Old 07-12-19, 01:37 PM
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i guess it depends on if you’ll be doing a healthy mix of road and gravel/dirt or a majority of one or the other. the gravel/dirt will get you away from the cars and crowds but give you an excellent opportunity to potentially get lost/stranded depending on how much you’re bringing along on the rides. wouldn’t count on cell reception. also depends on how much time/how many miles you’ll be devoting to riding. crowds will be heaviest in zion and arches. bryce canyon will be busiest closer to the town of bryce and less busy at the rainbow point end. canyonlands and capitol reef will be the least crowded. it will be hot so mornings will be the best time to ride. if you can’t take both sets of tires along with you, i’d take the ‘28s which will handle any pavé but do a judicious job of getting you onto some trails and likely keep you from going too far into the boonies.

what zion lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. there is only joy in cycling the road in zion canyon. it’s shuttle season which means it’s closed to cars (except for those with resos at the hotel in the canyon). the shuttles will not pass you unless you pull over and put a foot down. low traffic and stunningly scenic. about five miles one way. a couple little rises but nothing steep. mostly flattish throughout and you could do a couple of repeats in the canyon. there’s so much to look at and the changing sunlight shifts the highlights that it always looks different.
even if you only make it to one or two of the utah np’s, you’ll have a blast. enjoy!

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