Utah Backcountry Discovery Route

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AZBDR route

There is just nothing else quite like Utah and this 871-mile route will take riders to some unforgettable places. Beginning in Mexican Hat, UT and ending in Garden City, UT the route includes iconic places including Valley of the Gods, Moab, the Abajo and La Sal mountains, Onion Creek, 9 Mile Canyon and the Wasatch Mountains. Utah is unpredictable with mud that is impassable when wet and storms that can wash out roads at anytime. Deep sand challenges riders in places, and a few expert-only options provide excitement for those that seek adrenaline.

Best time of year: May/June and September/October. Extremely hot conditions and the monsoon season occur in July and August making it a difficult time of year to ride the UTBDR.


Additional Route Information

In addition to the Interactive UTBDR Map on the right, SheADV.com hosts an interactive BDR Map that shows current weather conditions, estimated snow levels, and forest fires for all BDR's.

For ride reports, route updates, and to join or organize BDR rides, please visit the UTBDR thread on www.ADVrider.com and the Americas thread on www.advrider.com

Traffic Cams on the UTBDR help you see snow levels along the route.


Route Updates

Nov 6, 2015 - LaSal Store/Gas stop reopens.

Sept 22, 2015 - LaSal Pass (North Side) has become extremely difficult and rocky due to recent rains.  It is to be considered an EXPERT only section at this time until repairs are made.

April 2, 2015 - LaSal Store/Gas stop had closed.

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UTBDR Discovery Points

While riding the UTBDR, we recommend visiting some (or all) of these not-to-be-missed places, selected for their natural beauty, high photo opp value, historical significance, or pure pleasure of discovery! (These waypoints are included in the UTBDR GPS tracks available for a free download on this page).  Send us your photos from these discovery points to share with the BDR community. 

(Listing South to North) 

Arizona Border: 36.998436, -110.175493, on the route.
Monument Valley: 36.982606, -110.112171, side trip.
San Juan River Bridge: 37.150917, -109.867611, on the route.
Swinging Steak Restaurant in Mexican Hat:  37.148986, -109.859196, on the route. 
Mexican Hat Rock:  37.17364, -109.848722, on the route. 
Goosenecks State Park Viewpoint:  37.174467, -109.927294, side trip.
Valley of the Gods Scenic Route: 37.316369, -109.857701, on the route.  
Moki Dugway Switchback:  37.276747, -109.935851, on the route.
Mulley Point Viewpoint:  37.233163, -109.993362, side trip.
The Twist:  37.379595, -109.741889, on the route.
Sand Island Petroglyph Panel:  37.261968, -109.618692, side trip. 
Wolfman Petroglyph Panel: 37.274391, -109.646355, hike. 
Butler Wash Ruins:  37.524215, -109.632624, hike.
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding:  37.631393, -109.489667, side trip.
Bears Ears Pass:  37.629611, -109.86763, side trip.
Natural Bridges National Monument:  37.609087, -109.977009, side trip.
The Notch in Elk Ridge:  37.821408, -109.504224, on the route.
Gooseberry Guard Station Meadow:  37.822855, -109.771249, on the route.
Abajo Mountains Viewpoint:  37.821408, -109.504224, on the route.
Newspaper Rock Petroglyph Panel: 37.988398, -109.518223, on the route.
Needles Outpost (on Lockhard Route):  38.174084, -109.741872 on the route.
Big Spring Canyon Overlook:  38.178195, -109.816960, side trip.
Hurrah Pass (on Lockhard Route):  38.482109, -109.625221 on the route. 
La Sal Store at La Sal (on La Sal Route): 38.312542, -109.250054, on the route. 
La Sal Pass (on La Sal Route):  38.419004, -109.251677, on the route.
Moab Visitor Center:  38.572706, -109.550272, on the route.
Arches National Park:  38.61637, -109.62031, side trip.
Castle Valley Overlook:  38.543339, -109.310460, on the route. 
Hideout Canyon Viewpoint:  38.688683, -109.170693, side trip.
The Narrows  of Onion Creek:  38.698396, -109.276538, on the route. 
Fisher Towers Viewpoinit and Campground:  38.724919, -109.308901, side trip. 
Yellow Cat Mine Buildings38.838236, -109.365709, on the route.
Dewey Historic Bridge:  38.810850, -109.303214, on the route.
Sego Canyon Ghost Town:  39.033661, -109.702895, on the route.
Sego Canyon Rock Art Site:  39.018857, -109.710064, on the route. Ray's Diner in Green River38.995057, -110.165024, on the route.
Smith Cabin:  39.031158, -110.399443, on the route.
Nine Mile Canyon Petroglyphs at Pig Head Rock:  39.800527, -110.342312, on the route.
Reservation Ridge Views at Indian Head:  39.877000, -110.902306, on the route.
Soldier Summit Gas39.928678, -111.079331, side trip. 
Current Creek Reservoir:  40.349754, -111.061465, on the route.
Bald Mountain Pass:  40.686252, -110.906414, on the route.
Monte Cristo Range:  41.666930, -111.431867, on the route.
Temple Peak Summit: 41.825801, -111.534017, side trip.
Bear Lake Overlook:  41.921254, -111.457255, side trip.
Bear Lake Shoreline Access:  41.943788, -111.386818, on the route.
Idaho Border:  42.000629, -111.408727, on the route. 


