Southern Utah Parks
Join us for this amazing bicycle adventure through the ethereal shapes and shades of Zion National Park and beyond, where we’ll enjoy carefree cycling as we explore the maze of narrow sandstone canyons, striking rock towers, and mesas.
We’ll have a chance to visit the ghostly hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, shuttle through the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel, and, in Cedar Breaks National Monument, we’ll reach the high point of our adventure at 10,400 feet above sea level.
Each evening, after the brilliant sun has bowed below the horizon, we’ll enjoy a delicious meal. Don’t forget to have a look overhead — the stars and planets seem to shine bigger and brighter in Utah Canyon Country than almost anywhere else in the U.S.
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Day 1. St. George, Utah, 0 miles
We’ll meet up in St. George, known for its temperate climate and proximity to some of the region’s famous national parks. After greeting our fellow bicycle enthusiasts and tour leaders, we’ll get situated with our first map meeting and orientation in the late afternoon. Don’t forget that St. George is in the Mountain Time Zone, one hour ahead of Las Vegas, where you might’ve flown in! After making any last minute adjustments to our bikes, we’ll fall asleep under the sparkling desert sky.
Day 2. St. George to Springdale, 49 miles
We’ll start on rolling terrain and then hit our first major climb up to Hurricane Mesa (pronounced locally as HER-uh-kun). This curious name dates back to the early 1860s when a whirlwind blew the top off a buggy carrying a group of surveyors led by Mormon leader Erastus Snow. “Well, that was a hurricane!” exclaimed Snow. There’s plenty to do in Springdale before we rest. Perhaps we’ll check out the Zion Human History Museum or the Zion Canyon Theatre where we can view the history of the park on a screen that’s six stories tall!
Day 3. Layover day in Springdale, 0 miles
There is so much that Zion has to offer, one day can’t do it justice! While we’ve just started our journey, we’ll take a day off today and have the chance to ride up Zion Canyon Canyon Scenic Drive and maybe take some time on foot to explore the many world-class hiking options, including the unforgettable (but not for those who are afraid of heights!) Angel’s Landing trail.
Day 4. Springdale to Hatch, 60 miles
After beginning the day with a switchback-filled, breathtaking (in more ways than one) climb, we’ll quickly shuttle through the 1.1-mile Zion-Mt.Carmel tunnel. When the tunnel was dedicated, on July 4, 1930, it was the longest tunnel in the U.S. When we pop out on the other side, the landscape has transformed from the red rock cathedrals of Zion to a sparse but captivating high desert plateau, which you’ll spin through all the way to tonight’s destination of Hatch. Sleep well, tomorrow we’ll ride to Bryce Canyon National Park, where we’ll enjoy the delicately carved spires that rise in brilliant color as you pedal among the ghostly hoodoos carved out of the Paunsaugunt Plateau sediments.
Day 5. Hatch to Ruby’s Inn, 23 miles
Today we’ll get a chance to put our tires to the five-mile bike path running through magnificent Red Canyon from the Thunder Mountain Trailhead to Coyote Hollow Road. Red Canyon is a little-known gem, a forested area with 60-million-year-old dark red rock castles protruding up from crimson sand. You’ll have the rest of the day to discover the treasures of Bryce Canyon any way you choose: by bicycle, foot, horseback, or even helicopter!
Day 6. Ruby’s Inn to Panguitch, 23 miles
With another short riding day today, you can spend a leisurely morning exploring Bryce, making sure to check out trails taken by Old West outlaws, and enjoy a rare chance to see the paintings and dwellings of ancient Native Americans. We’ll have a mostly downhill ride into Panguitch, a mid-sized town completely surrounded by mountains.
Day 7. Panguitch to Cedar City, 58 miles
Today we’ll climb to our highpoint of 10,400 feet and cruise through Cedar Breaks National Monument, resting atop the Colorado plateau. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift, and erosion carved out this giant amphitheater that spans three miles and is more than 2,000 feet deep. A constantly changing landscape, it has been a source of human wonder for thousands of years. When the Southern Paiute used to occupy this region, they referred to it as “u-map-wich,” which translates to “the place where the rocks are sliding down constantly.”
Day 8. Cedar City to St. George, 59 miles
We’ll complete our loop today as we head downhill for the first 35 miles and finish the ride back in St. George. After lunch it’ll be time to bid farewell to your new friends, but not to your fresh-made memories, which will stay with you long after you’ve made your way home.