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Bryce & Capitol Reef Multi-Adventure Tour

Utah's Hidden National Parks & Monuments

Take a journey along the road less traveled. Discover the remote and magnificent landscapes of Utah’s stunning Canyon Country. Find solitude and adventure as you explore the wild and wonderful kaleidoscope of rock spires, domes, arches, slot canyons and a giant wrinkle in the Earth’s surface. This natural showcase of wonders must be seen to be believed!

THIS ITINERARY: 5 days, 4 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels

FROM: $2,999 pp dbl occ
($500 for sgl occ)

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Utah Bryce and Capitol Reef Multi-adventure
Utah Bryce and Capitol Reef Multi-adventure

Utah

Start/End St. George

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Journey within one of the most remote and surreal landscapes in the least-visited of Utah's Mighty Five national parks
  • Bike along the rim of Bryce Canyon from one spectacular vista to the next, as you make your way on two wheels to Rainbow Point
  • Travel through the sedimentary rock layers of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument between Bryce and Capitol Reef National Parks
  • Hike into a valley filled with the world's highest concentration of hoodoos—whimsical, totem pole-shaped rock spires
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Adventure and serenity await in Utah's remote canyons, where the relentless power of wind and water have shaped the landscape into something otherworldly | Behold the extraordinary views of Bryce Canyon from its rim, then descend on foot into a labyrinth of delicate red-rock pillars called hoodoos | Temple of Osiris, Queen Victoria and Thor's Hammer watch over our trail before ascending Wall Street, a narrow passage between towering rock fins | Walk along the Fairyland Trail, where every step brings new and impressive geological discoveries | Learn about the Native American legend that led the Paiute people to call this land Angka-ku-wass-a-wits (Red Painted Faces) | Take your cycling prowess to new heights as you pedal to 9,100-foot Rainbow Point | Relax at our hotel situated near the canyon rim | Once the sun sets, Bryce's night sky offers incredible stargazing opportunities.

Bryce Canyon Lodge, Utah
Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park
| Casual Hotel

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this simple park lodge is mere steps from the canyon's edge.

Days 3-5

Coast along a paved bike path where stands of green ponderosa pines contrast with red sandstone pillars | Sit back and enjoy the ride en route to Capitol Reef National Park along Utah’s All-American Road, Scenic Byway 12 | A refreshing dip in the pool awaits at our hotel near the park's entrance | Explore one of Utah’s best-kept secrets, a place the Navajo called Land of the Sleeping Rainbow | Venture toward the Waterpocket Fold, a mammoth buckling of the Earth’s surface almost 100 miles long | Hike amid rock formations resembling the rounded white dome of the US Capitol building, in part the inspiration for the park's name | Trek under and across a picturesque 133-foot natural arch.

Capitol Reef Resort
Capitol Reef Resort
Torrey
| Casual Hotel

It's easy to unwind at this laid-back retreat with its stunning views of the Red Canyon cliffs in the wide open landscape just one mile from Capitol Reef National Park. (pool)

Dates & Prices

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: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The biking terrain on this trip ranges from level to rolling; some of the walking and hiking routes include a few steep ascents and descents with significant elevation gain and loss. Although hiking terrain on this trip is generally well established, it can range from fully developed trails to pebbles in a creek bed in Capitol Reef National Park. Sturdy footwear is an absolute must in Canyon Country. Please keep in mind that the higher elevations, occasional headwinds and possible extreme variations in weather and temperature can increase the perceived level of difficulty of our activities in the canyons. Most biking and hiking routes take place between 4,000 and 8,000 feet.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Biking
Level 1 | 19 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles | 2500 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 15 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 400 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

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.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 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

Straight talk

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 Standards

The 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 been selected because of its unparalleled access to the best hiking in the region. Please note that 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 in the national parks can seem laid-back when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.

Interpretive Guides

The National Park Service has many regulations on hiking. Capitol Reef National Park limits the size of all groups so you will hike in small groups with your Backroads leaders. 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 and rides. Thank you for helping us cooperate with the park's regulations.

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