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5 Days The Maze Mountain Bike Tour in Utah, USA
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Unforgettable Bike Tour USA

Escape Adventures has planned an unforgettable journey into the Maze, taking full advantage of its unique character and outstanding slick rock riding. They have customized their own highly specialized support vehicles to get through this terrain and carry your gear. Though there are a few challenging slick rock sections, the Maze is a great trip for riders of all abilities. Come to Utah and experience the thrilling ride and great view!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Jeep road, and slick rock
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day), moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day), challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 82 miles / 132 kilometers
  • Average elevation: 6500- 5,000 feet
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (225 USD)
  • E-bike: Not available to rent for permit reasons (it's not possible to ride e-bikes anywhere, there are specific trails accepted)

Highlights

  • 4 days of mountain biking
  • Scenic flight over the Maze
  • A magical hike to the Harvest Scene
  • 2 experienced guides and bike maintenance
  • Support vehicle during the tour
  • Camping gear and first aid
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals and snacks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated inside three-man tents. All camping on this trip is in primitive campsites with no running water. On this trip, Escape Adventures utilizes their own portable toilet and exercise a leave-no-trace policy. There are no shower facilities, but solar showers will be available. Cell phone service is adequate with Verizon Wireless. Escape Adventures offers high-quality camping equipment because they know that a good night’s sleep is the key to a good day’s ride. You may rent all or part of their camp gear package.

Program

This bike tour begins with a descent down the historic Flint Trail and follows the curve of the canyons to the Maze Overlook. One of the trip highlights is a hike through the heart of the Maze. On the sinuous walls of sandstone, you’ll pass the Harvest Scene, a stirring petroglyph left by the Anasazi. The next three days will lead you through the Land of Standing Rocks and the spectacular Doll’s House. The ride finishes at Lake Powell, where you board a plane for a scenic flight over the Maze District back to Moab.

Itinerary

Day 1: Flint Trail, Maze Overlook (30 miles / 48 kilometers)

After meeting at Moab Cyclery at 06:30, the group will travel to Hans Flat Ranger Station. Following a safety orientation, you will begin riding your bikes toward the Maze. Midway through the day, a descent will take you down the Flint Trail, a loose, rocky, switchback road that will drop you into the national park and to your camp. The scenery gets more intriguing with each turn of the rough-hewn road. Your campsite is under a star-filled sky at the Maze Overlook.

Day 2: 10-mile hike to the Harvest Scene

Your second day is a magical hike through the heart of the Maze. You will do some rock scrambling into the canyon, which is accessible only by foot. While you’re hiking, the support vehicle will take the road around to meet you at the end of the hike. This hike is unsupported, so bring a fanny pack or small backpack to hold your lunch and two water bottles. The Harvest Scene, a stunning 2,000-year-old pictograph panel awaits your arrival. A long scramble up the rocks and along the switchbacks this afternoon will bring you to the camp at Chimney Rock.

Day 3: The Doll House (10 miles / 16 kilometers)

There is nothing quite like a sunrise at Chimney Rock and Escape Adventures considers themselves lucky to be one of the few outfitters able to camp here. A feeling of tranquility and remoteness prevails. You’ll awaken to hot coffee and a delicious breakfast before the day’s activities. After a short morning ride into the Doll House, a garden of red rock towers, difficult to access, but well worth the effort, you’ll spend the day exploring the well-preserved Anasazi Indian ruins and granaries found in the area.

Time permitting; Escape Adventures may include a strenuous but spectacular hike down to the Colorado River. It is a one to five miles of optional hiking. After your exploration, you’ll return by bike to your camp at Chimney Rock.

Day 4: Chimney Rock to Cowboy Camp (12 miles / 19 kilometers)

Ride the savannah-like landscape of Waterhole Flat. Later, challenge yourself on the technical slick rock in Teapot Canyon. The road is carved into the solid rock ledges, which wind along canyon walls and erosion-sculpted spires. The camp tonight is just a short hike to an overlook of the mighty Colorado River in Cataract Canyon.

Day 5: Ride to Hite Marina (30 miles / 48 kilometers)

Enjoy a day of cycling on the winding road through the carved terrain of the plateau. The riding today is fast and fun, as the miles just seem to roll away as you ride along the Orange Cliffs. The group will ride directly to the Hite Airstrip at Lake Powell. A scenic plane flight from Hite to Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY) ends the tour. Escape Adventures is the only outfitter in Canyonlands to offer this exciting finale. Return to Moab between 13:00 and 14:00 from the airport. All gear and bicycles left with the support vehicle are transported back to Moab with the guides and will most likely arrive by 20:00.

Beginner:

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate:

  • can cycle for 3 - 4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can cycle for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Preparing your mountain bike tour

For optimal physical preparation, Escape Adventures recommends that you ride at least several hours per week during the month preceding the tour. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day, and they can assure you that an unprepared bottom is a sore one! If you can’t ride your bike or don’t own one, take a spin class at your local gym a few times a week. Your level of fitness does affect how much you enjoy your tour. Check the average daily mileage and level of strenuousness, then train appropriately.

