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Old 02-28-2015, 09:12 PM   #1
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Utah, can you help me out???

Looking to escape the freezing cold and snow that wont melt here in Virginia with a little R-n-R in Utah. I'm planning on trailering my bike out there and then ride a loop around Utah, hitting Moab, parts of the TAT, parts of the Utah BDR, and whatever comes my way. What I'm looking for is someone who'd allow me to park my truck (or car) and small trailer while I'm on the loop. I'm thinking that it would be for about 1 week, give or take a day or two. If you're able and willing to help me out, let me know; happy to return the favor if you ever come out to Virginia!

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PS. As far as location is concerned, I was hoping to start out from Moab, but I'm open to other possibilities.
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Old Yesterday, 06:43 AM   #2
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Try calling the chamber

also most of the bigger hotels should allow parking for a fee

good luck have fun


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Old Yesterday, 08:51 AM   #3
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Moab is a tourist trap ( a great one for sure) but still. So they are accommodating to what you are looking for. Most of the motels that have bigger parking lots will probably let you do that. Also the camp grounds like Spanish Trails. They set extra space aside fore Easter Jeeps Safari. These days lots of the "rock crawler crowd" trailer in. They need space to leave their trailers for the week. You might get a copy of the Red Rock Four Wheelers news letter for Easter Jeep Safari. It will have adds for accommodations. Some will advertise trailer parking options.

As an other option, you might want to start your trip in Grand Junction. That would give you even more options.
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We usually pay $5 a day to park our truck and trailer at a Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn in Denver....it's worth it to know it is somewhat secure.
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Thanks for all the suggestions & info.

JJ, you have an incoming PM.
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Old Today, 08:30 AM   #7
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What dates are you thinking of?

Keep in mind this is high desert. If you avoid the mountain ranges, you will be riding 4-7k'. If you hit the mountains it's up to 9-10k.

Even Moab can see snow in April. I found the perfect time to visit is the end of April.

If a front is coming through with a lot of moisture, many of the back roads can become dangerously impassable, even on bikes.

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I have a lot/garage in the Salt Lake area. I don't know where your starting point is. I might be
too far North.
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What dates are you thinking of?

Keep in mind this is high desert. If you avoid the mountain ranges, you will be riding 4-7k'. If you hit the mountains it's up to 9-10k.

Even Moab can see snow in April. I found the perfect time to visit is the end of April.

If a front is coming through with a lot of moisture, many of the back roads can become dangerously impassable, even on bikes.

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Planning on heading out at the end of this week. I hear what you're saying about the weather and I plan on sticking to the lower elevations. Primarily I want to swing thru Moab and hit some of the trails I haven't done before and some of the old favorites (White Rim perimeter, Slick rock, etc...). From there I want to head west on the TAT and go back through Black Dragon canyon as I just love that place and continue thru some of the other canyons past that which I've skipped in the past due to the deep sand warnings ( I'll be on a lighter bike with less gear this time and I'm more confident in my abilities than I once was). From there I'd like to swing south and check out Bryce & Zion which I have seen in my previous treks thru Utah.


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I have a lot/garage in the Salt Lake area. I don't know where your starting point is. I might be
too far North.
Thanks for the offer! I've got the homebase/starting point/car & trailer parking all set up.
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If a front is coming through with a lot of moisture, many of the back roads can become dangerously impassable, even on foot.

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I have next week to play around and am planning to go a little further west and south as I would rather be in a warmer climate.
Keep your options open. Weather can be a bugger this time of year in Utah.
Southern AZ, SoCal up to Death Valley. How about Big Bend?
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I have next week to play around and am planning to go a little further west and south as I would rather be in a warmer climate.
Keep your options open. Weather can be a bugger this time of year in Utah.
Southern AZ, SoCal up to Death Valley. How about Big Bend?
Agreed. The AZ BDR/southern end of the CD-R are my backup plan if the weather does not cooperate. Right now temps have been in the teens & twenties here lately so 50 degrees sounds great to me!
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We just got back, weather was perfect except one day where we had to wait till noon to ride. Virtually no mud, just a few puddles. The sand was moist and we had the trails to ourselves, passed 8 jeeps, 4 MCs and one Mtn biker the whole time and the $400K condo we stayed in was $150 night. Late Feb is a risk but it's paid off 5 years in a row.



Monticello, 45 min down the road had about 7" of snow, no accumulation in Moab.
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