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Zion to Telluride Tour

Summary

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The Zion to Telluride Bike Tour (Z2T) traces a mountainous path across Utah and into southwestern Colorado. It is an exceptionally scenic route that showcases the high mountains, National Parks, and hot springs (ahhh!) of the Four Corners Region. Over the course of this tour it climbs the elevated plateaus of Utah and up into the mighty San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

Road bike
8 days
845 km / 525 mi
$ 2,995.-
  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Utah's Scenic Highway 12
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Lake Powell
  • McElmo Canyon
  • The deposit for this tour is $950.-pp.

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
8 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
845 km / 525 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
14 May 2023 - 21 May 2023
03 Sep 2023 - 10 Sep 2023
Start
Springdale
Finish
Telluride
Airport at start
Harry Reid International Airport
Airport at finish
Telluride 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
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.
$ 375.-
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.
$ 450.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 0: Arrival in St. George

You fly into Harry Reid International Airport and arrange for your own shuttle to St. George, Utah via the St. George shuttle (approx $35-). The tour starts from the meeting hotel in Springdale, Utah on Day 1 and your confirmation document will confirm the hotel name and location (not included in tour cost).

Day 1: Zion National Park to Mount Carmel,

25 Miles with up to 2,700 feet of climbing
Spend the first day exploring the wonders of Zion National Park. At only 25-miles, today is meant to serve as a warm up day for the rest of the tour. Lodging is outside the park’s eastern boundary in Mt. Carmel, Utah.

Day 2: Mount Carmel to Bryce Canyon National Park

53 Miles with up to 4,000 feet of climbing
Starting from Mt. Carmel, Utah, climb nearly 4,500-feet through the beautiful redrock canyons between Zion National Park and Bryce National Park (8,000-feet).

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. We end our ride at Boulder Mountain Lodge, our home for the next two nights.

Day 4: Layover day at Boulder Mountain Lodge.

35 Miles with up to 3330 feet of climbing
The ride today is a 35 mile out and back to the intimate confines of Long Canyon with it’s 400-foot tall canyon walls of wingate sandstone towering above you. Even though this route is relatively short, be prepared for nearly 3,300 feet of climbing.

Day 5: Boulder Mountain Lodge to Hanksville

84 Miles with up to 5300 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 and ending the day in Hanksville, Utah.

Day 6: Hanksville to Blanding,

126 Miles with up to 9100 feet of climbing
Ride past Lake Powell surrounded by Redrock Wilderness. The Queen stage of the Z2T 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 to end the day in Blanding, Utah.

Day 7: Blanding to McElmo Canyon.

64 Miles with up to 2600 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.

Day 8: McElmo Canyon to Telluride

60 Miles with up to 4,400 feet of climbing
On our final day of our tour, ride through Cortez and Delores.Then enjoy a final descent to Telluride to end the tour.

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:

7-nights of lodging.
8 days of meals, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments
Guide service.
Entry fees.
Shuttles 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

Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge
Bryce Canyon Pines
Boulder Mountain Lodge
Whispering Sands Motel
Stone Lizard Lodging
Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast

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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Zion - Telluride Elevation profile
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