Hayduke Trail MTB Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
 
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Hayduke Trail MTB Tour

The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour, (a.k.a. the Trans-Utah MTB Tour), is one of the American West’s ultimate point-to-point off-road MTB tours. The route starts near Kanab, Utah and ends in Moab, Utah. The route covers explores southern Utah’s world renowned “back-of-beyond” landscapes, including the new Bear’s Ears National Monument, while crossing only three paved roads in over 400-miles of riding.

The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour was featured in June 2017’s Outside Magazine.

The Hayduke is a journey that explores among the most spectacular terrain in North America; southern Utah’s canyon & mountain country. The Hayduke Trail is named after George Washington Hayduke, a character from Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang.

In southern Utah nature throws out the rule book. Rock shaped by 50-million years of water has sculpted a jaw-dropping landscape of weird and wild shapes. This is a region of extremes: of distance, of darkness, of silence… Join Lizard Head Cycling on this small group cycling odyssey within the serpentine redrock canyons of the Beehive State.

Dark Skies! Southern Utah has the darkest skies of the lower 48 American states.

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Noteworthy Links and Videos

Outside Magazine: The Hayduke Option

USA Today: Listen to the Bears Ears and protect national treasures

On December 27th, 2016 much of the terrain that the 2nd week of our Hayduke Trail MTB Tour passes through was declared the Bear’s Ears National Monument by President Obama. This is a magnificent region of redrock cliffs, mysterious canyons and stone silence.

Celebrate Bears Ears: Welcome to our New National Monument!

NEW For 2018: Introducing The Hardcore Hayduke!

Due to popular demand, Lizard Head Cycling Guides is offering our first ever Hardcore Hayduke week from Sunday May 27 to Saturday June 2, 2018. On this special Hayduke Trail MTB Tour we will ride all 420-miles of the Hayduke Trail in only 7-Days!

Ride the entire Hayduke Trail tour in just 7 days!
Photo: Jake Stangel / jakestangel.com

Can it be done? Yes it has been done, but it is not for the timid cyclist! This 7-Day option average 60-miles per day on dirt and as a result is only for cyclists who have previously ridden this type of mileage on consecutive days. Expect to pedal for about 6 hours per day not including rest time. On this route there is not a rest day, but there happily is a support vehicle! So if one becomes entirely knackered, they can jump in the truck and make it to the next camp. On the Hardcore Hayduke breakfasts will be early so riders can roll out with the morning sun.

Please contact us for additional details at 970.728.5891 or info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com

Difficulty Level?

The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour is a MTB tour that seeks out backcountry exploration. Tour size is limited to 11 clients. Although the Hayduke tour is challenging in nature, it is not a death march! The tour’s fitness level is aimed at upper-intermediate to advanced fitness levels. The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour is not an overly technical ride; it is a spectacular “gravel grinder” type tour on small, rugged and remote jeep roads. The route can be ridden in 1-week or 2-week segments.

The mountain biking is fun and challenging, but not overly technical.

The daily mileage averages out to about 35-mile segments which vary based on the riding surface and amount of climbing on any given day. Lizard Head Cycling’s guides provide cyclists with a professional level support that includes: meals, water, shelter and mechanical aid. So the bottom line is if you are a experienced mountain or road biker with decent technical skills, this tour is within your ability level.

A Labor of Love
The Hayduke tour project has been a labor of love for Lizard Head Cycling Guides. Our guides love the spirit and adventure of riding in this remote landscape. It is indeed a special bucket-list type grand tour!

Hayduke Trail MTB Bike Tour Kanab, Utah to Moab, Utah:

Ride the Full Two Weeks from Kanab to Moab (13-Days), Week One Only from Kanab to the Henry Mountains (7-Days) or Week Two Only from the Henry Mountains to Moab (6-Days).

Please see the Tour Logistics below for further details.

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Riding on Day 1 Hayduke Trail

How The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour Works

The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour is supported by a burly 4×4 pickup that carries water, personal gear, an outdoor kitchen, coolers of food (and beer), tents, spare parts, spare bikes, shade and camp chairs. It is the mothership that meets us in camp. Riders wake in the morning to the echo of the coffee call off the canyon walls, followed by a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, muesli, fruit, nuts, yogurt, etc. Food is essential and Lizard Head Cycling takes care to deliver high quality ingredients. After breakfast riders pack a lunch and set off on the trail. One guide rides and the other drives the truck. Lunch is enjoyed along the trail with big views of the encompassing back of beyond terrain. When possible the mother ship meets the riders for lunch to offer a resupply.

