Riders love a challenge. Long climbs. Rugged descents. Switchbacks. And with every worthwhile challenge comes a reward. Yours will be paid in the form of breathtaking canyons, incredible rock formations and a whole lot of downhill. See the setting sun change the landscape before your eyes. Marvel at how wind and water can produce such strange, beautiful places. But most of all, just enjoy it. The long rides, warm dry air, brilliant sun and staggering natural grandeur around every corner. And when you return home, the challenge becomes finding routes that can live up to these.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Accommodations & Service StandardsThe Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a fairly rustic national park lodge that reflects its natural surroundings. While this historic hotel offers simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, it's the only game in town - and has been selected because of its access to the best riding in the region. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning (nights are usually cool due to the high elevation).
Generally speaking, service can seem slow and brusque in the national parks when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.
TrafficWhile Backroads strives to find roadways that are quiet and off the beaten track, some routes on this trip follow heavily trafficked roads. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier sections of the route.
Interpretive Guides & Hiking Without Your LeadersDue to permit restrictions for all outfitters, your Backroads leaders can hike with you in Bryce Canyon National Park, but can't act as interpretive guides. In Zion National Park they will be limited to guiding on certain trails. Throughout the trip, your leaders will give an orientation to the area's flora, fauna and terrain before your hikes.
Days 1-2 Awe-inspiring Cedar Breaks National Monument, a lesser-known red-rock gem with stone towers, canyons, columns and arches After descending into meadows encircled by quaking aspen and ponderosa pine, spin across the high desert to Bryce Canyon, where visibility on a clear day exceeds 100 miles.
Day 3 The whimsically shaped hoodoos and spires of Bryce Canyon Explore the otherworldly wonderland of the park during a ride to Rainbow Point and hikes on such aptly named trails as Sunrise, Inspiration and Queen's Garden Grab your camera and a seat on the canyon rim to watch the sun set - the dance of light and color over the mystical monoliths makes for an unforgettable performance.
Day 4 Ride past extraordinary rock formations, sculpted and etched by weathering and erosion The route to Zion National Park begins along a bike path through Red Canyon, brimming with crimson-colored pinnacles, spires and hoodoos Approaching Mount Carmel, watch for the impressive white-sandstone Elkhart Cliffs.
Days 5-6 Angels Landing, with views of Zion's soaring rock faces and yawning canyon abyss - at nearly 2,000 feet above the valley, it's an epic hike! Wading through the Narrows into the inner gorge of the Virgin River - where waterfalls and hanging gardens cascade down the walls - is exhilarating Take in the red and pink cliffs from the saddle as you bike along the car-free Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
- Jaw-dropping Cedar Breaks National Monument, a lesser-known red-rock gem
- Rides past whimsically shaped rock formations and Navajo sandstone cliffs
- Hike amid the hoodoos and spires of Queen's Garden in Bryce
- Spin past intriguing Checkerboard Mesa, sculpted and etched by weathering and erosion
- Angels Landing, with views of Zion's soaring rock faces and yawning canyon abyss
Brian Head Resort & Spa (1 night): A mountainside hotel with views of pristine alpine forests. (pool, spa)
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (2 nights): Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this simple park lodge is mere steps from the canyon's edge.
Desert Pearl Inn (2 nights): This welcoming riverside lodge has views of the stunning red cliffs of Zion. (pool)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Afternoon Hiking (3.4 - 7 Miles)|
|5||Zion Canyon Hiking (2.8 - 8.2 Miles)|
* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/8-13 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/15-20 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/6-11 Price: $2398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/20-25 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/3-8 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/7-12 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/14-19 Price: $2398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/21-26 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/28-10/3 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/5-10 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/27-8/1 Price: $2398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $520 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 6.25% Utah state sales tax.
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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
- 2 - 3 guests $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
- 4 - 5 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
- 6 - 7 guests $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
- 8 - 9 guests $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $2,698 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $2,398 pp dbl. occ.
Guest Trip Reviews
What can I say?!?! This trip was the BEST!! It was awesome, amazing, seamlessly run, super challenging, and all around unbelievable. Every time I sign up for another Backroads trip (this was my 4th) I question how one trip can outdo my previous trip and once again, it happened. Time to start planning my next trip!- New York, NY
Life is simply too short not to experience the absolute joys of a Backroads adventure. From the highest peaks to the most stunning valleys, from challenging bike climbs to exhilarating hikes to cathartic kayaking, these trips have an amazing knack for tapping into the soul. There is something for everyone. I close my eyes at night and wish I were back on my bike, cruising into Zion National Park or hiking up through Wall Street in Bryce. I'm fortunate to have had the opportunity, had the world's best guides and would return in a heartbeat. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.- Chevy Chase, MD
We were entirely unprepared for the natural beauty and otherworldly scenery in Bryce and Zion...awesome trip!- Vancouver, BC