Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour with Lizard Head
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Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour

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Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour: Highlights

If you are going to ride one Utah bike tour in your lifetime, this is the one.

The Utah Mountains bike tour is a point-to-point bike tour across Utah featuring the rugged backbone of the state. Who knew there were so many mountains in a state known for its deserts and canyons? The route meanders through three National Parks (Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion), two National Monuments and one state park. Over the course of the tour we ride all 124-miles of Utah’s incomparable Scenic By-Way 12 and two stretches of road that rank up there with the most scenic in North America:  The Hogback on Scenic By-Way-12 and the descent into Zion National Park (this short list includes Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun-Road). The lodging on our Utah Mountains tour is spectacular!

Although the Utah bike tour is well-suited for Intermediate to Advanced cyclists, there is plenty of challenge for those who seek it.  For example the 25-mile hors-categorie climb from Panguitch to Cedar Breaks that we rank near the top of our favorite ascents. We have concluded that the strange town name of Panguitch must mean that it is the climb of pain and anguish. 🙂 All the while on the Utah bike tour we take time to explore Utah’s hidden waterfalls, slot canyons and secluded side roads.

In the summer this the Utah bike tour stays cool with a peak elevation of 10,200-feet (Cedar Breaks National Monument). There are a number of great swimming hole opportunities and for the finale the route descends nearly 10,000-feet to Zion National Park. The lodging and food on this tour are among our favorite locations.

Is it too Hot in Utah in the Summer?
Not at all!  Utah is hardly the flat desert many believe it to be, it has mountains and our Utah Mountains bike tour rides along at elevations from 6,500-feet up to 10,000-feet. With every 1,000-feet of elevation the temperature is 4 to 5 degrees cooler. So the heat is moderated (like it is in Colorado) due to Utah’s significant elevation. For example Moab sits at 4,500-feet and is usually 15 to 20 degrees warmer than the Utah Mountains tour region.

Additionally in July and August this region of Utah receives afternoon rainfall on almost a daily basis. One would not expect this in a “desert”, but Utah topography creates cloud cover that is great for bike riding because it cools the atmosphere. And finally on warm weeks, we depart early in the morning to ride when it is still cool.

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Calf Creek Falls, Utah

Calf Creek Waterfall

Utah's Highway 12

The Curvaceous Curves of Utah’s Highway 12

Southern Utah’s Canyon Country

Southern Utah’s Canyon Country

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion National Park

Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour: Testimonials

Read what previous guests on our Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour have been saying…

Our trip through the Utah Mountains and National Parks exceeded our expectations. The thoughtful planning, routes, accommodations, and food were amazing. But most of all, I’d like to offer the most sincere compliments to our guides, Chuck and Steve. They went above and beyond each day, often working late into the night. They handled difficult situations with diplomacy and grace, and adjusted details to the group whenever necessary. Both were extremely impressive! I look forward to another trip with Lizard Head — hopefully next year! Thank you, Katherine

Thank you for a most enjoyable time on my just completed Utah Mountains Tour. Leslie and Dan provided excellent support, but the route was really the star, and quite wonderful; challenging, but not killer, beautiful, pretty safe, and unique. I will never forget descending into Zion (or the painful leg cramps I suffered on the second summit of Boulder Mountain!). – Mark

[Lizaed Head guides] Dan and David were very experienced and professional. For a young man Dan has leadership skills beyond his age and David has fun war stories. Thanks for putting on a great ride. – Jan

This country is beautiful and very uncrowded … It has been wonderful week and Steve has been a terrific guide. Thanks for organizing it all. – Diane

Thank you all for a truly memorable trip! Our guides were terrific; creative, flexible, and full of warmth and energy. They are also excellent cooks! And what fun to share such an exhilarating experience with a group of equally flexible, energetic, and adventurous people. We thoroughly enjoyed your company. – Leslie

[T]his is the second Lizard trip and we can confirm that the quality has been consistent across the two. We appreciate the thoughtfulness and the lively spirit of our guides, the high quality of our bikes, and the quality of our accommodations and food. Only the best! Keep up all of these!! [O}ur group of people from all walks of life made this trip a hugely enjoyable experience and a lasting memory. – Monica and Marius G.