In the late afternoon we roll into camp and once again meet the support vehicle. At this point before setting up camp the guides and guests often enjoy a celebratory beer. The guides then set up the outdoor kitchen, start appetizers and prepare dinner, while our guests set up their tents and clean their bicycles for the next day. Dinner is enjoyed around the campfire as the stars appear above in the pitch black sky. Life is good! 😀

The Hayduke Trail support vehicle

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Highlights

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Hayduke Trail

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Refresh in the cool waters of Calf Creek Falls Hayduke Trail

Refresh in the cool waters of Calf Creek Falls

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Spring time in the Henry Mountains

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BIG VIEWS on fun double track

Alpine mountain biking through Bears Ears Pass Hayduke Trail

Alpine mountain biking through Bears Ears Pass: Week-Two

You never know what you'll come across in the desert! Hayduke Trail

You never know what you’ll come across in the desert!

Camping with a view! Hayduke Trail

Camping with a view!

The views on Day 8 Hayduke Trail

The views on Day 8

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Map sessions are offered each morning

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Camping in the Abjo Mountains on week 2

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Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Photos

Photos from the May 2016 inaugural Hayduke Trail MTB Tour.

Hayduke Trail 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

2017 Autumn Tour Dates:

Ride the entire Hayduke Trail (13-Days & 420 miles) or in 1-week segments of 6 or 7-Days & 210 miles.

*** Sign-Up for two weeks and receive a $200- bike rental discount***

*** Sign-Up for one week and receive a $125- bike rental discount***

  • September 3 to 15, 2017 – Full Two Weeks (13-Days): Kanab to Moab
    $3,345 (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO! 4 spots remain
  • September 3 to 9, 2017 – Week One (7-Days): Kanab to the Henry Mountains
    $1,695 – (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO! 4 spots remain
  • September 10 to 15, 2017 – Week Two (6-Days): Henry Mountains to Moab
    $1,695 – (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO! 4 spots remain
  • September 24 to October 6, 2017 – Full Two Weeks (13-Days): Kanab to Moab
    $3,345 – (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!
  • September 24 to 30, 2017 – Week One (7-Days): Kanab to Henry Mountains
    $1,695 – (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO! 2 spots remain
  • October 1 to 6, 2017 – Week Two (6-Days): Henry Mountains to Moab
    $1,695 – (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO! 5 spots remain
**CLICK HERE TO VIEW 2018 TOUR DATES**

2018 Spring Tour Dates

*** Sign-Up for the two week Hayduke in 2018 and receive a $250- bike rental discount***

Ride the entire Hayduke Trail (13-Days & 400 miles) or segments (6 or 7-Days & 200 miles).

  • April 29 to May 11, 2018 – Full Two Weeks (13-Days): Kanab to Moab
    $3,450 – (Book Now!)
  • April 29 to May 5, 2018 – Week One (7-Days): Kanab to Henry Mountains
    $1,695 – (Book Now!)
  • May 6 to 11, 2018 – Week Two (6-Days): Henry Mountains to Moab
    $1,695 – (Book Now!)
  • May 13 to 25, 2018 – Full Two Weeks (13-Days): Kanab to Moab
    $3,450 – (Book Now!)
  • May 13 to 19, 2018 – Week One (7-Days): Kanab to Henry Mountains
    $1,695 -(Book Now!)
  • May 20 to 25, 2018 – Week Two (6-Days): Henry Mountains to Moab
    $1,695 – (Book Now!)
  • May 27 to June 2, 2018*Hardcore Hayduke! (7-Days): Kanab to Moab
    $1,795 – (Book Now!)

*Please see above for more info on the Hardcore Hayduke.

2018 Autumn Tour Dates

Ride the entire Hayduke Trail (13-Days & 429 miles) or 1-week segments of 6 or 7-Days & 210 miles.

