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Redrock Canyons tour

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The Redrock Canyons bike tour is a supported lodge to lodge road cycling tour that follows a Seldom Seen route through the Redrock Canyon Country of western Colorado and eastern Utah. This iconic region boasts striking geologic features, numerous prehistoric cultural sites and encompasses some of the “greatest unexplored wilderness in the country”  Highlights include: the 1980’s Coor’s Bicycle Classic “Tour of the Moon” stage through the Colorado National Monument, the stunning geology of Unaweep Canyon, world famous Monument Valley, terrain from Edward Abbey’s classic novel The Monkey Wrench Gang and the sandstone cliff encircled beauty of Lake Powell. These attractions are viewed while riding beneath the stunning peaks of the San Juan, Abajo, La Sal, and Henry mountains. The tour route meanders alongside and intersects many of desert southwest’s major rivers canyons including the Rio Gunnison, Rio Colorado, Rio Dolores, and Rio San Juan. If one was to ride just one tour in the American West, this is the one to experience.

Road bike
6 days
627 km / 390 mi
$ 2,700.-
  • Five nights lodging.
  • All meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Daily additional mileage option.
  • Extra option scenic flight $ 265.
  • Night 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 per person instead of 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
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
100-120 km / 62-75 mi
Total distance
627 km / 390 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
05 May 2019 - 11 May 2019
12 May 2019 - 17 May 2019
19 May 2019 - 24 May 2019
26 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
08 Sep 2019 - 13 Sep 2019
15 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
13 Oct 2019 - 18 Oct 2019
19 Oct 2019 - 24 Oct 2019
Start date 15 September is a go!
Start
Grand Junction (8.00 A.M.)
Finish
Grand Junction
Airport at start
Grand Junction Regional airport GJT
Airport at finish
Grand Junction Regional airport GJT

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,700.-
roadbike
Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solacecarbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week
$ 250.-
Optional
E-roadbike
 limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes.  These are road bikes with straight bars.   Rental Price is $375/week.
$ 375.-
Optional
scenic flight
Optional Low-Level Scenic Flight: A spectacular low-level scenic flight across Canyonlands National Park to end the Redrocks tour is available. After the flight, cyclists arrive back in Grand Junction at approximately 6pm Friday evening, cost $275-. The standard plan is a 3-hour shuttle (with dinner at a cowboy bar) back to Grand Junction.
$ 275.-
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.
$ 575.-

Itinerary

Day 1: Grand Junction to Gateway Canyons Resort

Colorado National Monument, 27 miles with up to 2,750 feet of climbing
Unaweep Canyon to Gateway, 43 miles with up to 2,775 feet of climbing
Colorado National Monument to Gateway, 84 miles with up to 5,925 feet of climbing
Day One’s riding begins on Rim Rock Drive of 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. NOTE: Cyclists ride the 23-miles of the park’s unsupported.
After Day One’s morning tour through the Colorado National Monument cyclists head into the stunning confines of Unaweep Canyon. Unaweep Canyon is quite possibly most spectacular road ride in Colorado, it is also one of the least known roads in the state. Geologically speaking Unaweep was at one time a river channel of the Colorado River before the massive uplift of the Uncompahgre Plateau diverted the river’s course.Today cyclists enjoy riding the road where the river once traveled. Although smaller in scale, the experience is akin to riding a bike through the Grand Canyon. The splendid resort of Gateway Canyons (opened in 2005 on the Dolores River) in Gateway, Colorado awaits us for dinner and lodging this evening. The beauty of Gateway Canyons Resort must be seen to be believed.

Day 2: Unaweep Canyon Out & Back, or Bull Canyon Out & Back

Standard, Unaweep Canyon Road Ride, 30 miles with up to 2,370 feet of climbing
Extended, Unaweep Canyon Road Ride, 47 miles with up to 3,160 feet of climbing
Gateway to Bull Canyon Gravel Ride, 46 miles with up to 6,495 feet of climbing
With a layover day at the Gateway Canyons Resort, there are three ride options offered this day. 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. Riders will also have the option to Reach the Summit by riding a few miles past the stables to route’s high point at the Unaweep Divide to extend the ride which makes for a 47-mile round trip road ride.
A third more epic option is an off-road adventure to ride gravel on a mountain or gravel bike from Gateway to the Bull Canyon Dinosaur Tracks Overlook and then back. This route travels from Colorado into Utah and then back and offers tremendous views of the La Sal Mountains and Bull Canyon.
After the rides, guests can luxuriate in the Gateway Canyons pool, take in a spa, tour the magnificent auto museum or simply relax. There is so much to do, or not do, at the resort!