 

Businesses Servicing the Route (Lodging, Restaurants, Gas Stations)

For your convenience, these businesses are also marked on the UTBDR GPS tracks available for a free download on this page.

San Juan Inn (Mexiccan Hat, UT): US 163 & San Juan River, Mexican Hat, UT 84531. Tel. (800) 447-2022.

Mexican Hat Lodge,  (Mexican Hat, UT)100 Main Hwy 163, Mexican Hat, Utah 84531. Tel. (435) 683-2222.

Valley of the Gods Bed & Breakfast (Mexican Hat, UT)Valley of the Gods Road, Mexican Hat, UT 84531.

Swinging Steak Restaurant (Mexican Hat, UT), 100 Main Hwy 163, Mexican Hat, UT 84531. Tel. (435) 683-2222.

Gateway Inn (Blanding, UT): 88 E Center St, Blanding, UT 84511. Tel. 435-678-2278.

Cliff Palace (Blanding, UT): 132 S. Main St. Blanding UT 84511. Tel. (435) 678-2700.

Homestead Steak House (Blanding, UT): 121 E Center St, Blanding, UT 84511. Tel. (435) 678-3456.

Wayside Motor Inn (Monticello, UT): 197 E Center St, Monticello, UT 84535. Tel. (435) 587-2261.

Monticello Inn (Monticello, UT): 164 East Central Street, Monticello, UT 84535. Tel. (435) 587-2274.

PJ’s Restaurant (Monticello, UT):216 E Center St, Monticello, UT 84535 Tel. (435) 587-2335.

Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn (Moab, UT): 105 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532. Tel. (435) 259-6151.

Moab Red Stone Inn (Moab, UT): 535 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532. Tel. (435) 259-3500.

Moab Brewery (Moab, UT): 686 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532. Tel. (435) 259-6333.

Pasta Jay’s. (Moab, UT): 4 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532. Tel. (435) 259-2900.

Comfort Inn (Green River, UT): 1975 E Main St, Green River, UT 84525. Tel. (435) 564-3300

National 9 – Wellington Inn (Wellington, UT): 50 S 700 E, Wellington, UT 84542. Tel. (435) 637-7980.

Los Jilbertos Mexican Restaurant (Wellington, UT): 15 W Main St, Wellington, UT 84542. Tel. (435) 637-1997.

Currant Creek Campground (Heber City, UT): FR 145, Heber City, UT 84032. Tel. (877) 444-6777.

