Utah/Colorado Vacation Help
Posted March 02, 2003 - 01:07 AM
Me and a friend are planning a riding trip out in the Moab area and are looking for advice on good rides. We would like to find a place with nice accomodations, maybe a cabin or something for the wives. Both bikes are street legal so riding right from where we are staying would be great if possible. Looking for some long loops with good riding and scenery too. Also, we are from Jersey riding at about 500ft on average, what should we be jetting at for the elevation out there (01'&02' WR426). Are GPS recommended? How about the weather conditions around June/July. Lots, and lots of questions. Any help would be great.
Posted March 02, 2003 - 05:49 AM
Posted March 02, 2003 - 07:09 AM
web page for TrekNow
They do haved stuff near Moab. Their Website is a bit difficult to navigate but these links are what you need to check out.
Northwest Moab Overview
Northeast Moab Overview
Southeast Moab Overview
You can get more info from the web site.
A good friend has been to Moab a couple of times and I have some of his GPS tracklogs that do not appear on the Treknow webpages above.
I hope this helps
Posted March 02, 2003 - 11:38 AM
Posted March 02, 2003 - 12:56 PM
Posted March 02, 2003 - 01:55 PM
We are going out for a week in october. driving out from Michigan.
Ive been told that we can spend a week out in Moab and never see the same place twice. Ive been told that some of the best maps of the area are the latitude 40 maps
Here are a few links to some posts that I did on the same subject.
Hope some of this helps.
Posted March 02, 2003 - 05:14 PM
Posted March 02, 2003 - 08:20 PM
Posted March 03, 2003 - 07:41 AM
Taylor park is an awsome place to stay. Although the wive's may find it a little boring as there is nothing there but a corner store / gas station. The ridding from there is awsome. Check out "timberline Ridge" trail. Thas sucker has some sierious "pucker power".
Posted March 03, 2003 - 09:03 AM
Posted March 04, 2003 - 06:28 AM
If you are street legal, I would suggest doing the White Rim Trail in the Island in the Sky portion of Canyonlands National Park. For one-day trips, a permit or reservation is not needed. Check with the visitors center. I'd ride counterclockwise starting on the Mineral Bottom Road descending Horsethief Point to the Green River. It is a 105 mile loop of the most beautiful country the area has to offer. The riding is fun on jeep trails with loose surface rock, sand, ledges, and hard pack. The trail rises and drops from many tiers or benches wandering close to the edge of sheer drop-offs. The view and scenery are spectacular. Toward the end, the trail will climb back on top of the "island" up the Shafer Trail.
Another shorter loop in the area would be the Jughandle loop. It is about 36 miles off-road with 26 miles of pavement. Leaving Moab toward the north, head to the Potash Plant to the evaporation ponds, up the Shafer Canyon to the White Rim trail kiosk. Then, Up the steep switchbacks of the Shafer Trail. Travel on Hwy 313 to the Long Canyon road down Pucker Pass. At the bottom is the Jughandle Arch and you are back on Hwy 279.
If you want a more challenging and technical trail, ride the Poison Spider Mesa trail to the overlook at the Portal trail. Head north connecting with the Golden Spike Jeep trail (follow the spikes painted on the slickrock). Great views of Arches and the La Sals. Follow the Golden Spike down Gold Bar Rim trail near Monticello Rock. From here you can leave by Little Canyon out to Hwy 191 at the Gemini Bridges trailhead. Or, head into Bull Canyon and view the Bridges from below. Then, out by Trigger road down the rocky hill and out Little Canyon.
As it has been said before, it is very HOT in July.
You may want to consider doing some mountain rides in the La Sals.
If you are looking to stay in a cabin, check out the Portal RV park in Moab.
Posted March 05, 2003 - 11:52 AM
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