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Hike and bike the National Parks Bryce & Zion

Summary

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Bicycling Magazine’s editor called it “the most awa-inspiring and unique landscape I’ve ever pedaled through. “Bryce and Zion NP are a marvel. Mega-boulders of orange sandstone balance on razor-thin needles; arches glow with unearthtly fire; slot canyons unspool between cliffs of gold and rose. Wether you are a novice or an experienced cyclist, this biking and hiking tour gives you an intimate encounter with canyonlands – from curving roads to labyrints, Aspen forests and breathtaking panoramas.

Road bike
6 days
195 km / 121 mi
$ 3,455.-
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Bryce National Park
  • Zion National park
  • Dixie National Forest
  • 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
195 km / 121 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
07 May 2023 - 12 May 2023
14 May 2023 - 19 May 2023
21 May 2023 - 26 May 2023
28 May 2023 - 02 May 2023
04 Jun 2023 - 09 Jun 2023
11 Jun 2023 - 16 Jun 2023
03 Sep 2023 - 08 Sep 2023
10 Sep 2023 - 15 Sep 2023
17 Sep 2023 - 22 Sep 2023
24 Sep 2023 - 29 Sep 2023
More start dates; Oct 1
Start
St. George
Finish
St. George
Airport at start
McCarran International Airport Las Vegas
Airport at finish
McCarran International Airport Las Vegas

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
$ 3,455.-
E-bike
E-bike Fastroad E+ EX Pro or E-bike THRIVE E+ EX Pro
$ 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.
$ 933.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1:Meet in St.George. Ride from the Giant Cedar Breaks Amphitheater to Panguitch, then (if you wish) to the hotel near the entrance to Bryce Canyon.

Meet us in St. George, Utah (public shuttle is available from the Las Vegas airport.) Begin riding just north of there, in Dixie National Forest’s Cedar Breaks National Monument — a huge amphitheater of amazing red and orange sandstone sculptures carved by the wind and rain. Pedal down a long, gradual hillside, descending through the aspens and pines of Dixie National Forest to the flat farmland around the town of Panguitch. Cycle past the vivid sandstone formations of Red Canyon on a paved bike path leading to Bryce Canyon National Park, where you’ll spend the next two nights
Meals: Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Distance: 56 miles (mostly downhill – the 15 mi. / +1200 ft, Afternoon climb into Bryce is optional.
Elevation: +2148 ft / – 4942 ft.

Day 2: Ride from panoramic Rainbow Point in the morning and hike the Navajo / Queens Garden Loop in the afternoon.

This morning, choose between a delightful 17-mile downhill ride from stunning Rainbow Point – or a more challenging ride there-and-back. After lunch, go for a hike into Bryce Canyon. Cone-shaped hoodoos resembling wizards and gnomes guard the path; ravens call down to them from above and beyond every curve lies a jaw-dropping view.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Distance: 21 miles
Elevation: +926 ft / – 3272 ft.

Day 3: Watch the sun rise over Bryce’s Hoodoos. Ride into Zion and up the Zion Canyon scenic drive – no cars are allowed.

Start off with a sunrise hike to our favorite Bryce Canyon overlook. The statue-like hoodoos of the canyon appear to glow from within as the sun’s rays creep down the canyon walls. After breakfast, bicycle through ranch lands along the Sevier and Virgin Rivers into Zion National Park. Bicycling Magazine calls Zion “one of the world’s most beautiful places to ride.” Red cliffs tower beside the road as you descend the east side of the canyon; at the bottom, the six-mile cruise along the flat valley floor can take all afternoon as you stop to gaze up at the massive, multicolored heights. Zion doesn’t allow cars in this section of the park, making for an incredible bicycle ride. Spend the next three nights at the brand-new Springhill Suites.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Springhill Suites
Distance: 35 miles Elevation: +2038 ft / – 3966 ft. (NOTE: tunnel significantly skews these elevation gain/loss stats)

Day 4: Hike past "Walters Wiggles" and "Scouts Lookout" to join the magnificent West Rim Trail atop the canyon walls.

