The Zion to Taos Bike Tour (Z-2-T) traces a mountainous path across Utah, Colorado and the high peaks of northern New Mexico. It is an exceptionally scenic route that showcases the high mountains, National Parks & hot springs (ahhh!) of the Four Corners Region. Over the course of its 2-weeks the tour climbs the elevated plateaus of Utah, the mighty San Juan Mountains of Colorado and the continental divide in New Mexico.
1424 km / 885 mi
13 Nights of lodging.
12 Days of meals, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments.
Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes for rent $375
The deposit for this tour is $1500.-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
100-120 km / 62-75 mi
1424 km / 885 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
Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solacecarbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week
Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills.
SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.
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 0: Arrival in St. George
You fly into Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) and arrange for your own shuttle to St. George, Utah via the St. George shuttle (approx $35-). The tour meets at the Clarion Suites in St. George, Utah at 7am on Sunday.
Alternatively, you can also fly into the smaller St. George Municipal Airport (SGU) which is serviced by Delta Air Lines from Salt Lake City, Utah and United Airlines from Denver.
Day 1: Zion National Park to Mount Carmel,
25 Miles with up to 2,700 feet of climbing
Spend Day 1 exploring the wonders of Zion National Park. At only 35-miles, Day 1 is meant to serve as a warm up day. Lodging is outside the park’s eastern boundary.
Average Highs Day 1’s Destination Orderville. (6,211-feet): July (90 °F); August (85 °F); Sept (74 °F)
Day 2: Mount Carmel, Utah to Bryce Canyon National Park
53 Miles with up to 4,000 feet of climbing
Climb nearly 4,500-feet through the beautiful redrock canyons between Zion National Park and Bryce National Park (8,000-feet).
Average Highs Day 2’s Destination Bryce. (7,064-feet): July (80 °F); August (77 °F); Sept (70 °F)
Day 3: “Utah’s Fabulous Highway 12” – Bryce Canyon National Park to Boulder Mountain Lodge, Boulder,
77 Miles with up to 4,800 feet of climbing
If there was ever a road built for cycling, Utah’s Highway 12 may be it. The road climbs, dives, twists and turns to the end. This is a ride you’ll never forget.
Average Highs Day 3’s Destination Boulder. (6,830-feet): July (83 °F); August (80 °F); Sept (73 °F)
Day 4: Boulder Mountain Lodge, Boulder to Hanksville,
84 Miles with up to 5,300 feet of climbing
Enjoy even more of Highway 12 as it winds up and over the challenging slopes of Boulder Mountain (9,000-feet) with lunch in Capitol Reef National Park.
Average Highs Day 4’s Destination Hanksville. (4,321-feet): July (99 °F); August (86 °F); Sept (87 °F)
Day 5: Hanksville, Utah to Blanding,
126 Miles with up to 9,100 feet of climbing
Ride past Lake Powell surrounded by Redrock Wilderness. The Queen stage of the Z-2-T offers big miles, big climbs and big scenery. We roll out under the cover of darkness into the quiet of the desert. This is a remarkable route that ends with a climb into the Sierra Abajo Mountains.
Average Highs Day 5’s Destination Blanding. (6,097-feet): July (92 °F); August (85 °F); Sept (80 °F)
Day 6: Blanding, Utah to McElmo Canyon,
64 Miles with up to 2,600 feet of climbing
Cross the border into Colorado riding empty ranching roads though Canyons of the Ancient National Monument, beneath the Sleeping Ute mountain and into beautiful McElmo Canyon for lunch at the Sutcliffe vineyard. Post lunch ride another 5 miles to the Kelly Place for lodging and a home cooked meal.
Average Highs Day 6’s Destination Dolores. (6,935-feet): July (85 °F); August (82 °F); Sept (75 °F)
Day 7: McElmo Canyon, Colorado to Durango,
60 Miles with up to 4,400 feet of climbing
Ride the foothills of the Sierra La Platas to Durango. Enjoy lunch & an espresso at the Absolute Bakery in Mancos, Colorado.
Average Highs Day 7’s Destination Durango. (6,522-feet): July (80 °F); August (77 °F); Sept (70 °F)
Day 8: Layover Day in Durango,
Day 9: Durango, Colorado to Pagosa Springs,
67 Miles with up to 4,500 feet of climbing
Today’s destination offers 40 Hot Spring Pools adjacent to the San Juan River, ahhhh.
Average Highs Day 9’s Destination Pagosa Springs. (7,070-feet): July (87 °F); August (84 °F); Sept (77 °F)
Day 10: Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Chama,
48 Miles with up to 3,300 feet of climbing
Cross both the New Mexican border and continental divide while pedaling a remote and hilly route to Chama, New Mexico.
Average Highs Day 10’s Destination Chama. (7,866-feet): July (81 °F); August (78 °F); Sept (72 °F)
Day 11: Chama, New Mexico to Ojo Caliente,
95 Miles with up to 4,900 feet of climbing
Climb the formidable Brazos Pass to 10,000-feet & descend into the Rio Grande Valley to enjoy the historic Ojo Caliente Hot Springs.
Average Highs Day 11’s Destination Ojo Caliente, (6,251-feet): July (86 °F); August (83 °F); Sept (78 °F)
Day 12: Ojo Caliente, New Mexico to Taos,
41 Miles with up to 2,000 feet of climbing
Ride a newly paved road (it was dirt) across the Rio Grande Valley over the awe inspiring Taos Gorge Bridge. Arrive in Taos to enjoy a fine New Mexican meal heavy with chile verde.
Average Highs Day 12’s Destination Taos. (7,003-feet): July (87 °F); August (84 °F); Sept (78 °F)
Day 13: “The Enchanted Circle Ride” – Taos, New Mexico Loop
85 Miles to 100 Miles with up to 5,800 feet of climbing
Ride the Sangre De Christo (Blood of Christ) mountains between Taos and Red River, New Mexico. The Enchated Circle Loop is New Mexico’s premier mountain ride offering exceptional beauty. Cyclists arrive back in their Taos lodging for a final night’s farewell dinner!
Average Highs Day 12’s Destination Taos (7,003-feet): July (87 °F); August (84 °F); Sept (78 °F)
Post Tour (Saturday)
On Saturday morning cyclists wake and shuttle from Taos to Albuquerque (2.5 hours) and fly out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. A second option is for cyclists to take an early morning return shuttle from Taos back to Durango (3.5 hours). Southwest & Delta airlines (among others) service Albuquerque.
*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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