Moab Hub Tour
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, park entrance fees, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Grand Junction, CO
Timberline van shuttle is included back to Grand Junction following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Grand Junction Regional Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Airport 3 pm, Hotel 3:30 pm
Moab, the land of Edward Abbey, has fabulous road biking and we are going to take full advantage of the decline in tourists on the road for our fall tour. The terrain varies from mild to wild, with flats, rolling hills and steep sections to get your heart pumping. The idea of a hub tour is to select a region with plentiful riding and great scenery, based around a hub of excellent lodging and accoutrements, and Moab fits this to a T. The hardest job is culling out good rides in favor of the great routes.
After our assembly in Grand Junction, we start off Day 2 with an amazing ride down the Colorado River to Moab. Along the way we’ll pass Wall Street, a popular climbing area where you can watch climbers scaling vertical sandstone walls. There are two roadside signs pointing to some of the finest petroglyph in the Moab area, and there are other rock art panels along the way – so keep an eye out. If this isn’t enough, there is also a roadside pullout to view dinosaur tracks, and farther downstream is the aptly named Jug Handle Arch, over 46 feet high and only 3 feet wide. Day 3 is one of the finest bike rides in the U.S.! We are headed to Arches National Park. The scenery is exceptional with multi-colored sandstone arches and pinnacles set against a backdrop of the La Sal Mountains towering nearly 8000 ft. above. The mileage and elevation profile includes a must-see side trip to the Windows Section to view some of the largest and most accessible arches in the park.
Short walking trails lead to each of the arches. Other attractions along the way include Balanced Rock, perched atop a 128 ft. pedestal; Fiery Furnace, a maze of red rock fins; and Skyline Arch. The turn-around point is Devils Garden Trail head, where we’ll find some of the best hiking in the park, including a hike to 300 ft. wide Landscape Arch, one of the largest arches in the world! Day 4 we will head to Canyonlands National Park. We head North out of Moab following the Moab Canyon Pathway to the turnoff for the park. As we ride through the ranch land on the way to the park entrance we get out first look at the immense Island in the Sky mesa with it’s sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. We’ll stop for lunch at the visitor center and look out over the mesa to the famous White Rim Trail. Then it is back to Moab to enjoy another great dinner.
We continue our adventure on Day 5 with the pinnacle of the week, the La Sal Loop. This tour has it all – beautiful red rock canyon scenery and stunning alpine vistas of the La Sals, the second highest mountain range in Utah. We start with a gradual climb up the Moab Valley. Just past the Ken’s Lake turn off you’ll start the Big Nasty, a long climb up into the pines, scrub oaks and aspens of the La Sals. The climb is continuous and demanding, but the scenery is outstanding. After cruising along the top of the world at 8,000 feet, you’ll descend into Castle Valley with its famous rock pinnacles The Priest and Nuns, and Castle Rock. The descent through the valley ends at the Colorado River where we will turn left and follow the river road as it winds its way back to Moab.
Lest you think our last ride on Day 6 is a walk in the park, we will tackle the Blue Mountain loop south of Moab. This ride climbs steadily into the Abajo Mountains and reaches a high point a little over 8,800 ft. The views looking back over the Indian Creek area and north to the La Sal Mountains are spectacular. After reaching the top and cruising along through the pines and aspens, the road drops sharply down into Monticello, the road is in great condition and the descent is a dream. After refreshments in Monticello we will ride back to the start of the loop, drive back to Grand Junction where we will conclude our Moab Hub Tour adventure.
|Day 1||Assembly, bike fitting, orientation|
|Day 2||Grand Junction – van shuttle to Cisco, ride to Moab along the Colorado river (1876 ft)||45|
|Day 3||Ride to Arches – Delicate Arch Hike – ride (5090 ft)||57|
|Day 4||Ride to Island in the Sky in Canyonlands (3800 ft)||65|
|Day 5||La Sal Loop (6016 ft)||72|
|Day 6||Blue Mountain Loop (3550 ft) , van shuttle to Grand Junction||43|
Total Distance: 282 miles
- BW Plus Canyonlands Inn