1. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am planning a trip out of Houston toward the 4 corners area, the second week of June.
    Im looking for a good campground to stage out of. I know there is a koa or some such near but I would rather skip that if possible. I will be riding a Triumph Explorer for this and plan on camping.
    I know the Grand Canyon is about 4 hours to the south and Mountment Valley is in the area as well. The arches?
    What are the good roads to get around on in that area? This will be a new bike to me and my dirt days are WAY in the past. So lets keep it gravel or better. Love the 2 lane twisties.

    Any Ideas or suggestions?

    Dave
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  2. Hucker

    Hucker Lost

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    Canyon de Chelly?

    Website

    Stayed there last summer. Close to a bunch of stuff. $10 a night IIRC.
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  3. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    The actual Four Corners area isn't worth a dam. You will want to make your way To the Million Dollar Hwy which makes a circle from Cortez CO up to Telluride and then down through Ridgeway, Ouray, Silverton and then Durango. This will be a must do. From there you can make your way to the Grand canyon and Death Valley and they are good destinations but not that great a riding in my opinion if you are planning on stay on the road most of the time.
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  4. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    yep.

    I suppose the 4 corners is one of those places you have to go to say you've been there but after you've gone you're left with that "fuck, I should have spent my time elsewhere" feeling.

    Not worth it IMO.

    Million $ HWY loop is mo betta. :nod
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  5. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    if you're going to go down to Canyon de Chelly from 4 corners I would suggest route 13 instead of the 191.
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  6. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    That looks like a pretty good road. the best roads has some stuff in it as well.
    Should be a good time.

    Thanks
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  7. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    And it's going to be hotter than a whore on payday the 2nd week of June. I wouldn't base out of that area I'd just plan to camp somewhere new (and cooler) as you work your way around some of the areas mentioned.
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  8. rattlecan

    rattlecan Caffeine Driven

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    This is some good advice. After spending a night or two in Durango, I'd beat feet for the Grand Canyon/Flagstaff/Williams/Sedona/Prescott. Stay North of Prescott and try not to dip below 4500ft. if you can help it.
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  9. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    Definitely stay north of Prescott. You don't want to be bumping into that Rattlecan guy. :D

    S.C.
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  10. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    Yeah, I knew it would be hot but vacation is time away from work so I will figure something out.

    Thanks for all the suggestions.
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  11. Aprilia

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    Heading north out of Monument Valley on 163 you'll want to go north on 261. It will take you up to the top of the Bluff for a great view. Head back down and at the base you'll turn left on Valley of the Gods. Its a dirt road that any road bike can manage. It will take you back to 163 with some nice views.

    As others stated four corners is a place to check off and nothing more. There are TONS of great riding in nearly any direction from there.

    Have fun!
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  12. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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  13. alphaBETAdog

    alphaBETAdog Been here awhile

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    Great photos - thanks for the link. You certainly had the right bike for your trip!
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  14. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    :D:freaky

    right, wrong or otherwise GOD what a trip.

    I need to get back to that area. WAY to may roads that I did not get to ride and places that I need to see....well maybe not need but dam sure WANT to see.

    Thanks
    Da Monk
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