Daniels Summit Lodge (Heber City, UT): 17000 US-40, Heber City, UT 84032. Tel. (800) 519-9969.

Best Western Dunmar Inn (Evanston, WY): 1601 Harrison Dr, Evanston, WY 82930. Tel. (307) 789-3770.

Holiday Inn Express Evanston (Evanston, WY): 1965 Harrison Dr, Evanston, WY 82930. Tel. (307) 789-7999.

Big G on 40 Gas Station Cafe (Evanston, WY): 45000 W Highway 40, Fruitland, UT 84027. Tel. (435) 548-2636

R&R Restaurant (Evanston, WY): 123 10th St, Evanston, WY 82930. Tel. (307) 444-7778.

Bon Rico (Evanston, WY): 925 Front St, Evanston, WY 82930. Tel. (307) 789-1753. 

Ideal Beach Resort at Bear Lake (Garden City, UT): 2176 S. Bear Lake Blvd. Garden City, UT 84028. Tel. (435) 946-3364.

The Lodge Motel (Garden City, UT): 10 S Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028. Tel. (844) 946-5253. 

Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort (Garden CIty, UT): 427 N. Paradise Parkway, Garden City, Utah 84028. Tel. (385) 626-7395. 

Tamarisk Restaurant (Green River, UT): 1710 E Main St, Green River, UT 84525. Tel. (435) 564-8109.

Merlin’s Restaurant (Garden City, UT): 149 N Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028. Tel. (435) 946-8499.

Firehouse Pizzeria (Gaarden City, UT): 50 S. Bear Lake Blvd, Garden City, UT 84028, Tel. (435) 946-2600.





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Outdoor Inn (Jarbidge, NV)

Food/Camping/Hotel/Showers/Laundry.

Main St, Jarbidge, NV 89826

Tel. (775) 488-2311

Big G on 40 (Fruitland, UT)

45000 W Highway 40, Fruitland, Utah 84027
Tel. (435) 548-2636
Mon-Sun: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Big G on 40 includes: gas/fuel station, cafe, groceries. Hours of operation: Fuel 24 hours, DEF on tap, Cafe 6am-8pm, Store hours: 7 days a week 6am-10pm.
 

Winona Trading Post & Towing (Flagstaff, AZ)

I-40 and BDR Route
Day - 928-527-1177  Eve. 928-853-3676
Services: Gas, Groceries, Liquor, Towing Service

EL Farolito (El Rito, NM)

Cafe Abiquiu (Abiquiu, NM)

Bode's General Store (Abiquiu, NM)

EL Bruno's Restaurant & Cantina (Cuba, NM)

EL Cafecito (Grants, NM)

The Pony Expresso (Dolores, CO)

Jarbidge Nevada Food & Gas

on route

Idaho Border

on route

Bear Lake Overlook

on route

Bear Lake Shoreline Access

on route

Temple Peak Summit

side trip

Monte Cristo Range

on route

Current Creek Reservoir

on route

Bald Mountain Pass

on route

Reservation Ridge Views at Indian Head

on route

Smith Cabin

on route

Nine Mile Canyon Petroglyphs at Pig Head Rock

on route

Sego Canyon Rock Art Site

on route

Dewey Historic Bridge

on route

Sego Canyon Ghost Town

on route

Fisher Towers Viewpoinit and Campground

side trip

The Narrows

on route

Castle Valley Overlook

on route

Hideout Canyon Viewpoint

on route

Moab Visitor Center

on route

La Sal Pass (on La Sal Route)

on route

Hurrah Pass (on Lockhard Route)

on route

La Sal Store at La Sal (on La Sal Route)

on route

Big Spring Canyon Overlook

side trip

Needles Outpost (on Lockhard Route)

