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Old 01-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #481
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Hey telejojo - thanks for checkin' out the thread.

Monument Valley is about 300 miles (~ 5 hours) from St. George. Might be kind of far for the Zuma! St. George is in the far southwest corner of Utah (mostly north from Las Vegas). Monument Valley is on the southern border of Utah with Arizona, but close to the southeast corner, past Lake Powell. Great roads and (high speed) riding, but a long ways.

Hopefully your wife likes the Zuma. Great scoots for around town. Happy riding in 2013!
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:44 AM   #482
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:28 AM   #483
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Hey R3,

Enjoy your ride reports. Got to say, there are great views from almost everywhere around St George, but I think the below spot is one of my favorites!

Was wondering if you have been up the honeymoon trail & if it's beginner friendly?

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:41 AM   #484
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Hey StG -- I have not been up the Honeymoon Trail, but I don't think it is beginner friendly. From the sign the trail climbs steeply. There appears to be several switchbacks and loose rock. Worth checking out, but proceed with caution.

Hey o0synge0o -- Did I get that name right? With family places in New Harmony and Duck Creek area, this is your back yard.

Lots of ride descriptions in Post #1 of this thread if you haven't found it already. Keep in touch if/when you like to go for a ride. Must be more inmates/lurkers in St. George area also. Ride safe out there.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:24 PM   #485
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RRR, did you get out on the sleds?
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:04 PM   #486
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Hey R3,

Enjoy your ride reports. Got to say, there are great views from almost everywhere around St George, but I think the below spot is one of my favorites!

Was wondering if you have been up the honeymoon trail & if it's beginner friendly?
The honeymoon trail is hit or miss. It depends greatly on recent weather and the number of atvs that have been up it since that weather. The whole way up is loose gravel with a sprinkling of "baby head" rocks just to keep it interesting. There are two area with substantial rock bands crossing the trail that require good ledge technique as well as some off camber riding skills. If its monsoon season or after a heavy rain forget about it for a few weeks as it becomes severely rutted from runoff. I ride it regularly on my 690 and have been both up and down it on my old 800GS with no issues. That said if you are not comfortable riding the type of terrain described above stick to Warner Valley or the upper plateau. If you are comfortable I strongly recommend it. Not only does the top offer a fantastic view of the lower valley it opens up quite a lot of riding on top.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:14 PM   #487
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It's bloody cold up here along the Wasatch and the air is so thick you can cut it with a knife. The Strip looks like a nice ride right now but I seem to remember that the elevation makes it susceptible to some colder weather and even snow.

We camped just at the power lines in October and rode to the Hurricane Cliffs that afternoon.



I also remember seeing a 690 heading south, late that Saturday afternoon....wonder if it might have been an inmate....
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:51 PM   #488
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Sleds at Brian Head

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Good snow at Brian Head during the X-Mas New Years week. Been up a couple of times skiing and playing around on the two new (to me) Yamaha sleds. Good times. Been having lots of fun pulling kids on inner tubes across the snow covered meadow (by Brian Head Town Park).

Also been stuck and rolled the sleds in soft snow a few times. No problems, but takes a little work to get loose. I'm sure we are making all the rookie mistakes.

A few pics with my nephew #3 from last weekend.




Still pretty easy to find lots on untracked snow on the backside of Brian Head Peak.




Rode some trails out to the High Mountain Meadow Overlook. Nice views of Cedar Breaks with Brian Head Peak in background. Still some fresh meadows in route, but too many trail/rental sleds in area. Trails get rutted and washboardy. Mountain sleds are better suited to the deep, loose snow behind Brian Head Peak.




The sleds have been wicked fun. When your 18-year old nephew ditches his girlfriend to go sled riding with you, something must be going right.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:45 PM   #489
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The honeymoon trail is hit or miss. It depends greatly on recent weather and the number of atvs that have been up it since that weather. The whole way up is loose gravel with a sprinkling of "baby head" rocks just to keep it interesting. There are two area with substantial rock bands crossing the trail that require good ledge technique as well as some off camber riding skills. If its monsoon season or after a heavy rain forget about it for a few weeks as it becomes severely rutted from runoff. I ride it regularly on my 690 and have been both up and down it on my old 800GS with no issues. That said if you are not comfortable riding the type of terrain described above stick to Warner Valley or the upper plateau. If you are comfortable I strongly recommend it. Not only does the top offer a fantastic view of the lower valley it opens up quite a lot of riding on top.
Thanks, Desertwater! Excellent intel on the Honeymoon Trail, obviously your backyard! I've been "on top" but only briefly. I'll have to take a long look around out that way. Beautiful area. See you out there riding.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:24 PM   #490
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Thanks, guys. How about some stars? Best to all for 2013!

