Utah's Bryce & Zion Bike Tour
National Park Red-Rock Wonders
Riders love a challenge. And every great challenge brings a reward. Yours will come in the form of epic canyons, grand rock formations and lots of downhill. You'll marvel at how wind and water can produce such beautiful places. But most of all, just enjoy it. And when you return home, the challenge becomes finding routes that can live up to these.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Start/End St. George
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Ascend through subalpine life zones to remarkable views of the Claron Formation, found in Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon National Parks
- Spin past intriguing Checkerboard Mesa, sculpted and etched by eons of weathering and erosion, as you enter the famous Zion Canyon
- Pedal along the canyon floor of Zion National Park, where red rock walls tower on all sides
- Hike in Bryce Canyon amid the otherworldly hoodoos and spires of Queen's Garden and Inspiration Point
6 Days Casual Hotels
At the heart of the Colorado Plateau lies Utah's spectacular canyon country | Pedal through a landscape of orange and white Navajo sandstone cliffs, a place the early Mormon pioneers called Snow Canyon.
A sanctuary of contemporary southwestern design, this resort is tucked into a gated community and surrounded by views of red and vermilion cliffs.
Experience awe-inspiring Cedar Breaks National Monument, a lesser-known gem with stone towers, canyons, columns and arches | Descend into meadows ringed by quaking aspen and ponderosa pine | Spin across the high desert to Bryce Canyon, where visibility on a clear day exceeds 100 miles | Explore an otherworldly wonderland during a ride to Rainbow Point | Hike on aptly named trails such as Sunrise, Inspiration and Queen's Garden for a new perspective amid the area's famous hoodoos | Grab your camera and a seat on the canyon rim to watch the sun set—an unforgettable performance.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this simple park lodge is mere steps from the canyon's edge.
Witness extraordinary rock formations en route to Zion as you pedal through Red Canyon, brimming with crimson-colored pinnacles, spires and more hoodoos | Watch for the impressive white-sandstone Elkhart Cliffs and geometric Checkerboard Mesa | Cool off with a dip in the pool or relax in a steaming hot tub at our hotel near the Virgin River | Picturesque routes abound in this hiker's paradise from easy walks past emerald pools to unforgettable climbs providing panoramas of Zion's soaring sandstone | Enjoy a quiet morning ride through stunning (and car-free!) Zion Canyon to end your biking adventure.
With Arts & Crafts architecture that harkens back to the early days of the national parks' tradition, this cozy lodge offers panoramic views of Zion's cliffs just steps from the park's south entrance. (pool)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Activity Level: 2-4
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. LEARN MORE.
Available Bike Options
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
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.
While the accommodations on this trip reflect the natural surroundings of the national parks and provide unparalleled access to the best activities in the area, they are simpler than is typical of Backroads lodging. Many buildings date back to the turn of the century and have only been minimally renovated, in accordance with park regulations. The Lodge at Bryce Canyon has basic guest rooms that are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning (nights are usually cool due to the high elevation); breakfasts and dinners throughout the week may lack variety and tend toward simple ingredients. Overall, the service standards can seem slow and casual when compared with the hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Please note that internet and cell phone service are extremely limited throughout the parks.
While 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 and on Day 4 we encourage everyone to shuttle over one section of our route.
The National Park Service has many regulations on hiking. In Zion National Park they limit where you can hike when accompanied by your Backroads Trip Leaders. Your leaders will provide pre-walk briefings, maps and directions so you can explore certain trails on your own. In Bryce Canyon National Park, your leaders can hike with you but can't act as "interpretive guides." Throughout the trip, your leaders will give an orientation to the area's flora, fauna and terrain before your hikes. Thank you for helping us cooperate with each park's regulations.