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Old 10-10-2011, 01:05 AM   #49
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Location: St. George, UT
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Snow Canyon, Sand Cove Rd, Gunlock Reservoir

A very scenic, short loop, just north of St. George. Snow Canyon State Park, Sand Cove Road, Gunlock Reservoir, and home via Santa Clara. The loop is all paved except about 10 miles on Sand Cove Road, which is for the most part very good gravel, passable with a street bike unless there has been recent rain. Total - about 50 miles. Here's the map.

Enjoy, fellow inmates!




Entering Snow Canyon State Park (late Sunday afternoon) on the Yamaha WRR. Great for pavement or dirt. The WRR can cruise at 70+. Much better than the TW200 for rides with some stretches of fast asphalt. (Highway 18 N.)




Watch for the Desert Tortoise - a feature in these parts. Cool sign, autographed by artist.




Great views in every direction. Huge red cliffs right next to the road.




Hard to see, but there is a climber in the middle of this sheer rock face. At least several hundred feet pure vertical in every direction. Warm in west facing late afternoon sun. Occasionally, there are fatalities on this wall.




Some of the multi-colored rock, very prevalent in Snow Canyon. Black is lava rock. Red is sandstone with iron oxide. White is sandstone without iron oxide. Lots of easy, short hikes to interesting rock features.




I cruised up and down the road a few times, taking some "action" pics. Very easy to coast downhill, no throttle, and let the camera swing into action. A typical mirror shot . . .




And a driving self-portrait . . .




Photo taken near the top of Snow Canyon, looking down/south. High ground of AZ strip visible in far distance.




Leaving Snow Canyon, back to Highway 18, heading north. This is fast asphalt with modest elevation gain, past Diamond Valley. The left turn onto dirt is at mile marker 18, just past Dammeron Valley.




Will post up pics of Sand Cove Road and Gunlock Reservoir tomorrow. Here's a preview of one of the small reservoirs just off Sand Cove Road . . .




And a car that ran off the road. It was high school homecoming this past weekend, and this road is frequented by teenagers having parties. The driver of this car probably had some very fancy explaining to do.




. . . to be continued . . . thanks for checkin' in . . . ride safe inmates . . .
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