I had a good time and Dan and David may have changed my mind about climbing – where before I strongly disliked it, now I am merely ambivalent about it. 🙂 – Susan

Great people- great guides – great time – life is a series of moments and the past week had been a special series – happy trails until we meet again. – Rich

Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike 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

Also consider our 6-DAY Boulder, Bryce & Zion tour which is almost the same as the 7-DAY Utah Mountains & National Parks tour; the only difference is that the Boulder, Bryce & Zion tour is 1-DAY SHORTER.

2021 Tour Dates

  • May 16 to 22, 2021 (Book Now!) – TOUR OPENED 4 riders needed to make a GO
  • May 23 to 29, 2021 (Book Now!)
  • May 30 to June 5, 2021 (Book Now!)
  • July 11 to 17, 2021 (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!
  • September 5 to 11, 2021 (Book Now!)
    A new moon on September 7, 2021 means dark stargazing skies at night!
  • September 12 to 18, 2021 (Book Now!)
  • September 25 to October 2, 2021 Saturday to Friday (Book Now!)
  • October 3 to 9, 2021 (Book Now!)
    A new moon on October 6, 2021 means dark stargazing skies at night!
  • October 10 to 16, 2021 (Book Now!)

2021 Utah EPIC Tour Dates

  • May 16 to 29, 2021 Spring 2021 Utah EPIC! (Book Now!)
  • September 12 to 25, 2021 Autumn 2021 Utah EPIC! (Book Now!)

This special tour combines the Redrocks Canyon tour the 1st week with the Boulder, Bryce & Zion (BBZ) tour the 2nd week for 14 EPIC days! The route starts in Grand Junction in western Colorado and rides all the way to Zion National Park. The Utah Epic tour includes 3- additional nights of lodging between the Redrocks & BBZ tour lodging (1 night at Whispering Sands & 2-nights at Torrey Schoolhouse for a total of 13-nights of lodging. Between the two tours there is a rest day on the Sunday before the start of the BBZ. NOTE: If you have friends who want to join for just 1-week of the Utah Epic, they can join for either the first or second week. Contact us for details: Info@LizardHeadCyclingGuides.com

Tour Cost: $5,550 per person shared occupancy, or $6,495 per person single occupancy.

Tour Includes: A full 13-nights of lodging. All meals aside from 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch.

Driving Directions: Drive to the start in Grand Junction, CO, ride both weeks to the end of the tour in St. George, UT and then post-tour Lizard Head Cycling Guides will shuttle you back to Grand Junction, CO.

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.

Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour: Overview

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Tour Length: 7-Days Cycling/6-Nights Lodging
NOTE: The 7-day Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour can be shortened to be a 6-day tour by departing early on Day 6. The tour cost is reduced by $250.

Starting & Ending Town: St. George, UT. Fly in and out of Las Vegas, NV. Shuttle service available through the St. George Shuttle.

Total Miles: Standard distance 250-350 miles, E.F.I. distance 533 miles. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

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

Group Size: 6 to 15 riders

Tour Cost: $2,850 per person. Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Flying to the Utah Mountains Tour:  Clients fly into Las Vegas, Nevada and shuttle to St. George, Utah.  St. George is 1.5 hours from Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) airport. Regular shuttle service is available between Vegas and St. George on the St. George Shuttle. 435.628.8320. The St. George shuttle service delivers passengers to their shuttle base which is about a mile from the Courtyard Marriott meeting hotel. Before arriving at the shuttle base passengers should call the Courtyard Marriott and ask for their shuttle vehicle to pick them up at the St. George Shuttle base.

NOTE #1: There is a time zone change between Vegas and St. George where you lose an hour.

NOTE #2: There are now also a limited number of flights into and out of St. George, Utah.

Post Tour Logistics: The Utah Mountains tour ends in St. George, Utah on Day 7. Lizard Head Cycling coordinates a 12:30pm Saturday return shuttle from Zion National Park back to the St. George Shuttle base (435.628.8320) and/or meeting hotel in St. George, Utah (1.15 hour). Cyclists wishing to continue onto Las Vegas (1.5 hrs from St. George) on Day 7 should make their own shuttle reservation with St. George shuttle.  A 2:30pm or later shuttle reservation from the St. George Shuttle base to Vegas is recommended.

NOTE: When shuttling to Vegas there is a time zone change where you gain an hour! So if one depart St. George at 3pm, one arrives at 3:30pm Vegas time. As a result, same day return flight reservations can be made at 5pm or later.

