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Old 02-12-2014, 06:16 PM   #1
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Flagstaff to Zion and back

After spending far too many days without taking the pig out for a good cruise, i finally got a good opportunity to get out and spend a couple days on the road. It may be February but having lived in Michigan my whole life i sure am going to take advantage of living somewhere with a dry winter.

I left on monday morning at 8am. The temps were in the low 20s so on went the hippo hands and down layers. I booked it north out of Flagstaff on the 89 towards Page and Lake Powell where i got out to take some pictures, stretch my legs, and drive on the deserted lone rock beach

Arizona Utah border just outside of Page


The trusty pig turned into a teenager just as i was crossing the border


Overlook near the wahweep marina


LoneRock Beach


After leaving the lake powell area i stayed on the 89 and drove into Kanab where i fuel up the bike and got myself a very mediocre BLT sandwich at a place called Big Als burgers. On the way to Zion from Kanab i got the itch to ride some dirt and saw a road called Old Paria townsite/film set road. It turned out to be a easy dirt road with some amazing views. I didnt really find the movie set or old townsite, but thats alright, i was in it more for the nature and a quick escape from riding tarmac.







Finally around 2:30pm i arrived in Zion! I was absolutely blown away by the scenery driving through the park. I stopped at every turn out just to sit and soak in everything. Everything about the place was incredible.







I stayed at the Watchman campground where i metup with my girlfriend and a couple other friends. They wanted me to go with them but i couldnt bring myself to drive to a place like Zion in the cage. It just wouldnt be the same. It worked out well though because they brought plenty of beer and all the other amenities that come with car camping.

The view from the basically deserted campground




After setting up camp i went out for a cruise down to the end of the scenic road, Floor of the Canyon Rd. Two pretty interesting things happened down at the end of the road. First i met a guy who gave me a travelers blessing with a sage smudge, indian drums, and a digeridoo. He turned out to be an extremely nice new age spirituality type guy who after talking to, left me in a very positive mood. I also spotted Kev and Karens bike from www.guzzioverland.com I had seen a photo of their bike on this site and was just blown away when i saw it in person. Unfortunately i didnt get a chance to talk to them, but the coincidence of seeing their bike was awesome.





I proceeded to get extremely intoxicated with my friends and our camp neighbor, which left me very hungover the next day culling my plans to hike angels landing in the morning. I got quite the late start on tuesday morning but still managed to have a pretty enjoyable ride home through the vermilion cliffs on 89a south.

Took a quick stop at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. I really want to explore some trails, but the sand was so soft and it was already late in the afternoon.


I then caught the sunset near the vermilion cliffs and drove the rest of the way back to flagstaff in the dark

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Old 02-12-2014, 07:21 PM   #2
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It's a shame you couldn't make the hike up Angel's Landing--one of the more spectacular trails in a supremely spectacular place! Very beautiful photography, BTW!!!
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:48 PM   #3
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It's a shame you couldn't make the hike up Angel's Landing--one of the more spectacular trails in a supremely spectacular place! Very beautiful photography, BTW!!!
Thanks! Looks like ill have to make a trip back there to do the hike. Thankfully Zion is only 4 hours away!
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:58 PM   #4
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Those are some great pictures!
Do you get the credit for being a great photographer, OR, do you have a great camera? Either way, great shots. I have some vacation time the end of March, maybe, just maybe, I can make some of that.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:01 PM   #5
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angels landing is an amazing hike and view. 4 hrs from flag, that would be a fun overnighter, whos in? leave early on a sat morning and come back sunday after the hike. Last time I hiked angels landing was with a friend. Made it to the top just after sunrise, then back down to the restaurant and had breakfast. Loaded the bikes, '11 KLR (mine) and a 650GS, and rode back to phoenix. That was a bit of a long day. But totally worth it.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:06 PM   #6
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Those are some great pictures!
Do you get the credit for being a great photographer, OR, do you have a great camera? Either way, great shots. I have some vacation time the end of March, maybe, just maybe, I can make some of that.
haha thanks! i use a fuji xp point and shoot camera, then go in and do a little bit of post editing.

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angels landing is an amazing hike and view. 4 hrs from flag, that would be a fun overnighter, whos in? leave early on a sat morning and come back sunday after the hike. Last time I hiked angels landing was with a friend. Made it to the top just after sunrise, then back down to the restaurant and had breakfast. Loaded the bikes, '11 KLR (mine) and a 650GS, and rode back to phoenix. That was a bit of a long day. But totally worth it.
count me in!

ill be heading back to michigan end of april, start of may. anyone in the area that wants to join in for any part is always welcome!
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:21 PM   #7
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Hows the weather mid march in Zion? Stay at the lodge? its a shorter hike and you don't have to catch the bus/ tram.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:23 PM   #8
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not sure, but it was in the mid 60s when i was there yesterday (2/11). I believe the road is open to private vehicles from october to may as well.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:32 PM   #9
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perfect weather. I think you have to have a pass to go where the cabins are. This could be a fun trip.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:34 AM   #10
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Great report & Pic's
Nice to see this... Lone Rock Beach is generally covered by RV, tents, quads, and occasionally topless European tourists.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:16 PM   #11
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Great report & Pic's
Nice to see this... Lone Rock Beach is generally covered by RV, tents, quads, and occasionally topless European tourists.
thanks! I can only imagine what a zoo that place turns into during the summer. I moved to flagstaff in October so ive been reaping the benefits of the off season.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:23 PM   #12
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i was there in sept & meant to but missed out on angels landing too
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:40 PM   #13
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Excellent report and fantastic pictures! Thanks for taking us with you!

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Old 02-16-2014, 01:12 PM   #14
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Good stuff!

Great pictures! I've got to get out there someday soon.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:37 PM   #15
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Wow, the water level of the lake sure has dropped since I was there last.
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