Tour Eight

Great Southern Tour
13 riding days and 14 nights lodging
2600 miles

Our extended southern route is designed to hit all of the best destinations in the southwest. The first four days will have you visiting four different national parks and from there, we alternate national parks and national monuments for the rest of the trip.

Starting from base camp in Salt Lake City, you travel to southern Utah to Zion National Park by way of the beautiful country roads of central Utah. You arrive in the park in the early evening when the sun paints spectacular colors on the deep canyons and the next morning will allow you time to do some further exploring before riding to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. This is the less visited portion of the park which makes it more intimate and personal but no less spectacular.

Day three takes us to our third national park, Bryce Canyon by way of the incredible Marble Canyon and a stop at Lake Powell for a tour of the dam that created the second largest reservoir in the United States. A cruise through the red rock canyons will put you at the park in time to witness the sunset that turns the formations of Bryce Canyon into spectacular pillars of fire.

The next day you travel over Utah’s Highway 12 that is one of the top 10 scenic byways in the country. We even know a few off-shoots that will enhance the days trip. That evening you will stay in a small town and have dinner at a restaurant that has garnished several awards including a “Best of the Southwest” and a “Fodor's Choice” recommendation. Good dining is part of good traveling.

In the morning, grab a lunch to go and fuel up as there are no guaranteed services along the way. However there is Capitol Reef National Park and very remote but incredible Natural Bridges National Monument along the route. A 1000 foot drop down some unpaved but perfectly safe switchbacks will put you in a small town for large steak dinner at a popular steakhouse.

Next, venture into Colorado for a few days to travel the "Million Dollar Highway" which was recently voted #4 of the top 15 motorcycle roads in the United States by the American Motorcycle Association and stay in the town of Ouray located right in the middle of the peaks.

The next day, visit another national park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park which is a “must see” as the extreme depth and narrow width will amaze you.

The following day you will travel deep into the Rocky Mountains and over the incredibly magnificent Independence Pass which at 12,000 ft, this will be the highest point of your trip.

Glenwood Springs will mark the middle of our tour where we have scheduled in a lay over day to relax by the incredible pools that have made the town famous or if you are not tired of the saddle you can do a day tour back into the Rockies.

Then travel west and climb over the Grand Mesa which is the highest flat-top mountain in the country which will drop you down into the wine country of Grand Junction for an overnight stay.

The next leg will take us back into Utah to the town of Moab where you will spend a day there and explore Canyonlands and Arches National Parks before your ride home through the high skyline roads of central Utah.

Seven National Parks, two National Monuments, the extremes of the southern desert red rocks and the southern Rocky Mountains. These will be thirteen days you will never forget.

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Colorado Monument

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