Grand Canyon – Las Vegas Cycling

Road biking Challenge at Grand Canyon

 

Overview

OFFERED: October 1 – April 30

See the iconic majesty of Grand Canyon National Park firsthand and experience for yourself exactly why it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The perspective gained when peering over the edge of the canyon will fuel you with the determination and drive to complete this challenging bicycle ride to support charity.

Our journey begins just outside Grand Canyon National Park on the ancestral lands of the Native American Navajo Nation. Our route will take us over 350 miles through high desert, forested plateaus, canyon rims, historic towns, and unforgettable landmarks. From atop a hybrid or a road bike, we will immerse ourselves in the Wild West frontier and dive deep into its past culture to experience the beauty and grandeur the southwestern US is famous for. Our trip culminates in a final ride into the glitz and glam of the famous Las Vegas strip.

This trip can be entirely lodge-based or a mix of campground and lodge accommodations.

Itinerary

ARRIVE IN PHOENIX

Participants arrive in Phoenix and meet their challenge guides at the airport. From Phoenix, the group will transfer 2.5 hours by van to Flagstaff, AZ where we’ll have a briefing on the challenge ahead.

LODGING: Flagstaff, AZ

MEALS: On own

RIDING: None

FIRST LOOK AT GRAND CANYON

The striking colors and undulating hills of the Navajo Nation’s Painted Desert set the scene as we make our way to higher elevations, stopping for lunch at the famous Desert View Watchtower, where we see the canyon. We parallel stunning overlooks for the remainder of our ride, ending at Grand Canyon Village to overnight.

LODGE/CAMP: Grand Canyon

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 51 mi

ELEVATION: + 3585 ft

CANYON VIEWS AND VISTAS

Wake up to sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Today, we explore by bike the peaceful West Rim Road, closed to traffic except park shuttles. We then wave farewell to Grand Canyon and ride toward Williams, a lively Route 66 town that has kept its character and history intact despite the arrival of the interstate.

LODGE/CAMP: Williams, AZ

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 74 mi

ELEVATION: + 1923 ft

HISTORIC ROUTE 66

We ride the iconic Route 66 today, a quiet two-lane highway from the heyday of western Americana. Rolling grasslands, prairie dog towns, and celebrated landmarks surround us as we approach Grand Canyon Caverns Inn. Built over the largest dry caverns in America, our motel houses a museum of memorabilia and vibrant local characters.

LODGING: Grand Canyon Caverns Inn

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 44 mi

ELEVATION: + 1273 ft

QUIRKY WESTERN TOWNS

After breakfast we depart the inn and continue our odyssey along Route 66. Craggy mountains, rare cottonwood-lined desert springs, and wide plateaus fill our eyes as we pedal toward Kingman, whose 1882 founding date makes it one of Arizona’s first towns. Tonight we enjoy the city life of a longstanding Old West destination.

LODGE/CAMP: Kingman, AZ

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 65 mi

ELEVATION: + 708 ft

HOOVER DAM

Open desert straightaways and bright morning sunshine wait atop Coyote Pass. Departing Kingman, we pass stands of local wares (try the bison jerky!) and a colorful chloride mine presiding over a long-abandoned ghost town. After lunch, we see the mighty Colorado River and Hoover Dam, before ending the day at our nearby hotel.

LODGE/CAMP: Lake Mead/Boulder City

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 72 mi

ELEVATION: + 1512 ft

LAKE MEAD AND LAS VEGAS

Fabulous Las Vegas tantalizes from just beyond the mountains as we begin our final ride, but the pull of the city doesn’t diminish our awe of Lake Mead shining in the morning light. We team up for a triumphant finish on the Las Vegas Strip, where we bask in the bright city lights and congratulate each other before a celebratory dinner out on the town.

LODGING: Hotel in Las Vegas

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

RIDING: 51 mi

ELEVATION: + 1962 ft

FLY HOME

We have free time today to reflect on our journey through the west as we explore the city of Las Vegas. This afternoon we transfer to Las Vegas-McCarran Airport for our flight home, taking with us memories that will last a lifetime.

LODGING: None

MEALS: Breakfast

RIDING: None

 

What’s Included?Charity challenge Grand Canyon

  • Airport transfers
  • Professional safety-certified guide(s) and bike mechanic(s)
  • 7 nights lodging (double occupancy)
  • Vehicle support throughout trip
  • Comfortable, well-tuned hybrid bikes (upgrades available)
  • All meals per itinerary + snacks, water, drinks
  • Arizona and Nevada DOT permits
  • National Park permits and coordination
  • Local taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities

 

Group Size

MIN: 16 pax | MAX: 100 pax