Advice San Diego to Utah

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by mtneering, May 10, 2013.

  1. mtneering

    mtneering Adventurer

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    Leaving San DIego for Utah, my wife will fly to Las Vegas where I pick her and the rest of the gear up we load up the GS and off we go.

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    We want to explore some roads in/near Zion on the bike and hike 7-12 miles a day. Suggestions on MUST SEE dirt roads for a 2 rider R1200GS, hard packed easy/moderate dirt roads.

    Drop off my wife for her flight home from Las Vegas. On my way home I am planning an overnight or two in Mojave National Preserve, what are the must see areas there. This part of the trip will be one rider with camping gear.
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  2. Off Limits

    Off Limits Banned

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    gonna be hot in Mojave, drop wife off and get a room at palms and spend 2 nights cooling off with hookers!! or got back to Utah where its cooler this time of year.
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  3. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    He he, Mojave National Preserve!

    You got the Railroad Depot in Kelso which is the Preserves Information Center so go there first.

    Then you got Mitchell Caverns

    then you got ???????????????????????

    Fuel is approx. $6 in Goffs!

    Motel rooms @ the 164/95 junction in Searchlight, and a Casino!

    I've ridden every road in there. 7 of them are paved, at least for some distance, the others are easy.

    I will say the hike from Providence Mountain camp site to Hole in the Wall is rather nice, but you'll be begging a ride back from someone at the other side of the Hole.

    I like to stay in Shoshone the other side of Baker before I ride through MNP. Nice motel and of course the CROWBAR, full bar and eats. There is also camping at Shoshone.

    Did someone say it's getting hot?!

    I've ridden MNP four times already this year.
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  4. mtneering

    mtneering Adventurer

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    What about some roads Zion? Easy dirt for us to explore. I got Mojave down with those suggestions. Thank you

    Something off the slab of Utah 9
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  5. WallyWhirled

    WallyWhirled Been here awhile

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    Near Zion leaves a lot to interpretation. In my mind, the dirt road to Taroweap would qualify. There are lots of backroads on the Escalante step. Coral Pink Sand Dunes might be an interesting diversion. Personally I would step it up a bit and ride Hwy 12. See Bryce Canyon, good hiking there too. Then go on up Hwy 12 to at least Boulder and take the Burr Trail down to Bullfrog. You can loop back on pavement through the main part of Capitol Reef NP or ride the dirt back up toward the visitors center. There are other dirt trails in the area too. Hwy 95 down to Hite is great. Are you planning on doing a loop? If so, check out my Reefer Madness post for some highlights of a fantastic ADV loop.------------
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  6. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Three words

    'White Rim Trail'


    four more words

    'don't take the Mrs!'
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  7. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    Will you have time to go east from Zion to Bryce? Go hiking there?
    There are also the Red Hills area around Las Vegas; good hiking and I think off road (but others have to talk about that).
    -ceej

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  8. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    First, you should have one of these, if not that's ok.
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    Off of 9, a few miles before Virgin turn north on Mesa Rd. This starts as pavement and will turn into dirt. Mesa Rd will intersect with Kolob Reservoir Rd(all pavement) up to Kolob Res. Great small road! Don't go past Kolob Res., turn around and come back to 9.

    South of Rockville is the Smithsonian Butte Rd(dirt) with some nice views. In Zion, make sure you ride up through the tunnels out to Hwy 89(Mt Carmel). Nice stop at MC, with plenty of eats and fuel. Thunderbird Lodge is a popular spot, at least for pie anyway.

    A bit north on 89, and west on 14 will get you up to Cedar Breaks NM. :thumb

    Toroweap, has a couple of ways to get down there, directly south out of Colorado City is shortest. I was there last Thurs in my Jeep. 60 miles of dirt one way. But this is what you get...
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  9. mtneering

    mtneering Adventurer

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    Wow! this is great, time to start mapping
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  10. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Going over 14 from Cedar City to Cedar Breaks is way beautiful. Take in Cedar Breaks Monument. There are lots of dirt roads easily ridable in and around Navajo Lake, Duck Creek Village area. At 9K' it is also cool up there. Could probly get a cabin at the lake. Then there are dirt roads going south, along the eastern border of Zion NP. Or ride it the other way from my next segment below. Hiway 14 re-opened last year after a slide close it in 2011.

    Coming the other way, from 89 near Kanab, nice dirt route from east of there Johnson Canyon Road, puts you up and west towards Duck Creek - Navajo Lake - Cedar Breaks. That's the way we came from North Rim last year on our GC trip - RR in my sig. We have the route laid out in the report as well. About 600 miles of dirt roads, camping off the bikes, north rim to Dixie Forest.

    The Kaibab Plateau and national forest is absolutely beautiful. Some elevation and trees so it's cool, lots of dirt routes. Highlights are Bar-Ten Ranch, Toroweep, Sublime Point. Ride out to Sublime, then over into North Rim to the big lodge. Cabins there too. "Kaibab", a Piaute indian name which means 'mountain turn on side'. :clap

    90% of GC visitors reach the area from the south, so the north rim area gets very little tourist pressure. We pretty much have the place to ourselves when traveling through.

    Can't help you with Bryce Canyon, but see and hear it's really scenic.
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  11. El Brad

    El Brad Leave it long on top

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