Abajo Mountains to Lake Powell - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
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Abajo Mountains to Lake Powell

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Abajo Mountains to Lake Powell: Highlights

Bikes and boats. From high to low, elevation that is. On this unique Lizard Head tour, we combine the great off-road cycling from the Abajo Mountains, through Bears Ears National Monument, and end with the leisure of exploring Lake Powell on a houseboat. Four days of cycling through Utah diverse ecosystems followed by a day and a half of cruising on the lake. Take this trip and you will know why we need to protect Bears Ears National Monument.

If staying low is more your style, check out our Bears Ears to Lake Powell tour.

The Colorado River flowing into Lake Powell

Riding on High Mesas

Massive spring Sego Lily bloom

Houseboats on Lake Powell

The Trail Boss!

Abajo Mountains 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

Spring 2020 Tour Dates:

Autumn 2020 Tour Dates:

Abajo Mountains to Lake Powell: Overview

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

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

Tour Length: 6-days – 4-Days Cycling and 2-Days on Lake Powell

Total Miles: 107 miles (additional mileage options available)

Mileage Range: 16-31 miles

Ability Level: Upper Intermediate (3) to Advanced (3/4)

Tour Cost: $1,995 per person. Group discount of 5% for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Non-Riding Spouses & Partners on Tour: If a non-riding spouse or partner would like to join you on tour and they have their own transportation, they can stay in your room for the cost of the tour's single room supplement. Non-Riding spouses and partners can join a tour's meal plan of three meals a day for $85 per day.

Tour Includes: 6-days of guide service, 2-days aboard a houseboat, all meals, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

NOTE: Meeting Hotel and Ending Hotel reservations and costs are NOT included unless specified otherwise. Guests are on-their-own to make reservations at the Meeting Hotel or Ending Hotel, or other nearby hotels.

MTB Bike Rental

Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent 2020 Scott Genius 930 mountain bikes. The Scott Genius is a 29-inch wheeled bike with 2.8 inch tires. This bike rolls with ease over most everything: rocks, dirt and pavement. The mid-fat tires stopping and cornering give the rider confidence. The bike's full suspension can be locked fully or partially out with a level on the handle bars. Sizing includes Small, Medium, Large and XL. MTB bike rental is $250/week ($400/2-weeks). Rentals come equipped with tubeless tires, pump, tube, tire iron and saddle bag.

NOTE: Bike rental can be limited so please reserve in advance.

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

Abajo Mountains to Lake Powell: 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 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
31 miles with up to 2,775 feet of climbing

We start high in the Abajo Mountains above 8,000 feet! Shortly after getting on the bike you will be on The Causeway, a ridge acting as a link from the Abajos to Elk Ridge. Along the gradual climb up Elk Ridge there will be another narrow ridge called Little Notch, giving spectacular views in either direction. To top the day off, camp is among the ponderosa pines at Butts Point, overlooking Butts Canyon.

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

Day 2: Butts Point to Dark Canyon
29 miles with up to 1,900 feet of climbing

As we ride out of the Monte-La Sal National Forest, we have an incredible view over the canyon housing Arches National Monuments. Speaking of monuments, our next is Bears Ears towering over dense juniper and scrub oak rooted in the iconic Utah red dirt. If all the sights to see are not enough, this day also has 3,000 feet of descending! This night 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 up to 805 feet of climbing

After sipping coffee while watching the sun rise over Dark Canyon, over 3,000 feet of descending lays ahead. Winding past our first camp, we’ll vear south. Along this route, red rock is cut and washed away to reveal a few white rock canyons. The day ends at a small river crossing where camp will be set up.

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 we are headed to Lake Powell. To get there starts with a steep climb up Blue Notch Pass. From the top, a glimpse of the lake with the Little Rocky Mountains as a dazzling backdrop. 2,000 feet down the route rushes to Good Hope Bay. Here we will meet our house boat.

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

Day 5: A Full Day on Lake Powell

Swimming, chilling, and exploring. A whole day on the water. Lake Powell is full of incredible rock features and twisting canyons like Forgotten Canyon and Crystal Springs Canyon. Take the day easy and take in the incredible scenery. It’s what you make it!

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

This morning we get to savor the cool waters of Lake Powell and sip in more canyon beauty. By early afternoon we will dock up in Bullfrog so we can make it back to Grand Junction before evening.

Abajo Mountains 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 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:


  • 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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