Dirt/Gravel Tours

Whether you’re a rail-trail roller, gravel grinder, or a singletrack sender, Adventure Cycling has the ride for you. We have a bunch of off-road cycling tours across the U.S. in our van-supported, self-contained, inn-to-inn, and fully supported formats. From easy dirt trails and forest service roads to singletrack, we have it all. Be sure to read through the full tour description and feel free to contact us for more information about the best bike for your tour.

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Allegheny Mountains Gravel Loop
Allegheny Mountains Gravel Loop

Van Supported. The Allegheny Mountains Loop lets you experience the beauty of these stunning mountains and offers a wide variety of riding types. After this amazing experience, you are certain to appreciate why West Virginia is affectionately called the “Mountain State.”

Arkansas High Country
Arkansas High Country

Van Supported. This van-supported trip will explore a portion of the 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
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.

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.

Cycle the Divide - Montana
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.

Epic Great Divide
Epic Great Divide

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 epic riding and even better views.

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

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.

Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania
Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania

Self Contained. Immerse yourself in a long weekend of cycling and camping in the spectacular Pine Creek Gorge of central Pennsylvania. Come join the challenge and fun of pedaling on an entirely car-free trail through the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, and gain a new natural perspective of this beautiful part of our country.

Great Allegheny Passage
Great Allegheny Passage

Van Supported. Enjoy a long weekend of car-free riding on one of Pennsylvania’s most popular rail trails. Exchange the bustling urban center of Pittsburgh for the rolling highlands of Ohiopyle State Park and southern Pennsylvania’s vital river systems. Witness the history of the area’s once thriving coal industry, and the great push for conservation and preservation that has taken its place.

Great Divide Canada
Great Divide Canada

Self Contained. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is now over 20 years old and better than ever. Ride the Great Divide's spectacular Canadian section and see why Outside magazine called it one of "The Best Backcountry Adventure Trips in America."

Great Divide Colorado Alpine
Great Divide Colorado Alpine

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.

Great Divide Montana
Great Divide Montana

Self Contained. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is over 20 years old and better than ever. Ride the Great Divide's spectacular Montana section and see why Outside magazine called it one of the "Best Backcountry Adventure Trips in America."

Great Divide Wind River
Great Divide Wind River

Van Supported. Celebrate more than 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.

Intro to Gravel Touring & Bikepacking - Montana
Intro to Gravel Touring & Bikepacking - Montana

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

Katy Trail
Katy Trail

Inn to Inn. There might not be a trail in the U.S. better suited for a relaxed ride than Missouri's popular Katy Trail. Car-free, virtually flat, and featuring a crushed-limestone surface, the trail dishes up plenty of towns and attractions (and ice cream stands) along the way to keep things interesting. This tour is perfect for any wanderer who enjoys meandering through small towns and stopping to smell the roses.

Ohio to Erie Trail
Ohio to Erie Trail

Inn to Inn. Ride the Ohio to Erie Trail and connect the Ohio River on the Ohio/Kentucky border with Lake Erie to the north. This great 8-day tour will cover one of the longest continuous bike paths, also designated as Ohio Bike Route 1.

Patagonia AZ Gravel
Patagonia AZ Gravel

Van Supported. Some of the best spring and fall gravel riding in the U.S. can be found outside southern Arizona's small, eclectic town of Patagonia, and we'll hit the dirt on this long-weekend gravel adventure.

TransVirginia Gravel
TransVirginia Gravel

Van Supported. Explore Virginia's best backcountry riding on unpaved and touring routes. From the beautiful countryside of the Shenandoah Valley to Virginia's loftiest vistas and two of Virginia's most popular rail trails, the TransVirginia Route takes the road less traveled.

Utah's Backcountry Monuments
Utah's Backcountry Monuments

Van Supported. Edward Abbey once described the deserts of southwest Utah as "Light and space without time, I think, for this country with only the slightest traces of human history." Join us, and find out what Abbey meant: Mountain biking slowly and exposed to nature's elements is the ideal way to take in the spirit of this land.

 

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Florida Keys
Florida Keys

Van Supported. Get a second dose of summer with this Sunshine State ride. You can smile wide as you ride knowing you're enjoying 300 miles of sunny, warm weather!

Great Allegheny Passage
Great Allegheny Passage

Van Supported. Enjoy a long weekend of car-free riding on one of Pennsylvania’s most popular rail trails. Exchange the bustling urban center of Pittsburgh for the rolling highlands of Ohiopyle State Park and southern Pennsylvania’s vital river systems. Witness the history of the area’s once thriving coal industry, and the great push for conservation and preservation that has taken its place.

Hawaii 3 Island
Hawaii 3 Island

Inn to Inn. Maui, Molokai, and Lanai: three of Hawaii's most beautiful islands and the setting for an unrivaled bicycle travel adventure. This unique tour features a ferry and a small plane to bring together these three Hawaiian islands into a single bicycle tour.