Tour Summary


I was one of the weaker athletes in the group and started out by taking the van up some of the steep climbs, but I got stronger and bolder with the support and coaching of Rich and the group.
- Sandy Koltonow, UT 2005
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Duration
5 Days / 5 Nights

Distance
370 miles

Elevation Gain
18,000 feet

2015 Dates
TBD

2015 Price
$2,125.00

Single Room
$350.00

Rider Limit
15 Rider Limit
Bike Rental
$245.00

Highlights
Arches NP
Canyonlands NP
La Sal Mountains
Needles Disctrict
Moab


Lodging
Best Western Moab

Dining
Sunset Grill
Moab Brewery
Eddie McStiffs
Pasta Jay's
Zax


Start / Finish
Moab, UT

Two weeks have passed since Utah. It seems like yesterday and like an eternity. It was spectacular.
- Gary, Utah 2005
Bicycle Tour of Utah

Arches and Canyonlands

5 Days • 350 Miles • 18,000' Elevation Gain • $2,125.00

On this bicycle tour we use Moab, Utah as our basecamp. Each day we'll ride a different route into the national parks and red rock country that surround the Moab area. We cycle through Arches National Park, a fairyland of stone arches and rock monliths. And we'll also bike into Canyonlands National Park, including the less visited Needles district. You won't find vistas like this anywhere else in the world!

Browse the Tour Summary sidebar for links to all the parks and hotels on the route.

Day
Weekday
Ride
Day
Route
Elevation
Gain
Miles
1
Sunday
...
Check-in & Orientation
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2
Monday
1
Arches National Park
5,000'
55
3
Tuesday
2
Canyonlands National Park
4,500'
100
4
Wenesday
3
Colorado River Ride
2,000'
64
5
Thursday
4
La Sal Mountain Loop
5,000'
81
6
Friday
5
Canyonlands - The Needles
2,500'
43-70
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...
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Total
19,000'
370

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Cycling Tour of Arches and Canyonlands

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Day 1 - Shuttle / Meet in Moab, Utah

We'll meet in Moab on Sunday and start cycling Monday morning. If you are flying into either Salt Lake City or Grand Junction, we suggest renting a car and driving to Moab. After checking into our hotel, you'll have the chance to get settled, check out the town, and set up your bike. At an early evening orientation we'll make introductions, provide an overview for the week, and hand out Route Slips.


Day 2 - Arches National Park, Utah

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Prepare to be amazed. You've never seen anything like it. We'll bike from our homebase in Moab up into Arches National Park. This is truly an amazing ride through a wonderland of red sandstone arches, fins and spires. The road through the park is quiet and punctuated by breathtaking scenic viewpoints, and we'll visit them all, including the world-famous Delicate Arch (pictured above). At lunch we'll take a short hike to an arch and the "Fins Garden" before riding back out of the park to Moab.

55 miles / 5,000 ft. elevation gain

utah cycling tour day 1

Day 3 - Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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Today we bike up onto the plateau overlooking Canyonlands National Park. It's an incredible 100 mile view that stares down on the red rock hoodoos and spires of the park. We'll also stop at Deadhorse Point State Park for a view of the Colorado River far below. Once again this park has views you will recognize from Ride Calendars and photographs. The bike ride starts with a big climb and ends with a big descent! For those of you with sore legs, after the ride we'll hit the famous Moab Brewery for some muscle soothing suds before hitting the hot tub.

100 miles / 4,500 ft. elevation gain

utah cycling tour day 2

Day 4 - Colorado River Ride, Utah

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Today we'll cycle along the Colorado River between towering sandstone cliffs bordering both sides of the road. The bike route is an out and back that takes us through Castle Valley, a backdrop for numerous films and photographs. It's not a big climbing day, but it does roll up and down following the Colorado river the entire ride.

64 miles / 2,000 ft. elevation gain

utah cycling tour day 3

Day 5 - La Sal Mountain Loop

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Today "is" a big climbing day on the bike. We cycle up into the La Sal Mountains that rise above Moab for an incredible view of the Canyonlands from 9,000 feet. Preprare for grades of up to 22%. Riders have been known to zig zag on this section! After cresting the summit you'll have a big descent back down to the Colorado river where you'll follow it back into Moab. Tonight we dine at the Sunset Grill. Situated on a cliff overlooking Moab, you'll enjoy wonderful canyon views of the setting sun to reward you for your effort.

81 miles / 5,000 ft. elevation gain

89 miles / 6,500'

Day 6 - Canyonlands - The Needles

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After yesterday's challenging climb, today we'll start with a downhill, cycling into the Canyonlands Needles District. Along the way we'll pass by ancient Anasazi indian rock paintings before entering into the amazing needle rock formations in the lower end of the park. Visitors usually skip this section of Canyonlands since it requires a short drive from town to get here, so we are likley to have the roads mostly to ourselves. You'll ride through a bonanza of scenic thrills for a perfect finale to your week of cycling in red rock country.

43-70 miles / 2,500 ft. elevation gain

utah cycling tour day 5

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