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post #1 of 16 Old 12-01-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Ride to Zion?

Hi all.
I was considering riding to Zion National park in mid April. It looks like my fastest choices from here (Boston area) at Rt 80 or Rt70. I was thinking of going 70 to stay further south. I don't know if it matters that time of year? Plus both ways goes through Denver. Will I hit snow? Is it to early to out there? What do you folk that live along that route say.
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Only been through there once that time of year but got stuck in mad snow storm on 70. This was the last week of March. But I've also hit snow on 40 near Flagstaff in April.
Both trips were epic and made for great stories so don't let this scare you.
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I also have a Ural. It won't go out from under you in a snow storm, but it won't go much over 60 mph on it's best days.
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Springtime in the Rockies is always unpredictable. You should be prepared for any weather condition. By mid-April the chance of snow is less in the valley, but we'll still see snow in the high country (I'll still be skiing at that time). Mid-April in Zion National Park should be nice though. I think that's a better time to go versus mid-Summer when all the Pirates show up.
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I was in Zion a couple of years ago in April. Beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You can get snow though anywhere in Co. or Utah that time of year though. Be prepared and have fun

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If you can plan it later in the year there are some great roads in southern Ut. and Co.
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I haven't made Mt. Zion in April. But I have been there 2 times in the first week of May. Breathtakingly beautiful. That is when I would go. As alluded to earlier you avoid the Pirates and the summer crowd of families who's children just got out of school.

I would probably go 70.

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Butler Maps has a nicely done selection of maps for CO & UT. Might assist in planning.

Beat the crowds and you'll also get some spring run off on the waterfalls in the park. My wife and I were there last Sunday...pretty dry but NO crowds.
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I don't know how to answer you weather question, but I was out there early last summer. This Ride Report might help you plan...

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Have a great trip.
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Like someone said, unpredictable weather. It could be really great, and probably will be, but you need to be prepared for the worst. A couple extra days is the trick. If it's snowing in Denver, hold up @ my house (you buy the beer), and by noon tomorrow all will be good and you continue on. Usually the most moisture is March and sometimes April, that means snow on the mountain passes. The deserts are not too hot yet, but some rain can occur, and a cold rain it is. But if you watch the storms out in the N.Pacific, you can see them comming. They will reach Utah a few days later. So plan to hold up someplace when the weather gets bad, it won't last long, Enjoy it, then continue on.
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