A Cycling Journey: Bryce and Zion National Parks
Experience an unforgettable bicycle journey through the rock spires, buttes and canyons of Southeast Utah and learn about two national parks on ranger-led and self-led explorations.
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Program No. 4909RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Experience an unforgettable bicycle journey through the rock spires, buttes and canyons of Bryce and Zion National Parks. Cycle through juniper trees surrounded by Hurricane Cliffs in Cedar Valley, colorful aspen groves near Cedar Breaks National Monument and scenic ranch country and farming valleys near Panguitch where livestock and sheep roam. Enjoy a peaceful cruise along the Red Rocks Canyon Bike Trail – a winding, paved path with marvelous scenery – and learn about the geology and natural ecology of the stunning rock formations that make these canyons famous.
Activity Level
Cycling 18-60 miles daily on paved roads and bike paths. Support vehicle available except on free days.
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 ...

  • Cycle through two National Parks alongside a naturalist who will point out plants and wildlife and tell you about natural history along the route.
  • Hang onto your handlebars as we make a fast 1,700-foot descent into Zion Canyon and its towering sandstone cliffs, spires hanging gardens and waterfalls.
  • Marvel at the red and white-capped sandstone pillars, spires and columns formed by water and wind more than 60 millions years ago as you explore Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park on your own by bike or on foot.

General Notes

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.
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