Southern Utah Road Bike Tour

Explore Bryce, Zion and Escalante on your road bike

TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceSouthern Utah is full of treasures best seen from the vantage point of a bicycle. Over 5 days, visit the most famous and unique spots in Southern Utah including the whimsical hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, the unbelievable rock formations of Kodachrome State Park, the undisturbed natural beauty of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and the towering sandstone cliffs verdant valley of Zion National Park.

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Trip Price: $1,495 pp

+ $51 PP (Permits & Land Use Fees)*

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.

5 Days, 4 nights

Difficulty: Moderate

Activity: Cycling, Hiking, Camping

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Southern Utah Road Biking Trip

Price & Inclusions

Trip Price – $1495 pp

+ $51 PP (Permits & Land Use Fees)*

  • Price is per person
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*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure


Trip Price Includes

  • 4 nights camping (2 in Kodachrome Basin State Park and 2 in Zion National Park)
  • Basecamp Group Gear (personal mess kit, kitchen equipment, hand washing statement, dish washing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Round-trip ground transportation from Las Vegas or St. George
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 5
  • Water and snacks
  • Ride support/aid stations during rides
  • Rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance (upon request)
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide/mechanic

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Zion National Park commercial and entry fees
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument commercial and entry fees
  • Bryce Canyon National Park entry fees

Not Included

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Las Vegas or St. George
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1
  • Dinner Day 5
  • Tent (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Day hiking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Bike and helmet (available to rent from AOA)
  • Long stem tubes
  • Personal cycling kit
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

*Please see the “Rentals & Add Ons” tab below for a list of available gear rentals and purchase options.*

Trip Details

Trip Rating (1 – 5)

Fitness – 3

Comfort – 3

Solitude – 2

Guest Participation – 4

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Where to Meet

START: 7:00am. Meet your guide in the lobby of the Homewood Suites in South Las Vegas (CLICK HERE for map). Or meet in St. George at 10:30am (inquire for details).

END:  Drop-off at Homewood Suites in South Las Vegas on Day 5 (usually between 3pm and 4pm).

GUESTS: 2 min to 25 max (most trips have 10-12 guests)



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When’s the best time to go on this trip?

A:  The areas we visit in Utah are generally at higher elevations so the warmer months of the year are ideal. If we’ve had a rainy winter season, the spring wildflowers can be amazing. If you’re sensitive to heat, avoid July and August. If you’re sensitive to cold, avoid the very early season trips and the very late season trips. Otherwise, the plateaus and canyons of southern Utah are wonderful destinations from mid-May through late September.

Q: What can I expect from the cycling routes in Zion, Bryce, and Escalante?

A: All of the routes are pre-scouted by our guides and cover terrain that is equally beautiful as it is inviting for cyclists. We’ll  be on well-maintained roads, streets and pathways that range from quiet country routes to public roadways with wide shoulders and minimum traffic. Elevation change is moderate on most days, with some noticeable climbs for those interested in challenging themselves. Mileages vary and are always adjustable with the help of our support vehicle or park shuttles. SAG support is usually available every 12 to 15 miles (19 to 24 km). Guests generally travel at a group pace (10 to 15 mph or 16 to 24 kph), but have the ability to rest on demand or push themselves to achieve a goal, knowing that the guides are nearby to assist in any way needed.

Q: What can I expect from the hiking trails in Zion, Bryce, and Escalante?

A: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks both have well-maintained trails book-ended with trailheads sporting modern conveniences (like restrooms and drinking water). Grand Staircase-Escalante is more remote but our guides know where to stop for restrooms and will brief you on what to pack for each hike. Many trails on this itinerary are steep, given their location in “canyon country,” where you are routinely hiking up and down. All the trails are approached by our guides with the whole group in mind. Slower and faster paces are available, although we do strive to find a group pace that allows everyone to enjoy the hike together whenever possible. If at any time you would like more or less of a challenge, are concerned with an aspect of a hike or route, or simply are curious about other option, just ask your guide!

Q: What sort of accommodations are included on this trip?

A: We will be staying in public campgrounds in or near the National Parks we’ll be visiting. These campgrounds have restroom facilities and running water, although Watchman Campground does not have showers so we will walk to pay showers just outside Zion National Park for this part of our stay. Your AOA Guides will set up a kitchen in which they will prepare all meals, which will be restaurant quality, served hot, with fresh produce to compliment.

Rentals & Add Ons

Gear Rental

  • 4-Person Basecamping Tent ($55 per tent)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($35 per, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
  • Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($35 per bag/set)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($25 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
  • Bike rental is available through AOA. See the “Bike Rentals” tab below.

