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Old 03-10-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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To the Southwest and back

I have been trying to plan out my trip for a while now and I want to get some more input here. I am going on a 2-3 week trip to the southwest. This is my last trip before I hit active duty in July so I want to have the best time before I hit the "real world". I am riding a 99 KLR650 and this will be my first big trip on a bike. I will be camping out as much as possible, possibly using the tent space thread to get some spots if I can't make it to a National Park. I will be doing a lot of off roading and don't mind taking back roads to get there.

My route (main points really)
-SE Kansas to Colorado
-Great Sand Dunes National Park, 2 days
-through Rio Grande National Forest
-Hit up Durango, CO and the trails there, 2 days
-Head to Mesa Verde NP
-Shiprock AZ
-Hit Antelope Canyon and Glenn Canyon NATL Rec Area, 2 days
-Also going to hit Natural Bridges NP and the back road to there, Mutaki Overlook(SP?), been there twice already and I love visiting there.
-Head to Zion NP- Spend 2-3 days there
-Thru Dixie NTL forest and Bryce Canyon NP
-Capitol Reef/ Glenn Canyon NTL rec area and I am going to hit Burr Trail, I hear it's great. Spend a 2 days there
-Then head over to Moab UT and Arches NP, White Rim trail is on the list, anything else?


At this point I am feeling the end of my must visit locations, and I am looking for anything else to visit. I might just head to Colorado and hit up Rocky Mountain NP and go thru some back roads to get there.

I am completely open to info, suggestions and other help. Thanks!

-Joe

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Old 03-10-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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What's Rio Grande National Park?

Do you mean Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande? If so, I agree wholeheartedly. If you didn't mean Big Bend, I recommend you change your plans and go there.

Googling Rio Grande National Park comes up with nothing... unless you mean Rio Grande National Forest. I don't know anything about that place at all.

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Old 03-10-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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What's Rio Grande National Park?

Do you mean Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande? If so, I agree wholeheartedly. If you didn't mean Big Bend, I recommend you change your plans and go there.

Googling Rio Grande National Park comes up with nothing... unless you mean Rio Grande National Forest. I don't know anything about that place at all.

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I did mean National Forest. I am sticking to the Utah, Colorado area mainly. For this this, Big Bend is way out of the way. I'm hitting Big Bend next week actually over spring break. I'm looking forward to seeing that!
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:46 PM   #4
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Make sure that you hit Monument Valley and Valley of the Gods, Mulley Point, and the Gooseneck State Park. There is a nice road under Mulley Point (?Johns Canyon) that goes back about 15-20 miles with some amazing camping spots at the end or along the way.

I can definitely host you if you are riding the Navajo Reservation.

It's usually always epic out here.

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Old 03-11-2013, 09:51 AM   #5
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If you don't already have one, get yourself a Parks Pass:
http://www.kinsail.com/results.asp?p...%20Pass%202013

The cost is $80 but it covers all entrance fees into national parks and other federal lands that have a fee, for a year. (It doesn't cover camping fees.)

Also, it will be toasty in Moab, Arches, Zion and that general area in July, so be prepared for heat.

Rocky Mountain National Park is excellent in July! You might want to cut down a bit on your Utah travels and do a bit more in Colorado, to avoid the heat.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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If you don't already have one, get yourself a Parks Pass:
http://www.kinsail.com/results.asp?p...%20Pass%202013

The cost is $80 but it covers all entrance fees into national parks and other federal lands that have a fee, for a year. (It doesn't cover camping fees.)

Also, it will be toasty in Moab, Arches, Zion and that general area in July, so be prepared for heat.

Rocky Mountain National Park is excellent in July! You might want to cut down a bit on your Utah travels and do a bit more in Colorado, to avoid the heat.
Oh yes, that pass will pay for itself real quick. I love having it. That's a good idea, staying more in the mountains for the cooler weather. I have no problems doing that. Any must see places in Colorado? I would like to hit some trails and perhaps see old mining towns. I know there are some at Holy Cross.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:42 PM   #7
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Make sure that you hit Monument Valley and Valley of the Gods, Mulley Point, and the Gooseneck State Park. There is a nice road under Mulley Point (?Johns Canyon) that goes back about 15-20 miles with some amazing camping spots at the end or along the way.

I can definitely host you if you are riding the Navajo Reservation.

It's usually always epic out here.

Send me a pm if I can help!
All good points to hit, I might just take you up on the offer! I have been through Valley of the Gods, but just driving thru. I probably would check it out and then head to Natural Bridges and up the Moki Dugway(been through there twice and loved it both times)
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