Western Express Bicycle Route #3

Cedar City, Utah - Dolores, Colorado (447 miles)

  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-63-7
  • May 1, 2012

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Section 3 of the Western Express Route begins in Cedar City, Utah, and ends in Dolores, Colorado. You'll see some of the most spectacular scenery in America along paved roads, and the route provides access to a large number of national parks, monuments and state parks. Take some extra time to explore and do some hiking and biking into the off-route parks.

This section is considered very difficult due not only to terrain (grades from 6% to 14% in Utah), but also due to lack of water, temperature extremes, and long mileages without services. In most cases there are no homes or ranches between services. Carrying a water purifier is stongly advised for water access at Lake Powell and for miscellaneous reservoirs, creeks and lakes at primitive campsites. Utah is extremely dry and most of the route has only rocks for shade.

Adventure Cycling maps are created by cyclists, for cyclists, and they are some of the best available for those in search of discovery and adventure in North America. The maps reflect the association's research as well as suggestions from thousands of cyclists who have explored the Adventure Cycling Route Network. Adventure Cycling develops the best cross-country, loop, coastal, and inland cycling routes available, with turn-by-turn directions, detailed navigational instructions for the tricky sections, and elevation profiles in the high country.

The maps are waterproof and designed to fit in a handlebar-bag window or jersey pocket. The maps provide information specifically for cyclists: the location of bike shops, sources for food and water, and listings of overnight accommodations including camping facilities, small hotels, and cyclists-only lodging.


  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-63-7
  • May 1, 2012

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