Bryce to Zion
Our Bryce to Zion guided mountain bike tour has it all: two national parks, both single and doubletrack 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 to a long mileage day on rolling dirt roads. 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. Call us at 800-845-2453. We can answer all your questions about this incredible cycling adventure.
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. 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 our camp we’ll ride to Strawberry Point for a spectacular afternoon view. 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. A strenuous climb along the rim returns us to the ridge line for more great riding, ending in an amazing three mile descent to camp at the end of Navajo Lake. An optional loop ride from camp rolls along the banks of Navajo Lake which is great for an afternoon swim. The far side of the singletrack passes through a lava field, evidence of the forces that formed the plateau. TOTAL MILEAGE: 16 miles, 10 miles optional
Today our cumulative descent will take us 5,200 feet down into Zion itself. We begin gliding through the aspen trees descending and descending and descending. At last we will cross the North Fork of the Virgin River and begin an ascent through Orderville Gulch. We pop out on the road, and after another mile or two we reach the red pavement of Zion, heralding the entrance of the park. Once inside the park prepare for one of the most beautiful sections of road riding you will ever do. After a quick van ride through the tunnel, we will ride into Springdale and our well-deserved lodging at the Cliffrose Lodge and Gardens. Tonight, dinner will be at one of our favorite restaurants, the Bit and Spur. TOTAL MILEAGE: 48 miles (our support vehicle is always available)
On our last day we will do one of Zion’s classic hikes, the Zion Narrows. We will begin on our bikes, riding north through the park under the Great White Throne, the West Temple, and the Mountain of the Sun. The Zion Narrows is one of the Colorado Plateau’s most spectacular canyons. The Virgin River has cut down through the sandstone for almost a million years, creating an amazingly narrow canyon. In places, the river completely fills the canyon. In June and September this hike may not be possible due to high water levels, but we have many other incredible options. 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 some 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, doubletrack trail, singletrack trail and 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.