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Duration
7 Days / 6 Nights

Meals
5 Dinners
5 Breakfasts
Distance
435 miles

Elevation Gain
29,000 feet

2014 Dates
May 11 - 17
Sept 14 - 20
Sept 28 - Oct 4

2014 Price
$2,295.00

Single Room
$300.00

Rider Limit
18 Rider Limit
Bike Rental
$245.00

Highlights
Zion NP
Bryce NP
Grand Staircase
Captiol Reef NP
Lake Powell
Burr Trail


Lodging
Majestic View Lodge
Bryce Canyon Lodge
Prospector Inn
Capitol Reef Resort
Defiance House
Bryce Grand

Dining
Majestic View
Bryce Canyon Lodge
Escalante Outfitters
Rim Rock
Defiance House


Start / Finish
Springdale, UT
Majestic View Lodge
Airport
Las Vegas Int
St George

Shuttle
St George Shuttle
$39 one way


Thanks for the trip of a lifetime! Last week was the best - the scenery, new friends made & riding a bike......how can it get any better?!! .
- Gavin Davies, UK

Waking up this morning, still with a smile on my face from this past week's experience, I jumped on your website to find my next challenge.
- Monique Swanson
* Utah 5 Parks 2008

I want to take a minute to express my sincere grattitude for another great trip. Cycling Escapes is EXACTLY what I want in a trip - great, well designed rides in exciting locales.
- Bruce Tranen
* Utah 5 Parks 2008

We rode with Cycling Escapes on the Utah 5 Parks tour in 2011. Definitely the best bicycle tour we have ever taken. Challenging routes and great support made it a tremendous experience. We booked a tour for 2012 immediately after.
- Tom A, Maryland

Thanks for another perfectly executed and wondrful trip. Everything was Epic!
- Debra W, WA
* Utah 5 Parks 2013

We had a wonderful week!
- John & Debi, SC
* Utah 5 Parks 2010

Thanks for an amzing adventure. The ride was mind opening and I'll never forget it.
- Mariicio, CA
* Utah 5 Parks 2010

These tours are designed for people that like to ride. Many tour companies only cover 35 - 45 miles per day. There was good ride support and I felt that I was always in good hands. The lodging and dinning were all very good and we had a great group of riders on our tour. If you like to ride and have an adventurous spirit, I definitely recommend a trip with Cycling Escapes
- Stan O, NE
* Utah 5 Parks 2011

I've ridden 2 tours with Cycling Escapes. Great rides, great support, and met great people to ride with. Another great great trip. And you make it the best. I'll be back!!!!
- Jim G, TX

I have participated in two Cycling Escapes tours and both trips were outstanding; challenging but safe routes, spectacular scenery, great support, fine lodging & dining. They are well organized and run a very professional program.
- Alan S
* Utah 5 Parks 2011

I've been on 3 different tours. Each route takes you off the beaten track & through stunning scenery - you choose the pace you want to ride at & the SAG van stops at regular intervals to ensure you always have the snacks & drinks you need. You'll get to ride with like-minded cycling enthusiasts & will end up making long term friendships. If you want the cycling adventure of a lifetime, look no further than Cycling Escapes.
- Gavin D, UK
* Utah 5 Parks 2009

I can't imagine a cycling trip anywhere that beats this trip. This is the kind of trip where you think you have just had the best day of cycling ever, and then the next day comes along and THAT turns out to be the best day of cycling ever! Every day is awe inspiring for it's beauty, ruggedness, and remoteness. Absolute highlights were the Grand Staircase Escalante, the ride to Capital Reef, and the 112 mile ride to Lake Powell partly over searing desert with the only sign of life being the white Cycling Escapes van. And then there was the Burr Trail - possibly one of the most incredible rides in the world. Did I mention the hike down Bryce Canyon or four of us standing at Lake Powell looking up at the constellations in the pitch black sky? This is a 'must do' trip.
- Debbie A, Canada
* Utah 5 Parks 2011

