600K Route Map ~ RUSA Permanent Route # 2363
600K: RUSA permanent route # 2363 (first approved in June of 2014)
600K Route Stats This route is 378 miles long (608 km) and has approx. 17,377 feet of climbing (95% RWGPS formula).
Day One starts in Kanab with the overnight stop in Panguitch.It travels 241 miles (387 km) with appr0x. 11,100 ft of climbing and includes Zion National Park & a stop to Parowan Gap, a BLM site with petroglyphs. It involves some 20+ miles of interstate travel, which is broken up into small sections, as we travel north to and through Cedar City. Both the 600K and 1000K riders share the same route on this day and can ride together. We recommend a 3:00 a.m. start to avoid the truck traffic found just west of Colorado City in Utah (where there is no shoulder for some 20 miles).
Day Two travels 137 miles (221 km) with approx. 6,300 ft of climbing. It includes Bryce Canyon National Park at mile 20 and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park near the end of the day, before returning to your car in Kanab. Bryce Canyon is early on this segment (after a long climb), so you don’t want to leave too early, otherwise you will be there in the dark — yet on the other hand, you don’t want leave too late (i.e. later than 6 or 7 a.m.) or you may be pushing the cut off time to finish the ride. We recommend a start between 3 and 5 a.m.
This route was approved in June of 2014.
1200K Route Map ~ RUSA Permanent Route # 1232
This route is designed where the only “support” would be shipping an overnight bag to Panguitch where two nights are spent.
1200K Route Stats* 1203 km (748 miles) with 37,880 feet of cumulative elevation gain. Total time Limit: approx. 90 hours (3-3/4 days). The starting elevation is 4,915 feet. The highest elevation gained is 10,584 feet on day three. The low point is in Hurricane Utah at 3,213 feet (day one). The longest single climbs are on day three with a 4,000-footer and day four, with one totaling 4,045 feet.
Daily Maps (these are approx. as the motel start point is not as accurate as the above “all-in-one” map)
Day One Map 368 km with 11,084 ft of climbing, includes Zion National Park. The day starts in Kanab with the overnight stop in Panguitch. It involves some 20+ miles of interstate travel, which is broken up into small sections, as we travel north to and through Cedar City.
Day Two Map 342 km with 7,360 ft of climbing, includes Bryce Canyon National Park. The overnight is in Panguitch.
Day Three Map 233 km with 8,179 ft of climbing, includes Cedar Breaks National Monument & Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. The overnight is in Kanab.
Day Four Map 258 km with 8,297 ft of climbing, includes the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. After the finish of the ride, you are back in Kanab.
This route was first approved in May of 2014.
*After riding a 1000K variation of this route in 2015, I am proposing a variation as follows: RWGPS Map. The daily distance breakdown is as follows — Day 1: 388 km (+11,817′); day 2: 356 km (+8484′); day 3: 196 km (+7161′) & day 4: 262 km (+8737′). Total distance is 1200.7 km with 36,315 feet of climbing.
Motels in Panguitch
- Junction Market, 445 E Center St, 435-676-8986). This is the only 24/7 c-store and is combined with a motel. There is a pizza place nearby, along with many other services in town.
- Canyon Lodge Motel, 210 N Main St, Panguitch, UT 84759, tel 1-800-440-8292
- Blue Pine Motel, 130 N Main St, tel 435-676-8197 or online.
- New Western Motel, 180 E Center St, tel 435-676-8876
- Purple Sage Motel, 132 E Center St, tel 1-800-241-6889 or 435-676-2659
- Panguitch Inn, 50 N Main St, tel 435-676-8871
Motels in Kanab (see this page)
Stats of Interest
Cascade (C1200): 32,862 ft. (1240 km)
Gold Rush (GRR): 31,581 ft.
Colo. High Country (CHC): 34,850 ft.
Boston-Montreal-Boston (BMP): 35,962 ft.
Endless Mountain (EM): 45,355 ft. (1240 km)
Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP): 35,140 ft.
Calif. Central Coast (3CR): 45,985 ft.
I have tried to reduce the vertical gain on our routes, but I could not, without having to cut out a major attraction, leaving perhaps one day as just “another ride in desert of Utah.”