Inspired by this
I'm now contemplating a trip over there sometime next year.
I'm thinking a 4 week camping tour , probably flying to Las Vegas from Heathrow with BA (if they are still taking bikes free) hoping to include Zion, Grand Canyon, Canyonlands and as much else as I can squeeze in. Return either via looping back to Vegas or possibly from Phoenix.
It's very early days yet, so I'm just asking here for initial tips, what to see, where to go etc.
When to go ? I'm thinking spring (Apr/May) or autumn (Sept onwards ?) Ideally I'd like to avoid the hottest part of the year.
What are the best maps / guidebooks to use ?
Is it possible / practical to use a bus to get from Las Vegas to a closer start/finish point ?
What are the campsites like ? Do they need to be booked in advance ?
All advice welcome, I've only toured in the USA once before when I did Seattle to San Francisco in 2009. I'm not a technical mountain biker but am quite happy on dirt roads and jeep tracks. Previous tours have included crossing Iceland's lava deserts and the Manali - Leh route (with Cass from the 1st link)