Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah
Participants choose the All-Hiking Option or the Ride/Hike Option
October 21-26, 2017
Limited to 30 participants.
Our new Climate Ride-Hike Bryce, Zion, Escalante is a new concept in charitable adventures – with bikers and hikers on the same trip! We’ve heard from many of you: “I want to bike, but my friend/partner/staff doesn’t! Can we do a charitable event together?” This hybrid 6-day event explores two of the most epic national parks and two national monuments, and a vast ecosystem threatened by public land grabs, oil and gas drilling, development, and air pollution. Participants can choose to either bike or hike during the week (but don’t worry bikers, there’s plenty of hiking in the parks for you too!) By fundraising and participating in Climate Ride-Hike Bryce, Zion, Escalante, you are raising awareness of our generation's greatest threat - and seeing first-hand what is at stake.
Climate Ride-Hike Bryce-Zion-Escalante is more than a biking and hiking trip — it's an inspiring journey with extraordinary people united by their passion for the environment, sustainable transportation, renewable energy, and preserving our planet for generations to come.
On this challenge, you'll spend six days biking and hiking, or just hiking, the iconic roads and trails in Southern Utah’s “Grand Staircase”— an immense structure of sedimentary rock layers carved by nature into beautiful canyons and formations. Over six days, you’ll bike or hike in and between two amazing National Parks – Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon – several state parks, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Professional guides will accompany us each day to teach us about the area’s unique ecosystem, so you can bring this knowledge home to your community.
Climate Ride takes care of all the details, so you can focus on fundraising, training, and then biking or trekking along carefully planned routes. Each day the bikers and hikers will be led by knowledgeable and friendly local guides. It's meant to be challenging yet doable, and you have all day to bike/hike and learn. Our support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your trip worry-free and memorable.
All breakfasts, dinners, packed lunches, snacks, camping, guiding, and shuttles are included. Participants must bring their own tent, sleeping bag, and pad or can rent this equipment in advance through our local hiking company. Bikers can also rent bicycles for the week. Hikers will carry a daypack with snacks, water, and personal items while hiking. Our camp staff handles luggage and food.
You’ll have access to our superb personal fundraising software and the full support of our team. Participants may select their beneficiaries from our list of more than 125 extraordinary non-profit organizations.
You can learn more about what's included on the FAQ page.
For more information on each day's schedule, read on. If you're ready to sign up and go, click below to register!
|Trip Dates:||October 21-26, 2017|
|Start Location:||Las Vegas, NV|
|End Location:||Las Vegas, NV|
|Fundraising Commitment:||$3,000 minimum|
|Trip Length:||6 days|
|Activity:||Cycling/Hiking or Hiking only|
|Total Mileage:||45 Miles Hiking, 240 miles cycling with 25 miles hiking|
|Average Daily Mileage:||65|
|Maximum Group Size:||30|
|Other Trip Notes:||Both hiker, and hiker-biker participants will camp together each night.|
|Bike rental is available.|
Note: If you'd like to register after or near a fundraising deadline, don't worry, we're here to help you get up to speed!
|$500 to be raised by:||August 25, 2017|
|$1000 to be raised by:||September 15, 2017|
|$3000 to be raised by:||October 13, 2017|
September 29, 2017
4 mile Warm-Up Hike; 10 mile Warm-Up Ride
Welcome to the Southwest! We will depart Las Vegas at 10:30 am for an hour’s shuttle to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada’s Moapa Desert. There, we’ll head out on a warm-up hike or ride, lunch, and then set up camp. At Valley of Fire, ancient trees and rock formations combine with 3,000 year-old petroglyphs left by early American Indians to create one of the most unique and beautiful areas in America.
This evening, we'll return to our camp to share our experiences, enjoy a welcome dinner, and tuck-in for the night under the towering, colorful rocks.
Today, we’ll have an early morning shuttle (3 hours) for both hikers and bikers up to the top of the Grand Staircase at Cedar Breaks National Monument (10,000 ft). We’ll enjoy an early lunch before the afternoon’s activities.
At Cedar Breaks, hikers will depart on a moderate hike with sweeping views on stunning trails in this ‘mini-Bryce’ amphitheatre made of layers of stone and rocky towers. This out and back hike is at 10,000 feet. Then we’ll shuttle to the camp near Tropic (1 hour).
61-Mile or 36-Mile Ride
Bikers begin riding from Cedar Breaks and descend through the Dixie National Forest to the town of Panguitch. From there, we’ll pedal up Red Canyon where we’ll ride on a scenic bike path through crimson canyons and juniper bushes. After ascending the Paunsaugunt Plateau and then descending into the valley below Bryce, we’ll make camp near the town of Tropic.
Following dinner, we’ll all visit a local astronomer and hear about climate change, dark skies, the Universe, and more (hot chocolate included!).
