Utah: St. George & Zion National Park
6 Day Inn Tour
Utah is an amazingly beautiful state. You need to unpack your bags only twice as we explore the red rock cliffs and canyons surrounding the town of St. George. Then we'll cycle and hike through 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. Leisurely level with an electric-assist bicycle.
5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, detailed cue sheets, maps and GPS files, van support & trained guides.
$195 for women-specific Specialized road or hybrid bike. $295 for a Specialized electric-assist ebike. Unfortunately, ebikes are prohibited in Zion National Park so you need to be all right hiking instead of cycling on the last day of the tour.
Fly round-trip to St. George, Utah or to Las Vegas, NV and take 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. Then we’ll have an orientation at 5:30pm, followed by a welcome dinner. 0 miles.
DAY 2: 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 petroglyphs 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 of this area. 40 miles.
DAY 3: 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. 45 miles.
DAY 4: We cycle out of St. George this morning on three wonderful bike paths. We'll pass Sand Hollow Reservoir with its towering red sand dunes on our way to the town of Hurricane (pronounced locally as "HUR-a-kin"). After climbing "LaVerkin Twist," we'll cycle Route 9, a scenic highway with magnificent views of Zion's rugged, jaw-dropping rock formations.
We'll stop for a picnic lunch before finishing our ride at the gateway to Zion National Park. If you need to stretch your legs before dinner, stroll along Zion Park Blvd. to admire the towering red, white and pink striped cliffs that surround you. 50 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. Elevation changes of 5000', high plateaus, mazes of deep, narrow canyons and the Virgin River all create wonderful habitats for a great diversity of plants and animals. You may 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 and the Zion Nature Center. 0 miles.
DAY 6: We’ll enjoy one last ride today into Zion National Park. We'll cycle the Pa'rus Trail and the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. We'll finish with a picnic lunch and then provide a complimentary shuttle to the St. George airport by 1:30pm or to the shuttle stop for the Las Vegas airport by 2:00pm and say our farewells. 15 miles.