Bears Ears to Lake Powell MTB Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
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Bears Ears to Lake Powell MTB Tour

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Bears Ears to Lake Powell: Highlights

Lake Powell with the Henry Mountains in Distance

Our Bears Ears to Lake Powell rides from high (8,000-feet) to low (3,500-feet) while combining bikes and even boats! It is an MTB journey to one of the most remote locations in the American West. The route offers thrilling double track riding from the Abajo Mountains down through the Bears Ears National Monument before arriving at Lake Powell. The trail offers unsurpassed views of Woodenshoe Canyon, Dark Canyon and White Canyon. Tour length is typically 6-Days, but it can be ridden with a 4-Day or 5-Day option.

Family Friendly Tour

The Bears Ears to Lake Powell is a family friendly tour! This is a good tour for people of all ages and families looking to get away and reconnect with nature.

Upon arrival at Lake Powell cyclists camp along the shores with the option of adding a Stand Up Paddle-Boards or pack rafts. Groups can choose to even add a water-ski boat for water skiing, tubing and wake-boarding. The scenery on this tour showcases Utah diverse ecosystems from mountains to the desert. Once you ride this tour you’ll see first hand why we need to protect Bears Ears National Monument.

The Colorado River flowing into Lake Powell

Riding on High Mesas

Massive spring Sego Lily bloom

Houseboats on Lake Powell

The Trail Boss!

Bears Ears to Lake Powell: 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

To easily register for a particular tour, please click the Book Now! link after the tour date listed below. This will select the tour name and the appropriate date on the registration form.

2022 Tour Dates

  • September 4 to 9, 2022 (Book Now!)
  • September 11 to 16, 2022 (Book Now!)
  • September 18 to 23, 2022 (Book Now!)
  • September 25 to 30, 2022 (Book Now!)
    A new moon on September 25, 2022 means dark stargazing skies at night!
  • October 16 to 21, 2022 (Book Now!)
  • October 23 to 28, 2022 (Book Now!)
    A new moon on October 25, 2022 means dark stargazing skies at night!
  • October 30 to November 4, 2022 (Book Now!)

Tour Status Notes: NO STATUS = Date set, no riders have signed up. TOUR OPENED = Tour opened, rider minimums not met. TOUR A GO! = Rider minimums met, tour is GO! SOLD OUT = Rider maximums met, tour full.

Bears Ears to Lake Powell: Overview

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If Flying, Arrival Town/Airport: Grand Junction, Colorado (Grand Junction Regional Airport – GJT)

If Driving, meet the tour in Hite, Utah where your car can be left in a secure lot for the week.

Departing Town/Airport: Grand Junction, Colorado (Grand Junction Regional Airport – GJT)

Tour Length Options:

  • 6-Days total with 4-Days Cycling and 2-Days on Lake Powell
  • 5-Days total with 3-Days Cycling and 2-Days on Lake Powell
  • 4-Days total with 2-Days Cycling and 2-Days on Lake Powell

Total Miles: 50 (2-Day Option) up to 100 miles (4-Day Option) (additional mileage options available)

Mileage Range: 16-31 miles

Ability Level: Intermediate (2-3) to Advanced (3/4)

Tour Cost Options: (Contact us for more details)

  • 6-Day with all meals, camping & swimming @ Lake Powell is $1,495 per person
  • 5-Day with all meals, camping & swimming @ Lake Powell is $1,295 per person
  • 4-Day with all meals, camping & swimming @ Lake Powell is $1,095 per person

Group discount of 5% for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

2022 Special Offer: Register for a 6-Day or longer Spring or Summer 2022 tour by October 15, 2021, or an Autumn 2022 tour by November 15, 2021, and receive a $200 tour discount plus a $100 bike rental discount!
(NOTE: New reservations only. Not stackable with other discounts)

Tour Includes: 4 to 6-days of guide service, all meals, park & forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages & bike rental are additional. For an additional cost, add on a waterski boat for tubing & wakeboarding.

Mountain Bike Rentals

For 2021, Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent the Scott Spark 930, a truly fantastic way to go up or down a mountain. We have been riding mountain bikes for a very long time here at Lizard Head, but we can easily say our rentals are the most fun mountain bikes we have ever ridden. The Spark 930 blends the featherweight lineage of its race focused cousin with the single track chops of a 120mm travel ripper - this bike is up for anything.

