Color Country Mountain Biking Trip - 6 Days, 5 Nights
Standing as brilliant masterpieces of color, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks are even more breathtaking when seen from a trailside perspective! Come and experience the richness of Utah’s Color Country with the first outfitter to bring you off-road!
Our Color Country Mountain Bike Intro tour provides just the right amount of fun and challenge as you ride diverse terrain in a variety of different areas spread across color country. Sample forested singletrack, scenic jeep roads, rustic ATV trails; even doubletrack and paved roads-- this tour has it all!
We start off exploring the Red Desert and Navajo Lake, where we break in our bikes and practice the skills we'll apply in the latter half of our tour. Red Canyon and Bryce Canyon bring new challenges, and overwhelming beauty, and Zion closes out the tour with its unique charm and a wealth of activity options.
Day 1 | Red Desert to Duck Creek
After meeting in St. George, we travel as a group to Cedar Breaks National Monument for a light lunch, introductions, and a pre-trip meeting. A quick van ride will then drop us at the start of our first ride – Red Desert. We’ll get used to the bikes with a full afternoon of scenic doubletrack and jeep roads. The winding trail will take us through aspen groves, past small mountain lakes and even over ancient lava beds!
Day 2 | Cascade Falls & Navajo Lake
This morning begins with a gentle cruise over little known backroads to Cascade Falls where we hike to a curious waterfall that seems to appear out of nowhere. We’ll break for lunch and then continue on ATV trails to Navajo Lake, our destination for the evening. Time permitting; there will be an optional afternoon ride around Navajo Lake. This aspen-
Day 3 | Red Canyon
Sunrise over Navajo Lake provides awesome scenery this morning as the campers pack up and eat breakfast. A shuttle takes us to Red Canyon where more adventures await. We get dropped off at the top of Butch Cassidy Draw where we ride out to the Casto Canyon trailhead, passing many amazing views of the Slate Mountain and Powell Point. Our destination, Casto Canyon, crosses a small creek bed up to 44 times, and takes us into “the land before time;” a dizzying array of hoodoos and pick cliffs. Campers then ride a few short miles back to camp for a delicious dinner and camp fire, while Inn tour guests head for the comforts of Ruby's Inn.
Day 4 | Red Canyon to Bryce Canyon
Awaken to a beautiful sunrise with light slowly filtering through the canyon and into our camp. Another short shuttle this morning takes us deep into the Backcountry of Bryce Canyon. We’ll hop on our bikes for a twisty ride on little used ATV trails all the way to the entrance to Bryce Canyon. We’ll enjoy lunch in the park, and then spend a few hours to exploring popular trails among the famous hoodoo sandstone pillars. Navajo Loop, Wall Street, and the Rim Trail offer some of the best hiking in Utah. Later
Day 5 | Bryce Canyon to Hatch and Zion National Park
Today we’ll test all of our skills learned throughout the week as we challenge ourselves with a ride from Bryce Canyon to the small enclave of Hatch. A long ascent will take us to the top of the sunset cliffs where the views will be well worth the effort. A long decent will take us to the van and lunch! After lunch we’ll hop in the van for a shuttle to the East Entrance of Zion National Park. We’ll hop back on the bikes for an extremly scenic ride through the park and to our destination of Springdale, Utah.
Day 6 | Zion National Park
Our last half-day is a day to soak up Zion’s multi-hued cliffs, massive stone monoliths, and numerous trails. Today we walk through the Virgin River Narrows with unparalleled views of Angels Landing and the enormous cliffs that make Zion, well, Zion! We meet back together for lunch before shuttling back St. George and Las Vegas.
This is a general itinerary and may vary. Escape Adventures reserves the right to make changes due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Inns are subject to change.