The Moab & The Back of Beyond Tour delves into the heart of redrock canyon country of Southeastern Utah and Southwestern Colorado. Ride through the supernatural landscapes of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, climb the scenic La Sal Mountain Loop and pedal beneath 800-ft redrock sandstone walls along the Colorado River.
579 km / 360 mi
You visit: Arches National Park, The Devils Garden Trail, Dead Horse Point State Park, The Manti-La Sal National Forest, The Paradox Valley.
6 Days of meals (aside 1 dinner), daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments.
Shuttle to and from the Moab region.
Nights before and after the tour not included.
We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes for rent $375
Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
The deposit for this tour is $950.-pp.
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
579 km / 360 mi
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
Daily luggage transfers
30 Aug 2020 - 04 Sep 2020 29 Sep 2020 - 05 Oct 2020 11 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020 18 Oct 2020 - 23 Oct 2020 28 Mar 2021 - 02 Apr 2021 25 Apr 2021 - 30 Apr 2021 16 May 2021 - 21 May 2021
Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components
A limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes
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.
Day 1: Unaweep Canyon
44 miles with up to 3,050 feet of climbing
After a morning meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott Grand Junction and a quick shuttle from Grand Junction, we begin our Moab & The Back of Beyond Tour with a ride start along scenic byway Highway 141 into the intimate confines of Unaweep Canyon – a geologically unique canyon that cuts across the Uncompahgre Plateau. The route offers over 3,000-feet of climbing with a lunch at the Gateway Stables. After lunch enjoy a long downhill into Gateway, Colorado where we stay at the amazing Gateway Canyons Resort.
Day 2: Layover in Gateway – Unaweep Canyon Out & Back
Standard: 30 miles with up to 2,370 feet of climbing
E.F.I.: 47 miles with up to 3,160 feet of climbing
With a layover day at the Gateway Canyons Resort, there are two ride options offered this morning. The first is to pedal 30-miles round-trip up and down Highway-141 through magnificent Unaweep Canyon to Gateway Canyon Resort’s Stables. In the spring and after rain storms there are multiple waterfalls on the west side of the canyon. Look for a waterfall near milepost 122 and then again near milepost 132 at Fall Creek. E.F.I. riders will also have the option to Reach the Summit by riding a few miles past the stables to the route’s high point and turnaround point at the Unaweep Divide to extend the ride which makes for a 47-mile round trip road ride.
After the morning ride on this layover day make certain to visit the amazing auto museum in the afternoon or to lay pool side at one of the two pool complexes. Gateway Canyons Resort is simply one of the most beautiful, luxurious, and relaxing resorts in the Western US
Day 3: Gateway Canyons Resort to Old La Sal
Standard: 69 miles with up to 2,950 feet of climbing
E.F.I.: 90 miles with up to 5,725 feet of climbing
The riding on this day continues following the dazzling scenery of scenic byway Highway 141 southward into Dolores Canyon. The first 30-miles of riding from Gateway Canyons resort are beneath 1,500-foot Redrock Canyon walls and many of our guests have called this section the “most beautiful ride” they have ever enjoyed. It is quite simply one of the most stunning roads in the country.
After reaching the confluence of the Rio Dolores and the Rio San Miguel the route heads west through Paradox Valley. The Standard ride ends at the famed Bedrock Store (circa 1881) and the E.F.I. ride ends just across the border into Utah in Old La Sal. From here it is a short shuttle to Moab, Utah to our accommodations and a well deserved dinner.
Day 4: Dead Horse Point
Standard, 56 miles with up to 3,340 feet of climbing
E.F.I., 102 miles with up to 4,650 feet of climbing
Todays route takes us early morning from downtown Moab, along paved bike trails past Arches National Park, and then up a 2,000-foot climb along Dead Horse Mesa Scenic Byway. Along the way we pass through deep canyons and quirky desert landscapes climbing to the top of a plateau to our destination of Dead Horse Point State Park. From here are magnificent and breathtaking views of the Colorado River just below and then Canyonlands National Park, the La Sal Mountains, and the Abajo Mountains in the far southern distance.
Reversing course from Dead Horse Point State Park we descend back down the morning climb along Dead Horse Mesa Scenic Byway and it becomes a screaming downhill… woo hoooo! Standard route riders shuttle back from the bottom of the descent and E.F.I. riders have the option of riding the remaining 13 miles back to our lodging in Moab.
Day 5: La Sal Loop Road to Red Cliffs Lodge
46 miles with up to 4,965 feet of climbing
E.F.I., 60- miles with up to 5,650 feet of climbing
Our desert-canyon tour turns massif country, if just for one day, as today offers its riders the stunning La Sal Mountain Loop Road. The ride starts from downtown Moab proceeding south through Spanish Valley and then onto La Sal Loop Road just as we past Kens Lake. Soon the climbing starts as we ascend from desert into sub-alpine scrub terrain with rolls, turns, twists, and sometimes hairpins, through the La Sal Mountains and 100-mile views.
Upon topping out at the spectacular vista atop the La Sal Mountain loop cyclists will enjoy lunch with a view. The descent that follows into the stupendous scenery of Castle Valley is simply breathtaking as we drop nearly 4,400-feet along the last 18 miles of the ride to end at Red Cliffs Lodge along the Colorado River.
Day 6: Stage 1 – Colorado River Road and Stage 2 – Colorado National Monument
Stage 1: 28 miles with up to 1,410 feet of climbing
Stage 2: 27 miles with up to 2,750 feet of climbing
The final riding day of the Moab & The Back of Beyond Tour serves up a classic two stage ride through the striking redrock-desert geography. From our lodging at Red Cliffs Lodge we head out along State Route 128, or “The River Road,” which follows the southern bank of the Colorado River through a narrow, steep, and spectacular gorge lined in sandstone walls. This route offers minimal elevation gain-loss and moderate mileage.
After lunch we shuttle 50 minutes back to Grand Junction for stage 2 within the Colorado National Monument. The 23-mile drive follows the redrock rim nearly 2,000 feet up a series of canyons above the Rio Colorado. The entire road has been designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and was named by National Geographic as one of the country’s Top 10 Under-Appreciated Parks.
At the end of the ride through Colorado National Monument we shuttle a few short miles back to Grand Junction and our final night of lodging at Courtyard by Marriott Grand Junction.
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