3 days in Moab, best riding spots?

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  1. dieselpete

    dieselpete Been here awhile

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    Hey everyone
    A small group of Canucks will be in the Moab area (end of March, beginning of April), and would appreciate some local advice on the must ride trails. We're all on dual sports, and not looking for real extreme stuff.
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  2. MountainsandRivers

    MountainsandRivers loves dirty things!

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    Do a search on ADV for the Moab 101. It was written over on Thumpertalk but crossposted to here..
    We would also need more detail..what kind of dual sports, what is the riding ability, etc.."not too extreme" can still allow a wide range. Do you want singletrack or just moderate jeep roads? Let us know more and I am sure ideas will start flying..
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  3. dieselpete

    dieselpete Been here awhile

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    Thanks I often ride past the details...
    All of us have been riding for 20 - 30 years. We are looking for the moderate trails as we don't heal quickly anymore...

    Here's a list of the packs bikes:
    (2) R1200GS, (1) F650GS, (1) Vstrom 1000 rental, (1) Vstrom 650 rental, and a Yamaha super 10.

    Thanks for the direction on the search also!
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Try not to make it for Easter Jeep Safari. Way too busy. There is good riding for all kinds and abilities. But the best stuff is done on more dirt oriented bikes.
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  5. dieselpete

    dieselpete Been here awhile

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    That's when we're there...
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    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    That sort of a tall order on those machines.
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    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    I wrote the Moab 101 thing. It's really for dirtbikes. When you say dual sports

    What exactly are you riding?

    You're unlikely to be taking a GS or 'Strom on anything in that write up
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    mylsmkj Long timer

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    For those bikes White Rim, Lockhart Basin and
    Kokopelli.....boom done.:deal
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    mylsmkj Long timer

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    Actually with those bikes first I'd go Moab, La Sal Junction, Paradox, Gateway, Castle Valley then Moab, The other 3 WR, Lockhart, Koko.
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    If it was later in the spring I'd recommend the ABajos over by Monticello (south of Moab about an hour) Tons of great big bike riding in that zone but your timing is off a bit for that, it will more than likely be snowy/muddy.

    Onion Creek to the la sal loop rd is a good one near Moab. With those bikes and an early start you could also go north to i70 west to temple mountain rd ( dirt/the san Rafael Swell) down past Gobblin Valley, loop back past hite, fry canyon, down comb ridge up butler wash (near Bluff) or cedar mesa--- valley of the gods, Blanding. slab back to Moab.
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    Gitana A work in progress

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    Don't worry about Easter Week Jeep Jamboree. You can look on their website, find out where they'll be, then ride elsewhere. Besides which, they'll be doing stuff that's much tougher than you can do on those bikes. Motels and town will be crowded.
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    Great post and eloquently put. Very true on top of that.:clap That is unless you need a hotel in town.:lol3
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    mylsmkj Long timer

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    Anything beyond that with a GS 650, GS 1200 and V-Stroms and you're asking for a ride w/ enduro-ince.:huh
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    With those bikes I'd ride to Moab via the scenic route, park 'em and rent some GasGas bikes in town :lol3

    Seriously though, you mentioned GS and ability concerns in the same post, both are a little counter Moab. Not that you can't do it, but it severly limits your options. You can ride out sandflats road east of town and head up toward the mountians, out to needles and Newspaper Rock, Dead Horse Point and Island in the Sky, Arches NP.
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  15. dieselpete

    dieselpete Been here awhile

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    The rooms are booked! Thanks for the information on the jeep thrills event. 4 rooms left where were booked!
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    On a related note, I'm planning a solo excursion on a DR650 thru Arches in March . Anyone ridden the loop from Broken Arch around Tower Arch and back down to Eye of the whale? I'm pretty new with the DR and while comfortable with the bike, definitely still a novice off road rider.

    Thanks!
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    It all depends on your skill level. An experienced rider with those bikes, you can probably do Gemini Bridges and thru to 313. Long Canyon, White Rim, Onion creek, Castle mtn road up to Polar Mesa, you can also turn right past the bridge before Polar Mesa and ride to the Colorado state line. Polar mesa is a nice switchback climb and back to some old mines. Needles overlook road south of Moab and Canyon rim overlooks. Across the highway from there is a road that climbs to a nice lookout near a tower. I would suggest Geyser pass on La Sal mtn if it was later in the season, probably be snow on the road at that time. Should be able to do La Sal mtn loop road that runs along the front of the La Sals. The road thru Arches National Park goes thru and comes back out to 191 further north. Tusher Tunnel but there's deep sand the last 300yds.

    My Moab posts start at # 5952 here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=183099&page=397 and continue for 7 days or so. Might give you some idea.

    Have a great trip!
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  18. Gitana

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    The best maps for Moab are produced by Latitude 40 maps, right out of my little town of Nederland. Get the West Moab and the East Moab maps. A friend of ours owns this company http://dualsportutah.com/. He can hook you up with rental KTM and GasGas bikes, and you might enjoy having him take you around. I believe they'll customize a tour for you. Why not lose the big bikes for a day?

    If you only have three days in Moab, you're barely scratching the surface. You'll want to be back. :D
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  19. dieselpete

    dieselpete Been here awhile

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    Some of our group are renting from Jim (dual sports of Utah). He can also provide more street oriented bikes.

    We're an older group that doesn't heal fast. Based in the Canadian Rockies, we spend time near home on the dirt bikes, and want to see the sites in the Moab area. Also we are familiar with seasonal weather instability, and can pound pavement on the bikes we have. If there is too much snow, we head deeper south.
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  20. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    I'm 53. I don't heal fast, either. But a lot of the trails in Moab sure are worth taking that chance!
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