Bryce Canyon/Zion National Parks Hike & Bike
September 14 - 21, 2018
(8 days, 7 nights; Fri - Fri)Alternate Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, park entrance fees, support van, leaders, tour maps and narratives.
Cedar City, UT
Timberline van shuttle is from Las Vegas to Cedar City prior to tour and from St. George to Las Vegas following the tour.
Not included: Airline service to McCarran International Airport, NV; Guide Gratuity.
Airport 10:30 am, Las Vegas hotel 11 am, Cedar City 4 pm
Deep canyons, the startling hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park and the rock temples of Zion National Park, the breathtaking array of color, the variety of vegetation, the high alpine setting of the Dixie National Forest — all contribute to the excitement of the Bryce Canyon/Zion biking and hiking tour. Our trip focuses on the Southwestern corner of Utah, including Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. An area of indescribable beauty, these park lands offer convincing testimony to the awesome forces of nature.
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 and a layover day exploring this geological wonder. Day 4, several outstanding hiking and cycling options are available in Bryce for the layover day.
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 Thunderbird Resort prior to Day 6‘s short ride to Zion. The full afternoon of Day 6 is available for hiking in Zion, with an opportunity to visit the awesome summit of Angel’s Landing.
Without a doubt, Zion is a fantasy land that offers an incredible array of hiking options and our greatest challenge for Day 7 will be to see how much we can cram into this day. Observation Point, featuring Zion’s highest viewpoint is a must early in the day. Later that afternoon, we’ll walk along and into the Virgin River toward The Narrows.
Following a second evening at the Zion Lodge, on Day 8, we will cycle through 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.
|Day 1||Arrive, assemble, van transport to Cedar City, bike fitting, orientation dinner|
|Day 2||Cedar City - Cedar Canyon - Cedar Breaks National Monument - Brian Head||36|
|Day 3||Brian Head - Panguitch Lake - Panguitch - Red Canyon - Paunsaugunt Plateau - Bryce Canyon National Park||56|
|Day 4||Bryce Canyon National Park (layover day); hiking and cycling options; hike Fairyland Loop||8|
|Day 5||Bryce Canyon - Red Canyon - Mount Carmel Junction||60|
|Day 6||Mount Carmel Junction - Zion National Park ; ride Zion Canyon - hike Narrows - overnight Zion Lodge||40 & 5|
|Day 7||Zion National Park (layover day); hike to Observation Point and the Riverside Trail||10|
|Day 8||Zion - St. George; van shuttle return to Las Vegas||43|
Total Distance: Total cycling mileage: 235; Total hiking mileage: 23 miles
- BW Canyon Grand
- Zion Park Lodge