USA 17 Day Cycling Tour

Glacier Park Lakes to Las Vegas from $10728 NZD
17 Days
  • 2022
  • Best time to travel: September
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Welcome to our extensive 17 day cycling exploration through the United States National Parks of Montana, Wyoming & Utah!

There will be many highlights on this tour as we’ll be visiting eight National Parks. These include Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bryce Canyon, Zion and the Grand Canyon.

Our daily rides will be between 50-100km. A few rest days have also been mixed in, so any keen hikers will have the option to explore some of the Parks on foot.

Over 12 riding days:
Total cycling distance:         approx 940 km
Total climbing metres:        approx 10,000 m

Glacier Park to Las Vegas

Glacier Park International Airport
  • Road Cycling
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  • Please check availability with us before booking
  • USD1,890 single room surcharge
  • USD450 road bike hire
  • USD680 e-bike hire
  • Specific Terms & Conditions apply for this tour

Grade 3 - Moderate Tours

Moderate to Challenging tours are designed for the more experienced participant wishing to push themselves and experience new highs of achievement. Routes may include longer climbs and more technical skills.

Fitness required

A good level of fitness is required, exercising three-four times a week prior to the tour.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Glacier National Park to Whitefish

No cycling

Please make your own way to Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) and then to the our accommodation for the evening, Firebrand hotel in Whitefish. We’ll get together at 4pm to fit our bikes, followed by our first tour briefing at 6pm before dinner at 7pm.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Whitefish to Apgar (West Glacier)

Cycling: 77 km, 460 climbing metres

After a 45km drive to the Apgar Visitor Centre at Lake McDonald, we ‘stretch’ our legs on a warm-up loop ride along the shores of Lake McDonald and up to the North Fork of the Flathead River. After returning for a late lunch, a short hike could be an option this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3

Apgar (West Glacier) to Saint Mary

Cycling: 77km, 1100 climbing metres

Today we ride the epic ‘Going to the Sun Road’ which climbs almost 1,000m over the course of its 50km route from the Apgar Visitor Centre to Logan Pass. On the way you’ll pass numerous waterfalls and there will many opportunities to witness breath-taking views. Once everyone reaches Logan Pass we will begin a 30km descent (approx. 650m) to the town of St. Mary. Depending on our arrival time we can take a stroll along the shores of Saint Mary Lake.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4

Saint Mary

Cycling: 66km, 600 climbing metres

After two full days of cycling we can take a break from the saddle. In the morning it’s a 33km drive to the Many Glacier Hotel, from where you can walk to the Grinnell Glacier and back ( 5hours return). However there is also the option for a 66km return ride alongside Lake Sherbourne to the Many Glacier Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5

Saint Mary to East Glacier Park

Cycling: 72km, 1200 climbing metres

Back on our bikes we head south towards Two Medicine Lake. As we ride along picturesque highway 89, take time to admire the sweeping views of the Montana landscape. After lunch on the lake shore, either take a boat across the Lower and Upper Two Medicine lakes, or if you prefer, walk along the shore of Lower Two Medicine to Aster and Rockwell Falls. We end our day at the Mountain Pine Hotel in East Glacier.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

East Glacier Park to West Yellowstone

No cycling

Get ready to explore the open country of Montana as we shuttle south for about 6 hours to the West entrance of Yellowstone National Park. On arrival, a late afternoon hike through the area gives us the opportunity to see bison, pronghorn antelope, and possibly even one of the resident wolf packs. There is enough time to visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Centre, its 700m away from our tour hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7

West Yellowstone excursion

Cycling: 64km, 700 climbing metres

Today we explore the wildlife and geysers of Yellowstone. This morning we ride from West Yellowstone to Canyon Village past steaming limestone terraces, bubbling mud pots and hopefully lots of wildlife. This afternoon we’ll walk down to the famous Lower Falls before transferring back to West Yellowstone.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8

West Yellowstone to Moran

Cycling: 110 km, 1,200 climbing metres

Our day starts with a ride to Old Faithful, a famous geyser which predictably erupts around 20 times each day. Via boardwalks we’ll see numerous geysers and thermal features. After lunch we depart Old Faithful and continue our ride to Headwaters Lodge located alongside the Snake River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9

Moran to Jackson (Grand Teton)

Cycling: 103 km, 500 climbing metres

Take a ride along the scenic John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway to reach Grand Teton National Park and the shores of Jackson Lake and Jenny Lake. We’ll pull off at Jenny Lake for lunch and then you can either hike around the lake or take a boat across it. We’ll continue to follow the Snake River south as far as Jackson where we’ll stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10

