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.
Our road cycling trip goes 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 our 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, we 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.
Duration / Mileage: 6 Days, 200-310 miles
Accommodations: Camping and Inns or All Inns
Fitness / Technical Ratings:6
Terrain: Several high passes, longer climbs and extended descents
Departure: Fly to Las Vegas or Drive to St. George, UT