Utah Parks: Zion and Bryce Canyon

March 31, 2015

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are in my top 5 favorite locations to cycle in North America. The geology is unique; the riding is challenging but doable for a big guy like me and the scenery simply eye-popping. I spent the better part of a week cycling through the area in 2010 with a group of teens on my cross-country tour; I anxiously await another opportunity to visit. In the meantime, here are some photos of others enjoying the area.

Bryce Canyon has several viewing spots along the rim, but you can also take a great hike down into the canyon and among the hoodoos; tall spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of a dry, arid basin.

June riding in Zion can be warm and beautiful. No need for the traditional spring jacket and leg warmers.

Red rocks abound in the route to and from Bryce Canyon along Route 12 between Panguitch and the canyon.

A bit of stretching with friends is always a great idea during your ride day; it keeps the faces smiling.

Although there are cars on the road, many of the surfaces and traffic patterns are exactly like the above photo, somewhat smooth and light traffic and a bit hilly.

Just like spring skiing, spring cycling can have a bit of snow around, especially when you are at 10,200' outside of Cedar City in Cedar Breaks National Forest. You can still wear those shorts and cycling jerseys.

Interested in Zion or Cedar Breaks National Parks? Find out what Adventure Cycling has to offer on its Cycle Utah tours!

 

Post by Arlen Hall | Photos by Flickr: ejschoen1 

ON THE ROAD is written by the tours team — Lydia, Darrah, Mike, Mandy, and Arlen — tours specialists and intrepid bicyclists, covering all things related to the Adventure Cycling tours department. Check out our 2015 Guided Tours today!

 

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