Utah-Escalante Loop - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
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Utah-Escalante Loop

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The Utah-Escalante Loop bike tour is among the finest Southwest bike trips offered. This carefully crafted 5-day cycling adventure spins a stunning route through the picturesque and remote Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park, including Utah State Highway 12 – arguably one of the best cycling roads in the Beehive state, and perhaps in the country. This amazing tour will dazzle your senses with the mysteries and vastness of the heart of Utah.

Utah-Escalante Loop: Highlights

Riding near Capitol Reef National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

The Curvaceous Curves of Utah’s Highway 12

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Utah-Escalante Loop: Testimonials

Read what previous guests on our Utah-Escalante Loop tour have been saying…

I am extraordinarily grateful to you for curating, creating and executing the experience that was the Climate Ride Escalante last month. There have been a few adventures in my life that I have rated as significant highlights, my years in the USNavy in Vietnam, a 3 week Safari in Botswana, Zambia and South Africa, a 3 week visit to China and a number of cruises to exotic places… yet the 6 days in the Utah National Parks on my bicycle was as exciting as the best of them! Your description of the difference between a vacation trip and an ADVENTURE I have borrowed often now, and used effectively, thanks for that! – Dave

Utah-Escalante Loop: 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

To easily register for a particular tour, please click the Book Now! link after the tour date listed below. This will select the tour name and the appropriate date on the registration form.

2022 Tour Dates

Tour Status Notes: NO STATUS = Date Set, no riders have signed up. TOUR OPENED = Tour Opened, rider minimums not met. TOUR A GO! = Tour is Go, rider minimums met. SOLD OUT = Tour Full, rider maximums met.

Utah-Escalante Loop: Overview

Reptile Rewards

Tour Length: 5-Days/4-Nights, Camping or Lodging Options Available. Whomever opens a tour first determines the camping or lodging option.

Meeting & Ending Town: Torrey, Utah

Total Miles: 24 to 75 miles (additional mileage options available)

Mileage Range: 225-275 miles

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

Tour Cost: Camping based tour is $1,495 per person. Lodging based tour is $2,495 per person. Group discount of 5% for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Tour Includes: 5 days of guide service, 4 nights of camping or lodging, all meals, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

Camping for 4 Nights: (subject to change)

Lodging for 4 Nights: (subject to change)

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.

Road Bike Rentals

The Scott Addict 10 Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, the Addict 10 will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.

The Scott Addict 10 Disc features: Carbon Frame and Fork, Shimano Ultegra 2x11 Drivetrain, 34x32 Compact Gearing, 30mm Tires, and Hydraulic Disc Brakes. Approx. Weight: 16.89 lbs / 7.66 kg (without pedals)

Learn More: Click Here to learn more about our Road Bike Rentals including pricing.

Road E-Bike Rentals: Click Here for more information on our Road E-Bike Rentals including pricing.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free Road Bike Rental per couple for a one week tour. ($250 value. Pedal bikes only. E-Bikes excluded.)

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

If you have any further questions, please read more on our Rental Bikes FAQ page. You can also email us at info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com or call us at 970.728.5891

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

Utah-Escalante Loop: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations, road construction, and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as a general outline as to what to expect on this tour.

NOTE: The lodging based tour is described in the itinerary below. Please click here for the camping based tour itinerary.

Day 0: Arrive in Torrey, Utah

Guests arrive in Torrey, Utah by driving or by flying into St. George Regional Airport (SGU) at 220 miles from Torrey or by flying into Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) at 210 miles from Torrey. If flying, we recommend a rental vehicle to get to Torrey which will remain in Torrey for the duration of the tour.

Day 1: Torrey to Antimony
66 miles with up to 2,990 feet of climbing

Starting from Torrey, Utah in the red rock region of Capital Reef National Park the riding starts by heading westward into the Southern Wasatch Plateau region of south-central Utah. We pedal through Rabbit Valley, take a turn south in Koosharem, Utah following the path of Otter Creek passing along Otter Creek Reservoir, and then end the day at our destination of Rockin’ R Ranch in Antimony, Utah.

Elevation Profile: 66 mi +2990 ft / -3410 ft

Day 2: Antimony to Bryce Canyon
39 miles with up to 1,950 feet of climbing

A shorter day has us riding along a quiet valley road from Rockin’ R Ranch through Johns Valley and past the small ghost town villages of Osiris (with the Osiris Creamery), and Widtsoe. With some moderate climbing early in the ride, the profile stays relatively easy for the remainder of the day until we reach Bryce Canyon National Park and our lodging for the night. Additional riding options within Bryce Canyon National Park are available.

Elevation Profile: 39 mi +1950 ft / -720 ft

Day 3: Bryce Canyon to Boulder
75 miles with up to 4,950 feet of climbing

From Bryce Canyon National Park we head northeast along Utah State Highway 12 – arguably one of the best cycling roads in the Beehive state, and perhaps the entire 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. At the end of the day the oasis of Boulder, Utah awaits for post ride relaxation and a fine dinner.

Elevation Profile: 75 mi +4950 ft / -5970 ft

Day 4: Long Canyon & Calf Creek Falls
Long Canyon: 34 miles with up to 3,050 feet of climbing
Calf Creek Falls: 24 miles with up to 2,300 feet of climbing

With a layover day in Boulder, Utah, two rides are offered today – a longer 34 mile route along the picturesque Burr Trail & Long Canyon, and/or a shorter 24 mile route to Calf Creek Falls and back. The 126-foot tall Calf Creek Falls is one of our all time favorite swimming holes! So pack some extra swim gear and take a refreshing break in the cool, clear waters.

Long Canyon Elevation Profile: 34 mi +3050 ft / -3050 ft

Calf Creek Falls Elevation Profile: 24 mi +2300 ft / -2300 ft

Day 5: Boulder to Torrey
38 miles with up to 4,090 feet of climbing

On this final day the distance is short but the challenge is big! From Boulder you will ascend Boulder Mountain – and brace yourself – it’s a monster 2,800-foot ascent from Boulder to the mountains with a peak elevation of 9,000-feet. From the top of Boulder Mountain you will fly down to Torrey, Utah to end the tour.

Elevation Profile: 38 mi +4090 ft / -3890 ft

Utah-Escalante Loop: 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.

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.
  • For information on Coronavirus, please click here.
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