Hayduke Trail MTB Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
107 Aurum St, Box 855, Ophir, CO 81426 970.728.5891 info@LizardHeadCyclingGuides.com

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Please click here to jump to the Overview section with all tour details including pricing.

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Highlights

The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour, (a.k.a. the Trans-Utah), is one of the American West’s ultimate point-to-point off-road MTB tours exploring the far reaches of southern Utah’s mountain biking terrain. The route starts near Kanab, Utah and ends in Moab, Utah. This is Utah’s world renowned “back-of-beyond” landscapes, including the new Bear’s Ears National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The Hayduke crosses only a few paved roads in its 440-miles of riding and as a result, offers unparalleled exploration and discovery.

In southern Utah nature throws out the rule book. Rock shaped by 50-million years of water has sculpted a jaw-dropping landscape of weird and wild shapes. This is a region of extremes: of distance, of darkness, of silence.

The Hayduke Trail is considered an MTB Gravel Grinder. What this means is that riding is not an overly technical ride. The trail surface is on small, rugged and remote jeep roads. The riding is downright fun! Prior to riders actually experiencing the Hayduke we often hear that “I want to ride singletrack”, but after riding the Hayduke a cyclist who was a singletrack junkie said to us that they thought it “was the best mountain bike ride they (I) have ever done”.

Join Lizard Head Cycling on this small group cycling odyssey within the serpentine redrock canyons of the Beehive State.

Bicycling: Bears Ears National Monument – This Bikepacking Paradise May Soon Be Filled With Oil Wells

Lizard Head Cycling Guides is a proud member of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners in support of their commitment to education, stewardship and restoration of the full National Monument.

Watch These Videos to See the Hayduke Trail!

The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour was featured in Outside Magazine: The Hayduke Option June 2017

***CLICK HERE to jump to Tour Dates***

***CLICK HERE to jump to Tour Itineraries***

The Hayduke is a journey that explores among the most spectacular terrain in North America; southern Utah’s canyon & mountain country. The Hayduke Trail is named after George Washington Hayduke, a character from Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang.

Dark Skies!

Southern Utah has the darkest skies of the lower 48 American states.

Hayduke Trail

Noteworthy Links and Videos

Outside Magazine: The Hayduke Option

USA Today: Listen to the Bears Ears and protect national treasures

Outside: Watch This Video Below!

Author and adventurer Chris Solomon talks about his week-long tour along the Hayduke Trail with Rick Steves. Chris comes in around the 32 minute mark into the show.

On December 27th, 2016 much of the terrain that the 2nd week of our Hayduke Trail MTB Tour passes through was declared the Bear’s Ears National Monument by President Obama. This is a magnificent region of redrock cliffs, mysterious canyons and stone silence.

Celebrate Bears Ears: Welcome to our New National Monument!

Difficulty Level?

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour is a MTB tour that seeks out backcountry exploration. Tour size is limited to about 13 clients. Although the Hayduke tour is challenging in nature, it is not a death march! The tour’s fitness level is aimed at upper-intermediate to advanced fitness levels. The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour is not an overly technical ride; it is a spectacular “gravel grinder” type tour on small, rugged and remote jeep roads. The route can be ridden in 1-week or 2-week segments.

The mountain biking is fun and challenging, but not overly technical.

The daily mileage averages out to about 35-mile segments which vary based on the riding surface and amount of climbing on any given day. Lizard Head Cycling’s guides provide cyclists with a professional level support that includes: meals, water, shelter and mechanical aid. So the bottom line is if you are a experienced mountain or road biker with decent technical skills, this tour is within your ability level.

A Labor of Love
The Hayduke tour project has been a labor of love for Lizard Head Cycling Guides. Our guides love the spirit and adventure of riding in this remote landscape. It is indeed a special bucket-list type grand tour!

Hayduke Trail MTB Bike Tour Kanab, Utah to Moab, Utah:

Ride the Full Two Weeks from Kanab to Moab (12-Days & 440-miles), Week One Only from Kanab to the Henry Mountains (6-Days & 220-miles) or Week Two Only from the Henry Mountains to Moab (6-Days & 220-miles).

  • We now also offer an 9-Day Hardcore Hayduke with all 440-miles.