The Spark 930 features: Spark Carbon HMF-Alloy Frame, FOX 34 Float Performance 130mm Fork, FOX Nude EVOL/120mm/TwinLoc rear shock, Shimano XT-SLX 12 Speed Drivetrain, Shimano Deore Disc Brakes, Syncros X-25 TR Rims, Maxxis Rekon Folding Tires, plus Syncros Dropper Post. Approx. Weight: 28.88 lbs / 13.10 kg (without pedals)

Learn More: Click Here to learn more about our Mountain Bike Rentals including pricing.

If you have any further questions, please read more on our Rental Bikes FAQ page. You can also email us at or call us at 970.728.5891

How young can a child do this? We have tagalongs that 5 year olds and up can ride.

Overall Route Map

Bears Ears to Lake Powell: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations, road construction, and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as a general outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Day 0: Arrival at Meeting Hotel

We will meet in the evening at our starting hotel to fit bikes and issue dry bags. This will allow us to get out earlier on day 1 so we can get to riding sooner!

Day 1: Causeway to Butts Point
25-miles with up to 2,500- feet of climbing

Starting high in the Abajo Mountains above 8,000 feet! We start riding along the you will be on the Causeway; which is a spectacular ridge connecting the Abajos Mountains to Elk Ridge. Along the gradual climb to Elk Ridge, we are also treated to Little Notch offering spectacular views to the mysterious canyon country far below. Tonight’s backcountry camp is among stately ponderosa pines overlooking Butts Canyon. It is hard to top this Day 1, but as you will see, we will do our best. 🙂

Elevation Profile: 31 mi +2775 ft / -3010 ft

Day 2: Butts Point to Dark Canyon
29 miles with 3,000 feet of descending! 

As we ride out of the Abajos and Monte-La Sal National Forest, the trail offers truly incredible views the canyons with Bear’s Ears National Monuments. The namesake Bears Ears Buttes themselves tower above us as we ride from a Ponderosa Forest into juniper, pinion and scrub oak trees rooted in the iconic Utah red dirt. If all these sights were not enough, this day also has 3,000 feet of descending! This night offers what is notably our guides favorite camp; the edge of Dark Canyon. This camp has often been likened to having your own personal Grand Canyon. Just sit and stare.

Elevation Profile: 29 mi +1900 ft / -3010 ft

Day 3: Dark Canyon to River Tunnel Camp
31 miles with over 3,000-feet of descending

After morning coffer sipped while watching the sun rise over Dark Canyon, another day with over 3,000 feet of descending lays ahead.  Along this route, we now have fully entered the red rock canyon country of Utah. The route is mostly down through arroyos, canyons and rock. This is a beautifully remote and wild day ending at a small steam crossing where camp awaits

Elevation Profile: 31 mi +805 ft / -3070 ft

Day 4: River Tunnel Camp to Good Hope Bay
17 miles with up to 1,270 feet of climbing

Today’s destination is the shores of Lake Powell. From camp we climb a 1,000-feet over 4-miles to Blue Notch Pass. From the top, the views of Lake Powell with the the Little Rocky and Henry Mountains as a dazzling backdrop. From Blue Notch Pass, the route rushes down 2,000-feet to remote Good Hope Bay. We establish a camp along the shores of Lake Powell and for an additional cost, you can add on a waterski boat for tubing & wakeboarding.

Elevation Profile: 17 mi +1270 ft / -2160 ft

Day 5: A Full Day on Lake Powell

Swimming, chilling, kayaking and exploring. A whole day on the water. Lake Powell is noted for its incredible rock features and twisting canyons such as Forgotten Canyon and Crystal Springs Canyon. Take the day easy and take in the scenery. You are in the most remote area of the Lower 48-United States.

Day 6: A Morning on Lake Powell with A Return to Grand Junction in the Afternoon

This morning savor the waters of Lake Powell and sip in more canyon serenity. In the early afternoon we will dock up in Bullfrog and shuttle back to Grand Junction, Colorado before evening.

Bears Ears to Lake Powell: Logistics & FAQs

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 TripAssure. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below.

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:

  • 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.
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