*** Sign-Up for the two week Hayduke in 2018 and receive a $250- bike rental discount***

  • September 2 to 14, 2018 – Full Two Weeks (13-Days): Kanab to Moab
    $3,450 – (Book Now!)
  • September 2 to 8, 2018 – Week One (7-Days): Kanab to Henry Mountains
    $1,695 – (Book Now!)
  • September 9 to 14, 2018 – Week Two (6-Days): Henry Mountains to Moab
    $1,695 -(Book Now!)
  • September 16 to 28, 2018 – Full Two Weeks (13-Days): Kanab to Moab
    $3,450 – (Book Now!)
  • September 16 to 22, 2018 – Week One (7-Days): Kanab to Henry Mountains
    $1,695 – (Book Now!)
  • September 23 to 28, 2018 – Week Two (6-Days): Henry Mountains to Moab
    $1,695 – (Book Now!)

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Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Overview

Reptile Rewards

Ability Level: 3/4 (Upper Intermediate to Advanced). The Hayduke is a gravel grinder type tour across rugged jeep roads.

Tour Size: 5 to 11 riders

2017 Tour Cost: $3,345 (2-week tour) and $1,695 (1-week tour)
*Bring 4 riders & receive a $400- per person/2-week tour discount
*Bring 4 riders & receive a $250- per person/1-week tour discount
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

2018 Tour Cost: $3,450 (2-week tour), $1,750 (1-week tour) and $1,795 (Hardcore Hayduke)
*Bring 4 riders & receive a $400- per person/2-week tour discount
*Bring 4 riders & receive a $250- per person/1-week tour discount
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Tour Includes: Guide service, monster F-350 support truck, all delicious meals, energy food, liquid refreshments, water bottles, shuttles, jersey, socks and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages and massage therapy are additional.

Hardcore Hayduke Tour Includes: Three (3) guides to help move camp and support the tour on a daily basis, monster F-350 support truck, all delicious meals, energy food, liquid refreshments, water bottles, shuttles, jersey, socks and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, SCOTT Spark 720 Plus bike rental ($250) and massage therapy are additional.

Meeting and Ending Logistics and Locations:

Week #1 LOGISTICS (Kanab to Henry Mountains):

Week #1 meets at the following hotel in St. George, UT at 7:00 AM on Tour Start Day.

Grand Junction Courtyard Marriott
185 S 1470 E
St George, UT 84790
435.986.0555

Follow this link for a discounted rate to the Grand Junction Courtyard Marriott. Please note that rooms at this rate are limited.

If one is flying to week #1 of the Hayduke Tour, fly into Las Vegas, NV (McCarran International Airport - LAS) and arrange for a shuttle to the meeting hotel in St. George, UT. Shuttles run multiple times each hour. Reservations can be made with St. George Shuttle (800.933.8320) or St. George Express (435.652.1100) and should be made well in advance.

Alternatively you can also fly into St. George, UT (SGU Regional Airport - SGU) which is serviced by Delta, American and United with limited daily flights.

If one is driving to week #1 of the Hayduke tour, meet Lizard Head Cycling Guides at 12:00 PM noon on the day prior (Day 0) to the tour's official start date at the Courtyard Marriott in Grand Junction, Colorado.

NOTE: Alternatively guests driving in from the west on I-70 can meet Lizard Head Cycling in Green River, Utah at 3:00 PM on Day 0. Cars can be left in either Green River or Grand Junction. From either location Lizard Head Cycling will shuttle riders to the start in St. George, UT.

Post-Tour Logistics Week #1 (Kanab to Henry Mountains): The Hayduke tour (Kanab to Henry Mountains) ends in the Henry Mountains on a Saturday where riders enjoy a final farewell dinner with the group and stay the night. Early the next morning riders depart via shuttle and arrive back in Green River by 8:30 AM and Grand Junction by approximately 10:30 AM.


WEEK #2 LOGISTICS (Henry Mountains to Moab):

Week #2 meets at the following hotel in Grand Junction, CO.

Courtyard by Marriott Grand Junction
765 Horizon Dr
Grand Junction, CO 81506
970.263.4414

Follow this link for a discounted rate to the Courtyard by Marriott Grand Junction. Please note that rooms at this rate are limited.

