4 National Parks and 4 States in One Day.
May 25-27, Memorial Day Full Moon Ride!
230 miles (workarounds possible though not encouraged)
National Parks Entrance Fees apply. I recommend having an annual pass. That said, we will probably only pass through 2 gates (Zion and Bryce) where they actually check passes and collect fees.
The test run was successful.
Probably the most scenic adventure bike ride ever. 650 miles to the first overnight stop. Joshua Tree NP to Capitol Reef NP. Some dirt sections but mostly fast pavement the first day.
Day 1: Starting point Coachella Valley. Up Berdoo Canyon Road through Joshua Tree NP in the dark pre-dawn hours. This will weed out those who really shouldn't undertake this ride. Across the Mohave Preserve where a fantastic sunrise over the Mohave Desert will greet us. Zoom past Vegas in the early a.m. and slab it through the beautiful Virgin River Canyon in AZ and on up to Zion NP. After transversing national park number 2 the ride moves on up to the unimaginably fantastic in every way Highway 12. Through Red Canyon and on to the Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon NP. Leaving the frozen rock warriors the ride returns for the meat of Hwy 12 past Escalante and over the backbone of the ridge culminating with a 9,600 ft pass before dropping down into Capitol Reef NP to end the day. There are both camping and hotels available but reservations are pretty much required unless you just pitch a tent trailside.
Day 2: You could turn around and ride back or take other options making it a 2-day loop. Or... Lots more dirt and lots more incredible scenery. Some potentially challenging sections. If you made it up Berdoo with no issues you should
be ok. If not there are pavement bypasses for the dirt sections. After starting and exploring in Capitol Reef the ride goes up some 4WD trails, back over the 9,600 ft pass to Boulder where we drop back down into Capitol Reef NP via the amazing Burr Trail. A dirt "short-cut" carries us over to pavement and eventually to Hwy 95 through Red Rock slot canyon country and down to the Colorado River at Hite. A brief loop through Natural Bridges National Monument, over to the top of Moki Dugway, zip down more dirt to overlook Goosenecks State Park, down the Dugway for an incredible dirt loop through Valley of the Gods. Pass through Mexican Hat, and then Monument Valley where another dirt loop can be taken. Page is an easy overnight option again with both camping and motels. Due to a landslide closure of Hwy 89 if one goes to Page for the overnight it is unfortunate but one is forced to ride back on Hwy 89 instead of the wonderful motorcycling alternative, Hwy 89A. From Hwy 89A it is possible to camp right on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon making it possible to visit 5 national parks on this run.
Day 3: North Rim Grand Canyon dirt roads (or Page no more dirt) out to I-15 and the slog back to civilization mostly retracing the paved roads of Day 1.
This is not a little bike ride. This is a big bike ride for big boys (and girls) who can put in long miles and who can actually ride ther big bikes in the dirt. Long fuel range required.
The Lunar Calendar indicates a Full Moon on Memorial Day weekend....