The canyonlands of southern Utah stretch across the Colorado Plateau like an enormous wind-scoured sculpture garden. Towering 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 spin on the 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 fins Marvel at breathtaking Delicate Arch and the unusual Double Arch - more than 100 million years of erosion have contributed to these 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 Shuttle to Colorado National Monument for a 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.
- 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
Red Cliffs Lodge (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 (2 nights): Informal lodging in the heart of Moab, displaying works of local artists. (pool, spa)
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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* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 4/27-5/1 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $420 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/18-22 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $420 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/21-25 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $420 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/5-9 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $420 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/19-23 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $420 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/7-11 Price: $2498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $420 for sgl. occ.)
*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 $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
- 4 - 5 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
- 6 - 7 guests $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
- 8 - 9 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $2,498 pp dbl. occ.
Guest Trip Reviews
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!- Regional Manager, North America