Utah Trip planning help?

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  1. bmwkid

    bmwkid Been here awhile

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    I am planning a week long roadtrip for myself and three friends, from San Fransisco through southern Utah into Colorado.

    We are looking for recomendations on places to stay overnight.

    So far it looks like we are spending the night in Las Vegas, Torrey,Ut., and then Durango,Co.

    Any help would be appriciated.
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  2. arethustra

    arethustra California dreamin'

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    Where are you looking to go in CO. besides Durango?
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  3. bmwkid

    bmwkid Been here awhile

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    Perhaps I should have fininshed my thought. The trip is to end in Durango,we will stay two nights so we can do a one day loop of that area before heading back to S.F.
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  4. arethustra

    arethustra California dreamin'

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    I'd camp at the Sand Dunes National Park...I'd look into what's available in that area if you can make it that far into the state...Think you'd find it worth the extra time
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  5. scottschmidt

    scottschmidt Explore, Discover, Dream

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    It sounds like you have it figured out pretty good. Torrey is a great place to stay. It is a great town in the summer. I've never been in the winter though. If you are taking Highway 12 to Torrey, be careful of weather. That is a high pass and could be snowy (we hope). Make sure you go to Silverton and Ouray. They are both great towns and the ride from Silverton to Ouray is one of the best in the world!

    Mesa Verde is also there. That is a fun site to see if you haven't

    Sounds like a great trip. This weather is making all of us plan motorcycle trips on the weekends. I love it.

    Have fun on your trip.
    :):
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  6. mlott

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    It sounds like the route through Utah will take you close to Zions National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capital Reef National Park and several state parks. If you are on Route 12 and are on a GS and the weather is good, you might like the Burr Trail from Boulder to Ticaboo.
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  7. GSAnderson

    GSAnderson Wandering Swede

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    As you've heard, Torrey is a great place to stay with excellent riding to be found in all directions. Stay at Austin's Chuckwagon Lodge.

    Don't miss Zion. It's spectacular:

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  8. billcat

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    Zion and Bryce, man. Tis the shiat. Might be cold bring a pillion.
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  9. Dead Head

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    There is absolutely nothing about Torrey you won't like. Be sure to take a ride to Bryce and Zion. The Escalante staircase area is a great ride. I did a similar loop last year with two other friends (The Three Amigos) from Mass. out to Utah, CO., Az. and back home., 7500 miles round trip.

    Enjoy........:drums
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  10. Ruskie

    Ruskie Banned

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    We spent two weeks there and had an incredible time. We camped at Sandcreek RV and Campground. Donna & Duane are great hosts. They have nice little camp cabins if yur not into spreading the bag on the ground. Nice motels in the area too, and quad rentals which are a hoot offroad.

    "Cafe' Diablo" is across the street (hiway 24) and the food is incredible. As already mentioned by others, the riding on and offroad is unbelievable.
    We really want to go back soon.
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  11. fish

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    UT 12 is an awesome route. Fast, endless sweepers. WFO for as long as your testicals will allow. :thumb

    For some reason, Jocflier didn't like it on his GS...dunno why...never really asked (I was on my RT).
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  12. fish

    fish Banned

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    It's a park, so it's pretty heavily enforced, but Zion is really cool. Very red rock and the road was made out of it.

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    You go through a couple of tunnels...

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    That have windows cut in the sides of them....

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    Mmmm...dark in here. Where's that window?

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    Dammit...missed that one. How did they get grafitti in here??

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    shit...missed another one.

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    There we go! :1drink Yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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    I can't wait to go back.
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  13. Ruskie

    Ruskie Banned

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    Incredible at every turn.
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  14. Ruskie

    Ruskie Banned

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    every corner...
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  15. Yeeha!

    Yeeha! Adventurer

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    Which parks now have the Tourist Tram or Bus that takes you through the park instead of driving yourself?

    and... do they run them all year that way or just during peak season?

    Last time I was at Zion, the Tram didn't start till early summer. Up till then you could ride/drive through yourself.

    Stephen
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  16. Ruskie

    Ruskie Banned

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    correct on Zion. Looks like Asia in the early summer:huh
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  17. GSAnderson

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    When I was there in October, you could drive through the park. A road going to the north was tram only.
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  18. Slaniac

    Slaniac Martini elbow

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    I don't know how you're coming back, but think about hwy 50. Out of St. George Ut. head for Pioche (peeoshh) NV. and spend the night at the Overland Hotel. then north to Ely and Hwy 50.

    slaniac:evil
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