The Grand Staircase

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by kickstandsup, Apr 24, 2021.

  1. kickstandsup

    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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    Thanks, I sure enjoyed it!
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    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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    Past this section, it starts to open up and flatten out for a time.

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    You come to pavement end in about 30 miles, at the entrance to Capital Reef National Park.

    "Turn around and step away from the dirt."

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    The folks in the background are getting ready to tackle the switchbacks. I'll wait until we come back with Nigel...our 04 Land Rover D2, which is how I like my dirt. :lol3

    To give you an idea, they look like this:

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    As always, heading back provides a new perspective.

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    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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    More...

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    As you can tell, there was a bit of weather drama that added substantially to the landscape without contributing any real water.

    Dino says, "Happy Earth Day Everyone!"

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  4. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Thanks. Giving me some great ideas for the next leg of our traveling.
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  5. Pete_Tallahassee

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    Nice report, thanks for posting. What was the dessert at the Turquoise Room?
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    creme brûlée, yum!
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  7. Jaybirdtuc

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    Great RR, thx. Might have to follow your lead on this route.
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    Outstanding Mike!

    I've always wanted to explore that area and you're exacerbating that itch to ride Utah...
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  9. kickstandsup

    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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    Thanks, it is a beautiful, unique area.
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    Thanks Rudy...but I think you're constantly itchy...in a good way... :lol3

    It really is stunning, with lots of off road opportunities for you as well.
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    Day 5 - Escalante to Marble Canyon, AZ (with a Bryce detour)

    All hoodoos, all the time, no waiting, step right up! That's Bryce Canyon National Park. Weird, wonderful and worth the ride.

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    There's an 18 mile ride after the entrance (love my forever National Park Pass) that takes you to Rainbow Point; my plan was to ride there then stop at all the overlooks on the way back.

    Notice the elevation? Chilly again, upper 40s...

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    Here's what lies beyond the sign...

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    Next...

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  12. bomose

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    Southern Utah is one of my favorite places. I've probably been there 10-12 times in the last 30 years. Even the past two. Fantastic photos! You'll really enjoy getting in the dirt.
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    Thanks...my wife's already looking at dates to return in the Rover. :lol3
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    Just wanted to see if you're paying attention. Who do you love?

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    Rook to bishop 4...

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    Leaving Bryce, filling up with Dinocare of course, I head towards Arizona: Jacob's Lake and Marble Canyon, over the Vermillion Cliffs. The road to the North Rim is closed; signs announce an expected opening of May 15. I've heard that before; twice I've tried on my way to the World Superbike races in Salt Lake City only to find it closed. Someday...

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    Lees Ferry Lodge is a funky, tiny place right at the base of the cliffs.

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    They also run kayaking trips on the Colorado River.

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    I'm in No. 10, perhaps they've heard about my Bond, James Bond imitation. This No. 10, however, bears no resemblance to the one on Downing Street.

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    Ginger gets tucked in.

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    Those are bird feeders.

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    The front porch is the only place with a signal, and I'm pretty sure the triangle is the antenna.

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    They also offer very high tech contactless checkin... .

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  16. Juan Loboe

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    Great ride!

    Gotta do it one day very soon!! Looks like you had great weather!!
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    I was there, the only thing I remember was the molded Dino and getting separated from my Parents and panicking. My Dad found me.
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  18. kickstandsup

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    And the rest, as they say, is history. :lol3

    I remember the Unisphere and GM's Tomorrowland exhibit, I think that's what they called it...

    But the Dino was THE best!
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    Before the Burr switchbacks go to the Strike Valley overlook. Its on the trail to the Upper Muley Twist Canyon. Amazing view. Also, take the Wolverine Loop.
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  20. BDO

    BDO Been here awhile

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    Was on your route the past two weeks in my Sprinter

    - California to Death Valley- Zion - Bryce - Grand Staircase- Natural Bridges - Goodnecks - Moab (4 days dirt biking) - Durango - Silverton - Telluride - Gunnison - Crested Butte - Leadville - Breckinridge - Aurora - Boulder - Estes Park - Rocky Mountain Park - Santa Fe - ABQ - Socorro - VLA!- Greer - Show Low - Tucson - Flagstaff- Salt Lake City and Park City next weekend then back to California.

    Great photos and amazing roads! I need to go back with my GS!!
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