Please see the Tour Logistics below for further details.

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Testimonials

Read what previous guests on our Hayduke Trail MTB Tour have been saying…

The final week was as wonderful as the first. After the dust has settled and been washed out of my hair and clothes, I find myself looking back at this trip and missing much, even hike/bike up the Henry’s. For me Evan helped make this Hayduke trip a success – always cheerful, helpful and on point. He responds to concerns with care and action. If the opportunity to do another trip with Lizard Head arises, I would be thrilled to see that Evan was one of the guides. Thank you for such an amazing trip, it seems a bit like a dream now but often the best experiences in life feel that way and you know it was special. Hope to see you again in the near future. – Richard

Tim and I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip on the Hayduke Trail. First of all, our three guides were fantastic. Their level of professionalism was top notch. We felt kindness and courtesy from them the entire week. They made us feel cared for and they continued to display attitudes and actions that showed us that we could count on them and trust them.

Thank you for putting together such an awesome route to experience the back country of Utah. The route and the scenery was everything we had hoped for. There were so many times that we had to stop riding just to take in the unbelievable views. We rode the second week of the trip, and our campsites were fantastic. The canyon views on several nights of our camping were incredible.

Thank you once more for providing us with a wonderful experience. – Tim and Pamela

We are back home and had a wonderful adventure riding the 2nd week of the Hayduke trail. Leslie and Evan did a great job, very positive and fun kids to be around. My brother in-law and I had a great time and really appreciate all the hard work (that went into) planning this trip with the food, water, snacks and the beer cooler. – Andy J

The Hayduke was tremendous. I’ve been meaning to let you know how great it was/is. Every aspect exceeded my expectations, especially DeAnne and David. They were professional, kind, courteous, positive, exuberant and, above all seemed to enjoy the trip as much as we did. – James

Li and I joined the ride the last 5 days, and we had more fun than we could possibly have imagined! The ride (and the weather) were enormously challenging, but we were helped greatly by the kindness and companionship of our fellow riders and guides. Thank you all for making the trip so wonderfully memorable for us! – Chris

Just wanted to let you know I had a blast and totally regret not signing up for the full 2 weeks. Your guides are incredible as well as the entire rest of the operation. I want to commend you on a fabulous organized trip. Other than the scenery, the organization is my top conversation I have with other people when asked about the tour. – Paul S.

Hayduke Trail

Riding on Day 1 Hayduke Trail

How The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour Works

The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour is supported by a burly 4×4 pickup that carries water, personal gear, an outdoor kitchen, coolers of food (and beer), tents, spare parts, spare bikes, shade and camp chairs. It is the mothership that meets us in camp. Riders wake in the morning to the echo of the coffee call off the canyon walls, followed by a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, muesli, fruit, nuts, yogurt, etc. Food is essential and Lizard Head Cycling takes care to deliver high quality ingredients. After breakfast riders pack a lunch and set off on the trail. One guide rides and the other drives the truck. Lunch is enjoyed along the trail with big views of the encompassing back of beyond terrain. When possible the mother ship meets the riders for lunch to offer a resupply.

In the late afternoon we roll into camp and once again meet the support vehicle. At this point before setting up camp the guides and guests often enjoy a celebratory beer. The guides then set up the outdoor kitchen, start appetizers and prepare dinner, while our guests set up their tents and clean their bicycles for the next day. Dinner is enjoyed around the campfire as the stars appear above in the pitch black sky. Life is good! 😀

The Hayduke Trail support vehicle

The mothership in her natural environment

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Hayduke Trail

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Refresh in the cool waters of Calf Creek Falls Hayduke Trail

Refresh in the cool waters of Calf Creek Falls

Hayduke Trail

Spring time in the Henry Mountains: This is just a drift in the trees!

Hayduke Trail

BIG VIEWS on fun double track

Alpine mountain biking through Bears Ears Pass Hayduke Trail

Alpine mountain biking through Bears Ears Pass: Week-Two

Camping with a view! Hayduke Trail

Camping with a view!

