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Grand Canyon to Las Vegas Cycle

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About the Challenge

At 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and in places one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is a breath-taking sight. Celebrating 100 years of the National Parks Service in 2016, the Grand Canyon and its surroundings offer wonderful cycling and a memorable challenge!

This exciting ride offers fabulous views not just of the Grand Canyon, but the colourful desert, rocky gorges and forested plateaus around it. Passing historic towns on the iconic Route 66, this is a fascinating ride with some challenging climbs and fabulous long descents, culminating on the famous Sunset strip in Las Vegas.


Grand Canyon to Las Vegas Cycle

8 DAYS
  • Depart London bound for Phoenix, capital of Arizona. On arrival we transfer to Flagstaff (approx 2.5 hours’ drive) and check into our hotel, have dinner and relax! Night hotel.  (Dinner not included)

  • A short drive takes us north to Cameron, on the ancestral lands of the Native American Navajo Nation, where our ride starts. The views are amazing right from the start, as we enjoy a fairly flat warm-up before the hills! We pass the Little Colorado River gorge with its striking desert watchtower, and pass a Native American trading post. We pedal through this colourful desert and gorge landscape, climbing to one of the highest points on the South Rim of the Canyon, where the views are worth every pedal stroke! We can then enjoy a relatively flat ride, finishing along the rim of the Grand Canyon to the Grand Canyon National Park Village. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx 51 miles

  • The spectacular views stay with us all day today, as we enjoy possibly one of the most scenic bike rides in the world – the West Rim Road, which allows us to soak up unobstructed views of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. The vibrant colours of the rock layers against the blue sky ensure plenty of photo-stops! Passenger vehicles are not permitted along this section and it’s a memorable ride. It’s another hilly day, though we enjoy a fabulous descent of roughly 10 miles to our halfway mark. We then climb again through shady pine forests towards Williams, a historic town on Route 66, named after a renowned ‘mountain man’ and still with a western pioneer town feel. Look out for the famous Grand Canyon steam train; the railway and station buildings date from 1901 and give an authentic taste of the Old West. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx 74 miles

  • The rolling terrain continues as we ride west through classic Western landscapes, following Route 66. A narrow ‘super-highway’ in 1926, it allowed access to the American West and connected the many small towns along the great open road. We have a short transfer to start at Seligman, now often known as Radiator Springs, setting of the Disney Pixar Cars movie. We pass many classic western buildings, 60s filling stations and kitschy roadside attractions. No trucks are allowed on Route 66m and much of our route is very quiet. After a taxing climb up to 1664m, it’s downhill for miles, enjoying the wonderful views over the desert. Look out for tumbleweed, prairie dogs and birds of prey! Night hotel.

    Cycle approx 87 miles

  • The descents far outweigh the climbs again today, and it may feel hotter! We descend through beautiful landscapes again, and pass more western-themed burger bars and café; we can even stop to sample roadside jerky! After a steady downhill ride for miles, we come to more rolling roads which bring us to Hoover Dam, built in the 1930s on the Colorado River to form Lake Mead. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx 72 miles

  • A shorter day today, as we cross into Nevada and ride round the shores of Lake Mead, one of the largest reservoirs in the United States. Much of our route is on cycle lanes and traffic-free, though there are still some hills! Our lakeside ride forms a real contrast with the rocky desert landscapes we have crossed ... and the biggest contrast is to come! Leaving the lake and heading west through the suburbs, we come to Las Vegas, entertainment capital of the world! Finishing on the famous Sunset Strip itself couldn’t contrast more with our journey here! It’s not subtle, but it is great fun. On arrival we are free to relax and explore – check out the famous sound- and-light fountain shows, fake erupting volcanoes, Elvis impersonators and replicas of everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Sphinx! We enjoy a slap-up meal to celebrate our achievements of the past week. Night hotel. (Dinner not included)

    Cycle approx 51 miles

  • We are free to explore or relax until we transfer to the airport for our international flight home. (Lunch not included if not in-flight)

  • Arrive back in London.


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,550 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,550 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £2,050 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Phoenix / Las Vegas return
    • All food (other than 2-3 meals depending on flight schedules), and accommodation
    • Experienced leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides/mechanics and drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Entrance to National Parks and sites visited as part of the itinerary
    • 8-speed Trek Hybrid Touring Bike (upgrades are available at extra cost)

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for local support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at time of writing)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so that £250.00 is the maximum you would pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,550 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,550 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £2,050 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Phoenix / Las Vegas return
    • All food (other than 2-3 meals depending on flight schedules), and accommodation
    • Experienced leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides/mechanics and drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Entrance to National Parks and sites visited as part of the itinerary
    • 8-speed Trek Hybrid Touring Bike (upgrades are available at extra cost)

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for local support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at time of writing)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so that £250.00 is the maximum you would pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels or camp. Occasionally we may use hostel-style accommodation. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller in a shared room.

  • We usually stay in hotels or lodges of a 2-3* standard or equivalent. Standards may vary between the hotels but they are generally comfortable and convenient for our route. Hotels are often on the outskirts of towns to minimise unnecessary extra mileage and avoid traffic.

  • The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

    Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local lifestyles. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. In some destinations we work together as a team with local guides to help set up or break camp, or prepare meals. Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something!

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check requirements on our website; please ensure you allow plenty of time.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

Cycle Training Weekends

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£180 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends take place in and around the valleys and ridges of the chalk downs around Salisbury. They are designed to gauge your fitness so that you can be confident you are well prepared for the challenge ahead!

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GRADE | demandING (2)

Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

DEMANDING trips ramp up the challenge with some long days over tough terrain, and require good stamina, fitness and determination.

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