on route

Newspaper Rock Petroglyph Panel

on route

Abajo Mountains Viewpoint

on route

Gooseberry Guard Station Meadow

on route

The Notch in Elk Ridge

on route

Natural Bridges National Monument

side trip

Bears Ears Pass

side trip

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding

side trip

Butler Wash Ruins

Hike

Wolfman Petroglyph Panel

Hike

Sand Island Petroglyph Panel

side trip

The Twist

on route

Goosenecks State Park Viewpoint

side trip

Mexican Hat Rock

on route

Swinging Steak Restaurant in Mexican Hat

on route

Moki Dugway Switchback

on route

Mulley Point Viewpoint

side trip

Valley of the Gods Scenic Route

on route

San Juan River Bridge

on route

Arizona Border

on route

Monument Valley

Side Trip

STRAWBERRY Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 39.048
Longitude: -114.306
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 4700 acres (1902.0 ha)
Percent Contained: 90.0%
Expected Containment: 8/19/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 2
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

OVERLAND Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 39.966
Longitude: -115.626
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 8900 acres (3601.7 ha)
Percent Contained: Unknown
Expected Containment: Not Reported
Fire Type: Other
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

BRIGGS Wildfire

Report Date: 08/14/2016
Latitude: 38.340
Longitude: -112.469
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 200 acres (80.9 ha)
Percent Contained: 0.0%
Expected Containment: 10/1/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

TWIN LAKES Wildfire

Report Date: 08/09/2016
Latitude: 43.894
Longitude: -108.981
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 200 acres (80.9 ha)
Percent Contained: 40.0%
Expected Containment: 8/20/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 2
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

SPRING CREEK 2 Wildfire

Report Date: 08/13/2016
Latitude: 39.378
Longitude: -108.069
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 700 acres (283.3 ha)
Percent Contained: 90.0%
Expected Containment: 8/25/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

HAPPY HOLLOW Wildfire

Report Date: 08/14/2016
Latitude: 40.499
Longitude: -108.571
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 335 acres (135.6 ha)
Percent Contained: 75.0%
Expected Containment: 8/20/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

BEAVER CREEK Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 40.958
Longitude: -106.634
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 35543 acres (14383.7 ha)
Percent Contained: 44.0%
Expected Containment: 10/21/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

WHIT Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 44.439
Longitude: -109.427
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 12387 acres (5012.8 ha)
Percent Contained: Unknown
Expected Containment: Not Reported
Fire Type: Other
Team Type: Incident Management Team - Type 1
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

WASHAKIE PARK Wildfire

Report Date: 08/11/2016
Latitude: 42.994
Longitude: -108.997
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 550 acres (222.6 ha)
Percent Contained: Unknown
Expected Containment: Not Reported
Fire Type: Other
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

LAVA MOUNTAIN Wildfire

Report Date: 08/10/2016
Latitude: 43.642
Longitude: -109.968
Fire Location: N/A
Fire Size: 14644 acres (5926.2 ha)
Percent Contained: 95.0%
Expected Containment: 9/1/2016
Fire Type: Wildfire
Team Type: Unknown
See http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.pdf for more information

Winona Trading Post & Towing (Flagstaff, AZ)

I-40 and BDR Route
Day - 928-527-1177  Eve. 928-853-3676
Services: Gas, Groceries, Liquor, Towing Service

Colorado Motorcycle Adventures

Ride in comfort and style with Colorado's premiere adventure motorcycling and rental company, located in Denver, CO.  Colorado Motorcycle Adventures is a BMW Motorrad partner and the only BMW certified touring company in the USA. They offer late model dual-sport motorcycles, provide route suggestions, self-guided tours, and all-inclusive guided tours of the Rocky Mountains. Whether you want a one day adventure or a two week ride-of-a-lifetime, the guys at Colorado Motorycle Adventures have over 20 years of experience riding motorcycles across the country, and will put their knowledge and expertise to work for you. Your ride awaits. Live Large, Explore More!

