Mythical Parks of the American West
USA, Bike - Fat Tyre, 12 days - from £1,995 (land only) - from €2,495 (land only) - from $3,495 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Las Vegas. A single transfer from Las Vegas Airport is provided. If there is time, it's a good idea to reassemble your bike this evening. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Hurricane near Zion National Park. Our ride on Gooseberry Mesa, with its red and white rock banding and including the amazing 'Skatepark of the Gods', provides a super cocktail of Moab-style slickrock, narrow rolling trails, with the Zion Canyon as a backdrop. Overnight in Hurricane. 220km/2.5 hour transfer. 30km ride. 400 metres up and down.
Day 3: Today, we will ride the infamous J.E.M. Trail. This offers high speed cruising and a cliff-side ride above the Virgin River. Technically straightforward, this is a fun ride with awesome views. At the end of the day, we drive to our lodge in the Kailab National Forest on the north side of the Grand Canyon. 177km/2.5 hour transfer. 20 to 30km ride. 500 metres up and down.
Day 4: An iconic, remote and non-technical singletrack trail hugs the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, offering us a great ride and breathtaking scenery. Undulating through mixed pine and aspen forest of the Kaibab Plateau, this route is far from the tourist trappings of the South Rim. Overnight as for Day 3. 70km/1.5 hour transfer. 30 to 50km ride. 500 to 1000 metres up and down.
Day 5: After an early start, we drive via Highway 89 to Bryce Canyon. Here, we ride amongst the red-rock scenery on the Red Canyon Bike Trail. Snaking through Ponderosa pines, we discover Casto Canyon and the upper section of the Cassidy Trail. Overnight at a Bryce Canyon lodge. 224km/3 hour transfer. 35km ride. 700 metres up and down.
Day 6: Today, we ride the epic Thunder Mountain Trail, just outside Bryce Canyon. Expect fantastic singletrack, rolling through open woodland amongst multicoloured cliffs and the towering 'hoodoos'. An afternoon hike into Bryce Canyon provides a change of pace and great views. Overnight Bryce Canyon. 40km ride. 1000 metres up and down.
Day 7: After an early visit to the Bryce Canyon viewpoint, we drive north to Moab, the home of US mountain biking. After lunch, we ride the legendary 'Slickrock' amongst red-rock whale-back formations, with great views of the La Sal Mountains. Overnight at our Moab hotel. 441km/4.5 hour transfer. 16km ride. 650 metres up and down.
Day 8: Driving out to Dead Horse State Park, we ride the classic Intrepid trail system to reach Mag 7. The key sections here are: Bull Run, Gemini Road, Arth's Corner, Gateway and 7 Up. After this point-to-point route, we return to Moab. Late afternoon visit to nearby Delicate Arch. Overnight Moab. Local transfers. 30km ride. 500 metres up and down.
Day 9: Today, we will explore the Amassa Back area. We climb a new trail called Hymasa, with world-class Moab views. After our picnic lunch, we descend via the masterpiece that is Captain Ahab, a riot of twisty turns, exposure and technical moves. We spend a third night at our Moab hotel. 182km/2 hour transfer. 27km ride. 800 metres up and down.
Day 10: We will choose another selection of Moab classics, starting out with a transfer to the top of Hazard Trail or Buro Pass. From here, we link through to the upper and lower sections of Porcupine singletrack, followed by the rim ride back to Moab. Time to check out the local bike shops and overnight in Moab. Up to 50km ride. 1500 metres up and down.
Day 11: We will have a final morning's ride, to make the most of the opportunities here in Moab. Pipe Dream and Sovereign Trails are a couple of possibilities. In the afternoon, we pack up and drive to Salt lake City, with a special dinner at the Squatter's Pub (brewery). Overnight in Salt Lake City. 400km/4 hour transfer. 25km ride. 500 metres up and down.
Day 12: KE land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel. A single transfer to Salt Lake city Airport is included. Depart Salt Lake City.