Salt Lake City Bike Tour
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Bike Salt Lake
One of the best ways to experience the charms of Salt Lake City and its surrounding beauty is on a bike!
Our biking & adventure tour combines riding plus more activities set in northern Utah’s vivid geography and history. Ride bikes along the Jordan River Parkway and up several canyons along the Wasatch Front. Learn about the Mormons, their history and their folklore. Take a relaxing soak in hot springs, ride the Alpine Slide and tour historic Park City. End your days at exciting nightlife spots in cosmopolitan Salt Lake City. Sample local beers from some of twelve local breweries, eat fresh sushi flown in from the coast daily and scope out the world’s most accessible ski destinations that feature Utah’s famous “greatest snow on Earth.”
- Ride fast, efficient road bikes through winding canyons and creeks above Salt Lake City.
- Discover the fascinating history of this charming capital city, nestled at the base of the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains.
- Explore the Jordan River Parkway, as you ride this dedicated trail through woods and wetlands (with parks, bridges, and gardens along the way).
- Soak and snorkel in The Crater, a geothermal hot spring inside a rock dome, near Park City.
- Hike to the rocky outcroppings of Antelope Island.
- Glide above the treetops in a chairlift to the Alpine Slide, then ZOOM down the mountainside on your own thrill ride!
- Browse and enjoy the shops, galleries and gourmet bistros along Park City’s Main Street.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture, Cycling, Guided Tours, History
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
A unique experience: Bike along trails and rivers of the Wasatch Mountains
Salt Lake City in northern Utah offers visitors and residents alike one of the world’s most amazing juxtapositions. One of the USA’s cleanest, most vibrant, livable and bike friendly cities is nested right in the center of some of the country’s most beautiful natural geography.
The city is an oasis in the area’s high desert. We’ll ride two-by-two over the hills, up the mountains, and through the area’s bushes and scrub oak.
Each day of riding will feature a different viewpoint of the Salt Lake Valley. We’ll ride up canyons with houses, other canyons with undeveloped watersheds, and along the Jordan River; a riparian zone that bisects the Salt Lake Valley, where Utah Lake flows into the Great Salt Lake.
In the city, you’ll notice the numerous bikeshare stations around the downtown area. A leader in these initiatives, Salt Lake’s bikeshare stations doubled within a year since the program’s 2013 launch. GREENbike Director Ben Bolte said he hopes to have 100 bike share stations spread throughout downtown by 2020.
In fact, (and since we’re telling you about a great bike and adventure tour), SLC has over 150 miles of bike lanes, multi-use trails, shared lanes, and off-road tracks. The entire city is tourable along a 13.5-mile loop that goes through downtown, passes the farmer’s market, and hits tons of historical sites across the city. Plus, the city has infrastructure in place to help keep bicycle commuters safe on city streets, like bike turn boxes and bicycle-specific traffic signals.
When we’re downtown, we’ll tour Temple Square, headquarters of the Mormon Church. Wherever you live, you’ve probably seen or have even been visited by Mormon missionaries. The Mormon Church’s world headquarters in Salt Lake include Temple Square, the Visitors’ Center and Conference Center, each of them famous architectural icons punctuating the downtown skyline against the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. No visit to Salt Lake is complete without this visit.
In Utah, Mormons are actually a minority amidst Salt Lake’s larger multinational and religiously diverse population, its vibrant community plus its thriving counterculture. One example of pushback humor includes a Utah produced beer called Polygamy Porter (Why Have Just One? – is its tagline).
On our last day, we’ll head up to Park City, Utah. This historic mining town is also home of the famous Sundance Film Festival. We’ll ride the Alpine Slide, tour the historic city center, and soak our troubles away in “The Crater”- a secluded hot spring.
Optional Tour Choices(available at checkout):
$950 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom).
Due to the configuration of our classic downtown hotel, we may not be able to offer rooms with twin beds. We are not able to offer roommate pairing on this tour. If you are traveling solo, you will need to pay the Single Supplement.
- For every US resident on our group tour who doesn’t have other insurance, Out West Adventures provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance.
- All entrance fees for itinerary activities, including bicycle rental for 3 days of biking, accompanied by knowledgeable guides.
- Group transportation for all destinations within Salt Lake City and Park City.
- Accommodations with 6 nights in one of Salt Lake’s premier hotels.
- Breakfast each day, 4 special dinners and 3 lunches.
- Transportation to and from starting and ending points.
- transfers to/from airport to hotel for those traveling on stated tour dates.
