Zion to Taos Bike Tour
The Zion to Taos Bike Tour (Z-2-T) traces a mountainous path across Utah, Colorado and the high peaks of northern New Mexico. It is an exceptionally scenic route that showcases the high mountains, National Parks & hot springs (ahhh!) of the Four Corners Region. Over the course of its 2-weeks the tour climbs the elevated plateaus of Utah, the mighty San Juan Mountains of Colorado and the continental divide in New Mexico.
Zion to Taos Bike Tour: Highlights
Zion to Taos Bike Tour: Tour Dates
Potential tour dates are listed below. Please see the summer calendar for confirmed departures.
Note: Ride the full 2 weeks, or ride week 1 only (7 days riding, Zion to Durango) or week 2 only (6 days riding, Durango to Taos).
2017 Summer Tour Dates:
- August 13 to August 25, 2017: Full 2 Weeks (Book Now!)
2017 Autumn Tour Dates:
- September 10 to 23, 2017: Full 2 Weeks (Book Now!)
SPECIAL Telluride to Taos (T2T) Fall Foliage Spectacular Tour
For this 6-day tour we are riding a special Telluride-2-Taos as the second week of the Zion-2-Taos. This is essentially the same as the Durango-2-Taos, but with a start in Telluride, Colorado.
Please see the Telluride to Taos page for more information and dates.
Zion to Taos Bike Tour: Overview
Cyclists fly into Las Vegas, Nevada (or St. George, Utah) and out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ride both weeks, the 1st, or 2nd. The halfway point is Durango, Colorado. The tour can be ridden either as the entire two week tour or one week tour.
Zion-2-Taos Tour Length: 13-Days (12-days of riding) | 13-Nights Lodging (Sunday through Friday)
Starting Town: St. George, Utah
Ending Town: Taos, New Mexico
Total Miles: 885 (Can I keep up on this tour?)
Mileage Range: 26-126
Ability Level: 3/4 (Advanced to Challenging)
Zion-2-Taos Tour Includes: 13-nights of lodging (to be announced, Sunday through Friday), 12-days of meals, guide service, entrance fees, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments, Lizard Head Cycling Riding Kit, and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, massage & bike rental are additional.
Tour Cost: $4,500 per person. The deposit is $1500 per person.
Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.
Lodging Includes: (subject to change)
- Day 1: Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, Mt Carmel, UT
- Day 2: Bryce Canyon Pines, Bryce, UT
- Day 3: Boulder Mountain Lodge, Boulder, UT
- Day 4: Whispering Sands Motel, Hanksville, UT
- Day 5: Stone Lizard Lodging, Blanding, UT
- Day 6: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast, Cortez, CO
- Day 7: Strater Hotel, Durango, CO
Note: The 9/25/16 Telluride option stays at the Camel’s Garden in Telluride on this night
- Day 8: Strater Hotel, Durango, CO
- Day 9: The Springs Resort, Pagosa Springs, CO
- Day 10: Branding Iron Motel, Chama, NM
- Day 11: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, Ojo Caliente, NM
- Days 12 & 13: Taos Inn, Taos, NM
Single Room Supplement: $900 for a private room each night of the 2-week tour. $450- for 1-week option.
Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott 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.
Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.
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.
Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).
Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.
One-Week Zion-2-Taos Option: If you cannot commit to the full 2-week tour, ride the 1st or 2nd week. The midpoint is Durango, Colorado. The 1st week tour (7-nights lodging Sunday through Saturday) cost is $2,900 per person. The 2nd week cost (7-nights lodging Saturday through Friday) is $2,700 per person.
Do the “Bump”: Lizard Head’s shuttle “bump” options will exist on the Z-2-T. This is where we shuttle cyclists 10, 20 or however many miles down the road to give them a lift. It is BIG & REMOTE country in southern Utah and Colorado. There are few services and the weather can be melting cyclists one minute and then freezing them an hour later. We expect that cyclists may need some shuttle assistance along the way.
Meals On Tour
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.
Lunches on Tour: 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!
Overall Route Maps
Zion to Taos Bike 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 0: Arrival in St. George, Utah (Week 1)
Riders fly into Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) and arrange for their own shuttle to St. George, Utah via the St. George shuttle (approx $35-). Southwest airlines services Las Vegas. The tour meets at the Clarion Suites in St. George, Utah at 7am on Sunday.
Alternatively, riders can also fly into the smaller St. George Municipal Airport (SGU) which is serviced by Delta Air Lines from Salt Lake City, Utah and United Airlines from Denver, Colorado.
Day 1: Zion National Park to Mount Carmel, Utah
25 Miles with up to 2,700 feet of climbing
Spend Day 1 exploring the wonders of Zion National Park. At only 35-miles, Day 1 is meant to serve as a warm up day. Lodging is outside the park’s eastern boundary.
Average Highs Day 1’s Destination Orderville, Utah (6,211-feet): July (90 °F); August (85 °F); Sept (74 °F) – Weather Link
Day 2: Mount Carmel, Utah to Bryce Canyon National Park
53 Miles with up to 4,000 feet of climbing
Climb nearly 4,500-feet through the beautiful redrock canyons between Zion National Park and Bryce National Park (8,000-feet).
