Zion & Bryce Canyon Cycling & Hiking

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Dates: May-Sep - see all dates

Total Days: 6

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014

REI member: $2,899

Non-member: $3,275

2015

REI member: $2,999

Non-member: $3,375

Additional Fees

Single supplement $799

Trip Dates:

2014

  • May 26–31
  • Jun 23–28
  • Jun 30 – Jul 5
  • Aug 4–9
  • Aug 11–16
  • Sep 1–6
  • Sep 8–13

Dates are subject to change due to lodging availability.

2015

  • May 18–23
  • May 25–30
  • Jun 22–27
  • Jun 29 – Jul 4
  • Aug 3–8
  • Aug 10–15
  • Aug 31 – Sep 5
  • Sep 7–12

Dates are subject to change due to lodging availability.


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Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking

Accommodations:

Hotels, 3 nights; National Park Lodge, 2 nights

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Utah's Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks by bike and foot
  • Discover unique, beautiful terrain full of canyons, spires, and colorful rock
  • Pick between optional rides to suit many activity levels
  • Stay in comfortable hotels and lodges and take in a star-filled sky each night
  • Visit Kodachrome Basin, Emerald Pools, Angel's Landing, and much more

Southern Utah's geologic wonderland surrounding Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks boasts one of the world's most stunning landscapes for biking adventure: sculpted rock blushes pink, smolders in tarnished orange, and radiates in burning red from sun-up to sun-down; eagles soar above and Bighorn sheep clamor over cliffs; and contrasting colors dance across the spire-like hoodoos of Bryce Canyon.

Spend an unforgettable week with REI exploring these two national treasures by bike and on foot. We ride beneath towering pines on the Red Rock Bike Trail, across the sandstone-layered Kodachrome Basin, and mazes of canyons among towering spires. Swapping pedals for boots, hike to the Emerald Pools and Angel's Landing.

At night, we witness displays of an immaculately clear night sky before retiring to comfortable hotels and lodges. Our experienced guides offer immeasurable expertise and a menu that will amaze you as much as our exceptional bike tour across Southern Utah.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Transfer to Springdale, Utah, the gateway to Zion National Park.
  • Day 2 - Hike Angel's Landing or Echo Canyon; cycle the famous "Tunnel Climb."
  • Day 3 - Hike to Emerald Pools, then pedal through Red Canyon near Bryce Canyon.
  • Day 4 - Cycle multi-hued Kodachrome Basin and take a sunset walk.
  • Day 5 - Ride one of many options to explore the maze of canyons of Bryce.
  • Day 6 - Ride in Kolob Canyons beneath soaring cliffs before departing.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

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 and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Transfer to Springdale, Utah, the gateway to Zion National Park.

    Our trip begins at 1:00 p.m. at the REI store in Henderson, NV (Las Vegas). Your trip guides will provide a detailed review of the week's itinerary and discuss gear and packing considerations. Shop for any last minute items you may need before we transfer 3 hours by van to majestic Zion National Park. Along the way, your guides share stories and answer questions about the geology and history of this unique corner of the American west. Driving along the Virgin River, we're on the lookout for mule deer seeking water and shade under the hanging valleys and willow trees. Upon arrival in Springdale, the gateway to Zion National Park, we enjoy a casual dinner a favorite restaurant. We then proceed into the park and check into our lodging. The last item on today's agenda is a brief bike fitting and cycling safety discussion. Dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Hike Angel's Landing or Echo Canyon; cycle the famous "Tunnel Climb."

    We start the day with a hike to either Angel's Landing or Echo Canyon (depending on the season). Both hikes are Zion classics and afford incredible views of the entire canyon. Along the way, search the crags above to spot one of the Bighorn sheep who hide away in the nooks and crannies. At the conclusion of our hike, a delicious picnic lunch is prepared by our guides back at the lodge. Next we set out on our bikes for an afternoon filled with great riding options, including cycling the flat canyon bottom beneath towering cliffs or tackling the steep "tunnel climb" for a more challenging ride. All meals included

    Hiking: 5-8 miles over steep terrain. Note: The final section of our hike to the top of Angel's Landing is along a steep, narrow trail set on the spine of a sandstone fin rising almost 1,500' above the canyon floor. Chains, for use as handholds, have been installed along the trail for hiker safety on this airy route. The final exposed section of the Angel's Landing hike is optional and not recommended for those with acrophobia.

  • Day 3 - Hike to Emerald Pools, then pedal through Red Canyon near Bryce Canyon.

    An optional sunrise hike to Emerald Pools is a wonderful way to greet the day. Following breakfast we drive through Zion Tunnel to the trailhead of Red Canyon. Unlike Butch Cassidy, who dodged a deadly beating from a posse he'd upset in Panguitch (purportedly for kissing a girl), we're not here to hide, we're here to ride! Today's 20 miles of idyllic pedaling follows a paved path through Red Canyon as it climbs through the pines, near red rock pinnacles and across the open plateau outside Bryce Canyon before ending on a high note with a long downhill past Mossy Cave. A short walk here provides our first glimpse of hoodoos – picturesque, skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and "broken" lands. Tonight we stay at the Bryce Country Cabins. All meals included.

    Hiking: 2.6 miles; Cycling: 20 miles; Terrain: rolling hills; Elevation gain: 800', elevation loss: 1,500'.

  • Day 4 - Cycle multi-hued Kodachrome Basin and take a sunset walk.

