Ready for a spring bikepacking trip? These desert bikepacking routes are perfect for March and April when temps are mild, water is flowing, and wildflowers are blooming.

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Grand Staircase Loop

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This 3 to 4 day loop through southern Utah's stunning canyon country is perfect for a spring bikepacking adventure. Though only 160 miles long, it features an impressive variety of desert landscapes and ecosystems as it winds its way through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

New Mexico Off-Road Runner

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A 500 mile odyssey through a large stretch of New Mexico, this route offers plenty of wide-open desert views along with historic small towns, tacos, and chunky, sandy riding.

Arizona Trail

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Probably THE most famous and epic desert bikepacking route out there, the Arizona Trail takes riders the full length of the state (or a shorter 300 mile version) through incredible desert terrain. The singletrack is often technical and includes a mandatory bike portage across the Grand Canyon!

SoCal Desert Ramble

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This largely non-technical ride takes bikepackers through some of the quirkiest places in southern California, including Salton Sea and Slab City. The route mixes longer sections of pavement and flatter terrain with all the steep, sandy, chunky goodness you'd expect from a desert bikepacking route.

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