Colorado Motorcycle Adventures

Ride in comfort and style with Colorado's premiere adventure motorcycling and rental company, located in Denver, CO.  Colorado Motorcycle Adventures is a BMW Motorrad partner and the only BMW certified touring company in the USA. They offer late model dual-sport motorcycles, provide route suggestions, self-guided tours, and all-inclusive guided tours of the Rocky Mountains, as well as tours on the BDR's. Whether you want a one day adventure or a two week ride-of-a-lifetime, the guys at Colorado Motorycle Adventures have over 20 years of experience riding motorcycles across the country, and will put their knowledge and expertise to work for you. Your ride awaits. Live Large, Explore More!

Outdoor Inn (Jarbidge, NV)

Food/Camping/Hotel/Showers/Laundry.

Main St, Jarbidge, NV 89826

Tel. (775) 488-2311

Big G on 40 (Fruitland, UT)

45000 W Highway 40, Fruitland, Utah 84027
Tel. (435) 548-2636
Mon-Sun: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Big G on 40 includes: gas/fuel station, cafe, groceries. Hours of operation: Fuel 24 hours, DEF on tap, Cafe 6am-8pm, Store hours: 7 days a week 6am-10pm.
 

Winona Trading Post & Towing (Flagstaff, AZ)

I-40 and BDR Route
Day - 928-527-1177  Eve. 928-853-3676
Services: Gas, Groceries, Liquor, Towing Service

EL Farolito (El Rito, NM)

Cafe Abiquiu (Abiquiu, NM)

Bode's General Store (Abiquiu, NM)

EL Bruno's Restaurant & Cantina (Cuba, NM)

EL Cafecito (Grants, NM)

The Pony Expresso (Dolores, CO)

Jarbidge Nevada Food & Gas

on route

Idaho Border

on route

Bear Lake Overlook

on route

Bear Lake Shoreline Access

on route

Temple Peak Summit

side trip

Monte Cristo Range

on route

Current Creek Reservoir

on route

Bald Mountain Pass

on route

Reservation Ridge Views at Indian Head

on route

Smith Cabin

on route

Nine Mile Canyon Petroglyphs at Pig Head Rock

on route

Sego Canyon Rock Art Site

on route

Dewey Historic Bridge

on route

Sego Canyon Ghost Town

on route

Fisher Towers Viewpoinit and Campground

side trip

The Narrows

on route

Castle Valley Overlook

on route

Hideout Canyon Viewpoint

on route

Moab Visitor Center

on route

La Sal Pass (on La Sal Route)

on route

Hurrah Pass (on Lockhard Route)

on route

La Sal Store at La Sal (on La Sal Route)

on route

Big Spring Canyon Overlook

side trip

Needles Outpost (on Lockhard Route)

on route

Newspaper Rock Petroglyph Panel

on route

Abajo Mountains Viewpoint

on route

Gooseberry Guard Station Meadow

on route

The Notch in Elk Ridge

on route

Natural Bridges National Monument

side trip

Bears Ears Pass

side trip

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding

side trip

Butler Wash Ruins

Hike

Wolfman Petroglyph Panel

Hike

Sand Island Petroglyph Panel

side trip

The Twist

on route

Goosenecks State Park Viewpoint

side trip

Mexican Hat Rock

on route

Swinging Steak Restaurant in Mexican Hat

on route

Moki Dugway Switchback

on route

Mulley Point Viewpoint

side trip

Valley of the Gods Scenic Route

on route

San Juan River Bridge

on route

Arizona Border

on route

Monument Valley

Side Trip

Winona Trading Post & Towing (Flagstaff, AZ)

I-40 and BDR Route
Day - 928-527-1177  Eve. 928-853-3676
Services: Gas, Groceries, Liquor, Towing Service

NMBDR Movie Premiere - Salt Lake City, UT

NMBDR Premiere in Salt Lake City, UT

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

7:00 pm - Doors open 
7:30 pm - Movie followed by Q&A

Guest Speakers: Kevin Woody, BDR Ambassador and NMBDR Expedition Member.

Tickets: $10 each or $15 for two.  Purchase tickets in advance in person at Harrison Eurosports, located at 339 W 9000 S in Sandy, Utah; or by calling (801) 562-0100.  No tickets will be avaialble at the door. 

