Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by RedRockRider, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Thanks to:
    bomose - keep Death Valley on your list, just not in summer. :D
    TurbStLCards - Kolob Reservoir. Great place for a bike pic. :thumb
    TheAdmiral - Arm-chair tourism. Yeah, it's fun. But the TW won't cost much in gas. Death Valley has some nice dirt routes. :nod
    ringokelly - Yeah, Death Valley is definitely a worthy moto destination. :clap


    Yesterday was in Bryce with the family. Fun hiking down amongst the hoodoos. Some snow, not much ice. Lots of mud.

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    Now to complete the Las Vegas trip. This is the final day, from Las Vegas back to St. George. Rendezvoused with wife at son at MGM Grand. Fun night and a slow morning. They had the car so made fast time on I-15 back to St. George. I opted for the scenic route.

    Found the Pawnshop guys driving north on Las Vegas Blvd. Not such a nice part of town. :lol3

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    Some art on the back of their building.

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    Huge lines at the Pawnshop store, so I quickly moved on. Across the parking lot was this little gem.

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    Left Las Vegas via Rt. 147, Lake Mead Blvd.

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    Quick arrival at the entrance station. Bring your National Park Pass for this road. :deal

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    Heading north.

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    Stopping in for a little exploring at Government Wash Boat Launch.

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    At the shoreline of Lake Mead.

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    A little further up . . . stop at Callville Bay Marina.

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    Obviously . . . the sign means that someone drove a motorbike onto the pier. :eek1 Must have been an inmate. :lol3

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    Versys at the shoreline.

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    Looking down on the marina.

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    The Old Spanish Trail came through this way. Lots of familiar territory on the Spanish Trail.

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    Remnants of the abandoned town of Callville on the bottom of Lake Mead.

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    Typical desert scenery. Not quite Death Valley, but still very nice. And close to home.

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    Great road and very few cars. :clap

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    Mountains and erosion patterns.

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    Saw this traffic stop from afar. Looked like a ticket.

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    The "Bowl of Fire" -- all visible from the main road.

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    Silhouette of desert plant.

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    Final glamour shot of the Versys. Great bike for a five day road ride through Death Valley. :thumb

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    Late afternoon light.

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    Home to St. George. Five days of excellent riding to Death Valley. Thanks for following along. :wave
  2. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Great rr RRR!

    Every rider should be so lucky to experience our deserts, solo on a m/c. You captured this beautifully.

    It looks like the bike and weather cooperated, hopefully the slots in Vegas did also.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful DV area and our deserts in general.
  3. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Thanks, Sam. Solo rides are good for the soul. And the open roads and beauty of the west are unparalleled.

    Of course, inmate and/or family and friends rides are fun as well. Both have their place. Looks like you have a good thing going with a few scooter guys in SoCal. The dude in his 80s is to be admired. :ricky

    Keep me posted as you formulate Moab plans. If you are coming/going through St. George we can certainly figure out a ride and a dinner, hopefully both. Weather in St. George is turning nice again . . . starting to notice the longer days.

    Alright . . . take it easy out there . . . rubber side down. :thumb
  4. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Warm weather is finally returning to St. George. A few pics from an afternoon ride out on the new highway by Warner Valley.


    On the shoulder of the new road (Highway 7) looking down on the Virgin River.

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    Artwork on a nearby abandoned bridge crossing the Virgin River.

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    Virgin River.

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    Beautiful neighborhood street, Sycamore Lane, in Hurricane. Looks much more like the east coast.

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    List of rides updated in post on page one. Thanks for checking in. Ride safely out there. :wave
  5. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    and take a picture of this in the fall when the leaves are turning. Neat street view.

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  6. MTNclimber0331

    MTNclimber0331 n00b

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    Ahhh, DV. Thinking about taking a few days in late March or early April to drive out there and spend a few days riding and exploring. Anyone interested in joining??:ricky
  7. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Hey MTNclimber0331 -- Thanks for checking out the DV pics. :D You're local. You gotta hook up with us sometime for ride. There are definitely a couple of local inmates that like to get out and about. Also a few canyoneers in the mix. :clap

    No plans for late March or April . . . day trips (weekday or weekend) always much easier to organize. Don't be a stranger. Ride safely out there. --- RRR. :wave
  8. MTNclimber0331

    MTNclimber0331 n00b

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    Hey RRR, yeah I've tried to hook up with you guys a couple of times, but it seems that most of the rides I've seen are done midweek. I can really only do weekends or week nights, but I definitely want to hook up with everyone at some point. Seems I'm always riding alone :cry. Boo hoo, right?? Anyway, keep me in the loop. I'll try and keep everyone posted on when I plan to do DV, in case anyone wants to partake! Great posts, by the way!!:bow
  9. Chiefinski

    Chiefinski n00b

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    Just discovered this site today. Moved to Washington, UT less than a year ago, found my dream bike on Cycle Trader Online in August (2010 BMW R1200GS Adventure), flew to Tucson to buy it and rode it back. Pretty warm ride but loved every minute of it. I've seen dirt roads all over the place but with former street bikes I've owned I could never go down them. For safety reasons I want someone else to ride with when I explore these roads. My experience is all on street bikes, which I've ridden most of my life. Many of the rides I'm seeing on this site look to be exactly what I'm looking for so if anyone else out there is looking for someone to tag along, I'm your man...particularly if you know your way around this beautiful country.

    So many dirt roads and so little time.
  10. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Hey Chiefinski,

    Welcome to the asylum. Thanks for your first post, always an honor. Fine to post up here or send PMs. Longer days are coming. :D Index of rides on page one. Benchmark Map is very useful for planning. Local inmates are a great bunch of guys and one gal. Congrats on your bike and new place in Washington.

