Zion & Bryce Canyon Cycling

Trip Length 6 Days
Group Size 4?12
Difficulty
Starting from
$2,299 for REI Members
$2,674 for non-members
Departures May 2020-Sep 2020

Revel in epic cycling, hiking and scenery on a guided six-day adventure in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

When the desert calls, consider answering. Because it?s awesome. See for yourself when you join this thoughtfully designed small-group ramble through southern Utah. Most of our time will be spent in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, supplemented with lesser-known but equally interesting destinations. We camp comfy at night and cycle, hike or wander by day. Every morning brings us to new places, from regal canyons of Navajo sandstone to amphitheatres of squiggly, alien-looking hoodoos.

We provide high-quality bikes and full support. Expect excellent snacks. After initial fittings, we ride beneath towering pines on the Red Rock Bike Trail; cycle the steep inclines of the Tunnel Climb; cross the layered sandstone of Kodachrome Basin; gawk at the Mars-like formations of Bryce Canyon?s Fairyland; and lots more. We augment our daily rides with optional hikes. Along the way, the guides shed light on our cultural and natural surroundings. No matter how well-seasoned a traveler you are, Southern Utah is worth the trip. Here, you?ll get up close and personal with the full glory?and weirdness?of nature.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Utah's Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in a way the average visitor doesn?t: by bicycle
  • Get out and play in some of the world?s most famous landscapes, full of canyons, cliffs, spires and hoodoos in sunset colors
  • Take in the shockingly starry sky each night from our desert camp
  • Visit lesser-known (but totally worth it) destinations like Cedar Breaks and Kodachrome Basin

Activities

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.

  • Road Cycling
  • Cycling

What's Included

Accommodations and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; professional instruction and guiding leadership; support vehicle; snacks and water; flat or drop bar road bike (guest's choice); park entrance fees, permits and local taxes.

Accommodations

Camping; 5 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

From St. George to Zion

Our trip begins at 8am at our meet-up hotel in St. George, UT, where we will transfer to Snow Canyon State Park for our orientation and bike fitting. We start riding from the state park as we head toward Pioneer Park and later to Hurricane, UT as a warmup for the week ahead. Along the way, your guides share stories and answer questions about the geology and history of this unique corner of the American West. The day finishes in Springdale, UT, the gateway to Zion National Park at our campground for the next two nights. We will have dinner at our campsites prepared by our guides. Lunch and dinner included.

Cycling: 35 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2,044'/-2,363'; Van transfer: 30 minutes

Day 2

Tunnel Climb, Watchman Overlook & Mountain Town Ramble

We start the day riding the Zion National Park roads and bike trails including the 1000' climb to the "Tunnel". The day includes the signature red road of Zion's canyon bottom beneath towering cliffs. Lunch today will be on your own so that you can explore the town of Springdale, UT. After lunch your guides will lead an optional hike on the famous Watchman Trail with more free time after the hike in Springdale. Relax at camp this evening and refuel with a guide prepared dinner. Breakfast and dinner included.

Cycling: 24 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2,082'/-2,082'; Hiking(optional): 3 miles

Day 3

Through Red Canyon & Fairyland

We begin our transition to Bryce today as we take a transfer to Hatch, UT, before putting wheels on the ground and cycling the red rocks to Bryce Canyon and our campground for the next three nights. Although it is only 34 miles to Fairyland Point, those not taking the optional hike at Rainbow Point can start the ride back toward our campground adding more awesome miles to the day. Fairyland Point provides our first glimpse of hoodoos?picturesque, skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and "broken" lands. Hikers can opt out of the cycling back to camp. All meals included.

Cycling: 34 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,601'/-739'; Hiking (optional): 2.6 miles; Van transfer 1.5 hours

Day 4

Treasures of Kodachrome Basin

After breakfast we cycle to Kodachrome Basin State Park. 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 some optional hiking among the dramatic sedimentary pipes, we head back to camp and muse over the day's adventures. All meals included.

Cycling: 50 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2941'/-2941'; Hiking (optional): 1.5 miles

Day 5

Explore Bryce Canyon from Floor to Rim

Today is full of options to explore the maze of canyons and towering sandstone spires comprising legendary Bryce Canyon National Park including Queen?s Garden or Wall Street trails. 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. Returning to the Visitor Center via bike we may take another optional short hike from Sunset Point around Navajo Loop. A brief transfer delivers us back to camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Cycling: 37 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2,000'/-2000'; Hiking (optional): 3 miles; Van transfer: 1 hour

Day 6

Above Cedar Breaks, the "Circle of Painted Cliffs"

After a casual breakfast, we break camp for our last outing of the week. As we transfer back to St. George, UT, we will embark on a mid-morning hike at over 10,000' in elevation in Cedar Breaks National Monument. We will soon see for ourselves why Native Americans named this breathtaking National Monument "Circle of Painted Cliffs." Our hike on the Ramparts Overlook Trail through bristle cone pines and brilliantly colored cliffs provides the ultimate end to our tour in the southwest. We say goodbye after lunch in Cedar City. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 4 miles; Van transfer: 2.5 hours

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.

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Contact Us

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 REI Expert Advice , which has great information to help you prepare for your trip.