NOTE: If cyclists wish to stay an extra day in Zion, we suggest they stay another night (Saturday) and take one of the regular shuttles between Zion and St. George on Sunday.

Non-Riders: Non-cycling guests are very much welcomed on this tour as there are plenty of activities to be enjoyed other than riding a bike. The cost for a non-rider is the same as for a riding guest. See below for more information on non-riders.

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.

Single Room Supplement: Add a total of $495- to the Tour Cost for a private room for 6-nights. Add $250 if willing to share with a same sex rider and none are available.

PLEASE NOTE: The first three nights of the Utah Mountains tour stays at two of our favorite lodges, the Boulder Mtn Lodge and Red River Ranch. On very limited occurrences at these first two lodges single room supplement guests will have a private room with separate entrance, but may have to share a Jack & Jill bath with one other guest. This infrequent arrangement is due to the room variations at these boutique lodges. Although we could stay in standard hotels that offer basic private rooms and private baths for everyone, we feel the lodging experience at both these highly regarded lodges offers an overall improvement to our tour experience. 🙂

Utah Bike Tours Includes: Lodging, all meals, guide service, entrance fees, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support.

**Alcoholic beverages, bike rental  & massage therapy are additional.

Lodging for 6 Nights (subject to change): Spectacular Lodging!!

Ability Level: Can I Ride This Tour?

Definition of Ability Levels
= Intermediate (2/3) Rides and/or takes spin classes 1 to 3 times a week for a total of 50 or more miles.
= Upper Intermediate (3) Rides and/or takes spin classes 2 to 4 times a week for a total of 75 or more miles.
= Advanced (3/4) Rides and/or takes spin classes 3 to 5 times a week for a total of 100 or more miles. Has ridden multi-day tours and done a century ride.
= Expert (4) Rides 4 or more times per week totaling 150 or more miles. Rides E.F.I. with regularity. Has done numerous multi-day tours, century rides and races.

How Fit do I Have to Be?
If one month prior to the tour, you can ride 2 to 3 times a week equalling a total of 75 or more miles a week, you'll do just fine. We like to jokingly say that "one is ready for a Lizard Head Cycling Tour when they are finished with tour" and this is true! The only way to simulate a week long bike tour is to go on a week long tour.

Our average rider age is 55 years. These are bike tours, not races so we take our time to stop, take pictures and see the sights. We have all day to reach our destination and most riders take "bumps" at some points. We offer reduced mileage options for each day. Of course if someone wants to ride E.F.I. (Every Freaking Inch), we love to show them all the extra climbs, loops and hidden canyons that can be included!

Do the Bump!
Daily mileage options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy this tour. One of our favorite options is to give cyclists a "bump" via the support vehicle, or a 10 to 20 mile lift down the road representing an hour of pedal time. After the bump the rider is "off the front" and riding at his or her own pace without feeling they are being left behind the group. They'll then have time to linger and take in the spectacular scenery. All cyclists come together in time for lunch. Afterwards, cyclists can take another bump and/or continue riding.

Seamless Mileage Options
Lizard Head Cycling Guides designs multiple mileage options for each tour – something we're well known for in our business. This technique is similar to heliskiing in that one does not ski everything, they ski the best. :-)

Slow or Fast?
Many cyclists who sign up for our tours have worried themselves silly about not being able to keep up, but then they're surprised to find that all the worrying was about nothing. They do just fine! Slow and Fast only exist relative to other cyclists. Speed does not matter as long as one is moving on the bike. As long as one is moving, they are truly going fast enough.

If you have questions about your ability to ride this tour, please contact our office via email or call us at 970.728.5891 - we'll more than happy to guide you!

Please also see this blog post for more information.

Bike Rental

In 2021 Lizard Head Cycling is renting a fleet of Scott Addict 10 Disc carbon road bikes for only $250/week. The Scott Addict offer full carbon frames, Shimano Ultegra components, 34x32 low gearing, 30mm tires, and disc brakes. Altogether, the Scott Addict provides a smooth and comfortable ride for our guests. Rental bikes include pump, tools, and spare tubes.

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

For more information, please email info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com or call 970.728.5891

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Electric Bike Rental (E-Bikes): We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Read more on our Road Bike Rental FAQs page.

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.

Additional Activities: Slot canyon hiking, swimming, waterfalls, massage, and yoga.

