Where to base camp in Utah?

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  1. oneway

    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    Meeting a couple friends in Utah probably late SEPT/early OCT. Old guys on street bikes. Looking for base camp ideas tent/RV/camping cabin etc type accommodations located so there are a decent amount of day rides in the area. We usually travel but this year due to Covid we’re gonna basecamp it and day ride. I know about Zion ponderosa. Any other suggestions?
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  2. riiv

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    Marysvale, UT - Heart of the Paiute ATV Trail system. Lots of forest roads in the mountains.
    Moab is obvious but you could go farther south to Monticello and go west.
    Then theres my home: Price/Huntington/Ferron and the San Raphael Swell or up near Bruin Point and Nine Mile Ranch.
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    Migolito Prognosticator and MotoYogi

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    FYI, in Sept/Oct in Utah it's the middle of hunting season.
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    Bullseye Mr. Bad Example Supporter

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    I ride Utah every October... you'll see hunter camps all over, but I've never had any issues.
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    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    I figure maybe a little harder getting into an established campground. How’s the weather in Oct.?
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    October is prime season (my $.02) for all sorts of activity weather wise. I’ve kayaked, backpacked, moto’ed, mtn biked, done slot canyons all in Oct. You won’t be alone :). Have fun!
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    Kadachrome Basin State Park or KOA in Cannonville?
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    Mid September to mid October is the best time of year. Monsoon rains are gone and dirt roads are generally dry. Temps are moderate. It can be a little cool up high and a little warm down low.
    Hunters generally disperse camp in remote locations not in established campgrounds near roads... but it will also depend where exactly you are.
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    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    Reservations made. Thanks for all the input!
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    Bullseye Mr. Bad Example Supporter

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    So what location submitted the winning bid to host OneWay Base Camp 2020??
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    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    We decided on 1000 lakes campground in Torrey, UT.
    I let the other 2 decide based on their needs since I’ll be in a truck camper towing my bike trailer. I gave them all the suggestions from the trip planning and regional threads I posted.
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    Bullseye Mr. Bad Example Supporter

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    That looks like a good call. Great riding in all directions. Enjoy!
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    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    So, we’ve been here a week. Excellent choice for anyone looking to basecamp and as was mentioned there’s great riding in every direction. 04F3FBC1-DDF6-4E91-82F8-5B9D60F96D93.jpeg 5676066C-4212-4F6C-A3C2-4393F1E568AD.jpeg 51B94322-6CEF-4ED6-9E8C-EF2D8DAD36B7.jpeg 51B94322-6CEF-4ED6-9E8C-EF2D8DAD36B7.jpeg
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    Rt 12 is one of the best paved roads we rode in Utah. Also go down Burr Trail just south of Boulder it’s a treat of paved road it will turn to dirt. It’s worth the ride!
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    Monument valley is a great area to visit.
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    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    My guys didn’t want to do down the burr trail because one was on a heavy H-D. I will say that yesterday I went to Zion ponderosa and the Torrey area was a much better call for what we wanted to accomplish. 8B0567AC-3AD7-470E-99C4-83046DEF38EC.jpeg We did get the H-D rider to the top of Brian Head peak to scatter a friends ashes. Also Hwy 31 up north was great.
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    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    If anyone followed my trip report to South America you’ll know that my friend Paul was the last person I saw Before I crossed the border southbound. He was in the USC Norris cancer center. He died 2 month later and I flew back from Ecuador for his celebration of life, then returned to Ecuador to finish my trip to Ushuaia. Paul loved to ski in Brian Head.
    We returned him to the mountain he loved. 87F9B859-7642-4078-BB09-E788E9439C63.jpeg RIP my brother.
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    That's the way to do it! I plan on the same thing, and hopefully my riding buds will help out!
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    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    7C985DC2-72EE-409D-BD61-1C94992E9882.jpeg Alright Dammit. I’m gonna say this once. 2 weeks after getting back from scattering my good friends ashes in Utah my friend on the HD had a stroke. Get your ass out there and ride with your friends. One day you’ll be glad you took that last ride.
    NOW GO !!!
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