Springtime is a beautiful season for biking in the desert! These routes in the Southwestern U.S. are perfect for your first spring bikepacking trip after a long cold winter.

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SoCal Desert Ramble

This 500 mile route pass through Joshua Tree National Park and the Anza-Borrego desert, as well as the quirky desert outposts of Salton Sea and Slab City, while taking the long way between LA and San Diego.


Grand Staircase Loop

A 3 to 4 day ride on dirt and gravel roads, this classic desert bikepacking route explores Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area through sandy canyons, along rocky ridges, and across vast open desert.


White Rim Road

This classic long weekend bike ride is hard to get permits for, but that's because the scenery in Canyonlands National Park is so stunning! You'll enjoy non-technical riding along the rim above the Green and Colorado Rivers. Just be sure to pack enough water!


New Mexico Off-Road Runner

Expect a little of everything, and a lot of desert, on this 500 mile point-to-point ride paralleling the Rio Grande from Santa Fe to Las Cruces on a mix of gravel roads, rocky desert tracks, and a few sandy washes.

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Arizona Trail

A more technical trail than the others, this iconic route is popular with both hikers and bikepackers. It traverses the entire length of this surprisingly diverse state and includes some of the best classic desert scenery I've ever seen.


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