Utah: St. George Canyons and Zion
7 Day Inn Tour
Our other tours in Utah have proven so popular that we developed this tour to explore another piece of this amazing state. You need to unpack your bags only once as we explore the red rock cliffs and canyons surrounding the town of St. George. We’ll cycle along the Virgin and Santa Clara Rivers, enjoy views of the Beaver and Pine Mountains and visit Zion National Park. Discover Utah with us!
The first 6 women to sign up receive 5% discounts.
Rolling hills with some longer climbs. Moderate to advanced cycling level.
6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts, 5 picnic and sack lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, detailed cue sheets, van support & trained guides.
$175 for women-specific road or hybrid bike
Fly in and out of St. George, Utah through Salt Lake City, Los Angeles or Denver. Or consider flying into Las Vegas and taking a 2-hour commercial shuttle to St. George.
The red rocks region is gorgeous, and the combination of city and rural riding, level and climbing is well thought out. The accommodations couldn't have been more comfortable and the breakfasts were terrific. Nice people, always smiling.
DAY 1: We meet in St. George, Utah for a bike fitting at 3:00pm if you’re renting a bicycle. We’ll stay at the historic Green Gate Village Inn, a hidden treasure in downtown St. George. Every room is unique and has been meticulously restored and decorated to its western pioneer charm. Then we’ll have an orientation at 5:30pm, followed by a welcome dinner.
DAY 2: We start out cycling on the beautiful paved bike paths surrounding town. We head out on a trail along the Santa Clara River, with views of the Beaver Mountains to our south and the Pine Mountains to our north. We’ll meander on some quiet country roads and stop for a picnic lunch along the way before returning on the Virgin River bike path to our inn. 38 miles.
DAY 3: Today we explore some of the geological and historical wonders that abound near St. George. We’ll cycle to Anasazi Ridge and take a short hike to view some of the hundreds of petro-glyphs that can be found atop the ridge. You can see stunning drawings of goats, shamans, and seven-toed paw prints.
Once back on our bikes, we will cycle to the Coyote Gulch Art Village in the center of the Kayenta Community. Kayenta is the name of the local geological formation, characterized by the red and mauve sandstone cliffs. Take time to visit the shops and art galleries, walk through the labyrinth and sculpture garden, or enjoy a bite to eat at the café.
Then we’ll continue to Snow Canyon State Park. You won’t find any snow here — just a stunning backdrop of towering red and white sandstone cliffs, with jumbled fields of black lava rock. There are a myriad of hiking trails if you have the energy for another hike. You might come across the mysterious “moqui marbles,” a geological oddity peculiar to this area. 35 miles.
DAY 4: Today we start our ride from Quail Creek State Park and cycle to the historic town of Silver Reef. Now a ghost town, Silver Reef once had a population of over 2,000 people who removed $25 million of silver from the surrounding hillsides. You can explore the historic buildings, visit the museum, and grab a snack before continuing on the ride. Then we’ll head to the small, picturesque town of Toquerville, cycle past the Sand Hollow reservoir and see the towering red sand dunes before returning to St. George in time for dinner. 52 miles.
DAY 5: We take the day off from cycling to explore Zion National Park, Utah’s first and most popular national park. The park has some of the most scenic and varied canyon terrain in the country. With an elevation change of 5000’, its high plateaus, maze of deep, narrow sandstone canyons and the Virgin River lead to a beautiful diversity of habitats and species. You can see bighorn sheep, deer, wild turkeys, short-horned lizards and California condors here.
You can choose to hike the strenuous trail up to Angels Landing or the flatter trail along the Emerald Pools and waterfalls. Or you can choose to rest your legs by visiting the Zion Human History Museum or listening to a ranger-led program. 0 miles.
DAY 6: After a hearty breakfast, we’ll cycle the local favorite “Veyo Loop,” which also serves as the route for the Ironman St. George and the Huntsman World Senior Games road races. Along the way, stop at Veyo Pies for a slice of what’s been dubbed the Best Pie in Utah. Today’s views of the red rock cliffs as we cycle through the black lava rock desert will be unforgettable. 49 miles.
DAY 7: We’ll enjoy one last ride today on some bicycle paths we haven’t yet covered earlier in the week. We’ll catch some beautiful views of downtown St George before riding through the Dixie State University campus and returning to our inn. We’ll say our farewells after a picnic lunch and provide a complimentary shuttle to the airport by noon. 21 miles.