These tours provide exactly as promised, great riding that challenged me each day while providing breathtaking scenery and a truly memorable experience. Cycling Escapes provides great support. If you are looking for a week of serious riding with others who are like minded this is the ride for you.
- David E, NJ
* Utah 5 Parks 2010

I have done 8 trips with Cycling Escapes.Two of those trips were riding a tandem with my spouse. We are already signed up for a tour this summer, and I'll probably be doing the Eastern Sierra trip this fall. If you like lots of miles through beautiful places, considerable climbing, great ride support, very nice accomodations and meals, you will not be disappointed.
- Rich F, CA
* 12 tour rider

I've been on several of Cycling Escapes tours. Every one was very well organized, with accurate route sheets, excellent accommodations, great food, etc. The routes chosen, were low traffic and smooth pavement. Great support and sag vehicle available for those who needed it. Highly recommended!
- Doug D, CA
* 6 tour rider

Thanks for a great trip, I'll be seeing you soon.
- Alfonso
* Utah 5 Parks 2010

Michael and I had SUCH a great time on your tour. You were as steady as a rock! Always there, efficient, dedicated to seeing that your guests were cared for and had a good time. You are clearly committed and dedicated and passionate about what you provide for people like us who are fortunate enough to have experienced the trip you put together. You and Mike and Adam saw to it that your guests were safe and had what they needed to enjoy the trip. Some tour groups say the words; you saw to it that no one was disappointed. I just can't say enough good about the whole experience.
- Deina D, WA
* Utah 5 Parks 2013

Amy and I thoroughly enjoyed spending such a wonderful week with this group of amazing people. We will long remember you all and the fun times we had with you. Thanks for the memories!
- Alan H
* Utah 5 Parks 2010

Thanks for a great trip. Working on friends to go on another epic cycling escapes next year.
- Bob S, CA
* Utah 5 Parks 2013

Bike 5 Utah National Parks!


7 Days • 435 Mi • 29,000' • $2,295

Where else but in southern Utah can you create a bicycle tour through 5 National Parks and Scenic Byways in 6 days! Starting in Zion National Park in southern Utah, on this spring and fall cycling vacation we'll bike from Zion National Park to the red rock hoodoos of Bryce National Park, then onward to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, Lake Powell, and then up the little known Burr Trail.

Day
Weekday
Ride
Day
Route
Elevation
Gain
Miles
1
Sunday
...
Shuttle / Check-in & Orientation
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1
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
1,500'
23
2
Monday
2
Zion to Bryce
6,500'
89
3
Tuesday
3
Bryce to Grand Staircase Escalante
2,500'
50
4
Wednesday
4
Escalante to Capitol Reef
6,500'
66
5
Thursday
5
Capitol Reef to Lake Powell
4,600'
112
6
Friday
6
Burr Trail
4,300'
55
7
Saturday
7
Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive
2,800'
40
...
Shuttle to St George
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...
.
...
Total
29,000'
435

2014 Utah Route Map - Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase

utah cycling tour map 2

Utah Route - Capitol Reef, Lake Powell, Burr Trail

utah cycling tour map

Day 1 - Shuttle / Meet in Utah / Zion National Park


utah cycling tour day 1

For this 2014 bicycle tour we meet in Springdale, Utah, the gateway to Zion National Park. We suggest you Fly into Las Vegas or St George on Saturday, so you will be ready to go Sunday morning when our shuttle picks you up at the Best Western Abbey Inn at 10:00 am. The hotel is in St George, UT, a 2 hr shuttle from Las Vegas. It is a 45 minute drive to Springdale, Utah.

After checking into our hotel, the Majestic View Lodge in Utah, we'll have a brief orientation, set up bikes and still have time for a short 23 mile bike ride down Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

23 miles / 1,500 ft. elevation gain

utah bike tour route 1

Utah Day 2 - Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park


utah cycling tour day 2

Today marks the biggest climbing day of the tour. We start by cycling through Zion National Park up a series of switchbacks with amazing views to the Zion-Mt Carmel tunnel, where we'll shuttle through to the east entrance. This begins a beautiful bike ride through the upper east portion of the park, where we'll pass geological wonders such as Checkerboard Mesa. Don't forget your camera!

After biking Zion National Park we cycle north, meandering through sleepy towns and eventually meeting Scenic Byway 12. Cycling through the geological wonders of Red Canyon on a gently sloping bike path, we'll cycle toward Bryce National Park and it's historic lodge, our hotel for the evening. Take a stroll to the park rim and watch the patterns of light flow across the hoodoos in the setting sun!

89 miles / 6,500 ft. elevation gain

utah bike tour route 2

Utah Day 3 - Bryce to Grand Staircase Escalante


utah cycling tour day 3

Prepare to be amazed. Riiders always name today's route as one of their best days on a bike. We leave Bryce cycling on Scenic Byway 12 toward Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and it's amazing Canyon Country. This is one of Utah's most scenic rides, with panoramas of vast slickrock and scenic canyons cut by the Escalante River.

We start the morning with a short walk into the Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. It's a must see and a good warmup before we get on the bike. We end the day in Escalante, Utah - gateway to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

50 miles / 2,500 ft. elevation gain

utah bike tour route 3

Utah Day 4 - Grand Staircase to Capitol Reef


utah cycling tour day 4

Today we climb! The highlight of today's bike ride is a 14 mile, 4,000 foot ascent straight up Boulder Mountain. Continuing along Scenic Byway 12, we'll bike through forests of fir, giving way to aspen, as we climb toward the 9,200' summit. Here we are rewarded with fantastic views of the Grand Staircase from above, and a 10 mile descent on the other side!

But first we have to scale the canyon wall of Hells Backbone, a canyon road like no other. After the bike ride we shuttle into Capitol Reef National Park for an optional hike on the slickrock domes and walls of indian petroglyphs.

66 miles / 6,500 ft. elevation gain

utah bike tour route 4

Day 5 - Capitol Reef National Park to Lake Powell


utah cycling tour day 5

Today's 112 mile bike ride marks the longest ride of the tour. But don't worry, the first 35 miles is a gradual downhill. We start by cycling through the incredible narrow canyons of Capitol Reef National Park on our way out into the vast expanse of Canyon Country.

After a brief ride through the badlands between the park and Hanksville, we'll cast out into 100 mile vistas along the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. We then cycle through red rock country, on our way to Lake Powell National Rec Area which borders Utah and Arizona. We'll be staying at Defiance House Lodge, which overlooks spectacular Lake Powell, arguably the most unique lake in the world.

112 miles / 4,600 ft. elevation gain

utah bike tour route 5

Utah Tour Day 6 - Burr Trail


utah cycling tour day 6

Today we will be cycling the Burr Trail, a serpentine road that snakes through sheer canyon walls as it slowly climbs from Lake Powell up to Scenic Byway 12. Along the way there are fantastic views of the Waterpocket Fold, Boulder Mountain, Capitol Reef, and a gripping ride up the switchbacks of Burr Canyon.

You have an option today. Those feeling strong after the long ride yesterday may start out from Lake Powell for a 55 mile ride. Those a little leg weary may shuttle to the far boundary of Capitol Reef for a 35 mile ride into Boulder. Either way, both rides require a short, very scenic shuttle over a 16 mile section of dirt road. The ride through Long Canyon will leave you breathless.

After the ride we will shuttle back to Bryce, Utah. Dinner is on your own tonight, with 3 Restaurants within walking distance.

55 miles / 4,300 ft. elevation gain

utah bike tour route 6

Utah Day 7 - Bryce National Park: Rim Scenic Byway


utah cycling tour day 7

On the last day of our cycling vacation we bike along the Bryce Canyon Rim Drive. This is our second ride where we top out at over 9,000' at Rainbow Point. Stop at all the pullouts along the way for views into the canyon and its famous hoodoos. If you didn't hike into the canyon on Tuesday now is your chance. After the ride we shuttle back to Zion National Park and eventually St George, Utah.

40 miles / 2,800 ft. elevation gain

utah bike tour route 7

Return Shuttle to St George, Utah


After the last day of cycling we shuttle to St George, Utah, where you may stay overnight or catch a shuttle back to Las Vegas with St. George Shuttle.

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