Southern Utah Biking Tour

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Activity
HikingRoad Cycling
Destination
Bryce Canyon National ParkUtahZion National Park
Tour Length
5 days, 4 nights
Accomodations
Camping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate

Our southern Utah biking tour is full of treasures best seen from the vantage point of a bicycle. Over 5 days, visit the most famous and unique Southern Utah attractions including the whimsical hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, the unbelievable rock formations of Kodachrome State Park, the undisturbed natural beauty of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the towering sandstone cliffs verdant valley of Zion National Park, and even some of the famous Tour of Utah routes.

It's hard to not have a fantastic time in these beautiful places but AOA and our guide, Alex took it over the top. Their attention to detail, ability to customize the trip at a moments notice and great personalities created a most memorable experience.Linda

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip ground transportation from Las Vegas or St. George
  • 4 nights camping (2 in Kodachrome Basin State Park and 2 in Zion National Park)
  • Basecamp Group Gear (personal mess kit, kitchen equipment, hand washing statement, dish washing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 5
  • Water and snacks
  • Ride support/aid stations during rides
  • Rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance (upon request)
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide/mechanic

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Zion National Park commercial and entry fees
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument commercial and entry fees
  • Bryce Canyon National Park entry fees

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Las Vegas or St. George
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Bike shipping/building/packing/tuning*
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 5
  • Tent (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Day hiking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Bike and helmet (available to rent from AOA)
  • Long stem tubes
  • Personal cycling kit
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Gear Rental

  • 4-Person Basecamping Tent ($55 per tent)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($35 per, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
  • Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($35 per bag/set)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($25 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
  • Bike rental is available through AOA.
Rent A Bike For Your Trip

Other Additions

A bike and helmet are not included with the cost of this trip.

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2018 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 1495 pp 1495 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 51 pp* 51 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

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Dates

Select Month

May 20-May 24
June 3-June 7
June 17-June 21
July 8-July 12
July 22-July 26
August 12-August 16
August 26-August 30
September 2-September 6
September 16-September 20

Itinerary

Your Trip

This Utah biking tour offers a great balance of adventure cycling, general outdoor recreation, and the relaxation expected from a vacation.

Enjoy cycling at Bryce Canyon and along scenic Utah Highway 12 through the wild landscape of Escalante National Monument. After seeing the area around Bryce the adventure turns to Zion National Park. Cycling the Zion Park Road and exploring the surrounding Utah mountains and canyons takes you on a surreal journey through time. Often called “a Yosemite dressed in red”, Zion offers a green valley floor surrounded on three sides by thousands of feet of sheer red rock.

Nights are filled with laughter around the dinner table, reliving memories from the day’s rides and hikes, and colorful sunsets that morph into black skies that magically become aglow with stars. This Utah biking tour offers a great balance of adventure cycling, general outdoor recreation, and the relaxation expected from a vacation.

PRINT ITINERARY

DAY 1: Depart Las Vegas - Bike Kodachrome Basin State Park

After meeting our guides and fellow cyclists in Las Vegas or St. George, we travel north through the Mojave Desert toward the high-elevation plateaus of the Bryce Canyon area in southern Utah. Just as we begin to see the famous hues of red this area is known for, we turn off the highway into Red Canyon State Park. Here we enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before we don cycling gear, get fit to our various types of bikes, and begin our first ride of the adventure. Whether you prefer a touring bicycle or a race-oriented carbon frame, this Utah biking tour won’t disappoint. Paralleling Scenic Byway 12, the Red Canyon Bicycle Trail passes through canyons of red and white stone, towering in formations high above us, and winds through regal stands of ponderosa pine to our campground on the Paunsagunt Plateau.

Cycling

32 miles

Meals

Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included

Lodging

Established campground in Kodachrome State Park

After meeting our guides and fellow cyclists in Las Vegas or St. George, we travel north through the Mojave Desert toward the high-elevation plateaus of the Bryce Canyon area in southern Utah. Just as we begin to see the famous hues of red this area is known for, we turn off the highway into Red Canyon State Park. Here we enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before we don cycling gear, get fit to our various types of bikes, and begin our first ride of the adventure. Whether you prefer a touring bicycle or a race-oriented carbon frame, this Utah biking tour won’t disappoint. Paralleling Scenic Byway 12, the Red Canyon Bicycle Trail passes through canyons of red and white stone, towering in formations high above us, and winds through regal stands of ponderosa pine to our campground on the Paunsagunt Plateau.

