COVID-19 Update: May 2nd, 2020 - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
107 Aurum St, Box 855, Ophir, CO 81426 970.728.5891

COVID-19 Update: May 2nd, 2020

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COVID-19 Update: May 2nd, 2020

Dear Lizard Head Cycling Family,

Thank you for your friendship and patronage.

As always, first and foremost, we are concerned with the safety of our guests and have been following events closely.

Operationally, we are expecting the National Parks to reopen in the next 10 days. The hotels and restaurants that we use are either opened or scheduled to reopen by Memorial Day.

When tours begin again at the end of May with Lizard Head Cycling, there will be a new normal. Our small group tours travel to some of most remote regions in the lower-48 states. These areas have few people and  there is expansive open spaces in these environments. Prior to our tour, we will ask riders to be healthy and if possible, to self-isolate. While traveling to the tour and during any shuttles, we will ask our guests to wear a mask and at the initial meeting we will be taking temperatures with an infrared scanner.

While on tour, riders will naturally be socially distant from one another. Meals will have also changed. Lizard Head Cycling’s back country mountain bike tour history carries a tradition with it in which we carry an outdoor kitchen with stoves, chairs and tables on all of our front-country road tours.  As such, we will be preparing more home cooked meals for our clients at scenic spots along the routes. When we do go to restaurants, some of the restaurants will be offering exclusively take out service. So, we will be doing more picnicking! If one does not feel comfortable sitting for a meal, it is fine to order take out and enjoy dinner outdoors or in a hotel room.

We will also be increasing our use of gloves, hand-washing, hand sanitizer and bleaching. All of this is towards the goal of helping our guests feel safe and cared for while on tour with us.  At this point in the pandemic, we are dealing with risk assessment and risk management. This is inherently what a guide service such as, Lizard Head Cycling Guides, does best. At this time as we continue to assess the current trends, we believe we can safely operate in the remote environments in which we travel.

If you are considering postponing your tour that starts after May 15th, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Credits will be issued for future departures when brighter days have again bloomed. Credits will be honored indefinitely and will be transferable.

Rolling forward, reaction to the virus will continue to evolve and we will proactively reach out to guests as our scheduled departures are affected and we will be updating this web page. Please feel free to reach out and ask questions via phone (970.728.5891) or email (


**Our May 21st and May 27th Hayduke MTB departure are the first back country tour dates in which we planning operations.

** Our June 1st Boulder, Bryce and Zion is a confirmed departure that we are planning to run.

UPDATE: For tours from July and August 2020, we have reduced our final payment policy to 45 days from 90 days.

During this stressful time, riding your bike will never be more important to stay healthy in both body and mind. Stay safe out there and keep pedaling.

From all us at Lizard Head Cycling, blessings.

John M. Humphries/Owner
Lizard Head Cycling Guides

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul” – John Muir

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at 3:20 pm and is filed under Blog.
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