Day 3: Gateway to La Sal, Utah

Standard, Gateway to La Sal, 50 miles with up to 3,500 feet of climbing
Gateway to La Sal, 90 miles with up to 6,070 feet of climbing
The riding on this day continues following the dazzling scenery of scenic byway Highway 141 southward. The first 30-miles of riding from Gateway Canyons resort are beneath 1,500-foot Redrock Canyon walls. Many of our guests have called this section the “most beautiful ride” they have ever enjoyed.

Day 4: La Sal to Monticello, Utah

Standard, La Sal to Monticello, 60 miles with up to 4,205 feet of climbing
Extended, La Sal to Monticello, 95 miles with up to 6,200 feet of climbing
La Sal to Needles to Monticello, 123 miles with up to 7,535 feet of climbing
Today’s route departs from La Sal Mountain Guest Ranch and soon spins through Lisbon Valley. After a short 5 miles on Highway 191, we head west towards the Needles District along the way visiting historic Newspaper Rock, an ancient rock panel carved with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs and not to be missed!
Those looking for an E.F.I. option can ride all the way to the Needles District entrance and then turn back making for a 123 mile ride for the day.
After a turnaround near Needles, those on the 95 mile option return along Utah-211 East and then make a turn right for the most daunting climb of the tour – an audacious leg burning beyond category (HC) 12-mile climb up into the foothills of the Abajo Peaks! The sag vehicle will climb along with the riders offering supplies and to pick-up shattered riders. From the summit, it’s then a fast 7-mile descent to the finish in Monticello, Utah to complete the ride. After dinner in Monticello, we’ll take a short 45 minute shuttle to Bluff, Utah, the starting point of Day 5.

Day 5: Bluff, Utah to Monument Valley, Arizona

Standard, 40 miles with up to 3,430 feet of climbing
57 miles with up to to 4,520 feet of climbing
From Bluff, we’ll roll out in the soft early morning light southwest towards Monument Valley along US Scenic 163. Ten miles into the day we’ll ride up and over the southern end of Comb Ridge, a 40 mile long geological feature of special interest. If you have been to Monument Valley before or this is your first time, the landscape is captivating. The mood of the red rock in this harsh landscape varies with the light to reveal both subtle and striking beauty.
We’ll cross the Rio San Juan at the town of Mexican Hat and continue southwest towards Arizona. Tonight’s lodging is on the Navajo Nation at either The View Hotel or Gouldings Lodge

Day 6: Monument Valley to (Lake Powell)

Standard, Moki Dugway to Lake Powell, 70 miles with 5,250 feet of descending
Extended, Monument Valley to Lake Powell, 107 miles with 7,660 feet of descending
Monument Valley to Hanksville, 154 miles with 9,800 feet of descending
Our final day of riding will be without a doubt memorable and much easier then anticipated. Since the ride looses 4,000-feet at a 1% to 2% grade over the final 50 miles, this will be the easiest 100-miles you have ever ridden. From Monument Valley cyclists roll back into Utah and re-cross the Rio San Juan at Mexican Hat where the route turns north following Route 261. Ten miles north of Mexican Hat Route 261 runs into headwall of the Mokee Dugway. The Dugway is a 1,100 foot climb in 2.8 miles of packed earth road. There are multiple switchbacks up the Dugway’s 10% grade. From the top of the Dugway on Muley Point the sublime views featuring the Goosenecks of the Rio San Juan, Monument Valley and the Valley of the Gods may be the very best in all of Utah.

Optional Low-Level Scenic Flight: A spectacular low-level scenic flight across Canyonlands National Park to end the Redrocks tour is available. After the flight, cyclists arrive back in Grand Junction at approximately 6pm Friday evening, cost $275-. The standard plan is a 3-hour shuttle (with dinner at a cowboy bar) back to Grand Junction.

*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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