Zion and Bryce Canyon Cycling
Southern Utah's geologic wonderland surrounding Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks boasts one of the world's most stunning landscapes for cycling adventure. The sculpted rock here blushes pink, smolders in tarnished orange, and radiates in burning red from sun-up to sun-down. Spend an unforgettable week with us exploring the intriguing history and beguiling contrasts of grandiose Zion and the labyrinth landscapes of Bryce Canyon by bike and on foot. While pedaling Zion's red paved roads, we spy eagles above and perhaps a shy Bighorn sheep clamoring over the cliffs that rise up to meet Zion's transcendent spine of stony sentinels. On our way into Bryce Canyon Park, we ride beneath towering pines on the Red Rock Bike Trail that leads us further into a landscape like no other. Fantastically chiseled with remarkable and strange geologic features, the spire-like hoodoos of Bryce reflect a glow of creamy yellow and orange accented by thick purple and navy shadows with all the depth and contrast that the human eye can behold. And after the sun has set, get ready for incomparable displays of the clear night sky, as Bryce reveals nearly 7,500 shining stars to easily trump the 2,500 you might see in the average rural night sky. Our experienced guides offer seemingly endless expertise and a menu that will amaze you as much as our exceptional rides across Southern Utah, linking Zion and Bryce Canyon with some of the most picturesque cycling and hiking in the southwest desert.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance.
Zion & Bryce Canyon Cycling Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive in Henderson, NV and transfer to Springdale, Utah, the gateway to Zion National Park. Orientation to a week of spectacular riding among the red rocks of the Southwest!
Day 2 Hike Angel's Land or Echo Canyon in the morning, and choose from various cycling route, including the famous "Tunnel Climb", as you explore Zion National Park by bike this afternoon.
Day 3 Hike the renowned Emerald Pools, then pedal through lovely Red Canyon as it climbs through pines, near red rock pinnacles, and across the open plateau outside Bryce Canyon.
Day 4 Cycle Kodachrome Basin, with its lovely multi-hued sandstone layers, and complete the day with a sunset walk along the Bryce Amphitheatre Rim Trail.
Day 5 Ride one of many options to explore the maze of canyons and towering sandstone spires comprising legendary Bryce Canyon National Park.
Day 6 Ride in Kolob Canyons beneath soaring cliffs before transferring as a group to the Las Vegas, NV airport.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
We provide the Trek FX 7.2 Hybrid bike, which is the perfect blend of a fast ride with a familiar, upright riding geometry outfitted for comfort. The Trek includes "Ride Longer" features like a fitness-specific Bontrager Nebula saddle and Bontrager Ergo grips. Or you can choose to ride the Giant Defy 2 (Double) Road bike, which features butted ALUXX alloy smooth welded frameset brilliantly engineered with a new 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" headtube, perfectly balancing weight and front end rigidity.
Bike upgrades are available for an additional cost:
Specialized Roubaix Elite (Triple) - $210.00 additional charge
For road cyclists looking for something with a bit more get-up-and-go. Featuring Specialized FACT 7r carbon frame and Shimano 105 shifting, this bike is seriously smooth and seriously fast.
Trek Madone 5.1 (Triple) - $290.00 additional charge
The ultimate frame technology, this bike offers a hand-built, U.S.-made OCLV carbon frameset, silky smooth Shimano Ultegra shifting, and fast and durable Bontrager Race wheels. It's the ideal ride for the discerning cyclist.
Note: Helmets are required on our tour, and are not provided.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on this itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is one-half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available on most departures.
Six nights in hotel/lodge/inn (double occupancy); Professional instruction and guiding leadership; support van; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; snacks and water; Trek FX 7.2 Hybrid bicycle ; park entrance fees, permits and local taxes.
Flights to/from Las Vegas, NV; dinner on Day 3; travel insurance; airport transfers; alcoholic beverages; guides gratuities.
This trip is rated Moderate . Trip members should be physically fit, have some experience cycling on paved roads and have a basic familiarity with shifting gears, braking, riding in groups and riding safety, in addition to being comfortable riding for 4-7 hours per day. Our route in southern Utah features some hilly terrain. Ensuring you are comfortable on a bike for daily rides of 20-40+ miles will greatly enhance your ability to fully enjoy all this adventure has to offer. There is a support vehicle on this tour. Hiking experience is also beneficial to your overall enjoyment of the trip.