Meeting Time Week #2 Hayduke (Henry Mountains to Moab) meets at 12:00 PM noon on the day prior (Day 0) to the tour's official start date. NOTE: If you are arriving close to 12:00 PM noon (by 1:00 PM) on Day 0, this should be okay, but PLEASE let us know your travel plans in advance.

If one is flying to week #2 of the Hayduke Tour (Henry Mountains to Moab), then fly into Grand Junction, CO (Grand Junction Regional Airport - GJT). Both the Courtyard by Marriott meeting hotel and the nearby Clarion Inn Horizon Drive offer free airport shuttles. NOTE: If staying at the Clarion Inn, call them at 970.243.6790 and ask for a $84.00 Lizard Head Cycling Guides rate.

If one is driving to week #2 of the Hayduke tour, vehicles may be left at either the Courtyard Marriott or Clarion Inn for the duration of the tour.

Post-Tour Logistics Week #2 (Henry Mountains to Moab): ends in Moab on a Friday night where we enjoy a celebratory brew or two at the Moab Brewery and then a farewell dinner out on the town that night in Moab.

On the post tour morning at 7:00 AM Lizard Head Cycling provides a complimentary shuttle (1.5 hours) from Moab to the Courtyard Marriott in Grand Junction, CO and the Grand Junction airport. Guests can expect to arrive in Grand Junction at 9:00 AM.


POST-TOUR LODGING IN MOAB:

All guests are responsible for their own post-tour lodging in Moab, UT. Lizard Head Cycling has set up a room block at the Quality Inn (435.259.5252) located near the Moab Brewery, but please reserve ASAP as rooms are limited at this busy time of the year. If you would like to camp or stay in a cabin Friday night, make your reservation at the Canyonlands RV Resort and Campground (800.644.9113) which is located diagonally across the street from the Moab Brewery. Space is limited at the Canyonlands RV Resort and Campground. Our guides will be camped here Friday night.

Private Groups and Tour Length: The Hayduke Trail tour can be booked as a private tour with 10 riders or the equ:ivalent thereof. If your riders can “crush it”, full tour length can be reduced from 14 to 9 days by increasing the daily mileage from the current 30-miles per day to 50-miles ridden per day.

The Weather: The months of May and September & early October are the sweet spots in this extreme landscape. During these months if there are no clouds, expect average high temperatures in the lower desert (below 6,000-feet) in low to mid 80’s and in the mountains (above 8,000-feet) expect highs in the upper 70’s. During its epic journey the Hayduke MTB tour crosses both rugged canyon country and two mountain ranges with elevations peaking out at 10,000-feet. So the Hayduke is not simply a desert tour!

Camper’s Gear: Rental Tent, Ground-Cot or Pad & Sleeping Bag
One-Week @ $85 and Two-Weeks @ $150. Lizard Head Cycling offers rental of late model camping gear. The rental tent is a 3-person Sierra Design tent (sleeps 2 comfortably). The ground cots are two inches above the ground and allows campers to sleep on one’s side. The Ground pads are 1.5 inches thick and our synthetic sleeping bags are rated for 20 degrees (warm & comfy in the wild).
**Al la Carte tent rental is $55 for 1 week and $100 for 2 weeks.

Highlights Include: This route across southern Utah includes the Grand Staircase Escalante National MonumentCapitol Reef National Park, the Henry Mountains, the Sierra Abajos, Glen Canyon and Lockhart Basin.

Rental Bikes: One-Week @ $200 or Two-Weeks @ $350- Lizard Head Cycling Guides and Scott bicycles offers brand new 2017 Scott Spark 720 27.5 PLUS full suspension bikes on the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour (limited sizing exists so sign up soon). If you dig your ride, you can take it home! Click here for more info. Riders can of course use their own bikes.

Overall Route Map

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: 450-Miles over 13-Days

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: 400 Miles over 13-Days

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Week-One 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.

Pre-Tour Meeting in St. George, Utah

Most guests will opt to fly into the Las Vegas, Nevada airport (LAS) and then catch one of the regular shuttles provided by St. George Shuttle Service to the town of St. George. At 6:00pm we will meet in the hotel lobby of the Courtyard Marriott in St. George to discuss logistics, go over maps and to perform final bike checks.