- 2 dinners and 2 lunches.
- personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and Out West Adventures tour director.
Welcome to Utah
We begin our trip at our hotel with an orientation, before our welcome dinner at a nearby downtown restaurant. If you’ve flown into the Salt Lake Valley during the day you’ll have had great views of the Oquirrh and Wasatch Mountains, the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake, plus Kennecott Copper Mine, a visually dramatic man-made spot. The surrounding mountains may even have snow on their tallest peaks, even at this time of year.
As it’s Saturday night, a night on the town will be the choice for most in our group. Salt Lake City’s diverse population and downtown destinations are many and fun!
The Jordan River
We ride to the downtown lightrail station then board Utah’s FrontRunner with our bikes, bound for the southern part of the Salt Lake Valley. This ride starts early with some hills, then transforms to a gradual downhill trip along the Jordan River as its fresh water from Utah Lake flows into the Great Salt Lake. Our ride relaxes through wetlands and woods, meadows and thick cottonwood groves. Most of this paved trail is part of a ”greenbelt” through the urban Salt Lake Valley, bypassing vehicle traffic. Our stop for a picnic lunch allows us to recharge and enjoy the outdoors.
This evening’s dinner destination is Salt Lake’s Red Iguana, one of our host’s favorite Mexican restaurants. It’s Oaxacan mole sauces, other popular fare and colorful decor draw enthusiastic diners from around the world.
City Creek Ride
This morning takes a leisurely, late starting point as we recover from yesterday’s ride, then we grab our bikes to ride up City Creek Canyon, just north of the city. Today, its paved road is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians so we ride traffic-free. A burbling brook parallels this trail. It’s an icy cold one in which hikers love to soak their tired feet. As we ride through the shady, sequestered canyon, the hot summer air cools impressively. It’s always great fun to meet new riders along this trail.
We enjoy a relaxed lunch downtown before a walking tour of the city. We’ll learn some more about Salt Lake’s diverse populations that make the city’s political, artistic and social scenes so interesting.
Tonight’s dinner is at one of downtown’s prolific brew pubs. Handcrafted beers as well as local spirits are impressively popular in this state that has a reputation for teetotalism and strict beliefs about alcohol consumption.
This is the Place! (approx. 10 miles)
Today after breakfast, we head east into the Salt Lake Valley’s foothills, to Emigration Canyon. According to history, this is the spot where in 1847 Brigham Young announced, upon seeing the fertile valley below, “This is the right place, drive on.” In this canyon you’re invited to stop to visit “This is the Place Heritage Park,” a State site dedicated to preserving the valley’s early history. We pass Utah’s famous Hogle Zoo as we continue our ride up an 8-mile stretch popular to local cyclists for its great workout, beautiful summit views and speedy downhill return to the city. After this ride, we’ll take the remainder of the day to explore and enjoy the city’s diverse architecture and cuisine.
Today our destination is Antelope Island. Free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep and many other desert animals call this state park their home. Millions of birds also gather along this island’s shores. See it all in 360 views as you enjoy an easy hike to the top of Buffalo Point. Afterward, we stroll down to the water to enjoy some BBQ and beach time for the afternoon.
Today we drive up through Highway 80’s curvy mountain pass to Park City, home of the Sundance Film Festival and many of the 2002 Winter Olympics’ events. We enjoy a fun swoop in handcarts, down the hill of the famous Alpine Slide and breathe in the crisp mountain air. Today we have time to walk around Park City’s charming downtown, to browse its galleries, shops and famous eateries. Lunch is on our own today.
In the afternoon we drive a little further further east, to another delightful small town with an incredible natural attraction. “The Crater” is a geothermal hot spring inside a dome of limestone with a hole at its peak. Today’s the day to enjoy a perfect hot soak after so many days of exertion in the saddle. Grab a snorkel and explore the deep hole, where local scuba divers practice and enjoy the cave-like conditions.
This evening we drive west back to downtown Salt Lake for our farewell dinner at one of the city’s award-winning restaurants.
No activities scheduled today, so you may arrange flights as needed.
Photos are provided by Visit Salt Lake.
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This tour starts and ends in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Daily bike rides will be on paved and winding canyon roads (8-40 miles). Going up requires stamina and strength, and the thrilling ride back down requires good balance and judgement. The tour will also feature walking tours of the city, mostly on paved, regular surfaces. Park City touring takes place on steep urban walkways in good condition. Antelope Island hiking is on gravelly but well-traveled paths.
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