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We took this Grand Staircase-Escalante biking tour with RimTours.

The tour starts in the little town of Boulder and ends in the Bullfrog area of Lake Powell.

We biked 98 miles in 5 days and did a lot of hiking, too.

The first two nights we stayed at a hotel in Boulder, the next 2 in Camp 1 and the final night at Camp 2. Our GPS biking track is in purple.

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We biked the Burr Trail Road which was built by John Atlantic Burr in the 1880s to move cattle from the Aquarius Plateau on Boulder Mountain to Bullfrog Basin.

Thirty miles of road was recently paved and the remaining dirt road is in good condition so it is very easy as far as mountain biking is concerned.

 

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The unstable weather provided some magnificent cloud formations.

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We hiked to the Lower Calf Creek falls.

 

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Our trip was early enough in the year to see many flowers in bloom.

 

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Initially, the weather was cold and we had precipitation (including rain and even graupel) which is the reason we had to dress warm. On the left, we’re looking down into “Long Valley”.

 

 

Entrance to a slot canyon.

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Hiking into the Wolverine area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friend and favorite biking guide Mike Smith found this skull while hiking in the Wolverine Petrified Forest area.

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The petrified wood dates to about 225 million years ago; at 3800 acres the park is the second-largest fossil forest in the world of its age. The logs are mostly preserved in place and exposed by erosion. It’s rarely visited because of its remote location.

 

We took another long hike through a beautiful wash on Upper Muley Twist Road to the Strike Valley Overlook.

 

This photo looks south down into the 100-mile long Waterpocket Fold, which runs all the way from Cathedral Valley in the north to Lake Powell in the South.

 

This is like looking down the back of a gigantic rainbow alligator.

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This was our entire biking group (minus Juergen who took the picture). It includes our two guides Mike Smith (third from left)and Buck Myall (second from right).

 

Yvonne (closest to camera) having fun blitzing down the Burr Trail Switchbacks into the Waterpocket Fold.

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Our support vehicle with a couple of the switchbacks we’d just biked shown above it.

 

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This is where we stopped for lunch.

 

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Our second camp.

 

From the second camp we biked to another magnificent overlook.

 

We could see a triple arch near the bottom on the other side (not visible in this photo.)

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At the overlook, we asked our two guides for directions….

 

The ride to the overlook was the most technical part of the ride…the photo shows the easy part!

 

We would have enjoyed a little bit more.

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The scenery is really beautiful. In the background is the Bullfrog Basin area at Lake Powell.

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Driving home on I-70 we enjoyed the scenery.

 

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