For more information: Call (801) 562-0100 or visit the Facebook Event Page.

This event is presented by Harrison Eurosports.

Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,200 miles through the beautiful state of New Mexico.  Discover New Mexico’s scenic terrain including high-elevation forests, mountains, deserts and canyons. You will experience the unique culture and history of New Mexico’s rural towns, native reservations, historic locations & more.



NMBDR Movie Premiere - Albuquerque, NM

NMBDR Premiere in Albuquerque, NM 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kimo Theatre423 Central Ave N.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102.

2:00 pm - Doors open 
2:30 pm - Movie followed by Q&A 

Sandia BMW Motorcycles, the Presenting Sponsor of the NMBDR, is organizing a ride to the event from their dealership. The group gathers at Sandia at 11:00 am and leaves for the theatre around 12:30 pm.

Guest Speakers: Rob Watt, NMBDR route architect and BDR Board Member; Roger Pattison, NMBDR scouting and expedition team member.

Tickets: $12. Purchase your tickets at http://www.kimotickets.com/event/233137.  

Parking: Free Sunday meter parking is available on Central Avenue.  There is a paid parking garage behind the KiMo Theatre on 5th Street and Copper, as well as a surface parking lot on 6thStreet and Central. (Note, the theatre does not validate parking).

For more information: Call (888) 898-9985 or visit http://www.sandiabmwmotorcycles.com

This event is presented by Sandia BMW Motorcycles.

Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,200 miles through the beautiful state of New Mexico.  Discover New Mexico’s scenic terrain including high-elevation forests, mountains, deserts and canyons. You will experience the unique culture and history of New Mexico’s rural towns, native reservations, historic locations & more.


Albuquerque NMBDR premiere

 


Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

Built by a team of riders as passionate about adventure motorcycling as you are, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has become the go-to source for adventure riders everywhere. With dedicated categories for riding gear, adventure tires, luggage/panniers, camping gear and motorcycle parts, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is your online stop for adventure.

AZ border to Mexican Hat

Sec 1 Mexican Hat to Monticello

Begin your epic ride in the idyllic setting of Mexican Hat. Fuel, food and lodging are available here, but we advise booking your room ahead due to the limited number of beds at this popular destination. The route officially starts just east of the town in the famed Valley of the Gods, site of legendary western movies and iconic sandstone towers-a dazzling display of pastel hues painted by the rising sun will surely motivate you to get up and out early. Once you rejoin the pavement, a brief ride up the Moki Dugway ushers you east onto Snow Flat Road and eventually north up Butler wash. Fuel up in Blanding to prepare for the Abajo Mountains stretch. WARNING! Stay tuned to the weather forecast and be prepared to spend the night if conditions sour-the road over the Abajos may become impassable in the rain and mud. HIGHLIGHTS: Valley of the Gods towers; swtichbacks up Moki Dugway; Native American artifacts in Butler Wash; views from the Abajo Mountains

Sec 2 Monticello to Dewey Bridge

Fill your tank to the brim in Monticello before heading out on a nice paved ride over Harts Draw Road. At the intersection of Highway 211, you’ll have a choice to make. For novice riders, the decision should be to go east towards the La Sal Mountains-the scenery is similar to the Abajos with spectacular views in every direction. Turning left here will eventually take you to Lockhart Basin, an experts-only trail and a 70-mile trip from Indian creek to Moab. WARNING! Do not attempt this section if you are not comfortable in advanced off-road situations (refer to video for more info). Both fuel and supplies are available at the Needles Outpost, a short distance from the turn-off to Lockhart Basin Road. Rudimentary camping is available along both routes, as well as along Onion Creek further north of Moab. Make sure to replenish fuel and supplies in Moab. HIGHLIGHTS: Newspaper Rock; Canyonlands National Park; Colorado River views; Hurrah pass; Onion Creek; historic Dewey Bridge

