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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
$ 3,145.-
  • 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
  • The stunning peaks of the San Juan, Abajo, La Sal, and Henry mountains.
  • Extra option Low-Level scenic flight $ 265.-
  • 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
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
04 Sep 2022 - 09 Sep 2022
18 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022
25 Sep 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
09 Oct 2022 - 14 Oct 2022
16 Oct 2022 - 21 Oct 2022
07 May 2023 - 12 May 2023
14 May 2023 - 19 May 2023
21 May 2023 - 26 May 2023
Start date Sept. 4 and Otober 9 are a go!
Start
Grand Junction (8.00 A.M.)
Finish
Grand Junction
Airport at start
Grand Junction Regional airport GJT, Colorado
Airport at finish
Grand Junction Regional airport, Colorado GJT

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
$ 3,145.-
roadbike
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-roadbike
The Scott SUB Tour and the Scott Addict E-20 eRIDE bikes makes getting around easier.
The Scott SUB Tour has flat bars and is Powered by Bosch with a 500Wh battery. Equipped with a rack, it’s ready to provide many miles of worry-free reliability.
The Scott Addict E-20 eRIDE is a lightweight drop bar bike to make climbing easier and can go the distance comfortably.
$ 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.
$ 675.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1: Grand Junction to Gateway Canyons Resort

Morning ride:
Colorado National Monument: 27 miles with up to 2,750 feet of climbing
Afternood ride:
Unaweep Canyon to Gateway: 24 miles with up to 2,800 feet of climbing
Unaweep Canyon to Gateway: 43 miles with up to 2,775 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 (MTB)

Relaxing by the pol: No Miles!
Optional Rides:
Standard, Unaweep Canyon Road Ride, 29 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 MTB Gravel Ride, 46 miles with up to 6,495 feet of climbing
With a layover day at the Gateway Canyons Resort, we recommend no riding to take in this amazing resort with two pool complexes, world class auto museum, Discovery HD theatre, adventure Center and fabulous hiking trails!
If you are keen to ride, there are three ride options offered this day. The first is to pedal 25-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 Camp V

Standard, Gateway to Camp V, 49 miles with up to 2.335 feet of climbing
Gateway to Camp V, 57 miles with up to 2.845 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.
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 La Sal

62 miles with up to 4,525 feet of climbing
Departing from Camp V the route heads west through Paradox Valley, then over Paradox Pass and into Utah. The mighty La Sal Mountains will loom large to the northwest during today’s ride. The riding ends at the intersection with US-191 and we then shuttle to Bluff, Utah and our lodging at the Desert Rose.

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-.

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.

Meeting Location: On Day 1 cyclists meet the guides and support vehicle at 8:00am at the Courtyard Marriott next to the airport in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Marriott has an airport shuttle and full hot breakfast.

Ending Location: The tour ends at the Marriott on Horizon Drive in Grand Junction, Colorado after Day 6’s stage to Lake Powell. Cyclists are shuttled from Lake Powell back to Grand Junction.

Pre- and Post-Tour Lodging: Riders are responsible for their own lodging for night preceding and following the tour.

Tour Size: 6 to 18 riders

Included:

Five nights lodging.
All meals, energy food, liquid refreshments
Entrance fees.
Guide service and mechanical support
Luggage transport

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

Days 1 & 2 Gateway Canyons Resort, Gateway
Day 3: Camp V, Naturita
Day 4: Desert Rose Inn & Cabins, Bluff
Day 5: The View hotel, in Monument Valley

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.
E-bikes

The Scott SUB Tour and the Scott Addict E-20 eRIDE bikes makes getting around easier. $375.- one week
The Scott SUB Tour has flat bars and is Powered by Bosch with a 500Wh battery. Equipped with a rack, it’s ready to provide many miles of worry-free reliability.
The Scott Addict E-20 eRIDE is a lightweight drop bar bike to make climbing easier and can go the distance comfortably.

Downloads

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Red Rock Canyons elevation profile
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