Beautiful desert scenery Hayduke Trail

Beautiful desert scenery

Week-One Synopsis: Kanab to Henry Mountains

  • Total Mileage: 210 miles
  • Total Elevation Gain: 17,600 feet
  • Total Elevation Loss: 16,400 feet

The first week of the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour starts in the Utah desert town of Big Water, Utah, which is just west of Lake Powell. From Big Water cyclists embark on a 400+ mile mountain bike odyssey into Utah’s otherworldly back-of-beyond terrain.

NOTE: Week 1’s itinerary has a day built in day for delays. The May 2016 Hayduke Trail MTB Tour’s week-one crossing of Utah was done in six days and as a result the riders rested two nights in the Henry Mountains before the start of week-two.

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Fast and Flowy in Left Hand Colette Canyon

Healthy and nutritious meals every day! Hayduke Trail

Healthy and nutritious meals every day!

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Stories & libations under a sea of stars

The Hayduke Trail MTB route starts on Smoky Mountain Road, so named for the smoke smoldering out from 100-year-old coal fires deep beneath Smoky Mountain. This section of the route in the Grand Staircase National Monument features unparalleled views of Lake Powell’s remote western flanks, Navajo Mountain, and the Kaiparowits Plateau. The 78-mile road is mostly smooth sailing (when it is dry) on a mixed clay with the occasional choppy section.

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The Walls of Long Canyon: A section of remote pavement on Day 4

The Hayduke Trail MTB route then descends into the solitude of Left Hand Colette canyon, where it is entirely possible not another person will be encountered. On Day 3 the route intersects Utah’s Highway 12 (aka hole-in-the-rock road). Highway 12 will take us over the Hogsback past the 125-foot Calf Creek Waterfall to the oasis of Boulder, Utah.

The Henry Mountains on Day 6 Hayduke Trail

The Henry Mountains on Day 6

Just outside of the town of Boulder we will rinse of the blood, sweat, and tears of the route to this point with a natural shower at Calf Creek Falls. In Boulder town cyclists may have the option of adding a night’s lodging at either the Boulder Mountain Lodge or Pole’s Place. Boulder marks the start of the Burr Trail and 60+ miles of  incredibly scenic biking with thousands of feet of elevation gain and loss. The Burr Trail encompasses Long Canyon, the Wolverine Loop, the switchbacks of the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park and Bull Frog road. From the top of the Waterpocket Fold we will get our first look at the infamously rugged Henry Mountains.

WEEK 1 CONTINUED: On days 5 thru 7 over the course of 46-miles in the Henry Mountains riders will weave their way up and down 6,000’ of jeep trail reaching a maximum elevation of almost 10,000’ above sea level. The east side of the Henry Mountains descent marks the completion of Week-One and the location in which Week-Two riders will join the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour.

Relaxing at Boulder Mountain Lodge Hayduke Trail

Relaxing near Boulder, Utah: Week-One

Week-One: Daily Elevation Profiles

Below are the daily elevation profiles for Week-One of the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour.

Day 1: 28 miles with +2700 feet/-1100 feet

Day 2: 43 miles with +3000 feet/-2900 feet

Day 3: 30 miles with +2700 feet/-2800 feet

Day 4: 35 miles with +3300 feet/-2200 feet

Day 5: 28 miles with +1300 feet/-2800 feet

Day 6: 32 miles with +5900 feet/-4750 feet

                        Day 6: Part 1

                       Day 6: Part 2

Day 7: Rest Day: If riders complete the first 6 days, we relax in the Henry Mountains

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Week-Two 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.

Riders Meet in Grand Junction, Colorado

Riders joining the Hayduke Trail bike tour for Week-Two (Henry Mountains to Moab) meet on Saturday afternoon (Day 7) at the Courtyard Marriott airport meeting hotel in Grand Junction, CO. From the Courtyard Marriott we will shuttle to the East side of the rugged Henry Mountains to meet comrades who have ridden Week-One (Big Water to Henry Mountains).