Recent inmates dropping by: purplesage, BMWJustin, Bob, ringokelly, UpST8, TheAdmiral, G19Tony, telejojo, o0synge0o, StG, Desertwater, The Walrus -- no knowledge of the KTM690 heading south onto the AZ Strip.

Appreciate all the PMs as well. Ride safe!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:49 AM   #491
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Thanks, Desertwater! Excellent intel on the Honeymoon Trail, obviously your backyard! I've been "on top" but only briefly. I'll have to take a long look around out that way. Beautiful area. See you out there riding.
No problem Red Rock Rider. I have followed all of your posts to date. You do an excellent job of showing off our little moto Mecca here in southwestern Utah. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about trails or roads that you guys think might be somewhat technical for dual sport riding. Chances are I've ridden them. For everyone else out there, though I don't endorse it, dual sport bikes are made to hit the deck, those lightly dashed "lines" in the Benchmark maps are the ones you WANT to explore. Have fun.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:42 AM   #492
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Great report, and a great time passer. What a beautiful part of the World.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:55 AM   #493
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Snobunje

After nearly 40 years of snowmobiling I would have to say that one of the best inventions is the "Snobunge" This towing device allows a stuck sled to be pulled out with another sled. Glad you are enjoying your sleds! Got to go get on mine now. Hopefully the temp in NE UT gets above 0 today. Great posts. keep them coming. One of these days I will make one of your inmate rides or run across you out there. I'll be the guy with short legs on a KTM 950SE giving you the ADV salute.
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Good snow at Brian Head during the X-Mas New Years week. Been up a couple of times skiing and playing around on the two new (to me) Yamaha sleds. Good times. Been having lots of fun pulling kids on inner tubes across the snow covered meadow (by Brian Head Town Park).

Also been stuck and rolled the sleds in soft snow a few times. No problems, but takes a little work to get loose. I'm sure we are making all the rookie mistakes.

A few pics with my nephew #3 from last weekend.




Still pretty easy to find lots on untracked snow on the backside of Brian Head Peak.




Rode some trails out to the High Mountain Meadow Overlook. Nice views of Cedar Breaks with Brian Head Peak in background. Still some fresh meadows in route, but too many trail/rental sleds in area. Trails get rutted and washboardy. Mountain sleds are better suited to the deep, loose snow behind Brian Head Peak.




The sleds have been wicked fun. When your 18-year old nephew ditches his girlfriend to go sled riding with you, something must be going right.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:08 PM   #494
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Waaaayyyy to quiet out of St. Geo....

Hello RRR,

I thought i'd share, without highjacking I hope. Found this book in the visitor's center at Capitol Reef back in July. I'm just starting to go through it. Although the last update was '99, it sure is fascinating. Talks of the landscape and the people that have settled the different regions of UT. So far, so good.

Pardon the interruption. Now back to our regular scheduled program.

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:02 PM   #495
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Been way too cold in Southern Utah

Yeah, samthg -- it has been too quiet on the moto front. Temps have been cold. Lots of ice around St. George in the mornings. Pretty unusual. Also been busy with all the regular routines of life. Plus starting a new Boy Scout Troop, and getting ready for my son's last Pinewood Derby race as a Cub Scout. We have lots of victories, so high expectations!

Your 1% clear day in SoCal post got a lot of deserved mileage. I've looked back through it a few times.

Regarding the Utah roadside history book -- probably good stuff. Exploring out of the way places and discovering the lesser known bits of local history has been a real highlight of the moto riding. Easy to find stuff most folks would never come across. In addition to amazing scenery, lightly travelled roads, and some very nice people, Southwest Utah is home to some very unique local history. I'll leave it at that.
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