Today we head out the West Rim Trail to panoramic vista points above the canyon walls. Wind your way up “Walter’s Wiggles” to Scouts Rest, then continue past more wondrous views to a “checkerboard wall”, a shady wall and eventually, a desert spring. Folks with an extreme fear of heights may prefer a more leisurely stroll to a beautiful waterfall.
Prefer to ride? Choose between scenic and challenging cycling options inside Zion National Park and on its border (no van support). Since the Park Service runs frequent free shuttle buses from our inn, through town, to the visitor center, and through Zion’s valley floor, you can customize your experience.
Meals: Breakfast. Lodging: Springhill Suites.
Distance: 9.3 miles (or Less) Elevation: +2038 ft / – 3966 ft.

Day 5: Hike into the Narrows – a stunningly scenic slot canyon hailed as the “best hike in all the National Park system”

Conditions permitting, we offer a river walk into the Virgin River’s Narrows – a stunningly gorgeous slot canyon with walls towering more than 1,000 feet high. The river covers the narrow canyon’s base wall-to-wall in places, so you’ll be wading in and out of ankle-deep water as you hike through a rock-walled passageway less than 50 feet wide. We supply walking sticks and wading boots for this unusual and fun experience.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lodging: Springhill Suites.
Distance: 5.1 mile maximum round-trip. This is a wet-hike over uneven terrain with little or no elevation gain.

Day 6: One last ride in Zion Canyon before we head downriver to Virgin for a celebratory lunch.

Ride the Canyon one last time before turning west along the Virgin River into open range land flanked by yet more fascinating geological features. The tour ends after lunch with a 45-minute shuttle back to St. George.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

2022 UPDATE: Due to overcrowding at Angel's Landing, Zion National Park has implemented a advance permitting lottery system to hike the "chains" to the Landing. Our New hike will begin as before, ascending "Walter's Wiggles" and taking in the view from "Scouts Lookout"(next to Landing). From there we will continue on the West Rim Trail, featuring a "checkerbord", a shady wall, more fabulous views, fewer people, and a desert spring. It's a fabulous hike that ultimately takes in even more of the Park's stunning diversity than before.

* 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, one lunch and one dinner on your own.
Road / hybrid bike, E-bike rent possible
Hiking the Narrows
Luggage transfer

Not included:

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

Lodging:

Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Springhill Suites
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, whether that is having a place to store your bike, an early morning breakfast or a convenient place to park the van, they are as committed to your vacation experience as we are.
Lodging is based upon two people to a room with a private bath. If you’re traveling solo on any of our trips, we’ll assign you a roommate of the same gender and often of the same age bracket. There is no extra charge if we can’t find you a roommate, even if you sign up the day before the trip starts. You can guarantee yourself a private room and bath if you pay the Single Room Fee.

Vaccine or test: 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

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Bicycle

fastroadexpro-9-344x268 A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.
Prior to your bike tour, we request your height in order to choose the right frame size for you. (If you have a fit sheet or sizing information on your personal bicycle, you are welcome to send that to us, and we will do our best to match your geometry and specs.) On the first day of each bicycle tour, your guides tweak your bike fit to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If they can’t get the fit just right, we typically carry a couple of extra sizes. We try to make sure we have the right size and type of bike you need to enjoy your cycling vacation.

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

Hybrid / flat Bar Road bike

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.
E-Bike Thrive E+ EX PRO
With THRIVE E+ EX PRO, you get an all-access pass to speed no mater what your fitness level
Designed with Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy, Thrive E+ EX Pro is the first road E-bike built specifically for women. Get up to speed fast with the new SyncDrive Pro motor that provides a natural, yet powerful, E-bike experience. The new motor also features a Smart support mode that automatically adjusts the support level based on your ride. PedalPlus 6-Sensor Technology translates six measurements about your riding and adds the perfect amount of power at just the right time for a fast and fluid ride quality. The EnergyPak Smart 375 battery is so sleek, you’ll have your friends looking twice to know it’s an E-bike.
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