The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is a three-day mountain bike celebration that includes a main Expo/festival, bike demos, shuttled rides, gear vendors, a beer garden, great bands, food trucks, skills clinics and a whole lotta sweet RED SINGLETRACK! With over 90 vendors there are more demo bikes and more to do than any other bike demo out there. We are working to make the 2021 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival bigger and better than last year. While the core of the event and the vibe will remain the same we do have some tricks up our sleeve for this year. Check back for exciting announcements as we get them.
The mountain biking in Sedona is world class. Sedona has over 200 miles of killer singletrack and is a media darling having appeared in magazines countless times in the last few years. Simply put: it’s a bucket list destination and this might just be the best way to come see for yourself.
When is it?
The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is March 5th – 7th, 2021. This is a great time for Festival-Goers to shake off their winter rust and SHRED THE RED!
The trail system within the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest around Sedona, AZ is one of the most special resources you’ll find anywhere. This is a trail system shared with hikers and equestrians, and our goal with this festival is to celebrate it appropriately: respect the resource, respect other trail users and generally leave a great impression of the mountain bike community which means NOT leaving our physical impression!! Everybody be smart, stay on legal system trails and let’s show the world what the mountain bike vibe is all about!!!
Outside Magazine “It felt like the festival was making people happier than any new bike, piece of gear, or single ride ever could.”
MTBR “Great weather, amazing trails, and most bikes of any consumer demo event.”
Bike Magazine “On top of being a demo event, the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is a place to walk the gravel and look at what new goodies the exhibiting brands have to offer.”
Velo News “A handful of companies got the jump on the rest by announcing their new goodies at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival in Arizona this past weekend.”
“Great bike selections and lots of it too! It really rivaled better than dirt demo at Interbike. Music and beer and a good selection of food trucks! Lots of new vendors with great swag giveaways too! Best part is it’s open to the public unlike interbike!” – Facebook Reviewer
“Great event! Everything was well organized and there were so many demos to choose from. Next year we will spend the weekend!” – Attendee
Attendee: “The festival was one of the best cycling experiences I’ve had in my life. Chill vibe. Great people. Awesome trails. Bitchen food. Totally affordable. Amazing weather. The only problem is I need to wait until next March to do it again.”
Attendee: “Awesome festival! The most beautiful and challenging trails I’ve ever been on! Great people, demos, beer and music!”
Attendee: “Great times, perfect weather, well supported, awesome vibe! Can’t wait to come back and explore more trails! Thanks Sedona!”
We do not offer cancellations due to bad weather or for any reason. While we wish we could control the weather we can not and still need to put on a rocking event for those who want to come enjoy the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival in less than perfect conditions. The weather in March is historically in the mid 60s range. Thank you for supporting the event by purchasing a pass in advance; it is people like you who allow us to do more fun things at the event and make things even better each year.
What happens if the weather is bad?
This all depends on how bad the weather is. Here in Sedona, we’re lucky enough to have soil and rock that dry out very quickly. We keep in constant communication with the Forest Service leading up to the event and will communicate current conditions to all on our mailing list (sign up @ www.sedonamtbfestival.com) and through our social media.
Keep in mind that not all moisture is bad in the desert. It is common that a rain storm mid week leading up to the event can actually make weekend conditions even better.
However, we do not want to cause damage to trails. If conditions are too bad to ride we will not offer shuttles or send out demo bikes until the Forest Service gives the green light to do so.
One thing is certain: we will still host a great event. The music will play, beer garden will be open, exhibitors will show their goods and various activities will still go on. In short, rain or shine, there will always be lots of fun to be had.
This event is a major fund raiser for the trails in Sedona, both for the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition and the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund. The last thing we want to do is go out and mess up the trails and all of the hard work that these groups and the Forest Service put in. We ask that you help us in being responsible mountain bikers who are stewards of the land and do not ride when the conditions don’t allow.