TOUR DESCRIPTION

Make sure you’ve read or picked up a copy of Ed Abbey’s “Monkey Wrench Gang” and load up your bike – this is about as good as it gets for riding a bike across Utah’s fabled canyon country. We’ll see Moab, Canyonlands National Park, Cedar Mesa, Lake Powell, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park all in one trip – PHEW!!! This is a self-guided tour – no pampering, no frills and no beginner days. Nope, this is 5 days of big rides on your own. Each day we’ll meet up and start together, meet you half way with the van so you can swap gear, grab a drink or food from your cooler and then your luggage and gear will be waiting for you in each destination town. Lodge as expensive or cheap as you want. Eat at a 5 star restaurant or cook Ramen Noodles on a camp stove. Your vacation on your budget!!!

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Day One:

 

Moab to Wilson Arch. We’ll meet up at 7:30am sharp at the Chili Pepper Bike Shop. The initial ride south out of Moab is quite visually inspiring. To your right are steep red rock cliff walls and to your right are rolling sandstone formations with the majestic La Sal Mountains in the distance. The road between Moab and Monticello…

 

Day Two:

 

Blanding to Lake Powell. Today is one of those days you’ll look back on and have trouble organizing just how much incredible scenery you saw throughout the day. As we leave Blanding the ride will start somewhat bleakly. We’d argue it’s a somewhat fitting start to the day. Turning west on Route 95 the terrain starts finally giving way to distant views of Cedar Mesa…

 

Day Three:

 

Hanksville to Boulder. Paralleling the Fremont River out of Hanksville we’re headed toward Capitol Reef National Park and it’s dominant feature: the Waterpocket Fold. Stretching almost 100 miles, the Waterpocket Fold is a massive buckle in the earth’s surface manifested as a long rock formation…

 

Day Four:

 

Boulder to Bryce Canyon. Leaving Boulder this morning we’ll be riding along the New Home and Haymaker Benches; formations that begin our journey through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Former President Bill Clinton did us all a favor on his way out of office in 1996 and decreed this area a National Monument assuring…

 

Day Five:

 

Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park. Your final day in Canyon Country is a ride into storied Zion National Park. The first half of today’s ride includes a lot of easy cruising and descending down Highway 89 just past Orderville. This stretch speaks volumes to the diversity of the area as one can see so many different formations and layers in the distance. This section of 89 follows the East Fork of the Virgin River…

 

What’s Included in My Trip?

 

  • Shuttle Van and driver
  • Midway lunch stop (your food)
  • Luggage, gear and cooler/food relocation

 

Not Included

 

  • Alcoholic Beverages – we can haul and keep them cold though!
  • Lodging
  • Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
  • Weather Control – Mother Nature has a mind of her own
  • Bikes