We’ll assemble in Cedar City and head for Cedar Breaks National Monument early morning of Day 2. The ride to Cedar Breaks is singularly spectacular as we climb through beautiful Cedar Canyon along cascading Cedar Creek to Cedar Breaks summit at 10,200 feet. We’ll visit the many viewpoints within the monument before a rapid descent to the ski resort village of Brian Head where we’ll spend the evening at the Cedar Breaks Lodge.
It’s on to Bryce on Day 3 in the heart of Utah’s “Color Country.” A beautiful ride through the sandstone formations of Red Canyon carries us to the open expanse of the Paunsaugunt Plateau and Bryce Canyon where we’ll spend the next two nights, leaving a day to explore this geological wonder. Day 4, we plan to hike the Fairyland Loop, where we will walk within the canyon’s amphitheaters and labyrinths, and among the hoodoos and spires.
We’ll leave Bryce on Day 5, descending through Red Canyon into the Sevier River Valley. We’re headed to Mount Carmel and an evening at the historic Thunderbird Resort and its famous pies. Day 6 is a short but important ride to Zion. Besides the spectacular scenery, there is a one mile tunnel that brings you into the Zion canyon which can only be entered by vehicle shuttle. This highlights one of the many advantages of joining a fully-supported tour! The full afternoon of Day 6 is available for hiking in Zion, with an opportunity to visit the awesome summit of Angel’s Landing, or travel up the Virgin River into The Narrows, depending on conditions.
Without a doubt, Zion is a fantasy land that offers an incredible array of hiking options, and you’ll want to take advantage with as much as possible on Day 7. Current weather and trail conditions will help to determine which of the spectacular hikes and viewpoints we can visit. Your guides will have multiple suggestions to suit your interests and energy levels.
Following a second evening at the Zion Lodge, on Day 8, we will cycle through the lush Virgin River valley and across the high desert of Southern Utah to St. George, followed by a late afternoon van shuttle to Las Vegas where our Bryce/Zion National Parks Cycling and Hiking Tour concludes.