Week-Two Synopsis: Henry Mountains to Moab, Utah

  • Total Mileage: 196 miles
  • Total Elevation Gain: 13,406 feet
  • Total Elevation Loss: 14,367 feet

Week 2 (Henry Mtns to Moab) begins riding on Sunday and ends in Moab, Utah on Friday where we enjoy a celebratory brew or two at the Moab Brewery and then a night on the town with a farewell dinner. NOTE: Guests are responsible for their own post tour lodging on Friday night at the Moab Valley Inn. Then on Saturday morning post tour at 7:30am Lizard Head Cycling will provide a complimentary shuttle (1.5 hours) to the Courtyard Marriott and the Grand Junction airport in Grand Junction, Colorado. Guests can expect to arrive in Grand Junction at 9:30am

Week-2 of the Hayduke Trail MTB Tours starts in the Henry Mountains with a cruiser section of paved road on Highway 95 known as the “Trail of the Ancients.” Highway 95 is a stunning section of highway carved into Redrock Canyon walls. It is a welcomed relief to those who have just conquered the Henry’s and an excellent warm up opportunity for those just getting on board.

Lunch Hayduke Trail

Great lunch spot on week 2

Lockhart Camp Hayduke Trail

Sunsetting at Lockhart Camp

Dark Canyon Camp Hayduke Trail

Getting ready to set off from Dark Canyon Camp

Ruins from the Ancient Puebloans along the Hayduke Trail

Ruins from the Ancient Puebloans along the route

Then, after crossing the mighty Colorado River just outside of Hite, the primary town site for Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation area, it all changes. The next 163 miles serve up some of the most remote terrain the Wild West has to offer, starting with Wooden Shoe Road. This road, co-“maintained” by the BLM and Forest Service requires at least 8″ of vehicle clearance, ensuring other human encounters are rare at best.

Lockhart Basin Hayduke Trail

Lockhart Basin

Along the way, guests will have numerous opportunities to contemplate the meaning of it all while gazing down into the Dark Canyon, a 1,000-foot deep canyon wilderness area that was designated for its deep canyon graced with unique steep sandstone cliffs and a vast archaeological record.

Riding on Day 11 Hayduke Trail

Riding on Day 11

A BBQ feast at the end of a great day of riding Hayduke Trail

A BBQ feast at the end of a great day of riding

Desert sandstone slowly gives way to shady forest of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, aspen, and Gambel oak as we begin our ascent into the tour’s second major group of mountains, the Sierra Abajos. Over the next 35 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, you may feel like you have gone back in time to the days of the old west, sharing the road almost exclusively with the occasional cowboy and cattle herder.

Taking a break on Day 11 to admire the view Hayduke Trail

Taking a break on Day 11 to admire the view

Horse Mountain marks the high point and then it is all down hill to Beef Basin where a few of the obstacles will likely be grazing. After the Sieraa Abajo descent we will continue north, skirting around Canyonlands National Park to the West. Guests will enjoy a short 9-mile route through Indian Creek, a world-renowned rock climbing area and archeological wonder.

coffee Hayduke Trail

The coffee is always hot

Hite Crossing Bridge Hayduke Trail

Hite Crossing Bridge over the Colorado River at Lake Powell

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Cruising Lockhart Basin

Riders continue onward past the entrance to the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park before arriving at the start of the routes final spectacular section of the tour through Lockhart Basin. Paralleling the White Rim Trail just across the Colorado River, the Lockhart Basin Trail is a bike-it list ride for any mountain bike enthusiast. The route follows a jeep road all the way from the Needles District of Canyonlands to Hurrah Pass. The last 20 miles of Lockhart Basin will be the equivalent of our victory lap before arriving at victory lane, known to the locals as the Moab Brewery.

After a few celebratory libations and farewell meal, riders can choose to add a night’s stay in Moab or shuttle back to the Courtyard Marriott in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Week-Two: Daily Elevation Profiles

Below are the daily elevation profiles for Week-Two of the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour.

Day 8: 33 miles with +2210 feet/-2490 feet

Day 9: 24 miles with +2460 feet/-490 feet

Day 10: 30 miles with +3050 feet/-1820 feet

Day 11: 49 miles with +2150 feet/-4950 feet

Day 12: 27 miles with +1080 feet/-1790 feet

Day 13: 41 miles with +3055 feet/-3550 feet

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Getting to and From the Tour.

