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Moab
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.
Program No. 2270RJ
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6 days
5 nights
10 meals
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DAY
1
Bicycle Fitting and test ride; Introductions/Schedules/Program Information
Moab, UT
D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Maximum Distance on test ride 6 miles on Bike Paths and city streets; minimal elevation gain or loss; Moab is at 4,025 feet

Dinner: We will travel to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal and continue getting to know one-another.

Evening: Mandatory orientation in hotel meeting room. Welcome to Moab! We'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

DAY
2
Canyonlands National Park-Needles District
Moab, UT
B,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Riding distance 32 miles; elevation gains and losses of 500 feet over rolling terrain on state highway and national park paved road. Maximum elevation is 5,000 feet.

Breakfast: Each morning we have the luxury of walking (or taking the van) down the street to the Moab Diner for breakfast, a Moab favorite. There's no doubt you'll walk away satisfied with extensive menu choices and prompt, friendly service.

Morning: All day bicycle ride with scheduled stops. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. We begin our biking adventure in the southern Needles section of Canyonlands National Park. Here we see the older rock of the Colorado Plateau, which is carved by erosion into monuments, balanced rocks, needles, spires and intricate canyons. There are Native American ruins and petroglyphs, plus an abundance of wildflowers.

Lunch: Lunches are on own due to being flexible during ride. Participants should bring desired lunch and ride snacks, food. Supermarkets also in walking distance of hotel.

Afternoon: Continue all day bicycle ride with scheduled stops. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. The Needles District forms the southeast corner of Canyonlands National Park and was named for the colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone that dominate the area. The views back to Island in the Sky dominate the views to the North and give meaning to the cryptic name

Dinner: Prepare your tastebuds for the full experience this week, we plan dinners at different area restaurants to give you a nice variety and plenty of choices.

Evening: Free time

DAY
3
Canyonlands National Park-Island in the Sky
Moab, UT
B,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Riding distance 25 miles; elevation gains and losses of 500 feet over rolling terrain on national park paved road. Maximum elevation is 6,250 feet. Optional hikes, total hiking distance for all 3 hikes is 1.5 miles

Breakfast: Each morning we have the luxury of walking (or taking the van) down the street to the Moab Diner for breakfast, a Moab favorite. There's no doubt you'll walk away satisfied with extensive menu choices and prompt, friendly service.

Morning: All day bicycle ride with scheduled stops. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. We venture west of Moab this morning for a ride through Canyonlands National Park's Island in the Sky. This mesa Plateau rises over 1,500 feet above the canyon floor of the Colorado and Green Rivers. Our ride through the park includes several brief walks to expansive vistas, including the Mesa Arch, Grand View Overlook, and Upheaval Dome.

Lunch: Lunches are on own due to being flexible during ride. Participants should bring desired lunch and ride snacks, food. Supermarkets also in walking distance of hotel.

Afternoon: Continue all day bicycle ride with scheduled stops. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. Canyonlands National Park encompasses a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Rivers divide the park into districts: Needles, Island in the Sky, and the Maze. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different photo opportunities. The Island in the Sky District is so named because of sheer canyon cliffs that surround a plateau that dominates the sky rising out of the surrounding high desert.

Dinner: Prepare your tastebuds for the full experience this week, we plan dinners at different area restaurants to give you a nice variety and plenty of choices.

Evening: Free time

DAY
4
LaSal National Forest and Mountains
Moab, UT
B,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Riding distance 27 miles; elevation loss on morning ride 1,500 feet; after lunch ride the gains and losses are 500 feet over rolling terrain on county paved road, some packed gravel on approach to picnic area. Maximum elevation is 6,800 feet. (Bring warm clothing, gloves, and hat for descent.)

Breakfast: Each morning we have the luxury of walking (or taking the van) down the street to the Moab Diner for breakfast, a Moab favorite. There's no doubt you'll walk away satisfied with extensive menu choices and prompt, friendly service.

Morning: All day bicycle ride with scheduled stops. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. We trade in the canyons and spires of Arches and Canyonlands today for a ride among the Douglas fir and pinion pine forests of the Manti La Sal Mountains east of Moab. Edward Abbey fans will remember this area as one of Abbey's favorite escapes from the desert heat that grips Moab during July and August. While the heat won't bother us in April and October, the relatively lush flora along today's route provides a nice contrast to the rugged beauty of the past several days. Although there are rolling hills along today's route, it is not a difficult ride, as we will shuttle up into the mountains and then pedal back down into Moab.

Lunch: Lunches are on own due to being flexible during ride. Participants should bring desired lunch and ride snacks, food. Supermarkets also in walking distance of hotel.

Afternoon: Continue all day bicycle ride with scheduled stops. Descend into Moab after lunch. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. The La Sal Mountains, which are part of Manti-La Sal National Forest. Attaining heights of nearly 13,000 feet, these alpine mountains are the second highest mountain range in Utah.

Dinner: Prepare your tastebuds for the full experience this week, we plan dinners at different area restaurants to give you a nice variety and plenty of choices.

Evening: Join us in the hotel meeting room for an optional presentation on the geology of the Moab area.

DAY
5
Arches National Park
Moab, UT
B,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Riding distance 15 miles with optional additional 5 miles; elevation gains and losses of 600 feet over rolling terrain on national park paved road. Maximum elevation is 4,900 feet on Delicate Arch Hike. Optional hikes, total hiking distance for all 3 hikes is 5 miles.

Breakfast: Each morning we have the luxury of walking (or taking the van) down the street to the Moab Diner for breakfast, a Moab favorite. There's no doubt you'll walk away satisfied with extensive menu choices and prompt, friendly service.

Morning: Today we tour Arches National Park. We start by hiking to some of its most spectacular arches, followed by a bicycle tour of the park. Make sure to bring your hiking shoes today! We begin with a shuttle to Delicate Arch, where we'll enjoy a moderate hike to the arch and fantastic views of the Manti La Sal Mountains to the south. From there we drive to the northern area of the park, where we will take another hike to the longest arch "Landscape Arch". After lunch in Devil's Garden we shuttle to the Windows to start riding. As we reach the park Visitor Center, you are free to continue riding back into Moab, or catch the van to shuttle into town.

Lunch: Lunches are on own due to being flexible during ride. Participants should bring desired lunch and ride snacks, food. Supermarkets also in walking distance of hotel.

Afternoon: Bicycle ride with scheduled stops. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. Arches National Park is a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The Park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks.

Dinner: Tonight we have a special closing dinner with a "million dollar view" at the Sunset Grill. The Sunset Grill is in the former home of Uranium King Charlie Steen. In the early 1950’s Moab was a small farming community. Arches and Canyonlands were places only a lucky few experienced. In 1952, Charles A. Steen, geologist and prospector, put Moab on the world map.

Evening: Free for packing and relaxing after a busy biking experience.

DAY
6
Departures
Moab, UT
B

Breakfast: Each morning we have the luxury of walking (or taking the van) down the street to the Moab Diner for breakfast, a Moab favorite. There's no doubt you'll walk away satisfied with extensive menu choices and prompt, friendly service.