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Boulder, Bryce & Zion

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Boulder, Bryce and Zion Bike Tour: Highlights

Boulder, Bryce & Zion

The mountains and high desert of southwest Utah are a cycling and hiking mecca. The Boulder, Bryce and Zion bike tour delivers a combination of nearly car free roads, jaw-dropping scenery and plenty of time to stop and explore. The BBZ tour rides all 124-miles of Utah’s Highway 12. Highway 12 is a bucket list cycling route that is not ridden in its entirety on most Utah bikes tours. If one thinks they have already “done” Utah, they have not ridden Lizard Head Cycling’s Tour of Utah!

We incorporate easily accessible mileage options so that both intermediate and advanced riders can enjoy this land of the petrified red and white sand dunes of the Aquarius, Colorado and Paunsaugunt Plateaus.

Highlights of the Boulder, Bryce and Zion Bike Tour
The Boulder, Bryce and Zion bike tour visits Utah’s most famous natural wonders including Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park among others.

Is it too Hot in Utah in the Summer?
Utah is hardly the flat desert many believe it to be, it has mountains and our Boulder, Bryce and Zion 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 10 to 20 degrees warmer than the BBZ 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.

You guys run a really smooth, smart, inclusive, appropriately challenging operation, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it! I am going to waste no time in telling my riding mates what a serious mistake they made in not joining me for this trip. – Peter

Amazing bike tour with amazing guides. This is an experience not to be missed. This was the first bike tour I have been on and it certainly will not be the last with this team! Looking forward to my next tour. – Denise

On our first trip … there was a group of 13 guys who were maniacs. They wanted a century every day and John helped make that happen with alternate routes for them. The nice thing was, even though these guys were hard core cyclists, at the end of the day, everyone had a great time chatting. – Barb S.

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Highway 12’s Head of the Rocks Section

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon

Zion National Park

Hiking in Zion National Park

The Boulder, Bryce and Zion Bike Tour is similar to our Utah Mountains & National Parks Bike Tour in that it offers fantastic riding, stunning vistas and world-class accommodations. The only difference is that the Utah Mountains bike tour tour is one day longer than the BBZ, so it is one day better. 😉

Both our Utah bike tours are designed to offer mileage options for intermediate to advanced level cyclists.

NOTE: Plenty of challenging terrain remains on this tour for those that seek it! 😀

Boulder, Bryce and Zion 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 7-DAY Utah Mountains & National Parks tour which is almost the same as the 6-DAY Boulder, Bryce & Zion tour; the difference is that the Utah Mountains & National Parks tour is 1-DAY LONGER.

2019 Boulder, Bryce & Zion Tour Dates (6-Day Tour)

Autumn 2019 Utah EPIC Tour Dates (12-Day Tour)

  • September 22 to October 4, 2019 Utah EPIC (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!
    Special 12-Day Combined Tour! This special tour combines the Redrocks Canyon tour the 1st week (starting on September 22, 2019) with the Boulder, Bryce and Zion tour the 2nd week (starting on September 29, 2019) for 12 EPIC days of riding!
    Tour Cost: $5,350 per person shared occupancy, or $6,245 per person single occupancy.
    Tour Includes: 12-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 early on October 5, 2019 Lizard Head Cycling Guides will shuttle you back to Grand Junction, CO to arrive by early afternoon.

2020 Boulder, Bryce & Zion Tour Dates (6-Day Tour)

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Boulder, Bryce and Zion Bike Tour: Overview

Reptile Rewards

Tour Length: 6-Days Cycling/5-Nights Lodging

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 is available through the St. George Shuttle.

Total Miles: 195 up to 400 (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Daily Mileage Range: 10 to 95

Ability Levels: Upper Intermediate (3) , Advanced (3/4) , Expert (4)

Group Size: 6 to 15 riders

Boulder, Bryce & Zion Tour Cost: $2,600 per person.
Group discount of $200 per person 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.

2020 Early Bird Discount: Take $300 off any 6-day or longer road bike tour and $50 off bike rental for 2020 tours booked by September 30, 2019 (NOTE: Western US tours only; this discount is not stackable with other discounts.)

Single Room Supplement: Add $425 to the Tour Cost for a private room each night of the tour (5 nights).

Tour Includes: all meals, guide service, entrance fees, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Additional Costs: Alcoholic beverages & massage; pre-tour shuttle to St. George from Las Vegas and post-tour shuttle from St. George to Las Vegas.

Lodging: (subject to change and availability)

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

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

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

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

Electric Bike Rental: 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. Ebikes excluded, pedal bikes only).

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.

Overall Route Map

Boulder, Bryce and Zion 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 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 early morning on Day 1. Exact time will be sent in the tour’s confirmation document.

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.

St. George, Utah

St. George, Utah

Day 1: Boulder Mountain Ride
20-35 Miles of riding with up to 4,000′ of climbing

The tour meets in St. George at 6:00 AM and departs shortly thereafter. After the shuttle the riding starts in Torrey, Utah at the start of Utah’s Scenic Highway 12. On this tour cyclists will ride all 124 miles of this world class cycling route. On this first day Highway 12 climbs up to 9,300-foot Boulder Mountain. Cyclists can choose to engage the entire climb or be shuttled to the top. From the top it is a 3,000-foot descent to our favorite lodge of all, the Boulder Mountain Lodge.

Elevation Profile: +3865 ft / -4022 ft

Elevation Profile: +3865 ft / -4022 ft

Day 2: Burr Trail, Long Canyon and Calf Creek Falls
35-65 Miles of riding with 5,000′ of climbing; 6 Mile world class hike

On Day 2 be amazed as you ride the Burr Trail past the 400-foot tall Wingate sandstone walls of Long Canyon to a dazzling view across the high desert canyonlands (35 miles round trip).

After the Long Canyon ride 12 miles across the Hogback before exchanging cycling shoes for hiking shoes. It is a 3 mile hike to reach the desert oasis of the 126-foot tall Calf Creek Falls (an all time best swimming hole)!

Following Calf Creek Falls cyclists can pedal 12 miles back to the Boulder Mountain Lodge or shuttle. For dinner we’ll unwind and dine at the award-winning Hell’s Backbone Grill where gracious owners and wonderful hosts, Jenn and Blake, treat you to a truly delicious and eclectic offering of fine dining choices. Their restaurant has received numerous praise, including this New York Times Story.

Burr Trail Elevation Profile: +2977 ft / -2974 ft

Burr Trail Elevation Profile: +2977 ft / -2974 ft

Calf Creek Falls Elevation Profile: +499 ft / -1794 ft

Calf Creek Falls Elevation Profile: +499 ft / -1794 ft

Day 3: Boulder, Utah to Bryce Canyon National Park
30-78 Miles with 2,000′ to 5,900′ of climbing

Today we head southwest towards Bryce Canyon National Park along Utah State Highway 12 – arguably one of the best cycling roads in the state, and perhaps the country. It twists and turns and climbs and dives among the ridges, mesas, and valleys 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.

There are multiple mileage options available for today of between 30 to 78 miles from Boulder, Utah to Bryce Canyon. Do multiple “bumps” and cherry pick the sections you wish to ride, or go the full distance and experience the entire route. No matter what mileage option you choose, the highlight of today’s ride is certainly Highway 12 along the ridge of Hell’s Backbone – an awe inspiring exposed piece of highway dropping hundreds of feet on either side.

Lodging tonight is at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon within Bryce Canyon National Park. After a group dinner in the dining room at The Lodge, prepare to take an exhilarating night hike under the stars inside the park.

Elevation Profile: +6090 ft / -4750 ft

Elevation Profile: +6090 ft / -4750 ft

Day 4: Bryce Canyon National Park to Red Canyon to Zion National Park
Standard: 57 miles
E.F.I. Option: 73-miles

Segment #1: 32 or 48-miles
Segment #2 15 or 25-miles

Today offers a two-segment ride through the Bryce Canyon Park, 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!

E.F.I. Option: Climb of Pain and Anguish to Panguitch

The below is an E.F.I. (Every Freaking Inch) option for this day. This adds about 60 miles of riding and 5,000 feet of climbing!

 

Segment 1 – Elevation Profile: 48 mi +2940 ft / -3730 ft

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

Day 5: Layover in Springdale, Utah
Hiking Options in Zion National Park
Optional Ride: Kolob Canyon Out & Back, 70 miles with up to 6,200 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, 70 miles – Elevation Profile: +6200 ft / -6200 ft

Day 6: 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!

Elevation Profile: +1050 ft / -1050 ft

Boulder, Bryce and Zion Bike 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.

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 MH Ross Travel Insurance. 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.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/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.
 

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