Optional Additions 

*A bike and helmet are not included with the cost of this trip.*

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Trip Dates


2018 Trips 

  • May 21-25
  • June 4-8
  • June 17-21
  • July 9-13
  • July 23-27
  • August 13-17
  • August 27-31
  • September 3-7
  • September 17-21

2019 Trips

  • May 20-24
  • June 3-7
  • June 17-21
  • July 8-12
  • July 22-26
  • August 12-16
  • August 26-30
  • September 2-6
  • September 16-20

Due to permit availability the trip dates listed here are tentative and cannot be guaranteed until 6 months prior to departure.

To see all multi-day guided tours, visit our Adventure Tour Calendar.

Bike Rental

Bike Rental Options

This trip does not include a rental bike. AOA offers rental road bikes in various performance levels. Each road bike rental includes a helmet and flat repair kit, and can be set up to your basic fit requirements. You are welcome to bring your own pedals and saddle to use with our rental bikes.

Cancellation & Trip Policies

Reservations, Payments and Cancellation

Southern Utah cycling tours are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA) reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements.

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We strongly recommend that you purchase “travel insurance”. This is a valuable tool that will protect your trip investment.

For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.


Essential Eligibility Requirements

AOA’s goal is to provide challenging and meaningful experiences through guided and self-guided tours to unforgettable destinations. These criteria have been developed to help our guests identify the skills and abilities needed to successfully and fully participate in these tours. If you are unable to meet certain criteria, please contact us; we may be able to assist you with reasonable accommodation(s) unless it would change or otherwise risk the fundamental nature of the tour, would compromise your safety or the safety of other participants or guides, or would place an undue financial or administrative burden on AOA.

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Travel Insurance

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Trip Itinerary


Enjoy cycling through at Bryce Canyon and along scenic Utah Highway 12 through the wild landscape of Escalante National Monument. After seeing the area around Bryce the adventure turns to Zion National Park. Cycling the Zion Park Road and exploring the surrounding canyons takes you on a surreal journey through time. Often called “a Yosemite dressed in red”, Zion offers a green valley floor surrounded on three sides by thousands of feet of sheer red rock.

Nights are filled with laughter around the dinner table, reliving memories from the day’s rides and hikes, and colorful sunsets that morph into black skies that magically become aglow with stars.

Check out Visit Utah’s short video for a glimpse of what night skies are like in Kodachrome Basin State Park – where we camp for two nights of this trip.


After meeting our guides and fellow cyclists in Las Vegas or St. George, we travel north through the Mojave Desert toward the high-elevation plateaus of the Bryce Canyon area in southern Utah. Just as we begin to see the famous hues of red this area is known for, we turn off the highway into Red Canyon State Park. Here we enjoy a delicious guide-prepared picnic lunch before we don cycling gear, get fit to our bikes, and begin our first ride of the adventure. We’ve got you covered with a variety of nutrition products…from Salt Tabs to real food, plus you will have access to frequent SAG support if you need to drop a layer. Paralleling Scenic Byway 12, the Red Canyon Bicycle Trail passes through canyons of red and white stone, towering in formations high above us, and winds through regal stands of ponderosa pine to our campground on the Paunsagunt Plateau. While it begins with a gradual 7 mile climb where the high elevation will make you feel like you are breathing through a filter, the pace is casual, plus the bike path is car free and smoother than your roadie legs. We hop on the road for a ripping descent off the Plateau before spinning the quiet roads into Kodachrome State Park.

  • Cycling: 32 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included
  • Lodging: Established campground in Kodachrome State Park


Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is true wilderness and the largest U.S. National Monument! After breakfast we load up and shuttle to today’s starting location, a viewing point for Powell Point – the highest plateau in North America.  From here we saddle the bikes and roll off along Utah Highway 12, stopping at the unique Kiva Koffeehouse, perched on the cliffs above the Escalante River.  This road, with classic switchbacked climbs and descents, winds through panoramic slickrock “oceans” and scenic canyons and has been voted one of America’s top 10 most scenic highways.

Our action packed exploration continues this afternoon hiking along the Escalante River’s clear flowing waters and picturesque canyon will make you want to build a cabin here.  So it will be no surprise when your guide leads you to ancient petroglyphs and the Anasazi Ruins on this world-class hike.