Sec 2 EXPERT ONLY Lockhart Basin

Sec 2 Winter Around LaSal Mtns ALT

Sec 3 Dewey Bridge to Wellington

As you heave the historic Dewey Bridge behind, the riding moves onto the flatter areas of Utah. Don’t be put off by the flat terrain. Old mining camps and abandoned uranium mines offer plenty to look at. The route will eventually pull you north of I-70 into the Book Cliffs, a 200-mile sedimentary rock outcropping. Get off your bike to check out the ghost town of Sego before dropping down into the town of Green River. Options are limited, but fuel for you and your bike are available here. Ray’s Diner downtown is a popular stop for travelers passing through. Just outside of town, the route heads north along Cottonwood Wash offering pleasant views of the San Rafael Swell to the west. Expect to make up some time along the Green River cut-off, which will take you west along the Cedar Mountain Recreation Area via a graded gravel road. If you do not plan on camping, consider riding a short distance to price, which has more food and lodging options than Wellington. HIGHLIGHTS: Yellowcat Mine; Book Cliffs; Sego ghost town; Sego cemetery; Ray’s Diner

Sec 4 Wellington to Currant Creek Hwy 40

Upon leaving Wellington, an old paved road ushers you to the mouth of Nine Mile Canyon, a beautiful 70-mile stretch of backcountry byway. While the canyon encompasses all types of archaeological sites, it is also home to the world’s largest concentration of Native American rock art, which dates back 8,000 years. Halfway through the canyon, turn onto Argyle Canyon and up to Highway 191, where you’ll cross onto Reservation Ridge. From here, the road rises to 9,000 feet offering gorgeous views that seem to stretch forever. WARNING! It is 240 miles from Wellington to Evanston. If your fuel range is less than that, take a quick detour to Soldier Summit for fuel. Continuing north, Timber Canyon offers a charming ride under a canopy of thick cottonwood trees along the Strawberry River. For those looking to camp, there are several campsites here, but please respect private property rights in this area! Section 4 officially ends at Highway 40 and Currant Creek Road. HIGHLIGHTS: Nine Mile Canyon; Reservation Ridge; Timber Canyon; Uinta National Forest

Sec 4 out to Gas

Sec 5 Currant Creek to Evanston

You’ll get high into Utah’s northern mountains on this stretch. After crossing Highway 35, follow a primitive road surrounded by evergreen and aspen trees. The road eventually tops out on a high alpine meadow with rewarding panoramas of the Uinta Wilderness. There is reasonable camping here though better sites can be found along the alpine lakes further ahead. For advanced riders, there are alternate trails up to the lakes—while challenging and rocky, they’re worth the trip if you and your machine are up to it. If you’re not, jump the highway and keep an eye out for signs labeled ‘Washington Lakes Trail’. The pavement of Highway 150 is unavoidable in the next section but it has been rated G2 and G3 by Butler Maps, and offers fun riding nonetheless. Turn onto Whitney Road to rejoin the dirt. The final section brings you to Evanston, Wyoming where you can fill up on fuel and food. HIGHLIGHTS: High meadows; alpine lakes; G2 pavements; miles of aspen-lined roads

Sec 5 up to Camping

Sec 5 Expert Whitney Bypass

Sec 6 Evanston to Garden City

Aside from staying in Wyoming and stitching together roads in the vast gas and oil fields, there is no way to avoid the paved section from Woodruff to Monte Cristo Ridge. Hang in there—once you arrive at Monte Cristo Ridge, the route winds through dense pine forests and offers a number of expansive vistas to the west and east. There are myriads of great camping sites the entire length of the road on the way to Garden City. At the end of the route, you will be rewarded with a view worth of the epic adventure you just experienced across the state of Utah. Head into Garden City for a cold pint or a cup of raspberry ice cream, the town’s specialty. HIGHLIGHTS: Outstanding views; tall pines; Bear Lake; raspberry ice cream

Garden City to ID border

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