Jackson to Torrey

No cycling

Today we shuttle (~8 hrs) to Torrey in Utah, the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park. Combining the beauty of cliffs, canyons and natural bridges within a 160km water pocket fold, with rich cultural history including remnants from pioneer homesteaders, this is a gem of the National Park System. This evening in Torrey, we stay at the Capitol Reef Resort.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11

Torrey to Boulder

Cycling: 83 km, 1200 climbing metres

This morning we climb Boulder Mountain above Capitol Reef National Park. In the afternoon we ride approximately 65km of the famous Burr Trail. As we navigate our way through a narrow canyon with walls stretching hundreds of feet above, we’ll be surrounded by painted rocks and sandstone dunes. Our accommodation tonight is at the Boulder Mountain Lodge which sits at the head of the Burr Trail.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12

Boulder to Bryce Canyon

126 km, 1500 climbing metres

Our Utah Mountains & National Parks Tour continues west on Utah State Highway 12. This is arguably one of the best cycling roads in the state, maybe the country. It twists, turns, climbs and dives across rough desert and high plateau topography. The highlight of Highway 12 is the ridge of Hell’s Backbone – an exposed piece of highway dropping hundreds of feet on either side. Highway 12 traces the northern edge of the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, a 1.9 million acre spectacle of multi-hued cliffs and terraces, with distances that defy human perspective. Highway 12 is sure to please!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13

Bryce Canyon to Springdale (Zion NP)

Cycling: 78 km, 600 climbing metres

We start the day with a ride to the top of Bryce National Park and then back down to the Red Canyon Visitor Center. Although we leave one amazing park behind us, we’re bound for another today as we descend from 2,400m to 1,200m at Springdale, the gateway to Zion National Park. At Red Canyon, we’ll load up the bikes and shuttle for about an hour down to Mt. Carmel Junction where we’ll stop for lunch. In the afternoon, it is a 40km ride along iconic Highway 9, where you will see red cliffs and incredible geological formations along the way as you enter East Zion.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14

Zion NP:Zion NP: Optional hiking or rest day

Hiking: Optional

After a few days of riding, we have a rest day. Alternatively, if you wish to explore Zion National Park on foot, we suggest an early start to beat the crowds. There are lots of different options depending on how you’re feeling. For those interested, hiking poles and water shoes are available to hike the Narrows along the Virgin River. Other classic hikes in Zion include Angel’s Landing, Observation Point, and Emerald Pools which are all worth the effort in this beautiful park. Or take the day just to stroll through Springdale and visit the shops.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15

Springdale to Kanab

Cycling: 76 km, 1500 climbing metres

We hope you had some rest yesterday because today you'll have some work to do. First, we’ll pedal back up along the soaring red cliffs of Zion National Park, through the Checkerboard Mesa, and up the Kaibab Plateau to Kanab. You can extend your ride across the border into Arizona before calling it a day back in Kanab.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 16

Kanab to North Rim

Cycling: 70 km, 600 climbing metres

Firstly, a one-hour shuttle to Jacob Lake. From here it’s a fantastic 68km ride along a country road lined with alpine meadows. With relatively low traffic and no sharp corners, it’s a pleasant ride where you can just cruise and enjoy the scenery. No better way to finish than at one of the most dramatic geological formations in the world! This afternoon you may like to stroll the North Rim to Bright Angel Point before our final farewell dinner where we can reflect on a tour of great riding!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17

North Rim to Las Vegas

Cycling: 5 km

Your guides can take you out for a short, early morning hike on one of the lesser frequented trails in the Grand Canyon – the North Kaibab Trail. If this trail is followed to the South Rim Trail, it takes hikers through every ecosystem found between Canada and Mexico! But we won’t have time for a longer distance today, as we are packing up and heading back to Vegas. You’ll have a chance to shower before we hit the road for our 4.5-hour journey. We will bid each other farewell at Las Vegas airport after a great two weeks of cycling and exploring.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation in 3* to 5* hotels
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary + 4 BBQ’s
  • One (late afternoon) group arrival transfer (day 1)
  • One departure transfer (day 17) to Las Vegas Airport
  • Cycling guide(s) – numbers depending on group size
  • Support vehicle(s) and driver(s)
  • Drinking water while cycling
  • National park fees
  • Route maps and profiles

Tour Excludes:

  • International & domestic flights (and airport taxes)
  • Passport and Travel Visa requirements
  • Bike hire (available on request at extra cost)
  • Meals that are not listed in the daily itinerary
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Optional activities, sightseeing & guided hikes
  • Pre and post tour nights
  • Personal expenses and drinks (except water while cycling)
  • Entrance fees for sights unless specified
  • Single room surcharge
  • Tips for guides and driver