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Old 06-06-2007, 04:46 PM   #1
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A Maze in Utah

Hey fellow adventure riders. I was out in the area of the Maze District of Canyonlands over Memorial Day weekend. Here is a few photos and comments on the ride:

Day One...


Met my buddy Bill at the I-70 exit to Hwy 24. We drove down to the turn-off for Hans Flat. It was a bit odd not turning right to go to Temple Mountain where we have ridden many, many times.


We each brought a spare bike just in case. Didn't want a minor mechanical to ruin the weekend.


The sign informed us it was 46 Miles to the Hans Flat Ranger Station.


It took us about an hour and a half to reach the ranger station where we got some information, including a list of requirements they expected "street legal" motorcycles to have. I had everything on the list even though there was some debate that Colorado had different requirements than Utah. We found a nice campsite just outside the park boundary which didn't require a fee or have the restrictions of the campsites in the park.


After getting camp set up and going over the maps we decided to take a little ride. We headed out to Cleopatra's Chair which was actually more interesting from farther away. Then we headed out to Panorama Point which was quite enjoyable.




Here's Bill checking out the map while looking down on the road to Millard Canyon.


Myself at Panorama Point with the LaSals in the background.


Myself again.


Myself and Bill at Panorama Point, ready for a long weekend of adventure.

I'll post more later. Day two includes Millard Canyon and Horseshoe Canyon.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:27 PM   #2
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Ahhhhh Utah.

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Old 06-06-2007, 05:36 PM   #3
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Back 30 years ago when I was a uranium geologist, I spent a summer down the Flint Trail from there in the Orange Cliffs area. What a wonderful, remote part of the Utah desert! Did you go all the way south to Hite Marina?
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:41 PM   #4
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The Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon, one of my favorites places ever.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:50 PM   #5
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Back 30 years ago when I was a uranium geologist, I spent a summer down the Flint Trail from there in the Orange Cliffs area. What a wonderful, remote part of the Utah desert! Did you go all the way south to Hite Marina?
Oh great. You take me to all the dumps and I have to sift through pages of ride reports to find the good stuff.
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:11 PM   #6
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Oh great. You take me to all the dumps and I have to sift through pages of ride reports to find the good stuff.
You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!






I'll take you to that great place any time you want, amigo!
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:28 PM   #7
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Need to get to this area myself.... Looking forward to your pictures.
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I'll take you to that great place any time you want, amigo!

Let's mount up the 48 quart coolers to the bikes and

r i d e !


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Let's mount up the 48 quart coolers to the bikes and

r i d e !


Im in...bitches.
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:00 PM   #10
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Wooo Hooo!!!!

I LOVE riding out there. Did a trip to the Maze overlook a couple of years ago now, camped a night beyond the fence at Hans Flats ranger station too.
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Day Two: Since our goal was to ride all the major roads in the area we picked Millard Canyon because it was the longest. We loaded up with food and extra gas and got a good start in the morning.


Flint Trail Overlook.


Bill riding down the Flint Trail.


My extra heavy back pack with tools, first aid, water, lunch, gas, and cameras. I started pouring in the extra gas as soon as I could.





Views on the way to Millard Canyon.


Arriving at the Green River. We made surprisingly good time since the roads allowed a pretty fast cruising speed.


Rafting looked like fun.


Me cooling off in the river.


Bill soaking in the river.


Pose with the bikes.


If Bill and I were making a movie this could be the cover shot. The river was a great lunch spot and we spent over an hour cooling off and relaxing. If only everyday had a stop at the river.


This is a huge overhang.


This road doesn't seem to get much traffic.




On the way back we went to the Maze Overlook. Some fantastic views.


Bill headed back up the Flint Trail.



After we got to the top of the Flint Trail we went over to Happy Canyon and looked at the old road going through it, and wished we could ride it. Unfortunately the canyon is a WSA and the road is closed. This would have made an awesome loop. It seems that Wilderness is a renewable resource since this area has roads, mines, structures, etc.

More later...

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:32 PM   #12
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Wow!!!! That is some amazing and beautiful country! What a great riding area. Your photos and report were super! Thanks for sharing.

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Old 06-07-2007, 06:24 AM   #13
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That is a great shot!! Can you ride the bottom of this??
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:36 AM   #14
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That is a great shot!! Can you ride the bottom of this??
It sure would be fun to ride in the Maze itself but it is inside the National Park and vehicles (including mountain bikes) are only the allowed on the designated roads.
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:49 AM   #15
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That is a great shot!! Can you ride the bottom of this??
No, nor can you drive off-road in the National Park. If you tried you probably wouldn't survive it unless you were a GasGas wizard.
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