The views on Day 8 Hayduke Trail

The views on Day 8

Hayduke Trail

Map sessions are offered each morning

Hayduke Trail

Camping in the Abajo Mountains on week 2

Hayduke Trail

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Photos

Photos from the May 2016 inaugural Hayduke Trail MTB Tour.

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: 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

*Please see above for more info on the Hardcore Hayduke.

Spring 2020 Tour Dates

***2-week group discount of $150 ($75 for 1-week) for groups of 4 or more.

NOTE: TOUR DISCOUNTS ARE NOT STACKABLE – The highest valued discount is provided.

Ride the entire Hayduke Trail (12-Days & 440 miles) or segments (6 -Days & 220 miles).

Spring Tour #1

  • April 26 to May 7, 2020 – Full Two Weeks (12-Days)
    Kanab to Moab: $2,990 (Book Now!)
  • April 26 to May 1, 2020 – Week One (6-Days)
    Kanab to Henry Mountains: $1,590 (Book Now!)
  • May 2 to 7, 2020 – Week Two (6-Days)  – TOUR a GO!
    Henry Mountains to Moab: $1,590 (Book Now!)

E-Bike Hayduke Tour: Henry Mtns to Moab 

  • May 10 to 15, 2020 – E-Bike tour from the Henry Mountains to Moab – TOUR a GO!
    This Hayduke tour will be an E-Bike Hayduke with non-E-Bikers welcomed. Contact us for more details: $1590-

Spring Tour #2

  • May 21 to June 1, 2020 – Full Two Weeks (12-Days) – TOUR A GO!
    Kanab to Moab: $2,990 (Book Now!)
  • May 21 to 26, 2020 – Week One (6-Days) – TOUR A GO!
    Kanab to Henry Mountains: $1,590 (Book Now!)
  • May 27 to June 1, 2020 – Week Two (6-Days) – TOUR A GO!
    Henry Mountains to Moab: $1,590 (Book Now!)

Autumn 2020 Tour Dates

***Group discount of $150 for groups of 4 or more.

NOTE: TOUR DISCOUNTS ARE NOT STACKABLE – The highest valued discount is provided.

Ride the entire Hayduke Trail (12-Days & 440 miles) or segments (6 -Days & 220 miles).

Autumn Tour #1

  • September 6 to 17, 2020 – Full Two Weeks (12-Days)
    Kanab to Moab: $2,990 (Book Now!)
  • September 6 to 11, 2020 – Week One (6-Days)
    Kanab to Henry Mountains: $1,550 (Book Now!)
  • September 12 to 17, 2020 – Week Two (6-Days)
    Henry Mountains to Moab: $1,550 (Book Now!)

Autumn Hardcore Hayduke

  • September  7 to 15, 2020*Hardcore Hayduke! (9-Days & 440-Miles)
    Kanab to Moab: $1,995 (Book Now!)

Autumn Tour #2

  • September 20 to October 1, 2020 – Full Two Weeks (12-Days) Autumnal Equinox Tour!
    Kanab to Moab: $2,990 (Book Now!)
  • September 20 to September 25, 2020 – Week One (6-Days)
    Kanab to Henry Mountains: $1,590 (Book Now!)
  • September 26 to October 1, 2020 – Week Two (6-Days)
    Henry Mountains to Moab: $1,590 (Book Now!)

Autumn Tour #3

  • October 4 to October 15, 2020 – Full Two Weeks (12-Days)
    Kanab to Moab: $2,990 (Book Now!)
  • October 4 to October 9, 2020 – Week One (6-Days)
    Kanab to Henry Mountains: $1,590 (Book Now!)
  • October 10 to October 15, 2020 – Week Two (6-Days)
    Henry Mountains to Moab: $1,590 (Book Now!)

*Please see above for more info on the Hardcore Hayduke.

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Overview

Reptile Rewards

Ability Level: Upper Intermediate (3)  to Advanced (3/4) 
The Hayduke Trail is a spectacular gravel-grinder type tour across rugged and remote backcountry jeep roads.

Tour Size: 5 to 13 riders

Tour Cost: $2,990 (12-Day tour), $1,590 (6-Day tour) and $1,995 (Hardcore Hayduke: 9-Day )
*Bring 4 riders & receive a $200- per person/12-day tour discount
*Bring 4 riders & receive a $100- per person/6-day tour discount

NOTE: TOUR DISCOUNTS ARE NOT STACKABLE – only the highest valued discount is provided.