Cycling

32 miles

Meals

Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included

Lodging

Established campground in Kodachrome State Park

DAY 2: Bike and Hike in Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is true wilderness and the largest U.S. National Monument! After breakfast we load up and shuttle to today’s starting location, a viewing point for Powell Point – the highest plateau in North America. From here we saddle the bikes and roll off along Utah Highway 12, stopping at the unique Kiva Koffeehouse, perched on the cliffs above the Escalante River. This road, with classic switchbacked climbs and descents, winds through with panoramas of vast slickrock “oceans” and scenic canyons was voted one of Americas top 10 most scenic highways.

Our action packed exploration continues this afternoon hiking along the Escalante River’s clear flowing waters. The picturesque canyon will make you want to build a cabin here. So it will be no surprise when your guide leads you to ancient petroglyphs and the Anasazi Ruins on this world-class hike.

Cycling

32 miles

Hiking

5-8 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground in Kodachrome State Park

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is true wilderness and the largest U.S. National Monument! After breakfast we load up and shuttle to today’s starting location, a viewing point for Powell Point – the highest plateau in North America. From here we saddle the bikes and roll off along Utah Highway 12, stopping at the unique Kiva Koffeehouse, perched on the cliffs above the Escalante River. This road, with classic switchbacked climbs and descents, winds through with panoramas of vast slickrock “oceans” and scenic canyons was voted one of Americas top 10 most scenic highways.

Our action packed exploration continues this afternoon hiking along the Escalante River’s clear flowing waters. The picturesque canyon will make you want to build a cabin here. So it will be no surprise when your guide leads you to ancient petroglyphs and the Anasazi Ruins on this world-class hike.

Cycling

32 miles

Hiking

5-8 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground in Kodachrome State Park

DAY 3: Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park

After breakfast we will break down camp and drive a short distance to our morning ride at Bryce Canyon National Park. The Visitor’s Center is our staging area and starting point for an unbelievably beautiful ride. Following quiet and meandering park roads, we’ll make our way out to Rainbow Point where we’ll take in a breathtaking view of Bryce’s famous amphitheater of hoodoos (precariously eroded red rock formations crowded together into a puzzle of towers). The stair step nature of the climbs allow you to put in hard efforts with ample recovery time before the next pitch. None of the grades are super steep and as you crest the final ascent you are richly rewarded with KOM views from Rainbow Point. The best part is the return feels like you descend more than you just climbed, which gives you the sense that the guides must have slipped you some of Chris Froome’s asthma meds. We’ll stretch our legs and get up close to these mysterious hoodoos on a hike through the Navajo Loop. Your guides will explain how these rock towers and fins form through a process of erosion caused by rain water and frost wedging. After our inspiring tour through Bryce Canyon, we make our way to Zion National Park.

Cycling

18-36 miles

Hiking

3-5 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground in Zion National Park

After breakfast we will break down camp and drive a short distance to our morning ride at Bryce Canyon National Park. The Visitor’s Center is our staging area and starting point for an unbelievably beautiful ride. Following quiet and meandering park roads, we’ll make our way out to Rainbow Point where we’ll take in a breathtaking view of Bryce’s famous amphitheater of hoodoos (precariously eroded red rock formations crowded together into a puzzle of towers). The stair step nature of the climbs allow you to put in hard efforts with ample recovery time before the next pitch. None of the grades are super steep and as you crest the final ascent you are richly rewarded with KOM views from Rainbow Point. The best part is the return feels like you descend more than you just climbed, which gives you the sense that the guides must have slipped you some of Chris Froome’s asthma meds. We’ll stretch our legs and get up close to these mysterious hoodoos on a hike through the Navajo Loop. Your guides will explain how these rock towers and fins form through a process of erosion caused by rain water and frost wedging. After our inspiring tour through Bryce Canyon, we make our way to Zion National Park.

Cycling

18-36 miles

Hiking

3-5 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground in Zion National Park

DAY 4: Bike and Hike in Zion National Park

We’ll rise early this morning to beat the crowds, hop on our bikes, spin out the lactic acid from the last few days, and head for The Grotto, where we’ll begin our journey on foot to Angel’s Landing! Our hike begins with a stroll beneath shady cottonwood and sycamore trees by the Virgin River’s edge. Soon we begin the ascent, our goal will be to reach the top before the desert sun peaks over the canyon wall.

