Moab, Arches & Grand Junction Cycling

Trip Length 7 Days
Group Size 12
Difficulty
Starting from
$3,699 for REI Members
$3,974 for non-members
Departures May 2020-Oct 2020

Traverse legendary landscapes and routes of the Moab area on this 7-day adventure of road riding, hiking and discovery.

A great ride for experienced riders who like to stretch themselves on some awe-inspiring climbs and descents, this tour is centered in the great cycling destination of Moab, Utah. Known predominantly for spectacular mountain biking, Moab provides some great road cycling opportunities as well. You?ll have several routes along the Colorado River and challenging climbing in the La Sal Mountain range. Spend the day riding and the evening enjoying the cycling vibe around the small town of Moab.

A rest day of hiking to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park highlights the end of our Moab experience and the beginning of our ride along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway with long, sustained climbs at a reasonable grade as well as beautiful sweeping downhills as payback for the mountains conquered. But it?s not over when we reach Grand Junction as we have a final day of riding in the Colorado National Monument on the ?Tour of the Moon? route and a celebration for a great week of cycling.

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Trip Highlights

  • Take a dream trip, skip the planning?fully supported tour for experienced riders
  • Sample the best of Moab routes and scenery, from canyons to red-rock moonscapes
  • Hike the strange sculptural terrain of Arches National Park
  • Ride Colorado National Monument?s famous ?Tour of the Moon?
  • Challenge your cycling endurance in the land of gold mines and dinosaur bones

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate Plus [3-4]. Trip members should be capable of cycling up to 60 miles (5-7 hours). Participants should come equipped with a spirit of adventure.

  • Road Cycling
  • Cycling

What's Included

Six nights accommodations; permits and associated fees; all meals as noted in the daily itinerary; bikes.

Accommodations

Lodge or cottage accommodations, 6 nights

Your wheels for the journey

Every great tour begins with a great bike, and our top-flight fleet has been carefully curated for your cycling adventure.

Want to bring your own bike?  You can do that too.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Ride the Colorado River to Moab

Meet your fellow cyclists this morning at our host hotel in Grand Junction, Colorado. After introductions and a brief orientation, we hit the road together. An hour transfer takes us over the border into Utah where we?ll begin our first ride. The scenery today doesn?t disappoint as we pedal the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway, following the curves of the Colorado River with red sandstone walls and buttes rising alongside us. Our ride ends in the small bustling town on Moab, UT where we?ll spend the next several days exploring the best rides in the area. Lunch and dinner included.

Cycling: 44 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,693? / 2,073?; Van Transfer: 1 hour

Day 2

Canyonlands Vistas & Dead Horse Point

After a tasty breakfast we ride out to the gorgeous Dead Horse Point State Park. Our route out of Moab begins on the Moab Canyon Pathway, a paved path designed specifically to help keep cyclists off busier sections of road and safe to enjoy the scenery. It?s a hearty climb up to Dead Horse Point but the vistas are well worth the effort. Look out over the zigzagging landscape of Canyonlands National Park below and the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. After lunch we retrace our route back to Moab for another evening in the outdoor-centric town of Moab. Breakfast and lunch included.

Cycling: 68 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 3,638? / 3,638?

Day 3

Castle Valley, Juniper Breezes & Scenic Climb in the La Sal Mountains

Today?s route takes us out of canyon country and into the forested scenery of the La Sal Mountains; home of the Moab Gran Fondo. We?ll be following their route in this mountain challenge. We start by retracing part of our first ride along the Colorado River but soon turn off into the beautiful Castle Valley. Here the steady climb begins and we test our endurance against the hills. Watch as the treescape transforms from Pinyon pines and junipers to oak and larger pines, along with some whispering Aspens. From the high point, the road is predominantly downhill, with some intermittent breaks in the descent. Enjoy your celebratory dinner at a local establishment of your choosing. Breakfast and lunch included.

Cycling: 63 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 5,408? / 5,408?

Day 4

Explore Arches National Park & Moab

After yesterday?s challenge we take a well-deserved rest day off the bike. Instead we?ll use the morning to visit nearby Arches National Park. A short hike takes to Delicate Arch, one of the most photographed natural arches in the world. Enjoy some free time to rest and explore Moab in the afternoon before we transfer up and over the La Sal Mountains to the sleepy town of Naturita, Colorado where we?ll continue the next stage of our journey. Breakfast and dinner included.

Hiking: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 480? / 480?; Van Transfer 1.5 hours

Day 5

Ride Naturita to Gateway via Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway

Our cycling today follows the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway. This sparsely populated area once had established mining communities living and working here and now offers a lovely cycling route along a quieter route. Our path follows the Dolores River and past historic markers and now dormant mining sites. Our ride ends in the small community of Gateway, Colorado where we?ll enjoy a relaxing evening. All meals included.

Cycling: 51 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,741? / 2,565?

Day 6

Unaweep Canyon & Grand Junction

We continue our route along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway and travel into Unaweep Canyon, one of the prettiest sections of the ride. Unaweep Canyon is a geologically unique canyon that cuts across the Uncompahgre Plateau. The Ute Indian name "Un-a-weep," which translated means "canyon with two mouths" refers to the fact that from the Unaweep Divide, one mouth (East Creek) drains eastward to the Gunnison River and the other mouth (West Creek) drains westward to the Dolores River. Our ride ends in Grand Junction, Colorado where we?ll spend a final night and celebratory dinner together. All meals included.

Cycling: 53 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 3,188? / 3,099?

Day 7

Ride the Legendary ?Tour of the Moon?

Our final ride doesn?t disappoint as we cycle the classic Colorado National Monument Loop. Back in the ?80s, there was a world-class cycling race in Colorado and many racers favorite stage was called ?Tour of the Moon.? While no longer used for competition, Colorado National Monument remains one of the most otherworldly experiences on two wheels, as long as you don?t mind working for the celestial views. Our route passes through a moonscape of majestic pillars of red rock and massive stones poised on needle-like precipices. At ride?s end it?s time to say goodbye and bring home amazing photos and experiences to remember. Breakfast and lunch included.

Cycling: 41 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 3,254? / 3,253?

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.

Collection of selected R E I Co-op cycling merchandise and snacks laid out to pack for a bike tour

What to pack

Contact Us

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