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US - Zion & Bryce Biking Hiking Camping Tour
Southern Utah is full of treasures best seen from the vantage point of a bicycle. Each park we’ll visit is unique and famous in its own right, including the whimsical hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, the unbelievable rock formations of Kodachrome State Park, the undisturbed natural beauty of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and the towering sandstone cliffs verdant valley of Zion National Park. Enjoy cycling from Red Canyon State Park to Kodachrome, a stone’s throw from the fairytale rock formations you will later hike through at Bryce Canyon. From here, set out on your bike along Utah Highway 12 through the virtually undeveloped terrain of Escalante National Monument. After time spent exploring Bryce on day 3, the adventure turns westward to the impressive and oft-photographed Zion National Park. Cycling the Zion Park Road and exploring the surrounding canyons by biking through Zion National Park takes you on a surreal journey through time. Often called “a Yosemite dressed in red”, Zion offers a green valley floor surrounded on three sides by thousands of feet of rock tinted red by millennia of impact from natural forces.
Trip dates 2017: May 21-25 (SOLD OUT), June 8-12, June 19-23, July 13-17, July 24-28, August 10-14, August 28-September 1, September 7-11, September 18-22

All camping accommodations throughout this Southern Utah cycling trip are comfortable and inviting, allowing you to enjoy nature 24 hours a day. Nights are filled with laughter around the dinner table, reliving memories from the day’s rides and hikes, and colorful sunsets that morph into black skies that magically become aglow with stars.
+ Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart Las Vegas - Kodachrome Basin State Park (32 miles)

Day 1 – Depart Las Vegas - Kodachrome Basin State Park (32 miles)

After meeting our guides and fellow cyclists in Las Vegas or St. George, we travel north through the barren Mojave Desert toward the high-elevation plateaus of the Bryce Canyon area in southern Utah. Just as we begin to see the famous hues of red this area is known for, we turn off the highway into Red Canyon State Park. Here we enjoy a delicious guide-prepared picnic lunch before we don our cycling gear, get fit to our bikes, and begin our first ride of the adventure biking the Red Canyon bike trail through hoodoo country to Kodachrome Basin State Park. Parallelling Scenic Byway 12, the Red Canyon Bicycle Trail passes through canyons of red and white stone, towering in formations high above us, and winds through regal stands of ponderosa pine to our campground on the Paunsagunt Plateau. • Cycling: 32 miles • Lodging: Established campground in Kodachrome State Park

Meals: Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included

Day 2 – Escalante National Monument (32 miles riding, 8 miles hike)

Day 2 – Escalante National Monument (32 miles riding, 8 miles hike)

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is America’s outback, the largest U.S. National Monument! Here, the Escalante River treats us to a one-on-one lesson on the slow but powerful erosive forces of water. After breakfast we load up and shuttle to today’s starting location, a viewing point for Powell Point – the highest plateau in North America. From here we saddle the bikes and head off on Utah Highway 12, stopping at the unique Kiva Koffeehouse, perched on the cliffs above the Escalante River. This road, with panoramas of vast slickrock “oceans” and scenic canyons was voted one of Americas top 10 most scenic highways. Our action packed exploration continues this afternoon hiking along the Escalante River’s clear flowing waters and picturesque canyon will make you want to build a cabin here. So it will be no surprise when your guide leads you to ancient petroglyphs and the Anasazi Ruins on this world-class hike. All meals included; breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail, dinner in camp. Cycling: 32 miles, Hiking: 5-8 miles Lodging: Established campground in Kodachrome State Park

All meals included. 

Day 3 – Bryce Canyon NP to Zion NP (18-36 miles, 3-5 miles hiking)

Day 3 – Bryce Canyon NP to Zion NP (18-36 miles, 3-5 miles hiking)

After breakfast we will break down camp and drive a short distance to our morning hike at Bryce Canyon National Park. The Visitor’s Center is our staging area and starting point for an unbelievably beautiful ride. Following quiet and meandering park roads, we’ll make our way out to Rainbow Point where we’ll take in a breathtaking view of Bryce’s famous amphitheater of hoodoos (precariously eroded red rock formations crowded together into a puzzle of towers). We’ll stretch our legs and get up close to these mysterious hoodoos on a hike through the Navajo Loop. Your guides will explain how these rock towers and fins form through a process of erosion caused by rain water and frost wedging. After our inspiring tour through Bryce Canyon, we make our way to Zion National Park. Cycling: 18-36 miles Hiking: 3-5 miles

All meals included; breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail, dinner in camp. 

Day 4 – Zion National Park (16-23 miles, 3-5 miles hiking)

Day 4 – Zion National Park (16-23 miles, 3-5 miles hiking)

Zion and the surrounding area is a treasure trove of majesty to uncover and what better way to see it then from the seat of a bicycle. We begin this day with a scenic bike ride along the quiet park roads taking in the towering wonderland of cliffs, valley and hanging gardens. Our journey takes us along the Virgin River, pedaling beneath shady Cottonwood and Sycamore trees, featuring lush greenery, bluebird skies, and awesome views of the red canyon walls above. The road ends at the Temple of Sinewava, the trailhead for the world famous Narrows. The Narrows are a National Park Classic because of the stunning beauty and uniqueness of the terrain, on this hike we will wade through knee to waist deep water of the Virgin River while 2000 foot Navajo Sandstone towers overhead on either side of us. After our hike we turn around for a nice downhill cruise back into camp, or for a more challenging ride try the steep “tunnel climb”. Tonight we celebrate our week of adventure and relaxation with a final dinner.

