Bryce & Snow Canyons with Zion Bicycle Tour 2019

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2019
 
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Come experience the beauty of Zion National Park, Snow Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park to complete your must see areas of the Southwest.  These places can arguably be some of the best bicycle rides in the Southwestern U.S. The scenery is jaw dropping and the photographs will stay in your heart forever. The best way to experience some of the most beautiful spots are from behind your handlebars with friends from all over. The scenery is magical and will not be soon forgotten. We travel from St. George, Utah to the highlights of Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar City and Zion National Park. Your photographs will amaze you even years from now with the beautiful scenery and red canyons everywhere.
 
Day 1, Saturday - April 6, 2019
 
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Enjoy your visit to St. George, the largest city in southern Utah and one of the most popular and safest resort communities in the Southwestern U.S. Check in to Hampton Inn, St. George to begin your adventure.  There are some beautiful places to check out. One note of interest for cyclists is that the city has invested millions of dollars in its scenic pathways. Enjoy this area using the scenic paths from your bicycle. Another popular place to visit is the St. George dinosaur Discovery Park. It is an excellent place to see, if you are a Dinosaur fan. Vacation Bicycling welcome dinner and get together scheduled for 5:00pm.
 
Dinner:
 
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Cliffside Restaurant
- Overlooking the city with beautiful panoramic views -
St. George, Utah
 
Salad:
  • Cliffside House Salad - Acadia greens, shaved cucumbers, grape tomatoes, queso fresco, crostini and Utah honey vinaigrette
  • Caesar Salad - classic romaine lettuce, house Caesar dressing, fresh parmesan and croutons
Entrée choices:
  • Seared Flat-Iron Steak - 8 oz flat iron-steak, roasted corn & potato succotash, sautéed seasonal vegetable & chimichurri.
  • Farm Burger - 8 oz char-grilled butcher's choice, melted white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, grilled ham, over easy egg, fried onions, crispy hand cut fries & Cliffside fry sauce.
  • Chili-Glazed Salmon - Glazed, pan roasted salmon with mango salsa, coconut rice pilaf, sautéed seasonal vegetable & lemon butter sauce.
  • Pasta Primavera - Vegetarian - fresh spring/summer vegetables & Penne pasta tossed in an herbed butter sauce.
  • Fish Taco Duo - marinated white fish, Napa cabbage slaw, queso fresco, cilantro, pickled red onions & Cliffside fry sauce, served with jasmine rice pilaf and roasted corn & black ban salsa.
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn
St. George, Utah
 
Day 2, Sunday - April 7, 2019
 
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The day will start with a van ride to the Thunder Mountain Trailhead of the Red Canyon/Canyon Bike Trail near Bryce Canyon then we ride to the hotel and Bryce Canyon National Park. We will experience a beautiful bike ride while riding Red Canyon (a National Recreation Area) heading west to east. This must-do path travels through scenic red canyons in an area referred to as “Little Bryce.” We will see many beautiful landscapes from behind our handlebars. This path is well maintained, free of obstacles and will allow us to appreciate our surroundings. We will end our ride with one of the most spectacular views from Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park before riding the last few miles to our hotel.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning:
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 13 miles, riding from the Thunder Mountain Trailhead/SAG drop-off to the hotel in Bryce; or 23 miles riding an additional 10 miles round-trip into Bryce Canyon National Park's Inspiration Point. [The route is on paved dedicated bike paths.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Best Western Plus
Bryce Canyon, Utah
  • Stay at Best Western Plus Sunday and Monday nights
Dinner: 
On your own.
 
Day 3, Monday - April 8, 2019
 
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Be sure to get an early start for your second night at the Bryce Canyon Grand. Today we will be riding to Rainbow Point or take the SAG vehicle to Rainbow Point and ride back to the hotel. Rainbow Point is a must see. Pictures cannot even describe the beauty. We will see many wild flowers, other beautiful foliage and scenic views along the way. We may even see a pronghorn or mule deer on your ride. This ride is amazing. Some people may ride to one of the many trailheads and hike, taking advantage of the 65 miles of hiking trails offering close encounters or other adventures.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 20 miles riding to the end of Bryce Canyon at Rainbow Point; or taking the SAG vehicle to Rainbow Point and then riding 20 miles from Rainbow point; or 40 miles riding to and from Rainbow Point.
 
Lodging:
 
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Best Western Plus
Bryce Canyon, Utah
 
Dinner: 
On your own.
 
Day 4, Tuesday - April 9, 2019
 
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Van to our accommodations at the Cedar City Hampton Inn. From the hotel we will ride out and back on the East Bench Trail + Coal Creek Trail in Cedar City that allows visitors to view the crimson canyons and see many majestic viewpoints. Don’t forget your camera! Visit one of the most unique state parks in Utah at the Frontier Homestead State Park ($4.00): Relive the pioneer and early industrial history of Cedar City, Iron County and southwest Utah through hands-on activities, an extensive horse-drawn wagon collection, historic buildings, sawmill and replica blast furnace. Dinner with the group at Chef Alfredo, the #1 rated restaurant in Cedar City for a wonderful dinner.

Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 17 miles riding to the end of the East Bench Trail & Coal Creek Trail bike paths; or 20 miles adding the Cross Hollow Road bike path  [The route is on dedicated bike paths with only a little road riding to transition to the bike paths.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn
Cedar City, Utah
 
Dinner:
 
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Chef Alfredo Ristorante Italiano
Cedar City, Utah
-Ranked #1 Restaurant in Cedar City by TripAdvisor
 
Salad:
  • Signore - Spring mix, prosciutto, candied walnuts, strawberries, pears, and bleu cheese, with mustard seed champagne vinaigrette.
Entrée choices:
  • Lasagna Bolognese - Layers of pasta with fresh meat sauce, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs - Classic Italian meatballs and marinara sauce.
  • Fettuccini Alfredo con Pollo - Fresh cream, sweet butter, and parmesan cheese sauce with sliced chicken.
  • Pollo Alla Parmigiana - Breaded chicken breast with marinara sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese and pasta.
  • Melanzana Alla Parmigiana - Vegetarian - Layered eggplant slices with ricotta and mozzarella cheese filling, served with a side of pasta and topped with marinara sauce.
Day 5, Wednesday - April 10, 2019
 
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Experience a Free Day. Get ready for some of the best views in the world at Zion National Park!  Van to Zion, staying at the Springdale, UT Hampton Inn. Optional: Ride your bike from the hotel on Valley Road/Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Bring your camera to take amazing pictures of the views within Zion. It is unforgettable! Though technically a free day, we are staying 1.5 miles from the entrance of Zion national park. You can ride your bike on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive that only allows bicycles and the National Park busses on the route. Of course, you can take a break from riding and ride a shuttle bus from across the street from the hotel to the Zion National Park Visitor Center and then catch another bus for the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive tour.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route:  "Free Day" to ride on your own. 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 7 miles riding to the hotel from the SAG drop-off outside of Springdale/Zion National Park; 18 miles riding on your own from the hotel to the end and back of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive; 25 miles riding from the SAG drop-off outside of Springdale/Zion National Park and riding on your own from the hotel to the end and back of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Due to National Park restrictions, we cannot offer SAG support within Zion National Park, but the busses have bicycle racks in case of a mechanical problem, if riding on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Zion
Springdale, Utah
 
Dinner: 
On your own. (30 restaurants within one block and 90 restaurants within one mile)

Day 6, Thursday - April 11, 2019
 
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Enjoy your final day in St. George with the Snow Canyon Loop. We are going counter clockwise because it is the easiest route. The route follows Hwy 18 north to Snow Canyon and travels through the State Park.  Scenery is great along the entire route, but the most spectacular part is within Snow Canyon State Park. For a shorter route, just ride into Snow Canyon, as far as you want, then return the way you came or take the SAG vehicle to Snow Canyon State Park and ride back. As always you will take great pictures. It would be difficult to take a bad picture in this paradise. Enjoy your final dinner with your friends at the George's Corner in St. George.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 17 miles, taking the SAG vehicle to Snow Canyon State Park and then riding back to the hotel; or 31 miles riding the complete Snow Canyon Loop through Snow Canyon State park. [The ride is 80% on bike paths and 20% road riding with very wide streets to get to the Snow Canyon bike path.]
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn
St. George, Utah
 
Dinner:
 
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George's Corner
St. George, Utah
- George Pace owned and operated the Big Hand Cafe, which stood on the same corner as the current restaurant, during the 1930s and 40s. It was located at the only stop light in town and quickly became a St. George icon with waitresses hollering, "bus in" when the Greyhound Bus would come into town.
 
Soup or Salad:
  • Green Salad - house vinaigrette, pears, candied pecans
Entrée choices:
  • BBQ Baby Back Ribs - hush puppies, coleslaw or potato salad
  • Grilled Rib Eye - topped with crispy onions and choice of chimichurri, blue cheese crumbles or horseradish; served with green beans and house fries
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken - served with two sides: chilled German potato salad, tangy coleslaw, green beans, mac & cheese or house fries
  • Smoked Turkey Club - Swiss, bacon, avocado, tomato, red onion, romaine, mayo, dijon on grilled sourdough served with house fries
  • George's All Natural Cheese Burger - Choice of cheddar, swiss, blue or pepper jack cheese, served with house fries
Day 7, Friday - April 12, 2019
 
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Enjoy the beautiful sights of the Southwest before starting your journey home.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 

Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.
 
Riding difficulty:
Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have an enjoyable trip. The routes are on bike paths, bicycle designated roads and on bike ride share roads. We designed the routes to have as little climbing as necessary. Please see the daily routes descriptions for additional information. Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider to the hotel. All routes are on paved bike paths and bicycle recommended roads. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast.
 
Arriving by automobile:
Drive to the Hampton Inn St. George, 53 River Road, St. George, Utah 84790, leaving your car at the hotel for the duration of the trip.
 
Arriving by Plane:
Fly directly into Las Vegas Airport McCarran Airport (LAS) and then take the St. George Shuttle to the hotel, https://www.stgshuttle.com
 
Deposit:
  • $200 to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.  
What's included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets including maps & cue sheets (directions)
  • Fully sagged including ride leaders, luggage transport, van transportation and rider assistance.
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner with the group three nights (see above)
  • Great scenery, fun and enjoyment!
Additional:
  • If you have an America the Beautiful Interagency Pass (Annual / Senior / Military / Access / Volunteer Pass) with valid ID, entrance fees are waived for the pass-holder and up to 3 additional adults, provided they are on a bicycle and simultaneously enter Bryce Canyon or Zion National Parks; otherwise there is an additional $15 entry fee per person for each park. Also, there is a $4 entrance fee (for up to 8 people) to enter Snow Canyon State Park.
Bicycles:
Weather on April 6-12 in the St. George area is normally perfect for biking: 
  • Average High 73°F
  • Bryce Canyon is normally cooler than St. George and Zion in normally warmer than St. George

 

Contact Information:

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