Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George

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

  1. buzzardair

    buzzardair terraqueous Adventurer

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    Thanks for taking us along on your ride. I need to get down there and check out Pioche. That looks like a great day of adventure.
  2. silverdog

    silverdog Been here awhile

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    Good pics, nice report.. Thanks.
  3. pdxcajun

    pdxcajun Fish'n and ride'n

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    I will be spending 4 or 5 days in S. Utah on my way back home to Oregon from Louisiana. I should be there beginning around May 7. I have my CRF230L on the back of my van and am planning to take some rides in the area. I am another recently retired ADV lurker and would like to know if any others will be in the area and willing to join me on some rides. I am pretty flexible with my itinerary.
  4. WDG

    WDG Been here awhile

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    We stayed there both times we've been to the North Rim. Nice place. Would love to spend lots more time in the area.
  5. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Thanks, inmates. Also for PMs and star ratings. You guys are looking out for me. :D

    FYI for any Noobs . . . the index of rides on page 1 might be useful if looking for ride ideas. :deal

    Hey Rick Rides - Always an honor to get a first post. :thumb Taking the wife to the Ledges for lunch. Very classy. It's not Subway. :lol3 You're local. See you around. :wave


    Thanks, notsofasteddie. The ride to Pioche was excellent. The old mining towns are definitely on my list. Wasn't aware of Eureka, UT, but have been to Eureka, Austin, and Tonopah. Mostly in the cage and with family. The Nevada "ghost" towns are very appealing if you have the right expectations. And the vast scenery and empty roads are motorcycle heaven. :clap

    Hey Hoot - Yeah, the Gold Butte area of Nevada has had a lot of "Black Helicopter" stuff recently. Hope you are getting out on that new TW and using it as it should be used. Rubber side down, of course. :wink:
  6. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Don't be a stranger, DJ. There must be a nice empty house in Santa Clara just waiting patiently. As I'm sure you are aware the weather in St. George is perfect for riding . . . dirt or street. The run over to Pioche on road bikes for lunch at the Silver Cafe would make for a good day with the inmates. Road from Modena, UT to Panaca, NV has some nice curves and very few LEOs given that it is no-mans land between Utah and Nevada. :D

    Bob - you are the man! :wave

    Yes, buzzardair. Pioche is off the beaten track, but an excellent destination. :nod
  7. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Hey silverdog - You joined the asylum in 2003. Very senior inmate. Quite the honor. Thanks. :D

    First post, pdxcajun. Thanks, lurker no more. :lol3 Send a pm when you are getting close to St. George. I have the assorted family obligations and other activities, but am usually flexible for some riding time with inmates. Safe travels. :ricky

    Hey WDG. Yes, I plan to be spending more time on the North Rim also, both on and off pavement. It's a big world over there on the Kaibab plateau. Lots to explore and relatively close to St. George for day trips or short overnights. Thanks for checking in. :clap
  8. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    :clapFantastic RR and Pictures, as usual.:clap
    Regards,
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  9. DirtyJohnny

    DirtyJohnny BR 549

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  10. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    I'm planning out an adventure day ride on 5/4. PM me if ya wanna come. You too StG and RRR! Hope you don't mind the thread hijack :evil
  11. StG

    StG Been here awhile

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    I think R3's thread is the defacto St George adv group ride thread anyway:D. Wish I could make it!
  12. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Great shots, thanks!
  13. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    nice pioche pics...thanks for getting us interested in visiting that beautiful place.

    :clap
  14. AccelRus MaxiMus

    AccelRus MaxiMus Been here awhile

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    Hey RRR - AWESOME thread, with great info !

    Will be in St George May 9-15 and sent you PM re
    some routes.

    Do you think the higher elevation stuff will be
    clear of snow ?

    Utah traffic cams near Cedar Break show snow
    on the side of the roads... :eek1
  15. notsofasteddie

    notsofasteddie Semi Slow Rider

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    I'll let RRR give you the details, but the Snotel sites show that below 9,000 ft most of the snow is all gone. Up near 10,000 there's still going to be snow when you show up the first week of May. This winter there wasn't much snow compared to average, but it's still pretty high and cold and they just got another small batch this last weekend up there. There's plenty of country to see at elevations lower than 9,000 ft though. I've seen snow on the sides of that road (on top) 5' deep in June after real wet winters.
  16. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Been running out of Hurricane for the last few days (after fighting wind and snow in I15 to get here). No bike, just the Jeep, but we are finidng plenty of back country roads.

    Questions for locals, are there any good paper maps of this country around Hurricane and over by St. George? Can't find anything locally (Hurricane), but will be going to St. George today where I tracked down a couple of Benchmark Atlas books for both AZ and UT at an out door store. I've found them to be great resources back north. I have BaseCamp with appropriate state Topos but would like the BM Atlas for backup and information.
  17. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    RRR,

    I got this...

    Interagency Visitor Center
    345 East Riverside Dr
    S.G.

    I15 off at Bluff/E. Riverside Dr.

    It's just east of the hwy.
  18. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    Thanks, I had thought to hit the local BLM offoce as well.

    Ron
  19. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    It is BLM, here's what you're looking for..
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  20. notsofasteddie

    notsofasteddie Semi Slow Rider

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    At the BLM field office ask for the Arizona Strip Visitor map, It cuts off just north of Hurricane, so you won't get the country up around Zion, but everything south of there to the Grand Canyon is shown.