Zion Hike & Bike Four Day Tour, Lizard Head Cycling Guides
   
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Zion Bike & Hike

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Enjoy one of our shorter and easier tours offering the best that St. George and Zion National Park have to offer in a combined 4-day/3-night road riding and hiking tour through some of the most magnificent terrain in the high desert of southwest Utah.

Zion Bike & Hike Tour: Highlights

High above Zion National Park

High above Zion National Park

Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park

Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park

The view from the Angels Landing Trail in Zion

The view from the Angels Landing Trail in Zion

Zion Bike & Hike Tour: 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

Autumn 2020 Tour Dates

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING DATES ARE FOR 2021 ***

Spring 2021 Tour Dates

Autumn 2021 Tour Dates

Zion Bike & Hike Tour: Overview

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Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights

Starting & Ending Town: St. George, Utah. Fly in and out of Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS), or St. George Utah (SGU). Shuttle service from and back to Las Vegas available through the St. George Shuttle.

Group Size: 6 to 15 riders

Total Miles: 85 up to 110

Daily Mileage Range: 17 to 36

Ability Level: Intermediate (2/3)  to Upper Intermediate (3) 

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

Tour Cost: $1,395 per person. Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Tour Includes: 4-Days of guide service, 3-nights of lodging, all meals, entry fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage therapy are additional.

Lodging Includes 3-Nights: (subject to change based on availability)

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.

Bike Rental

In 2020 Lizard Head Cycling is renting a fleet of Scott Addict 10 carbon road bikes for only $250/week. The Scott Addict offer full carbon frames, Shimano Ultegra components, 34x32 low gearing, 32mm 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.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value. Pedal bikes only, E-Bikes excluded).

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.

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.

Zion Bike & Hike Tour: 4-Day Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival in St. George, Utah

Guests fly into Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS) and arrange for their own shuttle to St. George, Utah via one of the available St. George shuttles (St. George Shuttle; St. George Express) or a rental vehicle. The tour meets at and departs from the Clarion Suites in St. George, Utah at 7:00 AM on Day 1.

Alternatively, guests can also fly into the smaller SGU Regional Airport (SGU) which is serviced by Delta Air Lines from Salt Lake City, Utah and United Airlines from Denver, Colorado.

Day 1: Gunlock Reservoir/Snow Canyon Loop
Ride 36 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

On our first day, we will meet early morning, load gear and then depart from the meeting hotel to shuttle a short distance to the start of today’s ride on the west side of Santa Clara, Utah. After unloading gear and setting up our bikes, we head north through the Santa Clara River Valley into Gunlock State Park and past the Gunlock Reservoir.

After passing through Gunlock State Park, we continue north and then begin the loop back south through Snow Canyon State Park riding past its majestic red Navajo sandstone formations and fields of ancient lava flows. Our stop for lunch will be within the park and after lunch, we finish our ride with a short pedal to the Red Mountain Resort, our accommodations for the evening.

Bike way through Snow Canyon State Park

Bike way through Snow Canyon State Park

Red Mountain Resort

Red Mountain Resort

Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2284 ft

Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2284 ft

Day 2: Zion Canyon Ride and Zion Narrows Hike
Ride 17 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing; Hike 6-8 miles for 3-4 hours

Riding in Zion Canyon

Riding in Zion Canyon

Following breakfast and the loading of gear into the support vehicle, we shuttle an hour east from the Red Mountain Resort to Springdale, Utah. From here we unload and ride along the Pa’rus Trail into Zion National Park where riders will enjoy a seven mile car-free journey along the floor of Zion Canyon past magnificent sandstone formations such as the Watchman, Court of the Patriarchs and eventually to the Temple of Sinawava.

This is where we trade in our cycling shoes for hiking boots and embark upon a 3-4 hour trek into the Zion Narrows and then back. The trail into the narrows is the Virgin River, so plan on getting wet, but it’s also refreshing on a warm day. After the hike we saddle back up, return to Springdale and check into the Cliffrose Lodge.

Hiking in the Zion Narrows

Hiking in the Zion Narrows

The Cliffrose Lodge in Springdale, Utah

The Cliffrose Lodge in Springdale, Utah

Elevation Profile: +1134 ft / -1123 ft

Elevation Profile: +1134 ft / -1123 ft

Day 3: Zion from Above, Out & Back
Ride 31 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing; Optional hiking in the afternoon

Zion from above

Zion from above

Plan to ride early today as after breakfast we shuttle from the Cliffrose Lodge to the east side of Zion Tunnel to start today’s ride. You will be amazed at the imposing ancient rock formations along this twisty road including the magnificent Checkerboard Mesa. You likely will want to stop many times along the way to take in the views and capture some photos.

We soon depart the east entrance of Zion National Park and turn left onto North Fork County Road up to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, and then we turn around to return back to our start location Zion Tunnel. From here we shuttle through the tunnel to the west side entrance where riders are let loose to cruise down the sublime twisties into Zion Canyon to finish the last five miles back to the Cliffrose Lodge. This will be a ride that you will soon not forget!

A gourmet lunch will then be held at the Cliffrose Lodge where we refuel and relax after the morning’s ride. An optional 4-mile hike up and down the nearby Watchman Trail from the lodge will be offered in the afternoon for those looking to take in more of Zion Canyon.

Looking down at the twisties in Zion Canyon

Looking down at the twisties in Zion Canyon

The Watchman

The Watchman

Elevation Profile: +2040 ft / -3282 ft

Elevation Profile: +2040 ft / -3282 ft

Day 4: Angels Landing Trail
Hike 5 miles for 5 hours

Angels Landing Trail

Angels Landing Trail

Challenging near the top, but worth the view!

Challenging near the top, but worth the view!

After a hearty breakfast, a hearty hike is on tap for today. We will take the excellent Zion shuttle system bus from the lodge to the Angels Landing Trailhead in Zion National Park. The Angels Landing Trail is one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in all the national park system and Zion’s pride and joy runs along a narrow rock fin with dizzying drop-offs on both sides culminating at a lofty perch boasting magnificent views in every direction. With steep switchbacks and a strenuous last half mile, this trail is challenging, but the rewards are well worth it.

Returning to town after the hike, we will have lunch, pack up the support vehicle and return to the Clarion Suites in St. George, Utah to end our adventure. Guests will need to arrange their own shuttle from St. George back to Las Vegas.

Zion Bike & Hike 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.

Meals
Most meals are included. In total 3 dinners, daily breakfasts and 4 lunches are included.

Breakfasts and dinners are in restaurants where clients either order off the menu or choose from a buffet. Fresh lunches that 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 contains 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.

Ride Difficulty
This tour is designed for intermediate cyclists with various levels of fitness. Each day there are additional mileage options for advanced riders. With gently rolling terrain and only a few steep & long climbs, this tour is an easier tour for most cyclists.

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.

The vehicle will sag and then pass riders to set up aid stations every 20 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.

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.

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

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:

https://www.tripassure.com/main/?welcome=LIZA0855CO

  • 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.
 

*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.

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