Overall Route Map

Riding the Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour

Ability Level: Upper-Intermediate to advanced cyclists.

The details: Following the example of the local Utah wildlife, our Utah Mountains & National Parks Tour moves to the cooler temperatures offered in Utah’s high country during the summer season. This cycling excursion completes the western exploration of Utah that started with our Whiterock Canyons Tour (central Utah).

The mountains of south central Utah provide all the challenge a cyclist could want. This tour delivers a combination of car free roads, jaw-dropping scenery and plenty of climbing and descending. Easily accessible mileage options allow you to decrease the challenge.

We’ll throw in some afternoon hikes too, such at to Calf Creek’s 126-foot high waterfall (shown above) and the Virgin River Narrows in Zion National Park (see picture on Day 7).

This comprehensive bike tour features a smorgasbord of natural resources including Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park… the best Utah has to offer!

The weather: You’ll often hear people say, “It’s a dry heat” when describing the desert Southwest’s temperatures in the summer. It’s true, but don’t let that intimidate you when you come riding with us. In the summer highs range from the 70’s to lower 90’s. Afternoon clouds and rain are common in the summer and serve to cool things down quickly.

Why choose this tour? If you’ve longed to see Utah’s “greatest hits” of natural wonders, this is the tour for you. From the popular Bryce and Zion National Parks, to the less-known Cedar Breaks and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments and Capitol Reef National Park, you’ll see it all!

Is This Tour Good for Non-Riders?

Yes! Non-riders very much enjoy the Utah Mountains & National Parks tour when they are flexible, easy going and are up for some riding and hiking. We even have e-bikes (electrically assisted bicycles) available if a non-rider chooses to do some low effort riding.

Also, since the Utah Mountains & National Parks tour’s lodging is relatively close together, this reduces the time spent in transit between hotels for non-riders. Some Utah Mountains tours also have a second support vehicle and as a result, the amount of time spent transferring for non-riders will be reduced since the second support vehicle will be able to jump ahead.

Additionally, the Utah Mountains & National Parks tour spends two nights each in the same hotel for nights 2 & 3 and nights 5 & 6, thus non-riders do not have to transfer at all.

Plenty of world-class hiking options also exist for non-riders from the lodges on each day of the Utah Mountains tour. For example: On Day 3 guests hike 6-miles round trip to 120-foot Calf Creek desert waterfall and Day 5 has another truly amazing hike into Bryce Canyon National Park.

Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour: 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 1: Fish Lake to Red River Ranch
41 miles with up to 1,400 feet of climbing

Your Utah Mountains & National Parks Tour begins with a back country bike ride from Fish Lake, a high alpine lake located in the Fishlake/Southern Wasatch Plateau region of south-central Utah, where riders are treated to quiet Scenic Byway 72 with little traffic. Numerous viewpoints provide expansive views of the desert 3,000-feet below. This ride is one of Utah’s hidden gems.

From Fish Lake, descend to tonight’s accommodations at the relaxing oasis, Red River Ranch. The Fremont River flows through the ranch, twelve bison live on site, giant cottonwood trees shade the buildings and the ranch sits beneath towering red rock cliffs.

Elevation Profile: +1400 ft / -3400 ft

Day 2: Torrey, Utah to Boulder, Utah
Standard: 31 or 41 miles with up to 2,900 feet of climbing
E.F.I.: 95 miles with up to 6,505 feet of climbing

Today’s destination is Capitol Reef National Park. After touring its ancient pictographs and waterfalls, you’ll ascend Boulder Mountain. Brace yourself – it’s a monster 3,000-foot ascent from the desert to the mountains with a peak elevation of 9,000-feet. From the top of Boulder Mountain, fly down to the oasis of Boulder, Utah.

Are you itching for a massive challenge? Try a taxing 95-mile option with over 7,500 feet of total climbing.

Settle in tonight for a two-night’s stay at the incomparable Boulder Mtn Lodge while enjoying meals at a personal favorite of the Lizard Head staff, Hell’s Backbone Grill.

Standard, 41 miles – Elevation Profile: +3930 ft / -4240 ft

E.F.I. 95 miles – Elevation Profile: +7505 ft / -7815 ft

Day 3: Long Canyon Loop & Calf Creek Waterfall
Long Canyon Out & Back: 35 miles with up to 3,330 feet of climbing
Calf Creek Out & Back (Optional): 22 miles with up to 2,385 feet of climbing

On this day you will explore the extraordinary backcountry of the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument from our base camp at the Boulder Mtn Lodge.

