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

Lake Powell with the Henry Mountains in Distance

Our The Abajos 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 is typically 6-days, but can be ridden in a 4-day option.

Upon arrival at Lake Powell cyclists camp along the shores with the option of adding a houseboat, speed boat or kayaks. Water sports such as water skiing, tubing and wake-boarding can be enjoyed  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.
  • In the early spring (April) and later fall (late September & October), we offer a lower elevation option for this tour that rides from the Bears Ears to Lake Powell.

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

Autumn 2020 Tour Dates – Abajo Mountains to Lake Powell Itinerary:

  • September 6 to 11, 2020
  • September 13 to 18, 2020
  • October 18 to 23, 2020SOLD OUT
  • November 1 to 6, 2020 (Book Now!) – TOUR OPENED

Autumn 2020 Tour Dates – Bear’s Ears to Lake Powell Itinerary:


Spring 2021 Tour Dates – Abajo Mountains to Lake Powell Itinerary:

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: Options Include:
6-Days: 4-Days Cycling and 2-Days on Lake Powell
5-Days: 3-Days Cycling and 2-Days on Lake Powell
4-days: 2- days Cycling and 2-Days on Lake Powell

Total Miles: 50 (2-Day Option) 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 Varies with boat & length of tour options: (Contact us for more details)
6-Day with houseboat: $1,995- p/p
6-Day with speed boat: $1,695- p/p
6-Day with no boat & camping & swimming @ Lake Powell: $1,495- p/p

5-day with houseboat $1,795- p/p
5-day with speed boat $1,495- p/p
5-Day with no boat & camping & swimming @ Lake Powell: $1,295- p/p

4-day with houseboat $1,595- p/p
4-day with speed boat $1,195- p/p
4-Day with no boat & camping & swimming @ Lake Powell: $1,095- p/p

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.

Early Bird 2021 Special: Sign-up for a 2021 tour by September 30, 2020 and receive a $200 discount!
(NOTE: New reservations only.. Not stackable with other discounts)

Tour Includes: 4 to 6-days of guide service, boat rental (per package), all meals, park & forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

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.

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!

6-Day Abajos to Lake Powel Itineary:  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, At this point, options for either a houseboat, speed boat or kayaks are enjoyed.

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.

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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