    Awaken to the smells of sage and pine and head out for an optional hike to a viewpoint that offers lovely views of the park in the morning light. After breakfast we cycle to Kodachrome Basin. This area might boast the name of a popular Paul Simon song, but the real story behind the naming of Kodachrome has more to do with a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition, whose members related the area to the color film because of the multi-hued sandstone layers on display here. After biking and hiking among the dramatic sedimentary pipes, we head back to Bryce Country Cabins and muse over the day's adventures at the historic Bryce Lodge dining room before a sunset stroll along the famous amphitheater rim trail. All meals included.

    Optional hike: 6 miles; Terrain: mostly flat. Cycling: 15 miles; Terrain: Gradual downhill and rolling combined with some short, steep sections, losing 650' total. Optional cycling: return to the Bryce Country Cabins via the same route for a total of 30 miles. Or, ride 30-50 miles on Highway 12 out-and-back through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

  • Day 5 - Ride one of many options to explore the maze of canyons of Bryce.

    Today is full of options to explore the maze of canyons and towering sandstone spires comprising legendary Bryce Canyon National Park. We begin at the Visitor Center and set out first on a hilly ride to Rainbow Point where we gaze down thousands of feet and hundreds of miles across the aptly named Grand Staircase. Options to fit your personal interests and fitness include: Bike the 1,200' climb to Rainbow Point, hike the spectacular Queen's Garden and Wall Street trails, spend the afternoon pedaling back to the Bryce Country Cabins with some very scenic overlooks, or enjoy the views from the relatively flat amphitheater rim trail. Tonight, enjoy the grandeur of the night sky while your guides grill a wonderful farewell dinner. All meals included.

    Cycling: 17 miles; Terrain: Rolling hills to some steep climbs; Elevation gain: 2,000'. Optional cycling: up to 37 miles. Optional hiking: 1-5 miles, up to 900' elevation gain.

  • Day 6 - Ride in Kolob Canyons beneath soaring cliffs before departing.

    After an early morning departure from Bryce Canyon we traverse the Markagunt Plateau to the little visited, but incredibly spectacular, west side of Zion National Park. We ride the quiet Kolob Canyons Road beneath soaring cliffs and out into the valley below. We then continue on to St. George to enjoy a final lunch together. We end our trip at the Las Vegas airport, arriving between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.; outbound flights can be booked for any time after 6:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Cycling: 10 miles; Terrain: Rolling hills with a net downhill grade, losing ~900'. Optional cycling: Up to 6 miles of uphill climbing, gaining ~800'.

Note on Itinerary

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.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Bicycles

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) - $260.00 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) - $350.00 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.

Price Includes

Double-occupancy accommodations as noted above; meals as noted in the itinerary; professional instruction and guiding leadership; support vehicle; snacks and water; Trek FX 7.2 Hybrid bicycle or Giant Defy 2 Road bicycle (guest's choice); park entrance fees, permits and local taxes.

All operations in Grand Staircase National Monument are conducted under the authorized concessionaire permit of Arizona Outdoor Specialists, Inc.

Not Included

Flights to/from Las Vegas, NV; dinner on Day 3; travel insurance; airport transfers; alcoholic beverages; guides gratuities.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. 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.

Weather

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.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

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 & Bryce Canyon Cycling & Hiking Gear List

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.

Weather

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.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • 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
Required Gear
  • Helmet
Official Papers
  • Photo identification
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • One piece of luggage, wheels and a retractable handle are recommended
  • Daypack
  • Daypack rain cover
  • Luggage tags and lock
City Clothing
  • Sweater and/or light jacket and/or windbreaker
  • Shorts
  • Casual, comfortable clothes for dinners
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun hat
Cycling Clothing
  • 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
Footwear
  • Cycling shoes (see “Things to Consider”)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Shoes to compliment dinner clothes
Travel Accessories
  • Sport/cycling sunglasses
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Water bottles (2) or hydration pack
Optional Field Gear
  • 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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4.0

Scenic and Fun

By Carolina Biker

from Charlotte, NC

About Me Casual Adventurer

Pros

  • Activity Level
  • Guides
  • Quality Equipment Provided
  • Well Organized Itinerary

Cons

  • Accommodations

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    Comments about REI Adventures Zion and Bryce Canyon Cycling:

    The guides on this trip were super professional, hard working, friendly and always helpful. They will make sure that you have a great time at your level of ability and they will do everything possible to keep you safe. The guides had in depth knowledge of the climate, geography, plants and animals of the region. They're fun to be with and exceeded our expectations by a long shot. Don't go on this trip if you're looking for 4 and 5 star accommodations; you'll be disappointed. This trip is focused on the adventure. As long as that's what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed.

    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
    • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
    • Why did you choose this trip?:
    • I wanted a cycling trip with support since I was riding in an unfamiliar terrain and climate. I also wanted the advantage of itinerary that packed much more activity into the available time than I could do on my own.
    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
    • The tunnel ride was eye-popping and an adrenaline rush on the way down. Reaching the 9100 foot summit of Rainbow Point was the most satisfying challenge met, and the hike through the hoo-doos was like walking on another planet.
    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
    • Get in shape and take advantage of every option that your guide presents. You won't be disappointed in the fantastic scenery and challenging rides. Also, stay your last night in Las Vegas and fly out the next day. That way, you can ride and hike on Saturday and not have to travel without some rest and a shower.

    (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceeds Expectations

    By Appalacian Guy

    from Athens, OH

    About Me Experienced bicyclist, First-Time Adventurer

    Site Member

    Pros

    • Accommodations
    • Activity Level
    • Exceeded Expectations
    • Food
    • Group Camaraderie
    • Guides
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Quality Equipment Provided
    • Well Organized Itinerary

    Cons

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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.

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