Choose from a variety of activities, including swimming, canyoneering, hiking and more bike riding. Or just hang out at the lodge and enjoy a quiet day reading, soaking in the hot tub or even a massage.

The planned ride for today is a 37 mile out and back to the intimate confines of Long Canyon, a desert gem. The 400-foot tall canyon walls wingate sandstone tower above you. You can also walk into a hidden slot canyon that’s just off the quiet road. Even though this route is relatively short, be prepared for nearly 3,400 feet of climbing.

After Long Canyon, ride 12.5 miles to the Calf Creek Recreation Area. Change into your hiking boots here. In this enchanting desert oasis with lush vegetation and beaver ponds, you will arrive at the year-round 126 foot cascading waterfall of Lower Calf Creek after a 2.5 mile walk. We will spend a few hours searching Indian ruins and petroglyphs, then observe birds, deer and (if we are lucky) perhaps a mountain lion. Enjoy lunch in the shade beneath the waterfall.

After the 5 mile walking round-trip to the Calf Creek waterfall, you can call it a day or challenge yourself with the 12.5 mile return ride back up Boulder. Upon returning to the resort, take a walk around the adjacent bird sanctuary or enjoy a nap under a large cottonwood tree. We simply love the Boulder Mountain Lodge!

Tonight once again dine at Hell’s Backbone Grill. The gracious owners, Jenn and Blake, are wonderful hosts and their restaurant has received numerous praise, including the New York Times Story.


Long Canyon Out & Back, 37 Miles – Elevation Profile: +3330 ft / -3330 ft

Calf Creek Out & Back, 25 Miles – Elevation Profile: +2385 ft / -2385 ft

Day 4: Boulder, Utah to Bryce National Park
40-miles with 2,000-feet of climbing
E.F.I.: 73 miles with between 2,750 and 5,760 feet of climbing

Today the Utah Mountains & National Parks Tour continues west on Utah State Highway 12. This is arguably one of the best cycling roads in the state, maybe the country. It twists and turns and climbs and dives across rough desert and high plateau topography. Today’s ride to Bryce National Park offers 73 miles & 5,760-feet of climbing that will likely turn your legs to mush.

The highlight of Highway 12 is the ridge of Hell’s Backbone – an exposed piece of highway dropping hundreds of feet on either side. Highway 12 traces the northern edge of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a 1.9 million acre spectacle of multi-hued cliffs and terraces, with distances that defy human perspective. Highway 12 is sure to please.

Tonight’s lodging is outside Bryce Canyon National Park and later on, we will take an exhilarating night hike under the stars inside the park.


Elevation Profile: +5760 ft / -4790 ft

Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park to Red Canyon to Zion National Park
Standard: 57-miles
E.F.I. Option: 73-miles
Segment #132 or 48-miles
Segment #2 15 or 25-miles

Today offers a two-segment ride from the high point of Bryce Canyon National Park through the spectacular Red Canyon and then into Zion National Park.

On segment #1 we ride to Sunrise Point, the top of Bryce Canyon National Park, for a spectacular early morning view. From the top of the park we ride mostly down through the park and onto the Red Canyon Bike Trail, a marvelous bike path which descend 7-miles to the Red Canyon visitor center. NOTE: This first segment’s mileage can be reduced by 16-miles with a shuttle to the top of the park.

From the Red Canyon Visitor center we shuttle to Segment #2. NOTE: The shuttle is 22-miles long along a road that can be a bit busy. If riders wish to ride this section, they can do so.

Segment #2 offers 15 or 25-miles with 1,400-feet of climbing and 2,700-feet of descending. The ride starts from Mt. Caramel Junction and proceeds into the west entrance of Zion National Park. Jaw dropping sights await including: Checkerboard Mesa, 2,000-foot high sandstone walls, the Zion Tunnel, deep canyons and the switchbacks into the town of Springdale, Utah!

