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Arches and Canyonlands Multisport

Summary

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Magnificent sandstone arches. Ancient petroglyphs. Old West mustangs, bighorn sheep, and stunning vistas. Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Parks are crammed with history, legend, and natural wonders. Stay in one lodge the entire time in Moab, with plenty of time to explore and relax. There are 3 days of cycling, 2 days of hiking and one full day rafting trip on the Colorado River on this 6-day tour of an incredible region.

Road bike
6 days
233 km / 145 mi
$ 3,398.-
  • Arches National Park and Canyonlands national park
  • Rafting on the Colorado river
  • Great Basin Desert, Grand Valley Wine Region
  • Hike to the most photographed arch in the world Delicate Arch
  • Dead Horse State Park
  • SPECIAL NOTE: Arches and Canyonlands do not allow commercial road cycling within the park boundaries so we are only able to offer guided hikes in these parks

    Deposit for this tour is 25%

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
233 km / 145 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
23 May 2022 - 28 May 2022
27 Aug 2022 - 01 Sep 2022
26 Sep 2022 - 01 Oct 2022
Start date April 30 is fully booked.
Start date May 23 is guaranteed.
Start
Grand Junction
Finish
Grand Junction
Airport at start
Grand Junction Regional Airport
Airport at finish
Grand Junction Regional Airport

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 3,398.-
E-bike rental
$ 200.- upgrade fees applies
$ 200.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 917.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Meet in Grand Junction and cycle the Colorado River trail past wineries and vineyards

Within in minutes of meeting, we are riding on the Colorado River Trail in Grand Junction, Colorado. It’s a great warm-up ride and provides the perfect orientation to the region. In addition to geological wonders, the Great Basin Desert abounds with ranching and agriculture. Wine is the up-and-coming crop in what is known as the Grand Valley Wine Region, and this route takes you past many of the valley’s vineyards. Reds you’ll find most often include merlot, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz/syrah, and cabernet franc, and whites are typically chardonnay, riesling, and viognier. We feel there’s no better way to kick off the week than to pedal to some wineries and raise a toast! After cycling near Grand Junction, it’s a 90-minute drive to our base for the week in Moab, Utah. We spend all five nights on the tour at the Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn so you should have plenty of time to explore town.
Meals: lunch, dinner. Lodging; Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn
Distance: 34 miles, elevation +788 ft / – 998 ft

Day 2: Cycle downriver from Moab and take a short hike to Corona Arch

Go for another ride alongside the Colorado River downstream from Moab to Potash and hike to Corona and Bowtie Arches. Moab offers some of the best road riding in the West! Low traffic, smooth roads and sunshine mean riding here is often fantastic when the weather at home is hostile. And the scenery! Massive cliffs, red sandstone walls graced with ancient petroglyphs, the docile Colorado River. Today, ride a flat 20 miles beside the river, enjoy a gourmet feast for lunch, then charge 20 miles back to town or shuttle back for more time to explore Moab. We stop along the way for a short hike to Corona and Bowtie arches as well.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging; Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn
Distance: 43 miles, elevation +1474 ft / – 1474 ft. (*This route is mostly flat; elevation stats are skewed by cliffs and overhangs.)

Day 3: Hike and explore natural engineering wonders at Arches National Park.

Arches National Park boasts some of the most incredible hikes in the world. No trip to this part of Utah would be complete without experiencing Arches. In the morning, explore short trails at “The Windows” admiring Double Arch, Turret Arch and Parade of Elephants, among others. Afterward, hike to the most-photographed arch in the world: Delicate Arch. Now the unofficial symbol of Utah, this feat of natural engineering seems to defy the laws of gravity, balancing gracefully some 80 feet above the sandstone. En route, you’ll cross a suspension bridge over Salt Wash and take a side spur to view an impressive Ute petroglyph depicting horses and a bighorn sheep hunt. From there it’s a short distance up the sloping slickrock to stand under Delicate Arch.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging; Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn
Hiking miles 4-7, Elevation Mostly easy hiking with some slickrock.