  • Cycling: 32 miles
  • Hiking: 5-8 miles
  • Meals: All meals included; breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail, dinner in camp.
  • Lodging: Established campground in Kodachrome State Park


After breakfast we will break down camp and drive a short distance to our morning hike at Bryce Canyon National Park. The Visitor’s Center is our staging area and starting point for an unbelievably beautiful ride. Following quiet and meandering park roads, we’ll make our way out to Rainbow Point where we’ll take in a breathtaking view of Bryce’s famous amphitheater of hoodoos (precariously eroded red rock formations crowded together into a puzzle of towers). The stair step nature of the climbs allow you to put in hard efforts with ample recovery time before the next pitch. None of the grades are super steep and as you crest the final ascent you are richly rewarded with KOM views from Rainbow Point. The best part is the return feels like you descend more than you just climbed, which gives you the sense that the guides must have slipped you some of Chris Froome’s asthma meds. We’ll stretch our legs and get up close to these mysterious hoodoos on a hike through the Navajo Loop. Your guides will explain how these rock towers and fins form through a process of erosion caused by rain water and frost wedging. After our inspiring tour through Bryce Canyon, we make our way to Zion National Park.

  • Cycling: 18-36 miles
  • Hiking: 3-5 miles
  • Meals: All meals included; breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail, dinner in camp.
  • Lodging: Established campground in Zion National Park


We’ll rise early this morning to beat the crowds. This morning we’ll hop on our bikes, spin out the lactic acid from the last few days, and head for The Grotto, where we’ll begin our journey on foot to Angel’s Landing! Our hike begins with a stroll beneath shady cottonwood and sycamore trees by the Virgin River’s edge. Soon we begin the ascent, our goal will be to reach the top before the desert sun peaks over the canyon wall.

The trail ascends 1,488 feet in 2.5 miles to the 5,790-foot summit of a monolith perched partway between the river and the canyon rim. It is flanked on three sides by the erosive North Fork of the Virgin River below. The payoffs to landing on this perch are sweeping north-south views of the Virgin River Gorge, Cathedral Mountain, Observation Point, Cable Mountain and the Great White Throne looming high above Angel’s Landing. After descending back to the canyon floor it is customary to take a cool plunge in the Virgin River and relax under a cottonwood tree for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we’ll turn around for a nice downhill cruise back into camp, or for a more challenging ride try the steep “tunnel climb,” While it isn’t Alpe D’Huez, the switchbacks will make you feel like you are in a Grand Tour and views are more than enough distraction to take your mind off the effort. Tonight we celebrate our week of adventure and relaxation with a final dinner.

  • Cycling: 10-17 miles (options for more if you want it!)
  • Hiking: 5 miles
  • Meals: All meals included; breakfast at camp, lunch on the trail, dinner in camp.
  • Lodging: Established campground in Zion National Park


We begin our final day in Zion with a scenic bike ride along the quiet park roads taking in the towering wonderland of cliffs, valley and hanging gardens. Our journey takes us along the Virgin River, pedaling beneath shady Cottonwood and Sycamore trees, featuring lush greenery, bluebird skies, and awesome views of the red canyon walls above. The road ends at the Temple of Sinewava, the trailhead for the world famous Narrows.

The Narrows are a National Park Classic because of the stunning beauty and uniqueness of the terrain, on this hike we will wade through knee to waist deep water of the Virgin River while 2000 foot Navajo Sandstone towers overhead on either side of us. After our hike we turn around for a nice downhill cruise back to our vehicle where we’ll hop in and wave farewell to Zion. We arrive back to the Bright lights of Las Vegas between 3:00-6:00pm.

  • Cycling: 16 miles
  • Hiking: 3-5 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch included; breakfast in the park, lunch en route to Las Vegas
  • Lodging: On your own

Note about itinerary changes: We do our best to operate each trip as closely as possible to the published itinerary, however there are sometimes forces outside of our control that could require us to make adjustments to the operations of a trip. These include but are not limited to weather, natural disasters, road closures, park closures, campsite availability, emergency guest illness or injury.



Click here to see the routes we ride on this guided cycling trip.

Tips for planning a trip to Southern Utah

If you’re planning a trip to Southern Utah, hiking the Escalante River should definitely be on your list. On the Escalante River you’ll find less crowds, incredible scenery as you follow the river along the canyon, and endless miles of slot canyons to explore.

In Zion National Park, the hiking trails are diverse with shady riverbanks to high overlooks. Make sure to check out these four trails that travel through the best places for hikers to visit in Zion.

If you’re going to hike some of Utah’s infamous Slot Canyons, you might want to take these 3 vital tips along with you.

On both our Southern Utah Road Biking trip we spend a good amount of time exploring the beautiful Zion National Park. Here’s a guide to what it’s like cycling in Zion.

If you’re in Bryce Canyon National Park, you’ll be sure to check out the overlook of the main Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, but the best way explore this park is with a few hikes. Make sure you check out the 3 best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park.