The Rock Cycle
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Western Colorado
Bikes: Salsa Vaya Ti, Specialized Ruby, Gunnar Sport, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Jamis Dragon, Novara Randonee x2
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I was in the Maze District in March 2007. I was with a group in 4wd trucks. We drove from the Hite area north to the Golden Stairs and Maze Overlook. (The Flint Trail was still snowed in). Up high, near the Golden Stairs we could see the landscape and roads far below us. I saw a 4wd vehicle following some folks on mtn bikes, heading into the Doll House area.
We hiked into Ernie's Country, and into the Maze to see the Harvest Scene. It was pretty awesome.
In March 2008 I did a 5 day backpack into the Needles District: Salt Creek Canyon, Horse Canyon, Angel Arch. Fantastic.
I did these trips with a college class: Geology of the Canyon Country.
As far a bike touring in these National Park Service areas, you need to secure permits ($) and make sure you get to designated camp spots each night. It might be tricky if you are going self-supported. Easier if sagged with a 4wd truck.
There are many equally spectacular places around there on public lands (BLM, etc). You could ride any roads and camp whereever you wanted, for free.
Salsa Vaya Ti
Novara Randonee x2
Motobecane Fantom CXX
Jamis Dakar XCR