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Zion Canyon Return

#2 on our Great Rides list

Zion National Park

This short but incredible ride is not one to miss if you are in the Southwest United States.


Zion National Park, Utah, USA

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16.7 miles / 27km

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Elevation Gain

1,213ft / 370m

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Best Time to Visit

Spring or Fall

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Paved Road

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Level 1

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Level 1

Discover this ride on our Bryce & Zion bike tour

The rugged, stunningly beautiful landscape of southwest Utah has been capturing hearts for generations.

Zion canyon was officially dedicated as a National Park in 1919 and boasts some of the most dramatic sandstone canyons, raging rivers and unique wildlife in the country.

This ride will take you along the flash-flood prone virgin river as you wind through Zion canyon surrounded by 3,000ft sandstone walls. The canyon walls will narrow and cottonwood trees will line the road as you approach the end of the bikeable terrain at the Temple of Sinawava where you can peak your head toward the iconic river hike, The Narrows, which takes you further up the canyon. This truly unique experience is not one to miss! Cyclists will have to pay a $20 per person fee upon entering the park. This pass will be good for 7 days of re-entry so you can keep coming back to explore all Zion canyon has to offer. The pavement through the canyon is excellent making it great for all types of bikes. It should be noted, though, that electric bikes are not allowed in the park or on park paths.

What you need to know

While it is net uphill from Springdale to Temple of Sinawava, the grade is mellow and comfortable. You’ll want to go slowly to bask in the impressive and awe inspiring canyon, anyway. Take a bike lock and hiking shoes with you and stop at one of the many trailheads throughout the canyon to further explore this national treasure.

Fall and spring are the best times to visit the canyon when the temperature is more moderate and fewer people visit the park. Summer months can be very busy, extremely hot and have a high risk of encountering a flash flood. Winter months are very cold and sometimes icy or snowy. The massive canyon walls block the low winter sun and the road rarely sees sunlight in the winter therefore, is far colder than outside the canyon.

Once in the canyon, there are several spots to fill water and about half way into the ride you can stop at Zion lodge to purchase snacks, souvenirs or have an ice cream cone (except for winter months).

While you’re in town

Springdale has several excellent restaurants, galleries and shops. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore town as the sun sets over the canyon walls or enjoy a drink on one of the many patios in town as the stars come out.Springdale has several excellent restaurants, galleries and shops. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore town as the sun sets over the canyon walls or enjoy a drink on one of the many patios in town as the stars come out.

There are several non-biking options for activities in Zion National Park, everything from hiking to backpacking to canyoneering to climbing. The many outfitters in town will get you set up with a guide and the proper gear to prepare for your adventure.

While Springdale is quite small, there are several lodging options. From larger chains to small bed and breakfasts or national park campsites. These generally fill up far in advance during high season so book in advance! In the event that Springdale is booked out, there are plenty more lodging options 30-45 minutes away in Hurricane and St. George.

Ready for this ride?

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What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.


Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.


These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.


On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of Explorer and Luxury hotels. Rest assured, no matter which hotel level you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discover:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.


Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself