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6 Days Escalante and Capital Reef Bike Tour in Utah, USA
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Camping Bike Tour in USA

This road cycling trip will go eastward from Escalante, Utah through contrasting desert scenery and high alpine forests to Capitol Reef National Park. Named for the white sandstone dome that bears a striking resemblance to the nation’s capitol building, this national park protects an immense uplift know as the Waterpocket Fold. Long winding roads cut through a maze of canyons and an assembly of arches and monoliths make it seem as if this natural uplift was custom-made just for cyclists. Between rides, you will relax in the quaint hamlets of Boulder and Escalante. Remote and sparsely populated, this biking trip is for anyone looking for a true backcountry experience.

Key Information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Mostly paved
  • Starts in: St. George, Utah
  • Ends in: St. George, Utah
  • Difficulty level: Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have 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, 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: 200 - 310 Miles / 322 - 499 Kilometers
  • Vacation type: Road cycling
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent for 300 USD

Highlights

  • Road bike eastward from Escalante
  • Bike through contrasting desert scenery
  • Exciting bike to Capitol Reef National Park
  • Relax in the quaint hamlets of Boulder and Escalante
  • Two guides, bike maintenance, and community gear
  • Escape Adventures' support vehicle and first aid
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • 5 nights' accommodation

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Accommodation

Escalante Outfitters’ Cozy Cabins

Escalante Outfitters is located in the heart of the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, at the base of Boulder Mountain. Log cabins sleep two people in either a queen or bunk bed and provide a comfortable place to rest your head after a day of exploring the rugged canyon country. Each cabin has fresh clean sheets and blankets, towels, soap, power, heat/air-conditioning, and a reading lamp. There is a bath house centrally located for all lodging guests to use. Linens and towels are replaced in the cabins daily.

Quality Inn Bryce Canyon

Spectacular sights, a charming old town area and exhilarating recreational activities can all be found at this Quality Inn. The Quality Inn offers charming guest rooms and deluxe suites. Many modern amenities include an onsite restaurant, free Wi-Fi, tour planning and business center in this resort.

Boulder Mountain Lodge

In the middle of Utah’s red rock canyon country sits Boulder Mountain Lodge, an unexpected oasis of tranquility and comfort. This nationally recognized luxury lodge provides everything for a fabulous getaway: spacious rooms, intimate ambiance, unparalleled views, fine dining, and an impressive array of opportunities, services, and amenities. Beautiful rooms have decks or patios with fabulous views, and a wide variety of amenities including robes, satellite television, DVD players, coffee and tea service, refrigerators, and an assortment of Aveda personal products to make you feel truly pampered.

The Chuckwagon Motel

Austin’s Chuckwagon Motel in Torrey Utah offers a swimming pool with hot tub, General Store and deli – all just minutes from the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park. Torrey is a wonderful green oasis in the beautiful Southern Utah desert. The Chuckwagon Motel has clean and spacious rooms, each offering a glimpse of Boulder Mountain. These rooms feature 2 queen beds, individual heat and air conditioning, refrigerators, microwave, direct-dial telephones, flat-screen satellite HDTV with 150 channels + HBO. Complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate is offered in the store in the mornings.

First-Class Camping

There is nothing better than rolling into camp to fresh made chips and salsa, homemade guacamole, and Dutch oven enchiladas. Then making your way to a sweet and inviting campfire, sharing your favorite anecdote or image from the day’s activities while marshmallows roast. Enjoy a small-batch, local beer before retiring to your tent. Inside: a sturdy raised cot, fluffy sleeping bag, and a plush full size pillow. Wow. You earned this. Sweet dreams.

Escape Adventures choose well-maintained public campgrounds with scenic vistas and comfortable arrangements. You’ll move seamlessly from one day of your trip to the next, camping outdoors and enjoying wildly healthy, delicious homemade meals.

The majority of the selected campgrounds feature indoor facilities and showers. Conversely, in more remote backcountry camping scenarios, we’ll provide portable toilets and private solar showers.

All camping gear is tested and hand-chosen from top manufacturers to ensure you get a good nights’ sleep. The camp gear package includes a three-man tent with fly and a ground tarp, 30-degree sleeping bag, bag liner, camp pillow, and self-inflating ground pad

Program

Day 1-2

Meet in St. George. Shuttle to Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon for evening ride and dinner. Enjoy the next day riding the historic and scenic Highway 12 Scenic Byway to Escalante.

Day 3-4

Ride from Escalante to Boulder Utah via The Hogback and Escalante’s Calf Creek Falls. Ride a portion of the Burr Trail to Deer Creek and Long Canyon. Climb high into the Boulder Mountains with extended views into the Henry Mountains. Descend to Torrey Utah - gateway to Capitol Reef National Park.

Day 5-6

Ride a fun and relaxing descent into Capitol Reef National Park and enjoy a cascading waterfall on the Fremont River. Pick seasonal apricots in the Parks orchard. The final day takes up to beautiful Fish Lake. Situated 8,800 feet up in the heavily forested Fishlake Mountains, the lake makes for a great lunch site and benediction to your adventure. Shuttle back to St. George.

Tour Bike

Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle free on tour. On every road bike tour, you will be provided with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Specialized. They replace their rental fleet each season to ensure all bikes meet the high standards. All of the bikes are equipped with carbon fiber frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, they now have ebikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.

Garmin Edge GPS

All of the road bike trips include a Garmin GPS device to help you navigate through each day safely and smoothly. You’ll know how far, fast, and high you’ve ridden on the flats or climbs or on your way through each day. Includes navigation with turn prompts that will even show you how to get back to start. Simply turn it on and start riding. No paper maps needed!

Location

Central Utah has one of the largest stretches of true backcountry left in the nation. This area remained uncharted until the mid-1800s and still harbors many natural treasures yet to be discovered. From the alpine heights of Dixie National Forest to the slickrock canyons of Escalante National Monument, central Utah is a quiet paradise reserved for the few willing to venture this far.

Food

You will be prepared all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day as well as snacks. The guides prepare all the food on our camping trips starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day. On inn tour, the guides will prepare fresh and delicious lunches each day. Most dinners and breakfasts will be at local restaurants. You may 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 include bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité compliment 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
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Road bike eastward from Escalante
  • Road bike through contrasting desert scenery and high alpine forest to Capitol Reef National Park
  • Two professionally trained trip leaders
  • Bike maintenance
  • Community gear
  • Support vehicle
  • First aid
  • Camping gear
  • Souvenir shirt
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Bike rental
  • 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

Driving directions from Las Vegas

  • Take the I-15 north from Las Vegas through Mesquite, Nevada.
  • Come to St. George.

Note: The distance between Las Vegas and St. George is approximately 115 miles. It takes about two hours to get there, plus a time zone difference of one hour.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at McCarran International Airport (LAS) or St. George Regional Airport (SGU).

Vegas is a popular international destination and getting here should be no problem. Flying to Las Vegas is often the most inexpensive option. Please visit the airport website for more information about airlines and ground transportation.

St. George Regional Airport (SGU) is served year round by Delta Airlines operated by SkyWest Airlines through Salt Lake City, Utah and by United Airlines and is also operated by SkyWest Airlines connecting through Los Angeles, California. For more information visit the airport website.

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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