Average Highs Day 2’s Destination Bryce, Utah (7,064-feet): July (80 °F); August (77 °F); Sept (70 °F) – Weather Link
Day 3: “Utah’s Fabulous Highway 12” – Bryce Canyon National Park to Boulder Mountain Lodge, Boulder, Utah
77 Miles with up to 4,800 feet of climbing
If there was ever a road built for cycling, Utah’s Highway 12 may be it. The road climbs, dives, twists and turns to the end. This is a ride you’ll never forget.
Average Highs Day 3’s Destination Boulder, Utah (6,830-feet): July (83 °F); August (80 °F); Sept (73 °F) – Weather Link
Day 4: Boulder Mountain Lodge, Boulder, Utah to Hanksville, Utah
84 Miles with up to 5,300 feet of climbing
Enjoy even more of Highway 12 as it winds up and over the challenging slopes of Boulder Mountain (9,000-feet) with lunch in Capitol Reef National Park.
Average Highs Day 4’s Destination Hanksville, Utah (4,321-feet): July (99 °F); August (86 °F); Sept (87 °F) – Weather Link
Day 5: Hanksville, Utah to Blanding, Utah
126 Miles with up to 9,100 feet of climbing
Ride past Lake Powell surrounded by Redrock Wilderness. The Queen stage of the Z-2-T offers big miles, big climbs and big scenery. We roll out under the cover of darkness into the quiet of the desert. This is a remarkable route that ends with a climb into the Sierra Abajo Mountains.
Average Highs Day 5’s Destination Blanding, Utah (6,097-feet): July (92 °F); August (85 °F); Sept (80 °F) – Weather Link
Day 6: Blanding, Utah to McElmo Canyon, Colorado
64 Miles with up to 2,600 feet of climbing
Cross the border into Colorado riding empty ranching roads though Canyons of the Ancient National Monument, beneath the Sleeping Ute mountain and into beautiful McElmo Canyon for lunch at the Sutcliffe vineyard. Post lunch ride another 5 miles to the Kelly Place for lodging and a home cooked meal.
Average Highs Day 6’s Destination Dolores, Colorado (6,935-feet): July (85 °F); August (82 °F); Sept (75 °F) – Weather Link
Day 7: McElmo Canyon, Colorado to Durango, Colorado
60 Miles with up to 4,400 feet of climbing
Ride the foothills of the Sierra La Platas to Durango. Enjoy lunch & an espresso at the Absolute Bakery in Mancos, Colorado.
Average Highs Day 7’s Destination Durango, Colorado (6,522-feet): July (80 °F); August (77 °F); Sept (70 °F) – Weather Link
Day 8: Layover Day in Durango, Colorado
Enjoy a rest day in the bike crazy towns of Durango.
Day 9: Durango, Colorado to Pagosa Springs, Colorado
67 Miles with up to 4,500 feet of climbing
Today’s destination offers 40 Hot Spring Pools adjacent to the San Juan River, ahhhh.
Average Highs Day 9’s Destination Pagosa Springs, Colorado (7,070-feet): July (87 °F); August (84 °F); Sept (77 °F) – Weather Link
Day 10: Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Chama, New Mexico
48 Miles with up to 3,300 feet of climbing
Cross both the New Mexican border and continental divide while pedaling a remote and hilly route to Chama, New Mexico.
Average Highs Day 10’s Destination Chama, New Mexico (7,866-feet): July (81 °F); August (78 °F); Sept (72 °F) – Weather Link
Day 11: Chama, New Mexico to Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
95 Miles with up to 4,900 feet of climbing
Climb the formidable Brazos Pass to 10,000-feet & descend into the Rio Grande Valley to enjoy the historic Ojo Caliente Hot Springs.
Average Highs Day 11’s Destination Ojo Caliente, NM (6,251-feet): July (86 °F); August (83 °F); Sept (78 °F) – Weather Link
Day 12: Ojo Caliente, New Mexico to Taos, New Mexico
41 Miles with up to 2,000 feet of climbing
Ride a newly paved road (it was dirt) across the Rio Grande Valley over the awe inspiring Taos Gorge Bridge. Arrive in Taos to enjoy a fine New Mexican meal heavy with chile verde.
Average Highs Day 12’s Destination Taos, NM (7,003-feet): July (87 °F); August (84 °F); Sept (78 °F) – Weather Link
Day 13: “The Enchanted Circle Ride” – Taos, New Mexico Loop
85 Miles to 100 Miles with up to 5,800 feet of climbing
Ride the Sangre De Christo (Blood of Christ) mountains between Taos and Red River, New Mexico. The Enchated Circle Loop is New Mexico’s premier mountain ride offering exceptional beauty. Cyclists arrive back in their Taos lodging for a final night’s farewell dinner!
Average Highs Day 12’s Destination Taos, NM (7,003-feet): July (87 °F); August (84 °F); Sept (78 °F) – Weather Link
Post Tour (Saturday)
On Saturday morning cyclists wake and shuttle from Taos to Albuquerque (2.5 hours) and fly out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. A second option is for cyclists to take an early morning return shuttle from Taos back to Durango (3.5 hours). Southwest & Delta airlines (among others) service Albuquerque.
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.
General Tour & Cancellation Policies
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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.