Biking Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Cycle through a kaleidoscope of colors in Utah’s national parks, where you’ll learn about “painted” rocks, geological history and the unique adaptations of desert flora and fauna.
Rating (4.86)
Program No. 2270RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Pedal your way through rock monuments created in eons past on this incredible bicycle journey. Descend from the scenic La Sal Mountains into the deserts and canyonlands while learning about the natural forces that shaped these markers of time from before the era of dinosaurs. Hike up to the arches and mesas of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and ride past spectacular unnamed formations. Enjoy the vista from Grandview Overlook, and return to Moab, east-central Utah’s outdoor adventure gateway and preferred backdrop of many Western films.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
For intermediate and experienced cyclists! Cycling 20-35 miles daily on paved roads over varied terrain including hills and moderate vehicle traffic. Hiking 2-4 miles on two days on rocky terrain at elevations of 4,000-6,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Witness the stunning Island in the Sky and Needles districts of Canyonlands National Park and learn about flora and fauna adapted to the harsh climate.
  • Experience the view and thrilling, all-day descent from the peaks of the La Sal Mountains into Moab.
  • Learn from experts about the volcanic activity and erosion that created the “painted” rocks and arches.

General Notes

Quality 24 speed hybrid bicycles provided. Bring your own helmet-required. Electric assist bicycles are not permitted. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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William J. Bertschy
Bill Bertschy is president of the Mountains and Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service, founded in July of 2008. The Institute organizes and manages a variety of educational travel and service programs, working with organizations including Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Road Scholar, and others. Bill retired in 2008 after 35 years serving as the director of the Pingree Park Campus of Colorado State University. Bill received a PH.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Higher Education Administration. He also received a M.Ed. and B.S. from Colorado State University. He belongs to several professional organizations and serves on two non-profit Boards of Directors including the Poudre Heritage Alliance. He served 1997-2005 on the Fort Collins City Council, and was Mayor Pro-Tem. Bill has traveled extensively worldwide and has led educational travel groups of students and others to Mexico and East Africa, most recently completing a service project in Tanzania that provided fresh water to a primary school serving 400 students. He has lived in Fort Collins for most of his life and is a native of Colorado.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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