All meals included.   

Day 5 – Zion to Las Vegas (Hike 5 miles)

Day 5 – Zion to Las Vegas (Hike 5 miles)

After an early breakfast, we enter Zion National Park and begin the day’s hike strolling beneath shady Cottonwood and Sycamore trees by the Virgin River’s edge. Soon we begin ascending and it is time to conquer the challenging hike up Angel’s Landing before the desert sun peaks over the canyon wall. Angel’s Landing is not just a hike; it is the pre-eminent trail of our National Park System and the perfect adventurous finale to our fantastic week of exploring our national gems. Named for Reverend Frederick Fisher in 1916 when he exclaimed, ”Only an angel can land on it” the name stuck, and its legend grew.

The trail ascends 1,488 feet in 2 1/2 miles to the 5,790-foot summit of a monolith perched partway between the river and the canyon rim. It is flanked on three sides by the erosive North Fork of the Virgin River below. The payoffs to landing on this perch are sweeping north-south views of the Virgin River gorge, Cathedral Mountain, Observation Point, Cable Mountain and the Great White Throne looming high above Angels Landing.

After descending back to the canyon floor it is customary to take a cool plunge in the Virgin River and relax under a Cottonwood tree for a picnic lunch, recounting the fun and adventure we have enjoyed during the week. Waving farewell to Zion, we arrive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas between 3:00pm and 6:00pm. Hiking: 5 miles

 
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Prices

Guided Bryce and Zion Cycling, Hiking, Camping prices

Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 4 participants:

US$1495/person

Solo accommodation supplement:

US$25/person

Sleeping bag and linen rental:

US$25/person

Bike Rentals:

Rates subject to model selected; see Bike tab for details.


This is a guided tour, with deluxe camping, see inclusions and lodging section for details.


+ What's Included?

INCLUSIONS:

- 4 nights camping (2 in Kodachrome Basin State Park and 2 in Zion National Park)
- Tents, double occupancy
- Sleeping pads
- Trekking poles complimentary upon request
- Basecamp gear (kitchen equipment, hand washing statement, dish washing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.)
- Round-trip ground transportation from Las Vegas or St. George
- All park entry fees, permits and camping fees
- Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 5, water and snacks
- Ride support/aid stations during rides, rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance (upon request)
- Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide/mechanic

NOT INCLUDED IN COST:

- Personal insurance and expenses
- Air transportation to and from Las Vegas or St. George
- Pre- or post-trip lodging
- Breakfast Day 1
- Dinner Day 5
- Sleeping bag (available to rent)
- Day hiking pack
- Bike and helmet (available to rent)
- Personal cycling kit
- Optional gratuities to guides.


Lodging

Accommodations: We will be staying in public campgrounds in or near the National Parks we’ll be visiting. These campgrounds have restroom facilities and running water, although Watchman Campground does not have showers so we will walk to pay showers just outside Zion National Park for this part of our stay. We will provide comfortable, inflatable sleeping pads, as well as over-sized nylon tents with full-coverage rain flys. These tents are built for 4 people but will only house one to two people per tent. Your Guides will set up a kitchen in which they will prepare all meals, which will be restaurant quality, served hot, with fresh produce to compliment.

Optional rentals: Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($25 per bag)
Trekking poles, set of 2 ($20 per set)
30 to 40 liter daypack ($35 per pack)

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- National Parks and their unique assets

- travel by bike and by foot to reach the more remote places

- guided throughout

- perfect for small custom groups, family groups


Need to Know:

- summers are hot and shoulder seasons cold at night; summer monsoons can affect trail access

- sharing the road with cars and also some paved routes where cars are not allowed

Dates: Trip dates 2017: May 21-25 (SOLD OUT), June 8-12, June 19-23, July 13-17, July 24-28, August 10-14 August 28-September 1, September 7-11, September 18-22

Please contact us with questions; or if you have your own group of 4 or more and want custom dates. Our Contact.

Level 3 - These national parks are mountainous but cycling is on moderate routes all well paved, and hiking is on groomed and maintained trails. Cycling is from 20-40 miles; and Hiking varies from 2.5-10+ miles; moderate by distance. This tour is recommended for persons with good fitness.

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  This trip is camping in tents in deluxe style; high quality tents and expertly prepared camp cuisine by our skilled guides. No camping gear is required, we supply everything. (except sleeping bag which can be rented)  

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US - Zion & Bryce Biking Hiking Camping Tour

Tour Type: Guided Cycling Hiking Level 3
Difficulty:
Distance: 17+ mi hiking/115+ mi cycling
Duration: 4 Nights/ 5 Days
Availability: May 21-25 June 8-12 June 19-23 July 13-17 July 24-28 August 10-14 August 28-September 1 September 7-11 September 18-22
Cost: Starting at US$1495





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