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MOAB & the Back Beyond

Summary

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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.

Road bike
6 days
579 km / 360 mi
$ 2,995.-
  • Arches National Park
  • The Devils Garden Trail
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • The Manti-La Sal National Forest
  • The Paradox Valley
  • The deposit for this tour is $950.-pp.

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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
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
579 km / 360 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
Rental
Dates
28 Aug 2022 - 02 Sep 2022
09 Oct 2022 - 14 Oct 2022
21 Oct 2022 - 26 Oct 2022
19 Mar 2023 - 24 Mar 2023
02 Apr 2023 - 07 Apr 2023
14 May 2023 - 19 May 2023
Start
Grand Junction (8.00 AM)
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
$ 2,995.-
road bike rental
The Scott Addict 10 Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, the Addict 10 will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.
The Scott Addict 10 Disc features: Carbon Frame and Fork, Shimano Ultegra 2×11 Drivetrain, 34×32 Compact Gearing, 30mm Tires, and Hydraulic Disc Brakes. Approx. Weight: 16.89 lbs / 7.66 kg (without pedals)
$ 250.-
Optional
E-Bike rental
Scott Spark 930, a truly fantastic way to go up or down a mountain.
The Spark 930 features: Spark Carbon HMF-Alloy Frame, FOX 34 Float Performance 130mm Fork, FOX Nude EVOL/120mm/TwinLoc rear shock, Shimano XT-SLX 12 Speed Drivetrain, Shimano Deore Disc Brakes, Syncros X-25 TR Rims, Maxxis Rekon Folding Tires, plus Syncros Dropper Post. Approx. Weight: 28.88 lbs / 13.10 kg (without pedals)
$ 250.-
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.
$ 590.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Colorado National Monument andUnaweep Canyon

Colorado National Monument: 27 miles with up to 2,610 feet of climbing
Unaweep Canyon: 43 miles with up to 2,775 feet of climbing
After a morning meeting at the meeting hotel and a quick shuttle from Grand Junction, we begin our tour with a ride start near Fruita, Colorado and into Colorado National Monument. The 23-mile route along Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument follows the redrock rim nearly 2,000 feet up a series of canyons above the Rio Colorado.
After the morning tour through Colorado National Monument and a short shuttle cyclists ride along scenic byway Highway 141 into the stunning confines of Unaweep Canyon – a geologically unique canyon that cuts across the Uncompahgre Plateau. Although smaller in scale, the experience of riding in Unaweep Canyon is akin to riding a bike through the Grand Canyon. The splendid resort of Gateway Canyons Resort in Gateway, Colorado awaits us for dinner and lodging this evening.

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 Camp V

49 miles with up to 2,340 feet of climbing
We consider the first 25-miles of Day’s 3 ride to be the most beautiful section of road on all of our tours. The route follows the dazzling scenery of Highway 141 southward. The first 25-miles from Gateway Canyons resort are beneath 1,500-foot Redrock Canyon walls and alongside the Rio Dolores. Many of our guests have called this section the “most beautiful ride” they have ever enjoyed.
Views of the Hanging Flume are visible from Highway 141. The flume is an engineering feat of over 100 years ago and also one of the world’s most extraordinary monuments to human greed and folly. Its purpose was to deliver water to a placer gold mine. Construction started in 1889 and a million board feet of lumber was used. The mine went bankrupt in the early 1890s. Today travelers are awe struck at the lengths gone into the creation of this means to convey water.
The road riding is high above the Dolores River and tight against vertical sandstone walls. It is quite simply one of the most stunning roads in the country. We finish our ride near Naturita, Colorado and check into our lodging at Camp V.

Day 4: Camp V to Old La Sal

Standard, 27 miles with up to 1,790 feet of climbing
E.F.I., 40 miles with up to 3,645 feet of climbing
Starting from Camp V, we ride back north on Highway 141 and end the first segment with an aid station at the San Miguel River Preserve. From here we shuttle onto a gravel road to the Hanging Flume and then to the Rio Dolores & Rio San Miguel confluence where we will have lunch, swim and afterwards continue our shuttle to Bedrock, Colorado. From Bedrock we start our second segment by riding west on Colorado 90 to the Utah Border with an optional EFI climb to Old La Sal, Utah. From Old La Sal we shuttle to Moab and to our lodging.

Day 5: La Sal Mountain Loop

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: Optional Rides and Activities

After breakfast guests are own to engage in activities offered in the Moab region. Optional out and back rides include Arches National Park, along the Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway or the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway.
If you ever wanted to go adventuring, you can on-your-own choose from the multitude of adventure options Moab offers. If you ever wanted to go hot air ballooning, bungee jumping, mountain biking, rafting, jeeping, side by side driving on Slickrock, sky diving, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, tandem base jumping and more, Moab is your place! Check out the Moab Utah Vacation Planning Website for a comprehensive list of area activities. We will help facilitate transport if needed to your activity of choice.
Alternatively, from your beautiful location, you can do absolutely nothing and just read a good book next to the Colorado River.

Day 7: Shuttle from Moab to Grand Junction

On Day 7 we depart Moab early in the morning for an 8:00 AM arrival at the Grand Junction, Colorado airport (GJT). If flying out on this day, guests should plan for a 9:00 AM or later departure.

For elevation profile see PDF file below.


*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Included:

Exceptional Lodging.
6 Days of meals (aside 1 dinner), daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments. Shuttle to and from the Moab region.
Entrance fees.
Mechanical support and luggage transfer.

Not included:

Night before and after the tour not included.
Bike rental. Be sure to bring your own helmet. We have a very limited supply and will only pack them if special arrangements are made ahead of time.
Flights to and from the trip.
Gratuity guides.
Alcoholic beverages

Lodging

Gateway Canyons Resort
Best Western Canyonlands
Red Cliffs Lodge

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

The Scott Addict 10 Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, the Addict 10 will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.
The Scott Addict 10 Disc features: Carbon Frame and Fork, Shimano Ultegra 2×11 Drivetrain, 34×32 Compact Gearing, 30mm Tires, and Hydraulic Disc Brakes. Approx. Weight: 16.89 lbs / 7.66 kg (without pedals)
And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes in our rental fleet. $250.- per week
Be sure to bring your own helmet. We have a very limited supply and will only pack them if special arrangements are made ahead of time.
The
E-bikes
Scott Spark 930, a truly fantastic way to go up or down a mountain.
The Spark 930 features: Spark Carbon HMF-Alloy Frame, FOX 34 Float Performance 130mm Fork, FOX Nude EVOL/120mm/TwinLoc rear shock, Shimano XT-SLX 12 Speed Drivetrain, Shimano Deore Disc Brakes, Syncros X-25 TR Rims, Maxxis Rekon Folding Tires, plus Syncros Dropper Post. Approx. Weight: 28.88 lbs / 13.10 kg (without pedals) $250.- per week

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Moab elevation profile
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