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Heading down to Vegas next week and we have planned a couple of days of riding. One of the days I was planning on riding out to Zion state park. Can anyone in the area give me any ideas on how long to plan touring the park, and what are the must see spots to stop. Also, if you have any best routes there from the Mirage hotel, that would be appreciated.
 

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Time in Zion NP?
A ride straight thru the park will only take an hour or so depending on traffic. (Orderville to Hurricane is only 52 miles) This time of year it should be reletively light.

But....I can't imagine anyone not wanting to stop numerous times for photo ops or just plain gawking at the beauty there.
So, how long it will take is an individual thing. The least amount of time I can remember is 2 hours and that was in November (brrr..).

Where to stop? To many good places to mention, just 'be ready' to stop around every corner. Have fun!

As for route from Vegas to Zion...you are limited but;
I like to ride thru Moapa Valley, so my route would be Lake Mead Blvd (exit 45) to Northshore rd to Moapa then I-15 to St George, . A great side trip would be thru Valley of Fire SP and back to Northshore road, then north or;
Or just ride thru Valley of Fire to I-15 and north to Zion NP.
Be sure to enjoy the Virgen River part of I-15... just before you enter Utah. :yesnod:

From St George you can take I-15 to exit 16 to Hurricane and then Zion, but I think a better ride is staying on I-15 until exit 27 and ride thru Toquerville to Zion.

Time for side trips? On the way to Zion as you ride thru the city of Virgin watch for the Kolob Reservior road on the north side of hwy 9. You can follow that to the reservior and return, or continue to follow it (you will ride on 18 miles of mostly nice dirt road) to hwy 14 (Cedar Canyon Road) . Follow 14 east to U.S. 89, then south back to the other side of Zion (about 60 miles) this really is a nice loop instead of riding thru Zion and back the same way.
Don't forget your hankie because you will be drooling!! :thumbup:
 

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hike up the narrows

Riverflow should be real low

Also, hike up angels landing
 

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Zion National Park - Zion National Park

The wife and I are going in late November. Great info on their site. I printed off the guide with all the spots identified. I've heard one should go in through the bottom end of "the narrows" for some slot canyons. We'll only be there one day and spending the night in the park.

I have a co-worker whose spent many a vacation there. I think you could spend months in the park and not see it all.
 

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Time for side trips? On the way to Zion as you ride thru the city of Virgin watch for the Kolob Reservior road on the north side of hwy 9. You can follow that to the reservior and return, or continue to follow it (you will ride on 18 miles of mostly nice dirt road) to hwy 14 (Cedar Canyon Road) . Follow 14 east to U.S. 89, then south back to the other side of Zion (about 60 miles) this really is a nice loop instead of riding thru Zion and back the same way.
Don't forget your hankie because you will be drooling!! :thumbup:
I second that.

Also, look to Google maps: Just east of the Zion NP boundary find North County Road. It's about 40 miles of dirt one-way. Follow it north to where it meets Navajo Lake on route 14. Fun and remote with varied terrain. Good scenery throughout with the prize being the lake at the other end. Have a spot messenger.
 

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Keep in mind that a good portion of the park is only accessible by taking the shuttle bus. There is a lot to do there off the bike. The main road through the park is really nice with a couple of cool tunnels and great scenery. Expect it to be very crowded. Try to allot more time there if you can.
 

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Zion, one of our favorite places to visit and stay... explore/hike around.... we try to get there several time each year.

 
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