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
08 Sep 2019 - 13 Sep 2019 22 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019 07 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019 22 Mar 2020 - 27 Mar 2020 29 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020 05 Apr 2020 - 10 Apr 2020 12 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020 19 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020 26 Apr 2020 - 01 May 2020 10 May 2020 - 16 May 2020
Start date September 22 and October 7, 2019 are a go!
Start date October 7, 2019 only 4 spots remain.
2020 start date: May 17.
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: Colorado River Road to Red Cliffs Lodge
30-Miles or Bonus 45-miles
The Moab & The Back of Beyond Tour gears up with an enticing entrance to the striking redrock-desert geography with a ride along the Colorado “River Road” to Red Cliffs Lodge.
State Route 128, or “The River Road,” 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 for the Moab & The Back of Beyond Tour warmup.
An additional mileage option of spinning up Castle Valley is available. A number of interesting hiking trails take off from tonight’s lodging.
Our lodging for the next two nights is along the banks of the Colorado River at the Red Cliffs Lodge.
Day 2: Dead Horse Point to Red Cliffs Lodge
Standard, 46 miles with up to 1,350 feet of climbing
extra: 92 miles with up to 4,525 feet of climbing
Today we will start the day with a morning shuttle up to the Island in the Sky & Dead Horse Point State Park. After taking in the amazing views from Dead Horse Point, cyclists enjoy a 20+ mile descent back down towards Moab and then return to the Red Cliffs Lodge to complete the ride.
For cyclists whose legs are feeling up to it and wish to E.F.I. (Every Freaking Inch) today’s route, the option of riding from Red Cliffs Lodge up to Deadhorse State Park and then back exists. These cyclists leave the lodge early to attempt the 2,000-foot climb over 30-miles to the Island in the Sky.
Day 3: La Sal Mountain Loop Road
39-Miles (up to 46-Miles w/ 5,000-feet of climbing)
The desert-canyon tour turns massif country, if just for one day. On Day 3 We offers its riders the stunning La Sal Mountain Loop Road.
Day 3’s La Sal mountain Loop tour starts from the Red Cliff’s Lodge along the Colorado River before turning up to ride beneath the stupendous scenery of Castle Valley. The La Sal Loop is the Moab Tour’s “mountain stage” with rolls, turns, twists, and sometimes hairpins, through the La Sal Mountains, reaching upwards of 8,000-feet.
Upon topping out at the spectacular vista atop the La Sal mountain loop cyclists will enjoy lunch with a view. The descent that follows to Moab showcases the intersection of canyons and mountains.
In summary the La Sal loop road descent is a 27-mile beauty with 100-mile views to the west. It is a highlight ride of a tour jam packed with highlights.
The hub of Southeastern Utah, Moab is the host for tonight’s lodging at the Gonzo Inn. Lizard statues are present on the grounds throughout the Gonzo, a fitting adornment.
Day 4: A day of options in Moab
NEWS: In January 2017 the National Park Service decided it would no longer issue Commercial Use Authorizations for guided bicycling within Arches National Park. The reasons stated by the Park Service were due to the spending freeze instituted on the Department of the Interior by the Trump administration and number two due to the fact they believe the park’s roads have become too busy with vehicular traffic to continue to accommodate guided non-motorized traffic. Of course it goes without saying that if more people were on bicycles, there would be less vehicular traffic, but that is another story.
None-the-less while on vacation in Moab you can still ride in Arches on your own without Lizard Head Cycling Guides. You can do this on your on Day 4, the “Day of Options” while lodging in the town of Moab. There is a lovely bike path that now leads from Moab all the way to Arches and back.
Guests of us have options on Day 4 of the Moab bike tour. Do you want to try mountain biking on Moab’s famed Slickrock Bike Trail, go on a canyon hike to a peaceful desert grotto, visit local art galleries or road ride along the Colorado River south of Moab? Or perhaps take a ride into Arches National Park?
Day 4 is for our guests to decide. We will help with advice and bikes for whatever you end up doing. We can bump you to the Slickrock MTB Trailhead or the easier BAR-M trails.
NOTE: If you would like to mountain bike on the layover day, Scott Spark PLUS sized MTB rentals are $55-/day from us.
Day 5: Old La Sal to Gateway Canyons Resort
48 Miles or up to 90-Miles
Day 5 begins with a shuttle south of Moab to Old La Sal where riding commences on Utah’s eastern border. After a start that serves up a 3,000-foot descent into Colorado’s Color-Country and the famed Bedrock Store (circa 1881), a shuttle picks riders up for a 25-mile bump onto Scenic By-Way 141.
The riding begins anew inside the magnificent Dolores River Canyon which previous guests have termed “the most beautiful 30 miles they have ever ridden”. Day 5 ends along the Dolores river at the oasis of the Gateway Canyons Resort.
Day 6: Unaweep Canyon
43 miles with 3,400-feet of climbing! This is a spectacular day!
In the early morning you will not want to hurry off from the luxury of Gateway Canyons Resort. The Moab BOB finishes with a ride up and over Unaweep Canyon. The route offers over 3,000-feet of climbing followed by a long down hill to the finish line in Whitewater. After a late lunch we shuttle a few miles back to the meeting hotel in Grand Junction.
If guests would like to extend their stay, they can add an additional night at Gateway Canyons Resort within the geological wonder of the Dolores River Canyon. If you choose to stay, the resort offers excellent mountain bike riding, and hiking and of course one can also spend the day poolside at the spa.
Note that guests will need to make additional reservations and arrange for a separate shuttle.
*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.
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