Day 4: Enjoy Dead Horse State Park by Bicycle and on foot.

Dead Horse State Park. Climb up to it. Cruise down from it. Or … do both! You choose. Dead Horse Point is a stunning mesa perched 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, with views of the snowcapped La Sal mountains and the Canyonlands. Today, choose between riding up, cruising down, or doing both: it’s the perfect day for riders of different levels. Ride up from Moab on a smooth 8-mile bike path that turns onto a scenic byway with a wide shoulder. Climb a consistent, but not steep, grade for 20 miles until you arrive at the mesa, where Old West cowboys once corralled wild mustang. Want to stick to flat roads and gentle downhills? We’ll shuttle you directly to Dead Horse Point to explore this amazing amphitheater. After a terrific lunch, cruise 34 miles mostly downhill back to Moab. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch. Lodging; Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn
Distance: 34 (up to 68) miles, elevation +870 ft / – 2798 ft. (Optional) Up To Dead Horse:
+2798 ft / -869 ft

Day 5: Spend the day floating a picturesque section of the Colorado River

Water is, in many ways, the primary “artist” behind the geological sculptures of this area. Spend a whole day rafting (or kayaking) down a spectacular stretch of the Colorado River made famous by dozens of movies. Admire the scenery without hiking or pedaling! Our outfitter provides everything you need. Stop to kick your feet up in the shade and enjoy lunch at a ranch along river. The rapids here are mild, and the calm stretches in between are perfect for cooling off by floating down the river in your life-jacket. If you prefer to stay dry, you can also ride this scenic section of the river on the road on your own today instead, up to 65 miles with 1100’ of gain/loss.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging; Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn

Day 6: Visit the “Island in the Sky” In Northern Canyonlands National Park

Go for a series of short hikes to see the sights at “Island in the Sky” in northern Canyonlands National Park. This amazing sheer-walled mesa rising above the junction of the Green and Colorado River valleys provides the perfect place to reflect over a fantastic week. Contemplate history at the Pueblo granary ruins at Aztec Butte. Admire, and photograph, one last amazing truly amazing arch with perhaps the best backdrop of them all – Mesa Arch! Finish with dizzying views at Grandview and White Rim overlooks. After lunch we shuttle (90-min.) back to Grand Junction.
A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Hiking miles 3-5, Elevation Short, relatively easy hikes with some slickrock.

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Included

Lodging
All meals except one lunch and one dinner on your own.
Road / hybrid bike, E-bike rent possible
Rafting, guided hikes
Luggage transfer

Not included:

Night before and after the tour.
Flights to and from the tour
Gratuities guides

Lodging:

Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn
The hotels, inns, and B&Bs we use are always among the finest the area has to offer. Our smaller group sizes allow us to stay at some award-winning places that can’t handle groups of 25 or more. We work closely with the innkeepers to make sure they understand your needs and ours

A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.
All of our guides are fully vaccinated.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price, E-bikes are available for an extra fee.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Fastroad SL 1

So smooth, so efficient, it feels like flying. This lightweight flyer combines the sporty feel of a road bike with the added confidence and control of a flat handlebar.
The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse Seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding, and weekend adventures.
Components: Advanced-Grade composite fork, TRP Flat mount disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra 2×10 with 11×34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless, wheelset 700x28c
FASTROAD E+ EX PRO
Featuring a SyncDrive Pro motor that's powered by Yamaha, a long-lasting EnergyPak 375Wh Smart compact battery, and a smooth-riding, lightweight aluminum frame, the FastRoad E+ EX Pro makes every trip faster and more fun. It’s built with a compact SyncDrive Pro motor that delivers smooth and instantaneous power, which blends seamlessly with your own pedaling power so you can ride farther and faster with less effort. It has a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frame and an integrated rack, fenders, light mount and kickstand—everything you need for your daily adventures.
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