The trail ascends 1,488 feet in 2.5 miles to the 5,790-foot summit of a monolith perched partway between the river and the canyon rim. It is flanked on three sides by the erosive North Fork of the Virgin River below. The payoffs to landing on this perch are sweeping north-south views of the Virgin River Gorge, Cathedral Mountain, Observation Point, Cable Mountain and the Great White Throne looming high above Angel’s Landing. After descending back to the canyon floor it is customary to take a cool plunge in the Virgin River and relax under a cottonwood tree for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we’ll turn around for a nice downhill cruise back into camp, or for the more seasoned bike rider try the steep “tunnel climb.” While it isn’t Alpe D’Huez, the switchbacks will make you feel like you are in a Grand Tour and views are more than enough distraction to take your mind off the effort. Tonight we celebrate our week of adventure and relaxation with a final dinner.

Cycling

10-17 miles (options for more if you want it!)

Hiking

5 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground in Zion National Park

We’ll rise early this morning to beat the crowds, hop on our bikes, spin out the lactic acid from the last few days, and head for The Grotto, where we’ll begin our journey on foot to Angel’s Landing! Our hike begins with a stroll beneath shady cottonwood and sycamore trees by the Virgin River’s edge. Soon we begin the ascent, our goal will be to reach the top before the desert sun peaks over the canyon wall.

The trail ascends 1,488 feet in 2.5 miles to the 5,790-foot summit of a monolith perched partway between the river and the canyon rim. It is flanked on three sides by the erosive North Fork of the Virgin River below. The payoffs to landing on this perch are sweeping north-south views of the Virgin River Gorge, Cathedral Mountain, Observation Point, Cable Mountain and the Great White Throne looming high above Angel’s Landing. After descending back to the canyon floor it is customary to take a cool plunge in the Virgin River and relax under a cottonwood tree for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we’ll turn around for a nice downhill cruise back into camp, or for the more seasoned bike rider try the steep “tunnel climb.” While it isn’t Alpe D’Huez, the switchbacks will make you feel like you are in a Grand Tour and views are more than enough distraction to take your mind off the effort. Tonight we celebrate our week of adventure and relaxation with a final dinner.

Cycling

10-17 miles (options for more if you want it!)

Hiking

5 miles

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Established campground in Zion National Park

DAY 5: Zion National Park - Las Vegas

We begin our final day in Zion with a scenic bike ride along the quiet park roads and bike trails taking in the towering wonderland of cliffs, valley and hanging gardens. Our journey takes us along the Virgin River, pedaling beneath shady Cottonwood and Sycamore trees, featuring lush greenery, bluebird skies, and awesome views of the red canyon walls above. The road ends at the Temple of Sinewava, the trailhead for the world famous Narrows.

The Narrows are a National Park Classic because of the stunning beauty and uniqueness of the terrain, on this hike we will wade through knee to waist deep water of the Virgin River while 2000 foot Navajo Sandstone towers overhead on either side of us. After our hike we turn around for a nice downhill cruise back to our vehicle where we’ll hop in and wave farewell to Zion. We arrive back to the Bright lights of Las Vegas between 3:00-6:00pm.

Cycling

16 miles

Hiking

3 – 5 miles

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

We begin our final day in Zion with a scenic bike ride along the quiet park roads and bike trails taking in the towering wonderland of cliffs, valley and hanging gardens. Our journey takes us along the Virgin River, pedaling beneath shady Cottonwood and Sycamore trees, featuring lush greenery, bluebird skies, and awesome views of the red canyon walls above. The road ends at the Temple of Sinewava, the trailhead for the world famous Narrows.

The Narrows are a National Park Classic because of the stunning beauty and uniqueness of the terrain, on this hike we will wade through knee to waist deep water of the Virgin River while 2000 foot Navajo Sandstone towers overhead on either side of us. After our hike we turn around for a nice downhill cruise back to our vehicle where we’ll hop in and wave farewell to Zion. We arrive back to the Bright lights of Las Vegas between 3:00-6:00pm.

Cycling

16 miles

Hiking

3 – 5 miles

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Comforts of Home

Cell Service & Electricity: On this trip cell phone service will be limited and you will only have electrical outlets in the public restrooms at the campgrounds. Bring a portable phone charger so you’re not reliant on this power source.

Showers: There are hot showers available on this trip, at Zion it requires a walk of about 10 minutes to reach them.

Van Transports

The first day of this trip requires a long drive to reach our campground near Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Expect to be in the van for about 4.5-5 hours.

Zion Crowds

Zion is a beautiful destination, and you’re not the only one who thinks so. On weekends from spring to fall, the park can be very busy and we may have trouble finding parking for our van and experience wait times while waiting for the park shuttle.

Rides

This road bike trip explores some of the best of Utah by bike and rides along the famous scenic Highway 12. While the views are vast, the shoulder is on this highway is not so expansive.

Trip Ratings

Fitness 3 | Comfort 3 | Solitude 2 | Guest Participation 4