    See you around, RRR. :thumb
  11. RedRockRider

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    Beautiful blue skies a couple of days ago. Good afternoon to ride up to Zion. Stopped to take a pic at the bridge crossing to La Verkin.

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    The bridge.

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    In Rockville, about a month ago, after a period of heavy rain, a huge boulder came crashing down and demolished this house, killing two people. :cry

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    The property is adjacent to the main road. Now fenced off. Doesn't look like anything has been touched since the boulder came down. This sign is posted on the fence.

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    Boulder and remains of house.

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    Small memorial.

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    On to Zion. Much easier to get a photo of the entrance in winter. In high season (spring, summer, and fall) this sign is often crawling with tourists.

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    Large roadside rock, heading up to the tunnel.

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    If you get the chance, ride your bike through the tunnel. It's an experience. Also some great switchbacks and views. THe east exit/entrance to Zion is a great motorcycle road to Mount Carmel Junction.

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    Court of the Patriarchs.

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    Named by a Methodist minister.

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    In winter the main canyon road is open to private vehicles. Short hike up to Weeping Rock.

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    Red cliffs of Zion.

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    The road is slow speed, but has a nice curves and some fantastic views, mostly upwards.

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    Saw this clever little dude at one of the view points. :wave

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    Going home. View across Sand Hollow Reservoir.

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    Thanks for checking in. Ride safe, ride often. :D
  12. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    Thanks for the great ride report RRR :clap

    Google maps says you are 3800km's from my home, but I reckon that's not going to stop me from visiting your beautiful area and doing some riding of my own.

    Your photos and reports have made up my mind, the rest are just details.
  13. Dkizerian

    Dkizerian Honky Lips

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    Thanks for all the great reports! I'm itching to make it south, visit my parents in Mesquite, and then go on a little adventure.
  14. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Hello Inmates,

    There's been a bit of a gap since my last post. Spent the last few weeks shutting down my business -- all good. Turns out we have "hit our number" so I've decided to become a "full-time slacker." :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 Have to join my buddy StG . . . as an experienced "slacker" . . . he'll be a good role model. :thumb

    I'll have to get busy with more moto rides and keep myself out of the house. Otherwise my wife is just delighting in the opportunity to give me the "honey do" list. :deal Yikes -- not exactly my vision of retirement. :eek1

    I've received several PMs from inmate friends . . . checking in on me . . . thanks. :D Some imaginary friends aren't all that bad.

    Appreciate the recent comments from Dkizerian and Vikingtazz. Thread now has over 200,000 views and lots of 5-star ratings. Thanks everyone. :clap

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    On to the pics. Good Friday afternoon ride with Dad. Weather is now beautiful in St. George. We did a short ride out on the AZ Strip - the Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Loop. Starts at River Road, ends up by Washington Fields. Lots of new construction (roads and houses) on that side of town. Quite a mess.

    Starting out. Good sign.

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    Dad is ready with his camera. :D

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    He loops up the road ahead of me.

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    Near the Black Mountain Petroglyph "parking lot." Background is looking south towards higher ground of the AZ Strip.

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    A few of the petroglyphs.

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    Beautiful lichen on the desert rocks.

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    This bike was in the "parking lot" for the petroglyphs while we were there. Very nice looking Honda 250 dual sport. Perhaps another local inmate?

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    Completing the loop back towards Washington Fields.

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    Reconnecting with pavement near the new "Warner Valley" exit. Looking north towards the red sandstone of Silver Reef and Pine Valley Mountain.

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    As always, thanks for riding along. Stay safe out there. :wave
  15. Tee2

    Tee2 I SAID! Woo Hoo!

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    "full-time slacker." ? You mean, you now can give your full attention to this thread. :clap

    Congratulations!
  16. Byork

    Byork Novice

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    Congradulations on retirement! :clap Enjoying your thread from the flatlands here.

    I've got another 25-35 yrs of working :cry:lol3
  17. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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  18. notsofasteddie

    notsofasteddie Semi Slow Rider

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    Congratulations on retirement. I too am now part of the retired folks, as of January 24th. We're finishing up some home improvement stuff this next week, but I did get some riding in the last few days. Beautiful weather over this way in Page also.

    If our "schedules" match, and you're up for it, maybe I can buy you lunch one day when I'm over that way. I have to go see the guy that cuts the little cancerous thingies off my scalp one of these next weeks and his office is near the Bloomington Walmart (Dixie Dermatology by the Wingate hotel). As a thank you for all the entertainment and information I'd buy you lunch at Peppers Cantina there in the neighborhood (or wherever). I'll PM you when I get an appointment set up to see if you're good with it.

    Enjoyed the Death Valley trip. It had me inspired to try and do that right after my last day at work. But, I tweaked my back at home a week before retirement, so, I didn't get back riding again until a couple of weeks ago. By then the home improvement stuff was on the schedule. If I'm going to Death Valley this spring I'd better get it done before it's 120 deg.

    Thanks for the continuing saga!
    Ed
  19. ringokelly

    ringokelly Been here awhile

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    RRR...Retired?? What?? You are not old enough! I need your job and "get me some of that".. I am sure I will be working until the day I die, but that's OK too. More time for you to ride, so be prepped next time I am down :clap
  20. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Thanks Ed, sounds good. PM me whenever you are planning to be in St. George. Road bikes or dual sport . . . or just lunch. Peppers Cantina is 10 min from my house. Congrats on your retirement as well.

    Ringokelly . . . I'll be ready . . . road or dual sport. :thumb