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#711528 - 07/14/11 02:52 AM See lots about Utah, how about AZ?  
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Friend of mine insists I need to go to Sedona so looked it up on the satellite maps - MY what a nice bunch of twisty looking roads in not-flat country!

So went out a ways on the maps from Sedona, generally southerly, and looks like lots of neat looking twisties and hillies like in Utah.

But have never seen posts about that area.

I'm sure somebody has gone there, where's some good spots to check out for a 2 day weekend trip from Vegas - altho maybe in the fall
after it cools down a little!

Thx!


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#711534 - 07/14/11 03:44 AM Re: See lots about Utah, how about AZ? [Re: macx]  
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It's been a while since I have been to Sedona but I do recall 89A being really pretty and fun. Traffic keeps it slow moving though and it's short.
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#711536 - 07/14/11 04:07 AM Re: See lots about Utah, how about AZ? [Re: macx]  
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South rim of the Grand Canyon. Not great roads from Vegas to there, but the destination is worth it. Or, go NE to Zion.


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#711560 - 07/14/11 05:41 AM Re: See lots about Utah, how about AZ? [Re: macx]  
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Way out West
http://www.bobpalin.com/howlongtotorrey.htm

Come out for this!
You can then ride all those good Utah roads and easily drop into Arizona.

JR356

#711637 - 07/14/11 03:10 PM Re: See lots about Utah, how about AZ? [Re: JR356]  
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Two days from Vegas to an Arizona weekend can get you to some really great riding. One of the nice things about about riding in Az is that you can find good riding just about any time of the year -- mountains for the summer, warm deserts for the winter. And there are good roads in all of those places.

From Vegas, the "Standard" ride that you find advertised by the guide services and written up in the mags would be the National Parks loop with Rte 66:

Vegas to Kingman (flat and straight after you clear Hoover Dam and the Lake Mead recreation area, but the new bridge is pretty and interesting)
Take Rte 66 out of Kingman through Peach Springs and to Seligman (not much to see, but it's the longest continuous stretch of the Mother Road left)
Continue on to Williams (on I-40), get off at Williams and head North to The Canyon.
Tour the South Rim, exit the east end of the park heading for Cameron. (Historic Cameron Trading Post has a nice Best Western -- possible overnight)
North out of Cameron on 89.
At Bitter Springs bear left on 89A toward Jacob Lake and the North Rim. (The ride up to Jacob Lake is great. Snow sets in up there sometimes by late October, so check conditions. North Rim services shut down around early October, but they leave the park gate open -- you're on your own but it's a pretty ride, if you have time and interest. About 45 miles from Jacob's Lake to the Rim and 45 back, so check your gas.)
From Jacob Lake to Kanab (Another possible overnight if you want to have time for Bryce the next day).
Bryce Canyon Nat'lPark
Zion Canyon Nat'l Park
Back down I-15 to Vegas.

830 miles -- so a couple of strong days, but a lot of it is fast moving. 705 miles if you cut Bryce Canyon, but if you haven't seen Bryce, it's incredible.

Another other AZ idea (probably better riding, but misses the 2 UT parks):

From Kingman, take US 93 south toward Wickenburg.
Take one of the Prescott cutoffs (either Baghdad or Congress -- both are nice rides)
From Prescott, follow 89A across Mingus mountain to Jerome and Cottonwood, then north to Sedona and Flagstaff.
From Flag to the South Rim (I'd go NE on 89 out of Flag to Cameron and enter the park from the east entrance)
Tour the South Rim and head home reversing the first route (Williams, Kingman, LV -- the Rte 66 diversion is possible if you have time).

If these interest you, I'm happy to help with detailed routing, restaurant and hotel suggestions. Contact me offline.

JB


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#711772 - 07/15/11 12:23 AM Re: See lots about Utah, how about AZ? [Re: macx]  
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Thanks for all the good input!

First, I've been all over southern Utah, both North & South Rims (once by bike, several by car) down thru Bullhead City and thru Oatman AZ and up to Kingman on a really twisty stretch of Route 66.

In UT I've been just about every single road East and South of Hanksville which is East of Capitol Reef, incl south to Fry Canyon and Mexican Hat, Page, Jacob Lake, Fredonia, Panguitch, all around Cedar Breaks, around Fish Lake, Hiway 12, and West of St George on all those roads.

One Fri/Sat I logged 1050 miles, another Fri Sat 825, and last Sat 600. Got a couple back roads on old Hiway 91 West of the Virgin River Gorge to check out, then up to Hwy 20 going East from I15 North of Cedar City, then back down. That's this weekend. Also have been West/NW of Vegas NW of Pahrump, up on Mt Charleston, etc.

So looking for "new territory to conquer" when I started checking out AZ south of Flagstaff. Need to keep it 1000 miles or a dab under for a round trip until I hit a 4 day weekend when I aim to head up to Yosemite, go thru it from the East, then tackle all those gorgeous roads North o there around Arnold, Angels Camp, Markleesville, etc etc. Been all thru there just a couple years ago but not on a bike.

The whole area is unbelieveable - I've traveled some of the main things like Zion several times, Bryce, North & South Rim, Lake Powell and Lake Mead, before I even moved to Vegas for a 3 year job on a solar steam power plant south of town in the Mojave.

Got this bike just because of this - I knew there was lots to see and I'd have quite a bit of time to do that.

So appreciate all the suggestions, keep 'em coming!

Happy Trails!!


Retired & divorced 2014. Looking forward to traveling after I get my place renovated and sold.
#712160 - 07/17/11 01:17 AM Re: See lots about Utah, how about AZ? [Re: macx]  
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You might look at Antelope Canyon just outside of Page, AZ. Best way to see it is as part of a tour. It is on Indian reservation land and you can't just go to it yourself. It's a narrow slot canyon, best time is around noon. You've probably seen pictures of it.


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