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Moab & Canyonlands Bike Tour

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  • Journey from inn to inn on bike-friendly paved roads
  • Quaking aspens, whispering pines, brilliant red rock are a feast for the senses
  • Bike, hike and be awestruck in Arches National Park
  • Soak up incredible views of the Colorado River
  • Epic high-desert vistas from quiet Colorado National Monument

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Southern Utah's Geologic Wonderland

The canyonlands of southern Utah stretch across the Colorado Plateau like an enormous wind-scoured sculpture garden. Soaring sandstone spires tinged in brilliant orange and red. Intricate canyon labyrinths in a million crimson variations. Around every delicate arch, behind each massive monolith, the landscape offers solitude - and invites exploration. To Edward Abbey, this part of the state was “the best part by far.” To us, “best” may be an understatement!


Days 1-2 Quaking aspens, whispering pines, brilliant red rock and the gentle whir of your bicycle wheels set the mood during a peaceful warm-up ride alongside the Colorado River  Enjoy a ride on La Sal Mountain Loop Scenic Byway, which serves up an inspiring array of canyon country scenery, including the region's nearly 13,000-foot peaks - particularly picturesque if they're still capped with snow.

Day 3 Bike, hike and be awestruck in Arches National Park, home to the world's greatest concentration of natural sandstone arches, as well as massive balanced rocks, towering pinnacles and enormous fins  Marvel at breathtaking Delicate Arch (one of Utah’s most famous icons) and the unusual Double Arch - more than 100 million years of erosion have contributed to these swooping, soaring rock sculptures As vistas of magnificent geologic formations unfold before you, pedal down Abbey Road to the outdoor lover's mecca of Moab. 

Days 4-5 Soak up an incredible view of the Colorado River as it twists through a gooseneck canyon 2,000 feet below you  A thrilling ridgetop ride takes you through Dead Horse Point State Park, followed by an exhilarating descent to the Colorado River and back into Moab  From the Colorado National Monument, spin on the amazingly engineered Rim Rock Drive past epic vistas of the Colorado River and Grand Mesa  Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this road blends seamlessly into the landscape, offering an unobstructed overview of the high-desert panorama  Keep an eye out - you may be lucky enough to spot a desert bighorn sheep or a golden eagle flying overhead.

Casual Inns

Red Cliffs Lodge
Red Cliffs Lodge

Moab (2 nights) Originally a turn-of-the-century homestead, this well-appointed lodge is surrounded by 2,000-foot cliffs and set along the Colorado River. (pool, tennis)

The Gonzo Inn
The Gonzo Inn

Moab (2 nights) Informal lodging in the heart of Moab, displaying works of local artists. (pool)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Everyone knows that the amazing red-rock landscape of southern Utah is a mountain biking paradise. But what about road cycling? We've created this fantastic trip specifically with road riders in mind because, frankly, why should mountain bikers have all the fun? I hope you'll consider joining us to pedal the stunning scenic byways of the Canyonlands region!
Linda Cassell- Regional Manager, North America

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 16* 500 28 800
2 49* 2000 63 5500
3 10* 900 30* 2200 48 3400
Hiking (3 Miles; 500` elevation gain)
4 49* 2100 69 3200
5 19* 300 25 2800

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


2 - 3 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $2,398 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,098 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

For 36 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Utah & Colorado tour experts. See our award-winning USA biking tours, USA walking and hiking tours and USA multisport tours.


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All meals included except 1 dinner

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