I went back and forth trying to decide if I should ship or rent. Shipping rates have gone through the roof lately. And the airlines have ridiculous charges for oversize and overweight luggage these days.
I wound up renting a new Yeti 575 from a shop in Grand Junction for $40/day. The bike was set up with some sweet components... Fox 130 Float, Thompson post & stem, carbon bar. I would definitely go this route again.
There is also a shop in Fruita that most people use called Over the Edge Sports. Some of my buds rented from there. They are slightly more expensive but have a huge rental fleet of high end bikes from Titus, Turner, Santa Cruz, Ibis Mojo, Pivot.