Rainbow Rim Trail

4.40 out of 5
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↑ 2,000 ft
↓ 1,900 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Up and down thru the Ponderosa Pine forest. Come out on the viewpoints. Horses also use this trail. I camp at Locust in the trail's center and ride 2 out and back rides. Summer temps in the 80's max. Don't miss East Rim AZ Trail, too, sweet.
added by abegoldDoubletrack
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (10)

Bunny Hop

January 31, 2018
Review: One of my favorite trails anywhere. As several have said it's not difficult, but it still has enough technical and climbing to not be boring. If scenery and the views are things that you want in a trail then this one is top of the list. To come around a corner and see the Grand Canyon below you is spectacular.

September 23, 2016
Review: Very nice scenic single track, not technically difficult unless you are a beginner. I did it as an out and back about 60km, coming from living at sea level i ran out of puff by the last 5km and did some pushing. Would recommend to anyone visiting the region

Granny Gear

June 14, 2015
Review: Very scenic rim ride. All rid-able trail and abundant camping. Also the Arizona trail can be ridden during the same trip if you have time.


November 6, 2012
jkey6 Gnarly  
Review: I rode this trail on a trip with Western Spirit and had an absolute blast! Nothing too technical, long rides with great views.


November 6, 2012
jkey6 Gnarly  
Review: I rode this trail on a trip with Western Spirit and had an absolute blast! Nothing too technical, long rides with great views.

Granny Gear

June 30, 2012
Review: Rode this for the first time with my youngest son and a group of friends. WOW! Such easy riding to go distance with my 8 year old. We rode from North Timp to Locust and back, about 13 miles and it was a great day. I highly recommend camping at Locust or North Timp. You can not beat the views and the sunsets. WOW!

Similar Trail: 401 Crested Butte because of the killer views


May 29, 2011
ricknorman Trailblazer  
Review: My family and I do an annual trip that takes in this ride, as well as one on the Arizona Trail. Incredible views, and it is pretty fun riding, with a good mix of climbing, a little downhill, and some flat land cruising. Definitely one of my favorites.


November 24, 2010
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: This is a pretty ride thru a pine forest, till you hit a viewpoint of amazing, world class scenery of the Grand Canyon, below. The cold air drains away so suprisingly mild at night in summer.
Watch for horses, camera a must.* Review edited 10/12/2011

* Review edited 7/21/2012

Similar Trail: East Rim Viewpoint of the Arizona Trail/Kaibab Trail 101, Gooseberry Mesa, Little Creek Mountain, Zen

Bunny Hop

July 14, 2009
rwbuff78 Bunny Hop  
Review: awesome flowing singletrack. not technical at all. the views are as good as it gets. camp right on the rim. couldnt get much better than this

Granny Gear

November 28, 2008
Review: This trail is awesome. I worked on the forest for USFS and rode this trail a few times, one of the best anywhere. Spectacular views, flowy but technical at points - definitely worth checking out! A highlight of my MTB'ing career -

Similar Trail: Other trails on the Kaibab National Forest

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