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post #11 of 16 Old 12-03-2012, 10:26 AM
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It looks like my fastest choices from here (Boston area) at Rt 80 or Rt70.
I'm sure time is the issue here but IMHO a visit to Zion NP, however interesting, does not justify a hurried two-way cross-country slog on the superslab. Even if you include Bryce Canyon (you should) you barely need two days to see all the road-accessible features of the parks, and that would even give you time to risk your life in a springtime hike in one of the slot canyons.

I know this is not what you asked, but others have given the weather outlook.

US50 is slower but vastly more interesting.

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Been to Zion in May a few years ago. I crossed the Sierra's from California and froze my ass off. I had to stop and stick my hands near the engine to warm up... I don't have any heated gear though.

There was a cold front coming through and the temperature went as low as 37 once I was in Utah. It snowed on a pass just north of there but only rained a couple of times in Zion and Bryce. I definitely thought the trip was worth it but since you're heading west and did as much hiking as I could in both Zion and Bryce. Zion hiking can get very exposed, very quickly. It's a real nosebleed in some spots (and I used to be a rock and ice climber). I didn't hike up the river in Zion because of the rains in the area but I wish I would have.

I would check out the salt flats if you are coming across the country as well.

Utah is really a magical state. They have tons of national parks, national monuments, and state parks. That one highway (highway 12) has parks stacked on top of parks. There is some breathtaking scenery. I plan to go back and hit arches, national monument, and moab the next time through.

The roads are awesome for motorcycling.
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Was in the general area a year ago, the end of April.



Did not get to see the Grand Canyon due to snow!

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Try the Burr trail out of Bolder Ut., some gravel but a great ride.
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I have a small album of photos. Most are the wildlife found in that raw beautiful desert acreage in spite of humans trying to overrun it all. Of course, the photos have nothing to do with motorcycles...

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Yield to the weather if you need to.

I tried to cross Colorado westward on I-70 in mid-June of 2010.
At the welcome station, nine miles into the state, I learned that
over 500 miles of snow lay ahead of me.

Because my intended destination, Vancouver BC, lay far to the north,
I inquired about crossing Wyoming, the state north of Colorado, instead.
Not a good idea, because most of Wyoming lay under a foot of snow.

I have ridden through twenty Ontario winters, so I can ride in snow,
but at age 68 with marginal gear, I declined the opportunity, and retreated.

If you find weather that makes your trip a nightmare, or too dangerous,
please reset your sights, probably to the south, and holiday elsewhere.

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