Bryce to Zion Family Trip
Our Bryce to Zion guided mountain bike tour has it all: two national parks, both single and double track riding, beautiful camping and a lodge to boot for the final night.
We ride in, out and between each park using backcountry routes, which include the spectacular singletrack of the Virgin River Rim Trail. From the first day's ride through the hoodoos of Red Canyon to the final hike on Angels Landing, or the Zion Narrows-the unusual geology will continue to amaze you.
The riding varies from winding singletrack trails to a ride in the van! After four days of camping we'll arrive under Zion's 2,000-foot sandstone walls and spend the night at a lodge in Springdale, Utah. Here we'll feast at our favorite restaurant, The Bit and Spur.
This is a terrific tour that will take you up and over several large plateaus that form Southwest Utah's most distinct geological features. You can control the challenge, as the support van is never far away. Give us a call at 800-845-2453. We'll tell you everything you need to know about the Bryce to Zion family trip.
After loading up we will shuttle up towards scenic Red Canyon on the outskirts of Bryce Canyon National Park. After a quick camp set-up we will head out for the Fremont/Corral Hollow Loop, a perfect warm up ride for the week. Brilliant red rock formations surround us on either side as we gradually climb up to the plateau country north of Bryce. From our ride up on the Paunsaugunt Plateau we will see the Aquarius Plateau including Powell’s Point, Casto Bluff and the back side of Red Canyon. For riders wanting more, we will do an out and back ride on Thunder Mountain, one of the premier rides in all of Southern Utah. Otherwise, our cozy camp in the trees awaits. TOTAL MILEAGE: 12 miles, 4 - 6 miles optional
After breakfast we will make our way to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce is known for its colorful and strangely eroded cliffs. The unique layers of Bryce are formed in the 43 million year old Claron Formation; an iron rich layer of limy sediment. We will shuttle over to Sunset Point for a hike down into the canyon. Here we will find ourselves surrounded by an array of fantastic shapes called hoodoos. After lunch we will ride out of the park on a series of dirt roads and ATV trails into the backcountry to our camp just above the Sevier River Valley on the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bring your swim trunks for a refreshing dip at Tropic Reservoir! TOTAL MILEAGE: 16 miles riding, 2- 3 miles hiking
Today, we’ll begin with a 1,200 foot climb to the top of the Sunset Cliffs. From the summit, far reaching views can be enjoyed in all directions. To the north, the Paunsaugunt Plateau and the Table Cliffs Plateau loom upwards some 2,000 feet. To the east lie the canyons of Bryce. To the south are the Pink Cliffs and to the west lies the main fork of the Sevier River and the Markagunt Plateau. After a short rest stop in this breathtaking setting, we’ll begin a fun-filled, 2,000 foot doubletrack descent that takes us to the small town of Hatch on the Sevier River. We’ll load up here into the van and shuttle the rest of the way across the plateau to our camp in the aspen trees. From here we will ride to Strawberry Point for a spectacular afternoon view, with optional singletrack through the aspens back to camp, TOTAL MILEAGE: 15 miles, 10 miles optional
Today we will ride on the spectacular Virgin River Rim Trail. The trail contours through the trees along the edge of the plateau. The Pink Cliffs drop below us, stepping down to the Grey Cliffs of Zion in the distance. The trail is fairly wide with challenging climbs and swooping descents, and the route that it follows along the edge of the rim is brilliant. We will stop for a short hike to Cascade Falls, the underground outlet of Navajo Lake and the source of the Virgin River. This is the river that created the dramatic canyons of Zion. From here there is either a strenuous climb along the rim to the ridge line for more great riding with an amazing three mile descent to camp at Navajo Lake, or a mellow ATV track to the fun and rolling singletrack around the lake. Navajo Lake is great for an afternoon swim, and afterwards we enjoy a delicious dinner among the whispering aspens and tall grasses on the west side of the lake. TOTAL MILEAGE: 16 miles, 10 miles optional
This morning we ride the fun roller coaster ride of the Navajo Lake Loop. The far side of the singletrack passes through a lava field, evidence of the forces that formed the plateau. We then shuttle south along the Sevier River and soon we reach the red pavement of Zion, heralding the entrance of the park. After lunch and a quick van ride through the historic tunnel, we hop onto our bikes again. Once inside the park prepare for one of the most beautiful sections of road riding you will ever do. We will ride right into Springdale and our well-deserved lodging for the evening. Tonight, dinner will be at one of our favorite restaurants, the Bit & Spur. TOTAL MILEAGE: 18 miles
On our last day we will do one of Zion’s classic hikes, either Angels Landing or the Zion Narrows. We will begin on our bikes, riding north through the park under the Great White Throne, the East Temple, and the Mountain of the Sun. If we choose Angels Landing we will hike up into the cliff tops with views in all directions. If weather permits, we can attempt the Zion Narrows, one of the Colorado Plateau’s most spectacular canyons. In June and September this hike may not be possible due to high water levels. Yet in the hot summer months when the water flow is lower, we can hike right through it. We’ll have lunch on the trail today, and after our ride back down the canyon, we’ll load up for the shuttle back to St. George. TOTAL MILEAGE: 16 miles riding, 4 - 8 miles hiking
We will be without vehicle support during many sections of the ride. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.
Riding Surface: Dirt roads, double tracks, some singletrack and some pavement.
Overall Rating: Intermediate
Technical Difficulty: Moderate; some obstacles and rocky washes.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous; some climbing and one or two long days.
Altitude: 4,000 - 9,000 feet
For travel logistics and a packing list, please download the complete trip itinerary.