Gear up for a cycling adventure of a lifetime in Utah’s wild, wild west.
Where else can you cycle through immense canyons, explore kaleidoscopic sandstone labyrinths and marvel at the world's largest concentration of natural arches – all in one trip? Utah is as wild as US national parks get, and one of the best ways to experience it is on two wheels. Not only will you get to explore sections of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and other landscapes that are only accessible by bike, but you’ll also discover amazing hiking trails, fascinating history and the warmth of Southwestern hospitality along the way. Going at a steady pace with your local leader by your side, a Utah cycling tour will challenge you just enough to get your adrenaline fix while soaking up all the beauty the state has to offer.
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Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travellers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
It's relatively easy to get to Utah with a number of transportation options available. These include flying into one of their seven commercial airports such as Salt Lake City International Airport and Provo Municipal Airport, doing a road trip from one of the neighbouring states, or catching public transport in the form of a bus or a train with several routes taking you to various destinations within the state.
Utah's climate is similar to nearby states like Nevada in that it has a dry, semi-arid and desert climate. This means summers can get very hot, although it's a dry heat as there is little chance of humidity throughout the state. Despite the dry, desert-like climate, Utah still experiences four very distinct seasons with winter temperatures averaging between 32°F and 59°F.
Packing for a cycling tour isn’t too different from any other adventure, but if you want to be comfortable and warm, some of the bike-specific items to bring include a helmet, comfortable sports shoes, padded bike shorts, a sun hat or cap, sunscreen, quick-dry socks and a lightweight waterproof/windproof jacket. If you're travelling in early spring, late fall or winter, be sure to pack trousers, a sweater, a coat and a beanie to keep yourself warm.
The best time to visit Utah largely depends on what you want to get out of your vacation and what kind of activities you want to participate in while you're there. When it comes to the weather, the best time to visit Utah is between April and mid-June (before temperatures get too high) or from September to mid-October as the state is filled with the beautiful fall colors of orange, red, and brown. If you're planning on trekking through some of the state's national parks, then travelling during summer is advised against (unless you undertake extra planning) as temperatures can exceed 100°F.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.