During most months this high desert region receives very little precipitation. However, please be prepared for the possibility of rain. The temperature difference between Zion and Bryce is commonly 20 degrees. Generally, summer daytime highs average in the 90's in Zion and in the 70's in Bryce. Spring and fall temperatures will be about 10-20 degrees cooler on average and please keep in mind that the dry air and ample shade created by the canyon walls will make the temperatures feel slightly cooler. You should be particularly mindful of this fact in your preparation for cool shady mornings in and around Bryce Canyon with temperatures as low as 40 degrees in summer and in the 30's during the spring and fall.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Zion and Bryce Canyon Cycling
This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.
The temperature difference between Zion and Bryce is usually 20º F. Summer temperatures average in the low 90s in Zion and in the 70s in Bryce. Spring and fall temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler. Plan for cool and shady mornings and evenings with temperatures as low as 40ºF in summer and in the 30s during the spring and fall.
- Trek FX 7.2 Hybrid bike or Giant Defy 2 road bike (your choice)
- Flat pedals
- Handlebar bag
- Large saddle bag with emergency tool kit and additional room for small guest items
- Photo identification
- Airline tickets
- One piece of luggage, wheels and a retractable handle are recommended
- Daypack rain cover
- Luggage tags and lock
- Sweater and/or light jacket and/or windbreaker
- Casual, comfortable clothes for dinners
- Sun hat
- Cycling jerseys, short and long sleeve
- Cycling tights or pants
- Cycling shorts
- Cycling raingear, jacket and pants, waterproof and breathable
- Cycling vest
- Arm and/or leg warmers
- Cycling gloves, both short and long fingered
- Headband, sweatband, beanie, etc.
- Cycling socks
- Cycling shoes (see “Things to Consider”)
- Hiking shoes
- Shoes to compliment dinner clothes
- Sport/cycling sunglasses
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Personal first-aid kit
- Water bottles (2) or hydration pack
- Camera + memory, batteries, charger
- Reading and writing materials
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Laundry bag, cord and soap
- Bike rear view mirror
- Bike computer or GPS (provided or bring your own)
- Heart rate monitor
- Saddle (without the post) or gel seat cover
- Favorite energy snacks / drinks
Things to Consider
- Always pack essential items such as your REI Adventures trip final bulletin, money, eyewear, medications and a change of clothes in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- We recommend bright-colored bicycle clothing for visibility and safety.
- Always test your clothing layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding.
- If you are not bringing a shoe and pedal system (optional), you will need a shoe designed for cycling or cross training to be used with the provided flat pedals. Consider these features: lightweight, closed toe, designed with stiffer soles to provide more efficient energy transfer as you pedal. Stiff soles protect your feet while riding and support the full length of your foot to reduce cramping and fatigue.
- If you bring your own saddle, please bring only the seat and not the seat post. Seat posts are not universal and may not fit the bike you'll be riding. You are welcome to bring a gel seat cover for use on the provided saddle.
- Comfortable, casual clothes are appropriate for dinners. We suggest bringing pants, skirts/dresses or mid-thigh or longer shorts in fabrics that are easy to wash and wear.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.
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Comments about REI Adventures Zion and Bryce Canyon Cycling:
In Zion National Park our group chose to hike up toward Observation Point rather than hike to Angel's Landing. We saw many varied sights, and we ended up looking down on Angel's Landing.
The tunnel climb in Zion on bicycles is something you can be very proud of doing, as is the longer climb to Rainbow Point at Bryce...and there are many great photo oportunities on each to break the pace.
You must make the hike down into Bryce Canyon from the Inn. This walk gets you up close and personal to the spectacular formations of Bryce.
Also, if possible you want to see both Kodachrome State Park and Kolob Canyon. The bicycle climb up Kolob Canyon is a fitting last memory...even if the legs are a little unwilling by this time.
Emerald Pools was a little bit of a disappointment...it may be better at another time of year when the water is flowing better.
For me the worst thing about this trip is that it begins and ends in Las Vegas. I'm not a fan of casinos. However, we managed to see "The Lion King" at Mandalay Bay before I left. That was a fun experience.
- Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
- Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
- Why did you choose this trip?:
- The pictures and the itinerary as advertised were compelling. Reality was that the advertisement was understated.
- What was the highlight of your trip?:
- The accommodations, the food, the scenery, the physical activity were all excellent. However, the guides were what made this adventure exceed my expectations. They were very enthusiastic and professional. However, they also managed to make the experience seem like one shared by only the closest of friends. REI has some very good people.
- What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
- Listen to the guides and let them help you choose the daily options for your adventure. They know the trip very well and they want you to have the best possible experience.