Miles of scenic beauty. That is the focus of the annual bike tour that takes cyclists through some of the most diverse landscapes, towns and state parks in eastern Nevada

Last year, the Smith family participated in the Park to Pedal event. From left, Loren Smith, Kevin Smith, Ann Smith, Marie Haley, Brenda Picanco and Vera Smith. (Courtesy photo)

Miles of scenic beauty. That is the focus of the annual bike tour that takes cyclists through some of the most diverse landscapes, towns and state parks in eastern Nevada on Oct. 12. Rides start and end in beautiful Rainbow Canyon at Kershaw-Ryan State Park. Topping off the ride, is a mouthwatering Dutch oven feast in the evening.

A limited 250 riders can participate in one of three rides:

• The 103-mile Extreme is the most challenging with approximately 5,600 feet of climbing; you pedal through four state parks, two old west towns, and up Pioche Hill.

• The 60-mile Double Jack is a more moderate challenge. It includes Pioche Hill, which is approximately a 1,400 feet of climb in about 10 miles to the old mining town of Pioche. You see two state parks and two old west towns along the way.

• The 40-mile Helix is for those who are looking for a shorter ride without extreme hill climbs. This ride takes you to Cathedral Gorge State Park in Panaca, ending just before Pioche Hill. You see two state parks and the old railroad town of Caliente.

Pre-registration is required at http://www.lincolncountynevada.com/Lincoln-County-Nevada-Pedal.html.

There is a limit of 250 riders. Pre-registered rider check-in and packet pick-up takes place Friday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Kershaw-Ryan State Park on Highway 317 in Caliente.

Same day registration and packet pick-up is the morning of the ride on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Kershaw-Ryan State Park from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Ride Start Times vary for each ride. The 103-mile Extreme is from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.; 60-mile Double Jack is from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; 40-mile Helix is from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The rides start and finish at beautiful Kershaw-Ryan State Park situated in colorful and scenic Rainbow Canyon in Caliente, Nevada located from the following areas:

•Three-and-a-half hours northeast of Las Vegas (I-15 N to U.S.-93 N to NV-317)

•Two hours west of Cedar City, Utah (UT-56 W to U.S.-93 S to NV-317)

•Two hours northwest of St. George, Utah (UT-18 N to UT-56 W to U.S.-93 S to NV-317).

The event is open to the public, limited to 250 riders and is sponsored by the Lincoln Communities Action Team and Nevada State Parks. The non-refundable registration fee of $70 includes one t-shirt and one Dutch Oven dinner per participant. Pre-register online at http://www.lincolncountynevada.com/Lincoln-County-Nevada-Pedal.html.

Call 1-877-870-3003 or 775-728-4460 or email at cathedralgorge_vc@lcturbonet.com for more details.

For overnight stays, camping is available at all area parks: Kershaw-Ryan, Cathedral Gorge, Beaver Dam, Echo Canyon and Spring Valley. Motels closest to the event are available in Caliente.