Additions

Hotel/Residence Pick Up

$125 per group – inquire over the phone

Guided Tour Upgrade

Want to experience the Black Canyon Trail with an expert mountain bike guide? Ask us about upgrading to a guided Black Canyon Trail tour.


Bike Rental

We’ll meet you at the trailhead with a rental bike.

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).


  • 1-12 People $ 595 per group 595 per group

Groups larger than 12 – please inquire for more information.

Tours, rentals, and add-ons may be subject to sales tax at the local rate.

Days & Times

Tour Days

Shuttles run daily Monday – Sunday on request

Departure Times

Meet at shuttle start at 8am
Activity duration: 3-5 hours

mountain biker riding along exposed cliff

Our Black Canyon mountain bike shuttle service takes place on the only IMBA certified epic trail in Arizona. The Black Canyon Trail requires rider fitness and competence, and a bike that is capable of reliably handling miles of demanding terrain. The well-prepared will be well-rewarded by the traverse of this spectacular trail.

The Black Canyon trail is only suitable for advanced riders and some sections are considered “expert” only. Our customer service team will help you select a route that suits your skills, desired challenge and timeframe. The most popular route with the most elevation loss is the 24 mile segment of trail from Big Bug trailhead to Bumblebee. On this section, we are able to facilitate four check-in points to make sure your ride is as smooth as can be.

Trail Segments

Segment 1: Advanced. 24 miles. (Optional check-in points)

Segment 2: Advanced. 13 miles.

Segment 3: Expert. 13 miles.

Segment 4: Expert. 16 miles


mountain biker riding along exposed cliff