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Top Road Cycle Touring Routes

The most serious cyclists among us are always looking for the opportunities to get out on the bike. But there are also life-list destinations you dream of riding. You follow the pros as they tear up the asphalt and get restless watching the aerial footage of the winding, rising landscapes.

Utah's commitment to adventure cycling has elevated the state to a premier cycling destination. For example, Utah now hosts the the second-largest professional stage race in the United States — the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, which showcases some of the sport's best talent. The state is also working to establish its segments of the United State Bicycle Route System.

For travelers interested in shipping their road cycles and packing their gear (or renting/buying locally) for an extended cycle tour of Utah, here are some of the top extended explorations on two wheels.

Top Multi-day Adventure Cycle Routes

Southern Utah

Border to Border: Exploring the U.S. Bicycle Route Through Southern Utah

From scenic, low-traffic roads in remote and beautiful landscapes to routes accessing top Southern Utah destinations. Utah bike tours are unforgettable and this Nevada border to Colorado border is one of the best bikepacking adventure cycle routes in the American West. Learn about the U.S. Bicycle Route through Utah and other great touring routes.

All-American Road Scenic Byway 12

Punishing climbs, winding turns, and quick descents await skilled riders on one of the world’s most beautiful, scenic roads. Cyclists prepared to ride at altitude will enjoy the contrasting landscapes of Utah’s Dixie National Forest’s alpine trees amidst hoodoos, sandstone formations, and rocks colored in pinks, whites, and reds.

The Desert Southwest: St. George to Zion

The St. George area is known as “Color Country” for good reason. Snow Canyon State Park, just 11 miles from St. George and the start of a phenomenal tour of the area, features red and white Navajo sandstone formations, black lava rock, and countless species of vibrant flora and fauna — all of which makes for a spectacular backdrop for equally spectacular riding.

Tour of Southeastern Utah

Dozens of movies have been filmed in the red desert outside Moab, and it’s not hard to see why: southeast Utah boasts some of the most jaw-dropping scenery you’ll find in the United States, and much of it is accessible by paved road — perfect for adventurous road cyclists.

Northeastern Utah

Flaming Gorge–Uintas National Scenic Byway and Dinosaur National Monument

This ride from Vernal, Utah, near Dinosaur National Monument on the Utah-Colorado border, to tiny Manila takes you past fossil-rich, multi-colored geologic formations, along the edge of the High Uinta Mountains, and past the aptly named Flaming Gorge. With plenty of places to stop, rest, and take in the sights, this is one of the most unforgettable road rides in Utah.

Northern Utah

Grand Tour of the Wasatch Front

Savor spectacular riding through mountain passes, with convenient access to lodging and camping along the way. Highlights of the 142-mile route (one-way) include excellent wildlife spotting, views of Great Salt Lake, and historical landmarks.

Central Utah

Crusher in the Tushar: Gravel Ride in Beaver, Utah

Best suited for either a gravel bike, cyclocross bike, or lightweight mountain bike, the Crusher route is roughly 40 percent pavement, and 60 percent dirt and gravels roads. Wide range gearing and durable tires are a must for the “roughly” parts. No matter which bike you choose, at some point you will wish you were riding something else.

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Utah at 15 mph

by Tim Sullivan

City planner and author Tim Sullivan takes his young family adventure cycling on Utah's newly designated United States Bicycle Route System, including stretches through the west desert and the All-American Road Scenic Byway 12. Read the story, watch the video, the start planning your next trip — on two wheels — through some of Utah's best landscapes.

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