Bryce-to-Zion 5-day MTB / Hike Tour – Southwestern, Utah
The Dixie National Forest, is one of Utah’s best kept secrets! We’ll ride fantastic singletrack trails that take us through unique landscapes, around a scenic lake, and to the edge of the Virgin River Rim over-looking Zion National Park.
“That’s a whole lotta ‘WOW’!” – Kalie, CO
Our Bryce to Zion Tour offers great trails for practicing your mountain biking skills and is suitable for intermediate through advanced riders who are in good physical condition, able to ride 5 – 6 hours a day performing at altitudes between 6,500’ – 9, 500’. More accomplished riders can let it roll while recreational riders find a comfortable pace allowing for maximum enjoyment.
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Day 1 – Breakfast on your own. We’ll depart St George by van and drive to Bryce Canyon National Park where we’ll enjoy our first lunch, a great hike through the Hoodoos, and then head out for a sunset ride from camp.
Hike 6 miles Ride 9 miles
Day 2 – We’ll fuel up with a hearty breakfast, make a pack lunch, and then we’ll be back in the saddle again. Our route takes us over the infamous Thunder Mountain Trail where you’ll be challenged by the terrain and astounded with the views.
Ride 18 miles
Day 3 – After breakfast we’ll break camp and drive over to the western section of the Virgin River Rim Trail. We’ll ride rolling singletrack through pine forests overlooking Zion National Park on our route to our next camp at Navajo Lake – the headwaters of the Virgin River.
Ride 18-27 miles
Day 4 – Awaken to a spectacular sunrise, We’ll ride more great singletrack heading east on the Virgin River Rim Trail to Cascade Falls where we’ll enjoy our pack lunch before returning to camp.
Ride 17 miles Hike 1/2 mile
Day 5 –We’ll drive through Zion before returning to St George by 6pm. You’ll have plenty time for a short hike in the Zion Narrows, or to check out the Visitors Center.
Hike 0-5 miles
Do I need previous mountain bike experience? Yes. Some mountain biking experience is necessary to enjoy this tour. This trip is suitable for a fit intermediate to advanced mountain biker. Learning to safely handle a mountain bike on single track is not difficult. We will give a complete orientation prior to the start of the ride. All of our guides are experienced riders and great MTB Instructors. Daily, we will discuss and demonstrate cycling techniques and safe riding skills to help improve your ability on the mountain bike.
What kind of shape do I need to be in? Mountain biking is a wonderful, healthy sport that attracts people of all ages and walks of life. It can be as strenuous or mellow as you make it; it all comes down to being in good general health, being accustomed to regular exercise and controlling your pace. If you can ride at a comfortable pace for 4-6 hours at home you will do fine on the trip. Remember, it is possible to ride a mountain bike for fun and it doesn’t have to be a race. Everyone rides at their own pace so there is plenty of time for photos and relaxing.
How many miles per day? On this 5-day trip we ride 6-27 miles per day. Mountain biking moves at a slower pace compared to road riding. A rough rule of thumb is to double the number of mountain biking miles when comparing MTB to road riding (10 miles on a mountain bike feels like 20 on the road). Extra riding and hiking is always available from each camp for those who wish to extend their day. This trip also involves hiking on steep trails with loose terrain.
Will I notice the altitude? Our routes in the Bryce and Zion areas lie between 6500′ and 9500′ above sea level. If you live near sea level you will feel a difference, and everyone adjusts at different rates. The quickest way to acclimate to the altitude and dry air is to make an extra effort to drink plenty of water and eat salty foods when you first arrive and throughout the day during the trip. It’s dry in the southwest, so drink and snack frequently.
ITINERARY CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO LOCAL CONDITIONS OR BY DISCRETION OF THE GROUP LEADERS.
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Bryce-to-Zion CHARTER Trips
Perfect for your special celebration, small family reunions, staff retreats – you name your date window, you invite your friends, and then we build a custom itinerary that best suits your groups’ skill and interests while maximizing your vacation experience.
“The riding is AWESOME and the views extraordinary.” – Tony, WI
The days in this week are yours for riding, hiking, relaxing on a lake front, gazing at dramatic vistas, or just kicking back at camp and taking in the spectacular views. Our meals are delicious, and our Guides are seasoned experts who will help you make this the best week of riding you’ve ever had!