2270
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
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
10 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Fitting, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Moab, UT
D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m. Test ride is 6 miles on bike paths and city streets; minimal elevation gain or loss; Moab is at 4,025 feet.

Afternoon: Program Registration, 2:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the hotel parking lot to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. We will have a bicycle fitting and short ride to test our equipment and make any adjustments.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, with choices from a menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation, 5:00 p.m. in the hotel meeting room. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Each morning we have the luxury of walking or taking the van down the street to a local diner favorite in Moab for a full-order plated breakfast off the menu. Lunches have been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like, due to flexibility during rides. Participants should bring desired lunch and ride snacks, food. Supermarkets also in walking distance of hotel. The bicycle rides each day will start after van rides from the hotel to a designated starting point. Our staff will join the group on bicycles as well as driving the sag wagons. The sag wagons and trailer will be available during the rides for shedding or adding clothes, water refills, and emergencies. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Activity note: Biking 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. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. Scheduled stops throughout the day.

Breakfast: Early diner breakfast.

Morning: We will drive by van from the hotel to Newspaper Rock State Park, where we will stop, walk a few yards to the magnificent petroglyph panel and learn about the native peoples of the area. We will then take advantage of the restrooms and begin our all-day biking adventure in the southern Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Here we’ll see the older rock of the Colorado Plateau, which is carved by erosion into monuments, balanced rocks, needles, spires, and intricate canyons. Our morning ride stops for lunch at the picnic area at the Visitor Center.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like, due to flexibility during rides.

Afternoon: After lunch we’ll have time to visit the exhibits, bookstore, and view an educational film. From there, we will continue our all-day bicycle ride with scheduled stops. 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. At the end of the ride, we’ll return by van to Moab.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, with choices from a menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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

Activity note: Biking 25 miles; elevation gains and losses of 500 feet over rolling terrain on national park paved road. Maximum elevation is 6,250 feet. Elective hikes, total hiking distance for all 3 hikes is 1.5 miles, hiking shoes recommended. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. Scheduled stops throughout the day.

Breakfast: Early diner breakfast.

Morning: We begin our all-day ride by venturing west of Moab 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like, due to flexibility during rides.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our ride Canyonlands National Park encompasses a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically-formed buttes, carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. 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. We’ll return by van to Moab.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, with choices from a menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Biking La Sal National Forest & Mountains
Moab, UT
B,D
River Canyon Lodge

Activity note: Biking 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; warm clothing, gloves, and hat for descent recommended. Sag wagon monitors group and is available for assistance. Scheduled stops throughout the day.

Breakfast: Early diner breakfast.

Morning: We will 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like, due to flexibility during rides.

Afternoon: Continuing our ride, we will descend the La Sal Mountains and bicycle back into Moab after a lunch stop at Pack Creek Picnic Area. The ride into Moab travels through old and new neighborhoods and gives a glimpse into rural life in this area. Many participants also enjoy stopping before arriving at the hotel at the Music Park along the route or some of the eclectic shops along the Main Street.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, with choices from a menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: In the hotel meeting room we will enjoy a lecture from a local expert.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle. Biking 12 miles with optional additional 4 miles; elevation gains and losses of 600 feet over rolling terrain on paved bicycle trail. Maximum elevation is 4,900 feet on Delicate Arch Hike. Elective hikes, total hiking distance for all 3 hikes is 5 miles; hiking shoes recommended. Scheduled stops throughout the day.

Breakfast: Early diner breakfast.

Morning: We will begin with a shuttle to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, where we'll enjoy a moderate hike to the arch, and fantastic views of the Manti La Sal Mountains to the south. We will then shuttle to the trailhead of a shorter hike to a local favorite, Sand Dune Arch. Afterwards, we’ll take a van to our lunch stop at the Devil’s Garden picnic area.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like, due to flexibility during rides.

Afternoon: After lunch in Devil's Garden, we will take a shuttle to the park visitor center, where we stop to enjoy the exhibits, film, and bookstore. We’ll then continue on to our trailhead for the ride back to Moab. We’ll drive 20 minutes to the beginning of the new paved bicycle trail that follows the western boundary of Arches National Park, a unique landscape of colors and landforms with over 2,000 individual arches, the highest concentration in the world. The trail and our ride will cross the bicycle bridge over the Colorado River before it turns up the canyon for a spectacular view of the sheer sandstone walls. We’ll follow the trail riding back into Moab and our hotel.

Dinner: Tonight we have a special closing dinner at a local grill in Moab with an incredible view of the surrounding region. We will enjoy a plated meal, with choices from a menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

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

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Moab, UT
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Early diner breakfast. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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