Utah, maybe UTBDR trip planning questions

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  1. KTM Mike

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    Ive ruled out attempting Lockhart Basin based on more reading, to much time on Youtube and other threads here. I suspect we will set up camp somewhere (Moab area perhaps?) where we can boondock, ride the BDR as it seems appropriate and weather allows. We wont have a shortage of good riding from the sounds of it!
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  2. SAM13

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    If you base out of, or near, Moab feel free to hit me up and the wife and I can join you. She doesn’t like highway riding much but plenty of stuff to get dirty on.
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    Thanks Sam. once our plans are finalized, ill be sure to contact you should we stay in that area. It does make sense as a good area to start from. Always good to have some locals as tour guides too!
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    As our planning continues, right now we are leaning towards basing out of the Moab area, at least for a portion of our time in Utah. Our camping preference is not in organized campgrounds, we prefer to boondock or "dry" camp. Unfortunately, it appears the Moab area in general has LOTS of restrictions on boondocking. Does anyone have suggestions on spots outside of the restricted areas, that are not hammered with over use, out of the way, still scenic? I dont feel the need to be particularly close to the town of Moab itself. We would be in a 4x4 pickup truck with a slide in truck camper, towing a small (6x10) enclosed trailer, so we can get a bit off the beaten path, within reason.

    Failing finding a good boondocking spot, a BLM type campground that is not overcrowed, is OK.

    @SAM13 ??? thoughts/suggestions?
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    There are thousands of places to go near town or farther out. The Natl. Forrest has time restrictions and of course Leave No Trace etiquette should be applied but other than that I can find you tons of spots. You don’t need to worry about this, just which view you’ll want when you have coffee in the morning:jump
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    Good news Sam13! What prompted my question/concern was coming across this map showing all sorts of restricted areas. I will be sure to send you a PM for more details as our planning progresses.

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    Most of the area labeled no campsites is not vehicle accessible anyway. Everything else is accurate, but there are always secret spots.......
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    I am still in the planning stages of my trip. I have came across a variety of threads on ADV, some with GPS tracks I have downloaded. I have the BDR tracks already. Does anyone here have any GPS tracks they would like to share here?
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    Thanks WB! I'll check it out. I'm finding myself thinking more and more about east west.

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    Just saw this thread. I was planning a Nevada trip for Early May, but I'm now considering UTBDR instead. Typically, as others have posted, the UTBDR is not accessible that early in the year. But the snow pack out here has been far below average all year. Unless some spring storms ( March April ) roll in and drop tons of snow I'm expecting to be able to ride UTBDR at least a month earlier than typical. The south sections should be ideal that time also.
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    E/W across southern UT has to be some of the highest density of "wows" per mile in the USA :D
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    I was watching one of your "wow" YouTube videos last night!

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    Did it wow ya :rofl
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    Yep. Forget what one, it was more small bike appropriate, but could be done on big bike.... something Creek. .

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    The "dry winter" in Northern Utah was at least partially rejected today.... We got more than 12" in Logan, lots more in the mountains. We will see what happens. It has been very dry and relatively warm until today, and supposed to get much colder, with lows here below zero in the morning, depending upon which forecast you take as "gospel" from the weather guessers
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    That was probably Onion Creek, it's nice big bike ride in the Moab area. If you do that ride and have the time stop in at the movie museum at the big ranch in Fischer Valley along the Colorado, lots of westerns were filmed there.
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    Are you thinking of the one at Red Cliffs Lodge on hwy 128? I wasn’t aware of one up at the ranch and usually give it a wide berth so as not to disturb them. Just a technicality but my understanding is the homeowners in Fisher Valley prefer their privacy.
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    yea it's at the lodge at the river, it's also a dude ranch, resort, petting zoo etc etc... it's probably got a golf course in it's future :D We don't buzz the residents in the valley ether but I'll ride through it.
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    No golf course..... yet., but they have added a nice outdoor/ shaded dining area with a buffet lunch. This is good if you want to do several rides out there and not carry food or come back to town. I think it was like $11 a person?
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