Our gay biking & adventure tour of Salt Lake City provides days of adventure. Ride along the Jordan River Parkway Trail, & up several canyons. Learn local Mormon folklore. Soak in hot springs, ride the Alpine Slide & tour historic Park City. End the days among SLC’s vibrant gay nightlife.
A gay Salt Lake City bike tour? Why? Two words: Mormon Missionaries. The Mormon Church sends young men from Salt Lake City all over the world to preach from their bikes. Ever had a set of them on your front porch? Cute right? But where do these strapping young boys come from?
In 2012, the Advocate Magazine rated Salt Lake City the gayest city in America. HE Travel is sending a group of gay folks to Utah to see why.
We’ll ride two by two up the mountains, over the hills and through the bushes that surround this desert Oasis in Northern Utah. We’ll tour Temple Square, headquarters of the Mormon Church, and see firsthand what those adorable Mormon boys were trying to tell us. Then we’ll wash it all down with a cocktail at a local gay bar (yes, Utah has both gay bars and liquor).
Opposition to the strict Mormon lifestyle has given rise to one of the most fascinating counter-culture communities in America. Salt Lake City has a vibrant gay community, a wild nightlife, and a slew of local breweries producing delicious, and uniquely named, beer (Polygamy Porter-Why Have Just One?).
Each day of riding will feature a different viewpoint of the Salt Lake Valley. We’ll ride up canyons with houses, other canyons with undeveloped watersheds, and along the Jordan River; a riparian zone that bisects the Salt Lake Valley draining Utah Lake into the Great Salt Lake.
On our last day, we’ll head up to Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival. We’ll ride the Alpine Slide, tour the historic city center, and soak our troubles away in “The Crater”- a secluded hot spring.
May 30 to June 06 – $3898.00 USD
Duration: 08 Days/07 Nights
Starts In: Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ends In: Salt Lake City, Utah.
Deposit: $1000 USD
Airport transfers; Group transportation for all destinations within Salt Lake City and Park City; accommodations 7 nights in one of Salt Lake’s premier hotels; breakfast each day, 5 special dinners and 3 lunches; entrance fees for activities listed in the itinerary, bicycle rental for 3 days of biking, accompanied by knowledgeable HE Travel tour director. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Transportation to and from starting and ending points; 2 dinner and 3 lunches; personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel tour director.
Tonight we’ll visit one of your host’s favorite Mexican restaurants, Red Iguana, famous for its Oaxacan mole sauce, colorful decor, and long lines snaking out the door!
A casual lunch downtown is in order, before taking a walking tour of the city and learning more about the diverse populations that make this a very interesting political, artistic, and social scene.
Dinner tonight will be at one of downtown Salt Lake City’s thriving brewpubs (handcrafted beers are wildly popular in this state with a reputation for strict beliefs about alcohol consumption)!
We’ll head back to downtown Salt Lake City for our farewell dinner this evening at one of the city’s award-winning restaurants.
“Designing this tour was a hell of a lot of fun. Salt Lake City is my hometown. I grew up here, I grew up Mormon. They are nice folk, they keep their city pristine, and have a love for nature that is unrivaled by most other communities. I have a special love for this cosmopolitan city and its wacky counterculture. Come travel with me to see one of my favorite cities on Earth” –Zachary Moses: Adventure Tour Designer, Travel Writer, Comedian; Key West, FL and Salt Lake City, UT
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This tour starts and ends in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Daily bike rides will be on paved and winding canyon roads (8-40 miles). Going up requires stamina and strength, and the thrilling ride back down requires good balance and judgment. The tour will also feature walking tours of the city, mostly on paved, regular surfaces. Park City touring takes place on steep urban walkways in good condition. Antelope Island hiking is on gravelly but well-traveled paths.
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