Grand Staircase Utah MTB Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
 
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Grand Staircase Utah MTB Tour

Grand Staircase Utah MTB Tour: Highlights

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Switchbacks on the Burr Trail

Switchbacks on the Burr Trail

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Riding in the Waterpocket Fold

Riding in the Waterpocket Fold

Grand Staircase Utah MTB Tour: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

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Grand Staircase Utah MTB Tour: Overview

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Meeting Town/Airport: Grand Junction, CO/Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

Ending Town/Airport: Grand Junction, CO/Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

Tour Length: 6-Days

Total Miles: 80 to 125 miles, additional mileage options available. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Mileage Range: 24 to 41 miles

Ability Level: 2/3 (Intermediate to Advanced)

Tour Cost: $1,595- per person. Group discount of 5% for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Bike Rental: $250
Lizard Head Cycling Guides offers brand new 2017 Scott Spark 720 27.5 PLUS full suspension bikes. These are comfortable machines that provide an exceptional level of stability and comfort.
If you dig your ride, you can take it home! Click here for more info. Riders can of course use their own bikes.

Rental Tent, Ground Pad and Sleeping Bag: $85
Lizard Head Cycling offers late model camping gear rentals. The rental tent is a 3-person Sierra Design tent (sleeps 2 comfortably). The ground pads are 1.5 inches thick and our synthetic sleeping bags are rated for 20 degrees (so you’ll feel warm & comfy in the Utah Wilderness).
**Al la Carte tent rental is $55-.

Tour Includes: 6 days of guide service, all meals, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

Accommodations: Two nights lodging at the Boulder Mountain Lodge, in Boulder, Utah. Three nights of camping.

Meals On Tour

Lunches: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

Dinners: Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! :) Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post-ride element.

Overall Route Map

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Grand Staircase Utah MTB Tour: Itinerary

*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.

Day 1: Grand Junction to Boulder, Utah
12 miles with 2,800 feet of descent

The tour meets at and departs from the Courtyard Grand Junction in the morning where we load bikes and gear into the support vehicle and then embark on scenic drive across the Beehive state. Along the way we make a stop at the other-worldly Goblin Valley State Park just outside Hanksville and then into Capital Reef National Park.

We will shuttle to the top of Boulder Mountain and then get on the bikes to embark on a super-fun 2,800 foot descent along Highway 12 to Boulder, Utah to check into our favorite lodge of all, the Boulder Mountain Lodge.

For dinner we’ll unwind and dine at the award-winning Hell’s Backbone Grill where gracious owners and wonderful hosts, Jenn and Blake, treat you to a truly delicious and eclectic offering of fine dining choices. Their restaurant has received numerous praise, including this New York Times Story.

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park

Capital Reef National Park

Capital Reef National Park

Boulder Mountain Lodge

Boulder Mountain Lodge

Elevation Profile: +45 ft / -2790 ft

Day 2: Lower Calf Creek Falls
24 miles with up to 2,300 feet of climbing

On our first cycling day we ride from Boulder to the Calf Creek Recreation Area along the highly scenic Utah State Highway 12. Once at Calf Creek we change into hiking boots and enter this enchanting desert oasis with lush vegetation and beaver ponds soon arriving at the year-round 126-foot cascading waterfall of Lower Calf Creek Falls. We will spend a few hours searching Indian ruins and petroglyphs, then observe birds, deer and (if we’re lucky) a mountain lion. Enjoy lunch in the shade beneath the waterfall.

After the 5-mile walking roundtrip to Lower Calf Creek Falls, you can call it a day or challenge yourself with the 12 mile return ride back to Boulder. Upon returning to the resort, take a walk around the adjacent bird sanctuary or enjoy a nap under a large cottonwood tree. We love the Boulder Mountain Lodge!

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Boulder Mt Lodge & Hell's Backbone Sign

Boulder Mt Lodge & Hell’s Backbone Sign

Elevation Profile: +2300 ft / -2300 ft

Elevation Profile: +2300 ft / -2300 ft

Day 3: Boulder to Lampstand Mesa
27 miles with up to 2,100 feet of climbing

Starting from Boulder Mountain Lodge, we begin riding down along the paved Burr Trail and through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument passing through The Gulch, the Circle Cliffs and Deer Creek Recreation Area. Along the way you will be amazed as you ride past the 400-foot tall Wingate Sandstone walls of Long Canyon to dazzling views across the high desert canyonlands. Turning off the Burr Trail we hit some dual-track making our way to our campsite near the Lampstand Mesa which will be our basecamp for the next two nights.

Long Canyon

Long Canyon

Lampstand Mesa

Lampstand Mesa

Elevation Profile: +2000 ft / -2400 ft

Elevation Profile: +2000 ft / -2400 ft

Day 4: Wolverine Loop Road
41 miles with up to 2,500 feet of climbing

This day is a mix of pavement and dirt. Riding from basecamp, we pedal along the Burr Trail to the start of the Wolverine Loop Road where we find ourselves deep in pinyon and juniper trees and more amazing Wingate Sandstone. This road offers some great downhill sections and moderate climbs rewarded with commanding views of the Henry Mountains. We continue along Wolverine Loop Road through Death Hollow and then to Wolverine Petrified Wood Area for lunch and then a hike. Continuing on our ride we ride through Horse Canyon and Wolverine Canyon eventually making it back to the Burr Trail and then completing the day back to our campsite.

View from Wolverine Loop Road

View from Wolverine Loop Road

Miles from everywhere!

Miles from everywhere!

Elevation Profile: +2500 ft / -2500 ft

Elevation Profile: +2500 ft / -2500 ft

Day 5: Burr Canyon
32 miles with up to 1,600 feet of climbing

After packing up camp and after a hearty breakfast, we pedal down towards the Waterpocket Fold which is a massive geological land form known as a monocline that spans for over a 100 miles through the semi-arid plateau of central Utah and which defines Capitol Reef National Park. We will stop along the way for a short hike in Upper Muley Twist Canyon to glimpse the dramatic views of the Waterpocket Fold from the Strike Valley Overlook. After the hike we descend down the twisty switchbacks of Burr Canyon and then heading south to our campsite for the evening.

Boynton Overlook Grand Staircase National Monument

Overlook of Grand Staircase National Monument

Switchbacks on the Burr Trail

Switchbacks on the Burr Trail

Elevation Profile: +1600 ft / -2600 ft

Elevation Profile: +1600 ft / -2600 ft

Day 6: Bullfrog Bay
25 miles with up to 1,200 feet of climbing

Departing camp we begin the last day of our tour along remote desert dual-track on top of Big Thomson Mesa with the Waterpocket Fold to our right for most of the morning soon making our way into the upper reaches of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. After the dual-track, we then hit pavement to complete our ride downhill to Bullfrog Bay on the shores of Lake Powell. Following lunch at Lake Powell, we load up the support vehicle and then shuttle back to Grand Junction to end our tour.

Riding in the back country along the Waterpocket Fold

Riding in the back country along the Waterpocket Fold

Arrival at Bullfrog!

Arrival at Bullfrog!

Elevation Profile: +1200 ft / -2700 ft

Elevation Profile: +1200 ft / -2700 ft

Grand Staircase Utah MTB Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

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.

Meals
Any dietary preferences or allergies should be noted on the registration form. Each of Lizard Head Cycling’s lunches contains gluten free options.

Ride Difficulty
This custom tour is designed for cyclists with various levels of fitness. Each day there are additional mileage options for advanced riders.

Tour Support
A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment will support this tour.

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.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.