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 cycling tour goes eastward through contrasting desert scenery and high alpine forests along Utah Highway 12 (among Americas most scenic highways) 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 Escalante and Capitol Reef road bike tour is for anyone looking for un-crowded roads and a backcountry experience.
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 our adventure. Shuttle back to St. George.
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