Bike-rental kiosk opening at Grand Canyon


Bike-rental kiosk opening at Grand Canyon

Trade four wheels for two wheels at the Grand Canyon when the national park opens its first bike-rental kiosk on the South Rim. Starting Saturday, May 1, and continuing until fall, visitors will be able to rent a bike from Bright Angel Bicycle Rentals at the Canyon View Information Plaza at Mather Point.

“We are trying to become a more bike-friendly park and give visitors an additional way to see the canyon,” said Maureen Oltrogge, a spokeswoman for Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Cyclists won’t be bounding into the canyon (those trails are off limits), but they will be able to ride along the rim.

Best routes: Tackle an 11-mile ride one way from the kiosk out to Hermit’s Rest for spectacular views of the canyon; for $6, you can take a shuttle back. Or cruise less than 2 miles from the kiosk to the village and the park’s classic El Tovar Lodge.

 

Prices: Bright Angel has a fleet of 75 Haro Heartland “comfort cruisers” in various sizes that have touring seats and seven speeds. An hour will cost $10 for adults, $7 for children (age 17 or under) and $16 if you add a trailer to pull small children. The half-day rate (four hours) is the better deal,  at $25 for adults and $15 for children, because you can take your time and stop along the way to enjoy the scenery. Rental costs include helmets, locks and roadside service if something happens to the bike.

Hours: The kiosk will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Contact: Bright Angel Bicycle Rentals, (928) 814-8704

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo: The South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Credit: Ann Cusack / Los Angeles Times

By LA Times



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