Segment 1 – Elevation Profile: 16 mi +360 ft / -1150 ft

Segment 2 – Elevation Profile: 25 mi +1430 ft / -2720 ft

Day 6: Layover in Springdale, Utah
Hiking Options in Zion National Park
Optional Ride: Kolob Canyon Out & Back, 75 miles with up to 6,500 feet of climbing

With a layover day in Springdale, optional on-your-own unguided hiking in Zion National Park certainly beckons and we highly recommend you take advantage of it as Zion offers some of the most scenic hiking of all the national parks. Take the free Zion Canyon Shuttle from Springdale into the park for hiking and then back again when you are finished. The shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes throughout the day, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy your hike.

Some of the trails we recommend in Zion National Park are Angel’s Landing, The Narrows through the Virgin River and Weeping Rock… among many others!

An optional on-your-own out and back 75 mile route from Springdale to Kolob Canyon and back can also be ridden. This route offers tremendous views of Zion from above through a diverse landscape.

Kolob Canyon Out & Back, 75 miles – Elevation Profile: +6500 ft / -6500 ft

Day 7: Springdale, Utah to Virgin River Narrows
Zion Sunrise Ride: 16 miles with up to 1090 feet of climbing

On our final day of the tour, we breakfast early and then embark on an early morning sunrise ride into Zion National Park.

First we will ride a flat 7 miles on a park road closed to private vehicles as bikes rule here. Upon entering Zion, the riding experience is sublime with canyon walls towering over 2,000-feet above the road and early morning sunlight dancing along the tops of the white rock peaks… it is gorgeous! Upon reaching the end of the ride, there will be more options to hike around Zion canyon. Another option instead of the riding or hiking is to relax in the quaint downtown of Springdale.

In the mid-afternoon (Saturday), you can take the shuttle back to our meeting hotel in St. George. Choose to spend a night in St. George, or take the shuttle back to Las Vegas.

If you would like to extend your stay in Zion National Park, you are welcome to do so, but all reservations are on-your-own to make in advance. We will even transport your bike back to the shop and have it shipped for you, if you brought your own wheels.

Well Done!


Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Lodging on the Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour: The Utah-Mountains & National Park Bike Tour includes lodging from Sunday night through Friday night (6 nights).

Pre & Post Tour Lodging: Riders are responsible for their own lodging on the night prior to and post tour. Lizard Head Cycling’s meeting hotel is in St. George, Utah. Contact us for details.

Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling rents Scott CR-1 carbon road bikes equipped with Shimano 105 components and geared for mountain climbing (the lowest rear gear is 32 tooth). 49cm, 52cm, 54cm 56cm, 58cm & 61cm bikes are available. Bike rental cost is $275- for the length of a tour.

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.

Meals on Tour: All meals from lunch on the tour’s first day (Sunday) through lunch on departure day (Saturday) aside from dinner on Day 5.

Breakfasts and dinners are in restaurants where clients either order off the menu or choose from a buffet. Our fresh lunches include salads, local fruit, vegetables and meats are served in roadside parks by the Lizard Head Cycling Guides. Any dietary preferences or allergies should be noted on the registration form.

Each of Lizard Head Cycling’s lunches contain gluten free options.

If on any given night a guest is tired or not feeling particularly social, they can choose to eat early and retire. Lizard Head Cycling enjoys hosting its guests for meals each evening, but understands some of us may just need to lie down after a day in the saddle. A meal should not feel like marathon after a big day on the bike.

How the Shuttle Works – Tour Support: A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment supports Lizard Head Cycling’s tours. Cyclists keep a day bag that is accessible within the support vehicle. On trips with more then 13 riders a second support vehicle may be employed.

The vehicle will sag and then pass riders to set up aid stations every 15 to 25 miles. This allows cyclists to linger at the back and then take a ten-mile, fifteen-mile or whatever mile “bump” forward to catch-up or get ahead of the group. Energy food, drink mixes, and fresh fruit are available throughout each stage.

It is not uncommon for cyclists on Lizard Head Cycling’s tours to ride their first century with us. Many are surprised by their ability to pedal the majority of miles offered. We have all day to reach the destination. If you have any questions about your ability to ride with us, please contact us today (970.728.5891 or Info@LizardHeadCyclingGuides.com).

The Daily Schedule: Cyclists ride their own pace. Lizard Head Cycling does its best to support riders in their varying desires and efforts. Cyclists can either use our tours to simply support their tour experience or to engage in a guided experience along the route.

Q-sheets with directions, profiles and locations of aid stations are given out for each stage.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

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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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