Hayduke Tour Includes: Guide service, monster F-350 support truck, all delicious meals, energy food, liquid refreshments, water bottles, shuttles, a special cycling gift, and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages and massage therapy are additional.

Hardcore Hayduke Tour Includes: Guide service to help move camp and support the tour on a daily basis, monster F-350 support truck, all delicious meals, energy food, liquid refreshments, water bottles, shuttles, a special cycling gift, and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, Scott Genius 730 Plus bike rental ($300) and massage therapy are additional.

[accordions_pplugins id=’22979′]


Private Groups and Tour Length: The Hayduke Trail tour can be booked as a private tour with 9 riders or the equivalent thereof. If your riders can “crush it”, full tour length can be reduced from 12 to 8 days by increasing the daily mileage from the current 30 to 40-miles per day to 50 to 60-miles ridden per day.

The Weather: The months of May and September & early October are the sweet spots in this extreme landscape. During these months if there are no clouds, expect average high temperatures in the lower desert (below 6,000-feet) in low to mid 80’s and in the mountains (above 8,000-feet) expect highs in the upper 70’s. During its epic journey the Hayduke MTB tour crosses both rugged canyon country and two mountain ranges with elevations peaking out at 10,000-feet. So the Hayduke is not simply a desert tour!

Camper’s Gear: Rental Tent, Ground-Cot or Pad & Sleeping Bag
One-Week @ $85 and Two-Weeks @ $150. Lizard Head Cycling offers rental of late model camping gear. The rental tent is a 3-person Sierra Design tent (sleeps 2 comfortably). The ground cots are two inches above the ground and allows campers to sleep on one’s side. The Ground pads are 1.5 inches thick and our synthetic sleeping bags are rated for 20 degrees (warm & comfy in the wild).
**Al la Carte tent rental is $55 for 1 week and $100 for 2 weeks.

Highlights Include: This route across southern Utah includes the Grand Staircase Escalante National MonumentCapitol Reef National Park, the Henry Mountains, the Sierra Abajos, Glen Canyon and Lockhart Basin.

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.

Solid Waste Management: We get asked how this works on our back country tours and here is a great explanation.

Overall Route Map

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: 450-Miles over 13-Days

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: 400 Miles over 12-Days

Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Itineraries*

*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.

NOTE: Click to view the itineraries below.

[accordions_pplugins id=’22959′]

[accordions_pplugins id=’22965′]

[accordions_pplugins id=’22968′]


Hayduke Trail MTB Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

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.

The Hayduke Trail MTB Tour rides through one of the most inacessible areas in the lower 48 states. As a result we primarily camp at undeveloped campsites each night.

Cleaning Up
We bring solar showers that allow cyclists to clean up while on the Hayduke.

Guides in camp will prepare all meals. Meals include: Dutch oven lasagna, wild salmon, grilled chicken, salads, quinoa, fruits and lots of seasonal veggies. Any dietary preferences or allergies should be noted on the registration form. Each of Lizard Head Cycling’s lunches contains gluten free options.

Ride Difficulty
This custom tour is designed for Upper Intermediate to Advanced cyclists. The terrain ranges from rugged jeep roads, to rocky streams, sand and mountain dirt.

Tour Support
A 4-wheel drive flatbed truck (aka the mother ship) carries luggage, food and equipment in support of the Hayduke Trail MTB Tour. Cyclists pack their lunch and water in their packs.

Electronics & Charging
One of the best parts about this tour is the opportunity it provides for one to detach from the world of emails and ringtones. Yet, most guests find that they still have devices, such as cameras, GPS, and iPods, that require charging. While the mother ship does has the ability to spare a little juice, it is typically reserved for guide communications. Since in this remote terrain a dead truck battery is no bueno, so we encourage our guests with charging requirements to bring their own solar charger (we like Goal Zero products). To learn more about Solar Chargers and Portable Power, please click here.

There are also a large variety of high capacity USB battery packs (16000mAh or greater) that would also work well for multiple recharges of your devices such as those from Anker, RAVPower, and others.

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.

Translate »