The Full Two Weeks Logistics – Kanab to Moab:

  • The meeting location will be at the Courtyard Marriott in St. George UT.
  • There will be a pre-trip meeting on Day 0 (Saturday) in the evening.
  • Lizard Head Cycling will provide a shuttle from St. George to the starting location outside of Kanab early on the morning of Day 1 (Sunday).
  • The tour will end on Friday (Day 13) in Moab, UT and guests are on-their-own this evening to secure hotel reservations in Moab. On Saturday morning guests will be offered an early morning shuttle back to the meeting hotel in Grand Junction, CO.
  • For most, the easiest way to join the tour will be to:
    • Fly to Las Vegas, NV (LAS) and take a regular shuttle provided by St. George Shuttle Service to the meeting hotel in St. George, UT. Or fly into St George Regional Airport (SGU) which is serviced by Delta, American and United.
    • Fly out of Grand Junction, CO (GJT) late on the Saturday or on the Sunday following the tour.
  • If you are driving to the start of the Hayduke Trail bike tour in St. George, Utah we first suggest  driving to Grand Junction, CO to meet the shuttle vehicle the day prior to tour start and then taking the shuttle back to St. George. This scenario would allow you to have your vehicle at the tour’s end.

First Week Logistics – Kanab to the Henry Mountains:

  • The meeting location will be at the Courtyard Marriot in St. George UT.
  • There will be a pre-trip meeting on Day 0 (Saturday) in the evening.
  • Lizard Head Cycling will provide a shuttle from St. George to the starting location outside of Kanab early on the morning of Day 1 (Sunday).
  • The tour will end on Day 7 (Saturday) with a shuttle from the Henry Mountains to the Courtyard Marriot in Grand Junction, CO.
  • For most, the easiest way to join the tour will be to:
    • Fly to Las Vegas, NV (LAS) and take a regular shuttle provided by St. George Shuttle Service to the meeting hotel in St. George, UT. Or fly into St George Regional Airport (SGU) which is serviced by Delta, American and United.
    • Fly out of Grand Junction, CO (GJT) on the Sunday following the tour.

Second Week Logistics – Henry Mountains to Moab:

  • Riders should plan to meet at the Courtyard Marriott in Grand Junction, CO in the afternoon on Saturday (Day 7). From there, Lizard Head Cycling Guides will provide a shuttle to the meeting location just south of Hanksville, UT.
  • The tour will end on Friday (Day 13) in Moab, UT and guests are on-their-own this evening to secure hotel reservations in Moab. On Saturday morning guests will be offered an early morning shuttle back to the meeting hotel in Grand Junction, CO.
  • For most, the easiest way to join the tour will be to:
    • Fly to Grand Junction, CO (GJT) on the Friday or early Saturday morning before the start of the tour.
    • Fly out of Grand Junction, CO (GJT) late on the Saturday or on the Sunday following the tour.

If you have any questions about start and end logistics feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call!

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.

Sleeping
The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour rides through one of the most inacessible areas in the lower 48 states. As a result we primarily camp at undeveloped campsites each night.

Meals
Guides in camp will prepare all meals. Meals include: Dutch oven lasagna, wild salmon, grilled chicken, salads, quinoa, fruits and lots of seasonal veggies. 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 Upper Intermediate to Advanced cyclists. The terrain ranges from rugged jeep roads, to rocky streams, sand and mountain dirt.

Tour Support
A 4-wheel drive flatbed truck (aka the mother ship) carries luggage, food and equipment in support of the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour. Cyclists pack their lunch and water in their packs.

Electronics & Charging
One of the best parts about this tour is the opportunity it provides for one to detach from the world of emails and ringtones. Yet, most guests find that they still have devices, such as cameras, GPS, and iPods, that require charging. While the mother ship does has the ability to spare a little juice, it is typically reserved for guide communications. Since, in this remote terrain, a dead truck battery is no bueno, we encourage our guests with charging requirements to bring their own solar charger. We like the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit. To learn more about Solar Chargers and Portable Power, please click here.

There are also a large variety of high capacity USB battery packs (16000mAh or greater) that would also work well for multiple recharges of your devices such as those from Anker, RAVPower, and others.

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.