Utah Hike & Bike
Join Lizard Head Cycling Guides for a brief but fun-packed 4-day/3-night ride across Utah. Pedal across this ruggedly beautiful land on car-free roads showcasing the best-kept secrets Beehive State on our new Utah Hike and Bike Tour!
We really enjoyed our second trip with Lizard Head Cycling. This was an experiment with hikers and bikers and Lizard Head handled it quite well. We’ll be back. – Robert Bogart
Utah Hike & Bike Tour: Highlights
“Pedal on car-free roads showcasing Utah’s rugged backbone”
Discover the remote Fish Lake Mountains. Spin through the seldom visited Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. You’ll also take a thrilling hike to Calf Creek’s 126-high desert waterfall. Finally, ride the remarkable Waterpocket Fold & Burr Trail.
Utah Hike & Bike Tour: Tour Dates
Utah Hike & Bike Tour: Overview
Tour Length: 4 days, 3 nights
Total Miles: 230 miles
Daily Mileage Range: 36 to 80
Meeting & Ending Town: Moab, UT
Ability Level: 3 (Advanced)
Group Size: 6 to 13 cyclists
Tour Cost: *** Please Call for Custom Tour Pricing – 970.728.5891 ***
Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rentScott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.
Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.
Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.
Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.
Three nights’ lodging at:
Also: all meals, taxes, entrance fees, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles, guide service, sag support, a nice cycling jersey and mechanical support.
**Alcoholic beverages & massage for an additional cost
- Read a New York Times Story about what bike touring with Lizard Head Cycling Guides is all about.
- Read a New York Times story about Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah (Day’s 2 & 3 lodging)
Riding on the Utah Hike & Bike Tour
We’ll start the Utah Hike and Bike Tour at Capitol Reef. This isn’t your typical tourist and traffic-clogged National Park. Gaining its status in 1971, it’s still relatively unknown to most visitors.
You’ll appreciate navigating car-free roads and hiking in the incredible desert landscape and the hidden scenic treasures along the way. The adjacent Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument adds more wonder to the already amazing cycling you’ve experienced in the this short but sweet trek.
This is a great trip to bring along a non-riding spouse or to design as a custom tour for your group. Plus, we’ll take you to some of our very favorite places to eat and relax!
Expect slightly toasty temperatures in the mid-80’s throughout the daytime hours in June. But because this is the high desert, you’ll also need to bring along some light outerwear, as the lows dip into the mid-50’s.
Why choose this tour?
Utah’s southern region is one of the most remote and least visited areas of the country. The seemingly inhospitable terrain conceals some very rewarding scenery for those choosing to visit. We know this territory well, and we’ll reveal those secrets to you!
Ability Level: Can I Ride this Tour?
Daily mileage options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy this tour. One of our favorite options is to give cyclists a “bump” via the support vehicle, or a 10 to 20 mile lift down the road representing an hour of pedal time.
After the bump the rider is “off the front” and riding at his or her own pace without feeling they are being left behind the group. They’ll then have time to linger and take in the spectacular scenery. All cyclists come together in time for lunch. Afterwards, cyclists can take another bump and/or continue riding.
Seamless Mileage Options
Lizard Head Cycling Guides designs multiple mileage options for each tours – something we’re well known for in our business. Daily shuttle options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy our tours through mileage customization.
Slow or Fast?
Many cyclists who sign up for our tours have worried themselves silly about not being able to keep up. But then they’re surprised to find that all the worrying was about nothing. They do just fine!
Slow and Fast
only exist as relative terms to other people. Speed does not matter as long as you are moving on the bike.
Like we say to even the most reluctant cyclists: “You will be ready for a tour with Lizard Head Cycling when you are finished with a Lizard Head tour”.
If you have questions about your ability to ride this tour, please contact our office (info@LizardHeadCyclingGuides.com or 970.728.5891).
See How the Shuttle works below Day 4’s description in Tour Logistics and FAQ.
Utah Hike & Bike: 4-Day Itinerary
Day 1: Ride to Fish Lake Mountains
80-miles with 6,500-feet of climbing or 49-mile option with 3,500-feet
On Day 1 cyclists ride up into the remote Fish Lake Mountains of central Utah. Tonight’s lodging at the Red River Ranch is a night to savor. The Red River Lodge recalls the great old lodges of National Parks system.
Day 2: Capitol Reef National Park
74-miles with nearly 4,000-feet of climbing
From your lodging at the Red River Ranch, pedal 14-miles beneath redrock walls to the Capitol Reef National Park’s Visitor Center.
Next, spin along Capitol Reef’s Scenic Road on a 9-mile out and back (18-miles roundtrip). Don’t miss the petroglyphs located just east of the visitor center If it’s in season, pick some park service peaches and apples along Highway 24. Fresh pies are available for purchase at the Gifford Homestead (one mile east from the Visitor Center).
After visiting the park, you’ll climb nearly 4,000-feet along the Utah Highway 12’s Journey thru Time Scenic By-Wayto the top of Boulder Mountain at 9,000-feet.
Day 3: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
36-miles with a 6-mile hike to a 126-foot high waterfall
Explore the desert high country of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that surrounds Boulder, Utah.
After breakfast, ride 24 miles west on Highway 12 to Calf Creek Falls. Then it’s on to a truly spectacular 3-mile out and back hike.
At trail’s end, a 126-foot tall desert waterfall greets hikers like an oasis. Take a refreshing and well-deserved swim in its cool waters. You decide if you’d like to ride the 12 miles back to the lodge…or ride on a return shuttle.
After returning to the Lodge there is the option of afternoon yoga beneath the giant cottonwood trees of the Boulder Mountain Lodge. Dinner tonight is again at the Hell’s Backbone Grill.
Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park
40-miles with hiking options
On Day 4, you’ll ride along the Burr Trail to the geological oddity of Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park. Allow yourself to frolic in a slot canyon and hike to the remote Double Arch, deep in the Waterpocket Fold.
Later on, we’ll shuttle back to Grand Junction. A stop at Goblin Valley State Park may be in order during the return shuttle, along with a farewell meal at Ray’s Cowboy Bar in Green River.
Utah Hike & Bike: Logistics & FAQs
Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with BikeFlights.com. Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.
This tour is designed for intermediate cyclists with various levels of fitness. Each day there are additional mileage options for advanced riders.
A van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment supports Lizard Head Cycling’s tours. Cyclists keep a day bag that is accessible within the support vehicle.
The vehicle will sag and then pass riders to set up aid stations every 20 to 25 miles. This allows cyclists to linger at the back and then take a ten-mile, fifteen-mile or whatever mile “bump” forward to catch-up or get ahead of the group. Energy food, drink mixes, and fresh fruit are available throughout each stage.
The Daily Schedule
Cyclists ride their own pace. Lizard Head Cycling does its best to support riders in their varying desires and efforts. Cyclists can either use our tours to simply support their tour experience or to engage in a guided experience along the route.
Cue sheets with directions, profiles and locations of aid stations are given out for each stage.
General Tour & Cancellation Policies
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.
Lizard Head Cycling Guides teams up with Seven Corners for travel insurance. Seven Corners offers:
- Travel Medical
- Medical Evacuation
- 24/7 Assistance
- Trip Cancellation
Be sure to go to our custom Seven Corners portal by clicking this link or by clicking the the banner on the right after confirming your tour with us to get a quote on travel insurance.
*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.