Dirt/Gravel Tours

Whether you’re a mountain biking novice or a dirt technician, Adventure Cycling has the expertise and experience to provide you with outstanding off-road cycling experiences. We provide a dozen off-road cycling tours across the U.S. in our van-supported, self-contained, and fully supported formats. From easy dirt trails and forest service roads to singletrack, we have it all.

“I loved the ride and found the staff truly great! They were professional, knowledgeable, and very interested in creating a fun and safe experience.” — Tour Participant

“The trip leaders were wonderful. They knew the area and the unique issues involving desert travel. They planned the trip so that we could take full advantage of what the area had to offer both on and off the bike, and they allowed each participant some flexibility in regard to the daily schedule. The participants on this trip were the best I have ever toured with.” — Tour Participant

“The best was cycling with 13 other people who loved doing what we were doing.” — Tour Participant

What are you waiting for? Let’s ride in the dirt! Check out our full list of unforgettable off-road mountain bike adventures below.

 

Photo by Aaron Teasdale

C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
May 18, 2019 - May 26, 2019
C&O Canal/GAP - Spring

Self Contained. This spring, you won’t need to worry about traffic as you ride your hybrid or mountain bike some 330 miles on hard-packed, gently graded gravel and dirt trails from the heart of the nation’s capital north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Great Divide Canada I
Jul 06, 2019 - Jul 16, 2019
Great Divide Canada I

Self Contained. The world’s longest mountain bike route turned 20 last year — and you can join the party. Ride the Great Divide’s spectacular Canadian section and see why Outside magazine called it one of “The Best Backcountry Adventure Trips in America.”

Cycle the Divide - Montana
Jul 06, 2019 - Jul 12, 2019
Cycle the Divide - Montana

Fully Supported. Here’s your chance to sample our heralded Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, fully supported and load-free! We’ll travel from the lively resort town of Whitefish, located near Glacier National Park, to the southern end of the spectacular Swan Range, one of Montana’s less-visited geologic gems.

Great Divide Canada II
Jul 10, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019
Great Divide Canada II

Self Contained. The world’s longest mountain bike route turns 20 this year — and you can join the party. Ride the Great Divide’s spectacular Canadian section and see why Outside magazine called it one of “The Best Backcountry Adventure Trips in America.”

Epic Great Divide
Jul 14, 2019 - Sep 16, 2019
Epic Great Divide - Van

Van Supported. It won’t take long to realize that “The Divide” simply isn’t enough — this trip’s greatness is on display from the first pedal stroke. Grab your knobbies (yeah, you’re gonna want some bigger tires for this one!), throw your gear in the support van, and prepare for nine unloaded weeks of day after day of epic riding and even better views. 

Great Divide Colorado Alpine
Aug 03, 2019 - Aug 12, 2019
Great Divide Colorado Alpine - Van

Van Supported. The Alpine section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route winds through Colorado past some of the Rocky Mountains’ highest peaks, with most of the riding at elevations above 9,000 feet. Bring along your lung capacity, and come pedal among the most spectacular 14ers in Colorado.

Intro to Dirt Touring - Montana
Aug 04, 2019 - Aug 09, 2019
Intro to Dirt Touring - Montana

Self Contained. As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by offering our Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) course. Two days of open-air, informal campground discussions will be followed by a fun, four-day tour of the Whitefish, MT area.

Great Divide Wind River
Aug 17, 2019 - Aug 27, 2019
Great Divide Wind River - Van

Van Supported. Celebrate 20 years of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route along some of the famous route’s most remote and spectacular miles in the shadow of Wyoming’s mighty Wind River Range.

 

Grand Canyon I
Sep 08, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
Grand Canyon I - Van

Van Supported. What better way to explore one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders than by bicycle? Grand Canyon National Park’s remoteness, especially on the North Rim, can make planning multiday, self-contained cycling expeditions difficult, but that’s where vehicle support comes in, letting you ride the trails load-free.

Arkansas High Country I
Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 24, 2019
Arkansas High Country I - Van

Van Supported. This van-supported trip will explore a portion of the new Arkansas High Country Adventure Route. This challenging ride will be perfect for a gravel grinder or hardtail mountain bike. The tour has a lot of gravel and quiet low-traffic routes exploring the rugged Ouachita Mountains.

C&O Canal/GAP
Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019
C&O Canal/GAP

Fully Supported. This fall you won’t need to worry about traffic as you ride your hybrid or mountain bike 330 miles on gently graded gravel and dirt trails from the heart of the nation’s capital north into Pennsylvania.

Grand Canyon II
Sep 15, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019
Grand Canyon II - Van

Van Supported. What better way to explore one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders than by bicycle? Grand Canyon National Park’s remoteness, especially on the North Rim, can make planning multiday, self-contained cycling expeditions difficult, but that’s where vehicle support comes in, letting you ride the trails load-free.

Arkansas High Country II
Sep 26, 2019 - Oct 06, 2019
Arkansas High Country II - Van

Van Supported. This van-supported trip will explore a portion of the new Arkansas High Country Adventure Route. This challenging ride will be perfect for a gravel grinder or hardtail mountain bike. The tour has a lot of gravel and quiet low-traffic routes exploring the rugged Ouachita Mountains.

 

Tour Team Top Picks

Cycle Montana - Missoula
Cycle Montana - Missoula

Fully Supported. Beginning in Adventure Cycling’s hometown of Missoula, we’ll cross the Continental Divide more than once as we ride along many of the rivers that run through Western Montana and visit small towns, soak in few hot springs, and take in massive views under the Big Sky! 

Great Divide Canada I
Great Divide Canada I

Self Contained. The world’s longest mountain bike route turned 20 last year — and you can join the party. Ride the Great Divide’s spectacular Canadian section and see why Outside magazine called it one of “The Best Backcountry Adventure Trips in America.”

C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
C&O Canal/GAP - Spring

Self Contained. This spring, you won’t need to worry about traffic as you ride your hybrid or mountain bike some 330 miles on hard-packed, gently graded gravel and dirt trails from the heart of the nation’s capital north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.