Our crew of eight mountain bikers were headed out on Canyonlands’ 100-mile White Rim Trail for three days and two nights. The only provisions available in the Island in the Sky backcountry are what you pack yourself. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your own trip.
Bicycling into Utah’s back-of-beyond is a great way to see the state, but it requires a different planning approach than a car-based trip. Here are some tips for an enjoyable, safe, fulfilling ride.
Prepare for a trip out into Utah's rugged red rock backcountry by learning as much as possible about the area before heading out. Stop by a ranger station to educate yourself and pick up necessary permits. Always practice good backcountry ethics and proper safety techniques for a safe and enjoyable adventure.
Along with hiking shoes, sun screen and water bottle, it helps to take along a vivid imagination and a real sense of adventure when heading for Moab, Utah. Moab is, after all, not your typical retreat. Known for big adrenaline, Moab also offers a diverse range of activities to appeal to almost any age and level of adventure.
Do you want to traipse through deep powder in the backcountry, scaling peaks, or is a snowshoe run on packed trails more your style? Or maybe, it’s somewhere in the middle where you’d like to snowshoe through a peaceful forest for 30-minutes, connecting with the Zen of nature. All these options are available close to the city, in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.
A dog's unbridled enthusiasm for something new, or even the same old thing, gives humans the encouragement to live in the moment. So, when traveling in Utah with your furry best friend, why not pick spots that you’ll both enjoy?
Innovations in lightweight camping gear and capable mountain bikes make multi-day bikepacking adventures more realistic than ever, but you still need to know how to pack. Bikepacking is a process of trial and error. Top tip: learn the optimal setup is by first going on an overnight local adventure to figure out what's needed and what's not. Learn more pro tips here.
A land of contrasts: it can be sunny and warm in St. George and snowing just an hour north in Cedar City. The world famous Zion National Park is the main attraction but Snow Canyon State Park, Red Cliffs, Sand Hollow and Quail Creek are all equally wondrous parks to add to your itinerary, even when the weather dial isn't turned up to hot.
Moab is the center of the action in this part of the state and known for its reputation as a jumping off point for red rock adventure, even during the colder months of winter.
Traveling along Scenic Highway 12 as the winter weather roils around you is a truly wondrous driving experience. The scenic drive is bookended by Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks.