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Old 06-10-2012, 10:05 AM   #346
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Motoqua to Enterprise Reservoir

Rafting all done. Dad is off in Europe. Family is relaxing. Time to get back to motos. Big loop (120 miles) on dirt from Motoqua to Enterprise Reservoir. Road is slow and uneven. Lots of elevation gain and loss. Poor signage. At Enterprise Reservoir the dirt back to pavement near Veyo/Gunlock is relatively fast and in good shape. Posts #56 and #182 have good detail on the Veyo Shoal Creek or Goldstrike Road direct from Veyo to Enterprise Reservoir. Index of rides in Post #1.

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The start of the Motoqua Road (on the Shivwits Indian Reservation). The first few miles of this road have spectacular red rock scenery. As you go towards Motoqua the red rock fades. Colors turn to browns and greys. Still scenic, but not spectacular.




After dropping elevation down into Beaver Dam Wash, you find a sign and intersection. This is just before crossing Beaver Dam Wash. Often we go straight, cross the water, and enter into Nevada. Today is a right turn up into the "town" of Motoqua, and eventually to Slaughter Creek and Enterprise Reservoir. Nice spelling on the sign, eh?




Welcome sign to Motoqua. Heard lots of strange things about this little outpost. Probably about 20 houses scattered along a 4 mile stretch of Beaver Dam Wash. Appears to be a polygamous community. A bit freaky. Good place to respect the no trespassing signs!




A couple of Motoqua homes above Beaver Dam Wash.




An abandoned home near the road.




The main road crosses Beaver Dam Wash several times. Very easy in lower water (or medium water). This would be a no go in very high water (typically only a couple of days per year).




Typical road scene.




Did some exploring a side routes. Rocky. And mostly dead-ends. No way to travel upstream along Beaver Dam Wash (all the way to state park in NV) without doing serious off-roading and encountering large, loose, wet rocks. Will have to keep looking around, perhaps on an ATV. But have heard from others that there isn't a connection. Section on map marked "The Narrows" for those who are sadistic. Don't really recommend trying this. Heard from quite a few folks it is impassable.




Back on the main roads. This three-way intersection is adjacent to Potters Peak on the map. The East Fork (of Beaver Dam Wash) goes to Goldstrike. Old mining area. Been there before. Will save write-up for another ride. I went left (north) towards Slaughter Creek.




Caught up with a group of ATV riders from Overton. They admire the TW! Fat tires, low gear, street legal, easy seat height . . . what's not to love? Nice group of people out having a good time.




The TW on the road. Lots of burned trees (from many years ago) in the area. Current forest fires (not close by) slightly darkened the sky. Dramatic effect. It is definitely fire season in the mountains of Southern Utah.




No one else around so got to start taking some mirror pics!




Near Mineral Mountain.




Dropped back down to Beaver Dam Wash on a side road. Road ends at riverbank. This is above "The Narrows" but I still don't think this is passable through to Beaver Dam Wash State Park in NV. Have to go take a look from that end. This is now past Slaughter Creek which is dry and rocky, but the main road is in reasonable shape through this section.




At Cougar Pass looking west towards Nevada. Cougar Pass isn't really a pass, but a high saddle as you continue ascending toward rock formations near Big Mountain.




In the late afternoon shadow of large rock formations near Big Mountain. Some interesting bird life on the rock ledges.




After a few switchbacks looking down on the rock formations.




Big view south across the Bull Valley Mountains. This area is crisscrossed with roads/trails of various difficulty levels.




Grader. Some road maintenance as you get closer to Enterprise Reservoir.




Time for an ADV salute. Both mirrors -- two for the price of one!




Some nice rock formations. Near Gutz Peak. Lots of high country, about 7,000 feet elevation. High enough to be comfortable, cool all summer. Good area to ride, relatively close to St. George during the hot months.




Small-scale cattle operations in most areas.




Close to Enterprise Reservoir there are more roads. I came from Slaughter Creek. This road, marked 274 on Benchmark, has been closed for at least a year. Some serious washouts.




On the shores of Upper Enterprise Reservoir. Low water level. Lots of campers (Sat night). I didn't hang around long.




At Enterprise Reservoir you can go on pavement to Enterprise town and back south on UT 18, or stay on dirt and go back south to Veyo. Dirt is much less distance and also faster and more scenic. This is the main dirt road from Veyo/Gunlock to Enterprise Reservoir. Been on it many times. Posts #56 and #182.




Small house in Grassy Flat area just south of Enterprise Reservoir.




Last pic of the day of the TW on the road near Maple Ridge.




Cloud shot.




Thanks for all the positive comments, and thanks for checkin' in. Ride safe.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:51 PM   #347
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Another Great Ride

Love the variety you show in your ride reports. Great rock formations, river roads, human existence (houses), and some reservoirs. Really appreciate your efforts to show us some historic, fun, and exciting riding in the St. George area. And for this report you did it on your TW! I really like your WR too!

Again, thanks for sharing and I'll look forward to your next RR.

P.S. The river raft trip looked awesome!
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:50 PM   #348
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This thread makes me long for a little bike or two...that TW has a great easy stance
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:32 AM   #349
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Thanks -- TheAdmiral, Signal & PurpleSage!

Enjoy all of your posts as well. Give me a "heads up" if you're ever riding around St. George!
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:39 PM   #350
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Goldstrike

Yesterday late afternoon. Took the TW200 out to Goldstrike and back. 4 hours, 80 miles. The pavement part is fast. The dirt road towards Motoqua is mostly like a highway. The dirt up to Goldstrike is in very good shape. Ongoing drilling activity. By Hamburg Peak and down Grapevine Wash is slower. Great ride for the TW. Long summer evenings. Not dark till past 9 pm. Here's the map.




Turning off of Old 91 onto the Motoqua Road. The new "More Core Drilling" sign is a sure indicator of activity.




Fast dirt towards Motoqua. Lots of good rides in this direction. Index in Post #1. Good closer in side trips are Manganese Wash (Post #128) and Pahcoon Flats (Post #131). This sign marks a main dirt road turning right (north) a few miles in front of Motoqua. Not sure about the paper plate sign to Veyo. It is definitely showing a very, very long (indirect) way to Veyo.




Dinner will end up be late tonight so time for a quick snack. Costco supplies. Sure you recognize them.




Soon after turning north the road gains elevation and starts to twist and turn and rise and fall. Area is prone to wash-outs but is currently in very good shape. Nice sign.




Typical road scene approaching the East Fork of Beaver Dam Wash (dry).




Took a little side trip over to the three-way intersection by Potters Peak. I was at this intersection a few days ago on my Motoqua to Enterprise Reservoir ride. Photo of the ATV guys admiring the TW was taken here. I wanted to check out the connecting road to see if the up and down switchbacks were in good shape. Recent maintenance. All good.




After checking out the intersection headed back to dirt road by East Fork of Beaver Dam Wash on way to Goldstrike. This was the primary destination.




New signs and recent road maintenance mark the way.




Goldstike. A couple of old open mines. This one is very visible dirt roads further west (Motoqua to Enterprise Reservoir route). Have no idea about the history of this area. Don't know if any money was made or just a big scar. Don't know what was being mined either, but it may well have been gold. Very occasionally you see local campers with their prospecting pans in the (very) few nearby streams.




Nice gold color on the exposed rock.




Big cuts high on the walls.




Continue to gain elevation up to the second (active) mining site. Road is pretty enough to warrant a mirror pic!




Part of the second mining site. This cut is old, but there is new activity just above.




Dozer is blocking the short access road to the mine. But the TW can slide on by.




Dozer talk.




The TW up in the active mine area. Note the hose lines hanging down from above.




Looking back down the access road from the mining area. The dozer is on the road in the distance.




The center of mining operations.




Pallets of drilling clay. I used to work for an oil company (as a finance guy). Long time ago. My geology / engineering buddies would school me on this stuff.




Small drilling rig. Looking for core samples???




Company sign.




Drilling pipe.




Just above back on the main road. Every operation needs a water supply.




Immediately above Goldstrike the quality of the road changes considerably. Narrow, a few rough and / steep spots. No maintenance. This is jeep, TW, and ATV territory. The cut still has the nice gold color.




The road near Hamburg Peak. Close to intersection with Dagget Flat Road.




Looking at the backside of Square Top Mountain (elevation 7,000 ft.) in late afternoon light. The frontside of Square Top Mountain is very prominent from Gunlock Reservoir.




Once you start the descent into Grapevine Wash you get big views to the east and south. Pine Valley Mountain (elevation 10,000 ft) in the distance.




Following the Grapevine Wash trail downhill eventually leads to a well maintained dirt road which rejoins pavement at the Eagle Mountain Ranch. This is just a few miles north of Gunlock, below the Veyo Wall. West of Veyo.




This Fire Danger sign is very visible from the paved road as you travel west/south from Veyo to Gunlock. Well-kept white farm fences. High fire danger throughout southwest Utah.




Final pic at dusk of Gunlock Reservoir.




Thanks for checkin' in. Ride safe!
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:00 PM   #351
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Goldstike. A couple of old open mines. This one is very visible dirt roads further west (Motoqua to Enterprise Reservoir route). Have no idea about the history of this area. Don't know if any money was made or just a big scar. Don't know what was being mined either, but it may well have been gold. Very occasionally you see local campers with their prospecting pans in the (very) few nearby streams.

Passed by that place once. According to the internet ( the info has to be true) about 17,500 pounds of gold were pulled out of there from 1989-1996. Some gold was found in the early 1900s. More info here.
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Passed by that place once. According to the internet ( the info has to be true) about 17,500 pounds of gold were pulled out of there from 1989-1996. Some gold was found in the early 1900s. More info here.
Hey Quota -- Thanks for the info on Goldstrike. Very interesting. Might take my mining pan on my next ride . . .

Let me know when you're back in St. George . . .
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:19 PM   #353
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Pine Valley

Pine Valley is ~30 miles from my house is St. George. Good paved road the whole way. North on UT 18 to Veyo, continue to Central. Turn right and gain elevation to small town (no real services) of Pine Valley. Elevation is about 7,000 ft. Town is in a "high" mountain meadow on the backside of Pine Valley Mountain. Lots of large pine trees. Headwaters of Santa Clara River.

Versys at the entrance sign to Pine Valley.




Town is very old. Here is the historic Mormon Church.




Built in 1868.




Designed by Ebenezer Bryce.




Dry, hot, and windy.




Pine Valley is cattle and horse country.




Small reservoir in the Pine Valley Recreation area. Spent the last few days here camping with Cub Scouts. Excellent group campgrounds. Lots of campfires and s'mores!




View from Pine Valley Cemetery back across valley.




Thanks for checkin' in. Ride often, ride safe!
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That would make me go faster! Actually, I'll propose a trade. You stop taking away my places to ride. And I'll make less dust past your place.
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Thanks, Tyson.

Been following your Death Valley trip in your thread. Fantastic sand dune pics!
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:52 PM   #357
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Snow Canyon and Pine Valley Mountain

Out on the TW for a few hours this evening. Hot in St. George, about 100. One of the easiest ways to gain elevation quickly is to head towards Pine Valley Mountain. Snow Canyon State Park is a scenic access route with road speed appropriate for the TW. Here's a map, actually from post #79 on page 6. Very similar route.




Entering Snow Canyon State Park.




Some of the "signature" red cliffs.




Let's get that mirror shot taken care of quickly.




Small sand dune area near the start of the West Canyon Road (good for mountain bikes). Too hot in late afternoon to mess about with the sand dunes. Best after dark in summer.




One photo of the sand before moving up towards Diamond Valley and higher elevation.




Dirt road to Pine Valley Mountain is left turn just before Fire Department. These guys will probably be busy all summer. Several smaller fires in southwest Utah, nothing like Colorado at the moment.




Up high on the flanks of Pine Valley Mountain. Been here with Dad several times. Area near the "graveyard of trees."




Old abandoned cabin high on slopes of Pine Valley Mountain.




Looks like it would have been a comfortable set-up.




Self-portrait in the doorway.




View of Pine Valley Mountain.




Exploring all the little roads up at 7,000+ ft.




Another abandoned building.




This one looks like it was set up as a camp kitchen.




Dirt road goes over the top of the Blake-Gubler pass and descends steeply. View down/out to Sand Hollow Reservoir.




Pine Valley Mountain. This orange cliff band is easily visible from St. George.




Rugged cliff bands on part of the east face of Pine Valley Mountain.




Good rest spot while working back towards St. George on dirt route 033.




Putting that minivan chair to good use!




Little salute to my buddies at the MotoZoo store. Good place to end the ride.




Thanks for coming along. Ride safe out there!
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:26 AM   #358
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Pine Valley Mt.

RRR,

Did this ride Yesterday. Thanks for the tip. It really is cooler up there. And green. Had to ride last five miles with a rear flat. Guys at Moto Zoo repaired it for me. I patronize Procycle and Moto Zoo. Moto Zoo was closer so I went there.
I really appreciated their un-biased service as I was riding a KTM.

Ride Safe and hope to see you out there sometime.
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Glad you liked the ride, DirtyJohnny! Flats suck. Never had one. I know a couple guys at MotoZoo and ProCycle. Good shops. Bought bikes and done service at both of them. Fortunate that your flat happened during business hours, otherwise it gets a bit more complicated.

Enterprise Reservoir area is also just high enough in elevation to be noticeably more pleasant than St. George during the hottest summer days. Not quite as close to St. George, but well worth it if you have enough time.

I'm heading to Brian Head for July 4th. Will trailer a bike (WR) plus my son's KLX 110. Dad may get in on the action with his Honda also. Brian Head area has lots of riding options, about 10,000 ft. Typically about 70 degrees when St. George is 100. Always cool at night!

Thanks for posting. See you out there sometime.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:26 PM   #360
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Tuacahn

Tuacahn outdoor amphitheater on the edge of St. George, near Snow Canyon. Now playing Aladdin and Hairspray.




Partial stage for Aladdin. Open to red rock cliffs as backdrop. Spectacular setting. Highly recommended if you are in town and inclined to this type of entertainment. Kids love it.

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