5 to 10 Mile Hike
After a hearty breakfast, hikers start hiking at the Tropic Trailhead and venture on this remote trail into a wild land of rocks dotted with Ponderosa Pines. We’ll hike through surreal mazes of pink hoodoos and rock windows, and join up with several of the most-famed trails in the park. At Bryce, the erosive force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have sculpted the colorful limestone rock into bizarre formations including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos.” These whimsically arranged rocks create a wondrous landscape of mazes, offering some of the most exciting and memorable hiking imaginable. After lunch on the rim, we’ll join the bikers and then hike together back down to Tropic and a second night at our cozy camp.
26-Mile Ride plus Hike
Bicyclists will depart from camp and head east for a morning ride out and back to Kodachrome Basin State Park – where we’ll find unusual scenery, dominated by monolithic stone spires called sedimentary pipes. They accentuate the multi-hued sandstone revealing 180 million years of geologic time. Back at camp, we’ll leave our bikes and shuttle to the Bryce Canyon Rim for lunch before spending the afternoon hiking in this otherworldly landscape.
5-12 Mile Hike
Today, hikers will explore Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument along Willis Creek’s clear flowing waters and picturesque canyons. We’ll view ancient petroglyphs and Anasazi Ruins on this world-class trek – which includes hiking through stunning non-technical slot canyons (weather permitting). After our morning hike, we’ll shuttle 90 mins to Zion National Park where we’ll stretch out legs on the East Rim Trail. This hike begins with a backdoor view of Checkerboard Mesa as it runs along intermittent Clear Creek and steadily, yet gently climbs through a juniper and pine forest. After the hike, we’ll shuttle down to the valley floor where our camp awaits.
~50, ~70, ~90-Mile Ride
For bikers, this is the big day! It’s about 90 miles from our camp near Bryce to Zion National Park. It’s an epic ride along Highway 89 through farms and cottonwood trees to Mt Carmel Junction where we’ll begin our climb to the East Entrance of Zion. Along the way, we’ll enjoy vast views of the Colorado Plateau before shuttling through a mile-long tunnel and then descending on switchbacks into the stunning red cliff walls of one of America’s most stunning national parks. Tonight, we’ll camp inside the park along the spectacular Virgin River.
Hike Day for All in Zion
The best way to experience Zion National Park is on foot, so we’ll all be hiking today. After an early breakfast at camp, we take the park shuttle up-canyon and begin the morning’s challenging hike up Angel’s Landing before the desert sun peaks over the canyon walls. Angel’s Landing is not just a hike; it’s a rite of passage and is one of the pre-eminent trails of our National Park System. The trail ascends 1,488 feet in 2 1/2 miles to the summit of a monolith perched between the river and the canyon rim. For the adventurous, the final stretch is chain-assisted and offers breathtaking views of the valley below. In the afternoon, we’ll wade into the Virgin River and explore the Narrows – one of the most famous and scenic hikes in Zion. Two thousand-foot vertical walls line the river as we hike upriver on sandbars and sometimes in the water. At camp, we’ll celebrate with a hearty dinner and take in the clear desert air before falling asleep under the stars.
1-2 Miles Hiking - All
On our final morning, we’ll rise early for an easy sunrise hike along the Virgin River. Then we’ll return to camp for a final breakfast before shuttling back to Las Vegas in time for afternoon flights.
Each evening we will be staying at a campground along the route. There will be hot showers available on all nights of the trip.
Breakfasts and dinners are handled by our guides who will be traveling with us during the week. Think hot breakfasts with lots of options and coffee, and nourishing, tasty dinners with delicious desserts. Picnic lunches are prepared by our amazing guides and include lunch meats, veggie options, salads, and all the fixings. Our morning snack table will have items to-go to keep you energized all day while riding or hiking.
On Climate Ride-Hike Bryce, Zion, Escalante, camp becomes a traveling village and dynamic community. Camping doesn't get any better than on a Climate Ride and Hike event.
The trip begins with pick-ups in Las Vegas, NV, which is very easy to get to. McCarran International Airport (LAS) is located on the south end of the Strip with daily flights offered by many carriers. Riders MUST arrive at the Las Vegas shuttle pickup by 10:30 am. It is recommended that you arrive the day before the trip starts.
If you have rented a bicycle through our outfitter, they will have your bicycle ready for you on the first day for a bike fitting before the first ride.
The Hyatt Place is a preferred hotel with special rates if you plan to stay in Las Vegas before and after the ride (more information about this pre/post-ride hotel option and pricing will be included in your Travel Planner after you register).
If you are driving to Las Vegas, you have several options for parking your car for the week. You can park at the Hyatt Place Hotel where we can pick you up for the trip. The airport has long-term parking available for $16/day. An alternative is OneStopParking – they list local hotels where you can park for a fee, sometimes as low as $4.25/day. A full list of Las Vegas parking garages can be found here.
When the trip ends, we will shuttle you back to Las Vegas with drop-offs at the preferred hotel and the airport. We will return to Las Vegas by 1pm so you can book afternoon flights after 3pm, or you can extend your stay.