Bicycles

Escape Adventures rents quality bicycles from Specialized and Santa Cruz. If you would like to rent a bicycle for your trip, Escape Adventures will fit you with a high quality, durable, and safe ride. The mountain bikes are full-suspension, lightweight, and adjustable.

All bicycle rentals are equipped with flat pedals, a tire repair kit and pump, and a complimentary water bottle. Helmet, gloves, seat pack, and SPD pedals are available upon request and are included in the rental price. Please specify your individual needs when confirming your reservation. If you are leaving a familiar bicycle at home, Escape Adventures highly recommends bringing your saddle and pedals. Your guides will be happy to install them for you during orientation.

Full suspension mountain bike - Specialized Stumpjumper 650b

The Specialized Stumpjumper is the best bang for your buck! This bike features 150 millimeters of front and rear travel, which is plenty of cushions to soak up any bump in the trail. You can visit the Specialized site for more information. Individual components on rental bikes may vary slightly. Please call Escape Adventures for more information.

Support vehicle

For more than a decade, Escape Adventures has been designing their custom fleet of 4×4 trucks, vans, and trailers with rack systems made exclusively for backcountry adventure touring. The support vehicle and driver becomes your own personal support system, bringing you food and drink, carrying your gear safely through the mountains, and lending a bench for a soft ride at your convenience. The exclusive fleet is custom built to go further in the backcountry so you can see places you never knew existed.

Fitness

If you’re a flatlander, you may find yourself gasping for air at 6500 feet - the higher you go, the less oxygen the atmosphere contains. In addition, a decrease in barometric pressure makes it more difficult for your body to absorb the oxygen that is available. As a result, your body is less able to transport oxygen through the bloodstream and you may develop a condition called altitude or mountain sickness.

Most people only experience mild symptoms - headache, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. Rarely, symptoms can be quite serious, such as swelling in the lungs and brain that can be more serious if not properly and quickly treated. Shortness of breath is often a preliminary symptom of altitude sickness, and 8,000 feet is high enough for it to develop. The most common symptom is a headache. While you may not notice any symptoms at rest, this can change quickly when you begin even moderate exercise.

Recognizing and treating symptoms early is the key to preventing the more serious aspects of this problem. The faster you ascend, the less chance you give your body to adjust. A mild case of altitude sickness very closely resembles a hangover, a good reason not to drink alcohol the first day or two after your ascent. Alcohol causes dehydration, which worsens altitude sickness. It’s important to drink plenty of nonalcoholic and decaffeinated beverages to stay well hydrated.

A slow ascent is one way to prevent mountain sickness, but this may not be practical if you’re flying in or only have a few days. Because overexertion is the main cause, it’s a good idea to take it easy for a few days until your body can acclimate. A diet high in carbohydrates (70 to 80 percent) helps increase blood oxygen levels and alleviates some of the symptoms. A high-fat diet does the opposite. Make your trip to the mountains enjoyable. Take it easy the first few days, stay well hydrated, get plenty of rest, eat well and don’t go out too hard. If you start to experience a headache, fatigue, nausea or shortness of breath, it’s time to stop or rest. Keep your guides well informed of your symptoms, they have experience with altitude sickness and can help you make decisions about your care.

Included excursions

  • A spectacular hike down to the Colorado River
  • Hike to the Harvest Scene

Location

The cycling tour will take place in Utah, USA. It will start from Hans Flat Ranger Station and end in Hite Airport. You will bike toward the Maze. The Maze is the most remote section of Canyonlands National Park. This lost land of canyons and desert is one of the least traveled and inaccessible areas in the continental United States. Along the way, you will visit the Harvest Scene and the Doll House.

Food

Your guides prepare all the food on the camping trips, starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day. Expect to eat only freshly prepared foods at each meal. You will eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. Breakfast favorites include blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Lunches include delicacies such as Greek salad, veggie-feta wraps, and pasta.

Appetizers, like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité complement elaborate salads and pastries. Dinner entreés, such as polenta lasagna, steak, salmon, and deep dish pizza are delicious when baked in a Dutch oven or grilled over an open fire. Desserts range from pineapple upside down cake to chocolate fondue. If you have special diet requirements, Escape Adventures can accommodate with prior notice. Vegans and vegetarians are no problem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 days of mountain biking
  • Scenic flight over the Maze
  • A hike down to the Colorado River
  • Hike to the Harvest Scene
  • 2 guides
  • Camping gear
  • Bike maintenance
  • Community gear
  • A souvenir shirt
  • Support vehicle
  • First aid
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Snacks

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the departure point
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Gratuities to Escape Adventures guides
  • Taxes and fees

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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