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There have been a few on the forum who've expressed interest in visiting and riding in southern Utah. I guess I'm a little biased, but I think it's some great country, with quite a variety of terrain to enjoy. Most of my experience however, is in the southwest part of the state. I hope to spend more time in the southeastern part of the state, and will share my experiences when I do so.



I wish I was retired so I could show my forum buddies around. Unfortunately, I'm pretty busy in the fall, winter, and spring months when it is the best time to ride this area. It's not easy for me to take time off from work, so that pretty much leaves some Saturdays. During the summer months when it gets pretty warm my schedule is a little more flexible. Anyway, since I'm not often available to act as tour guide I decided to put this thread together as a resource to those who want to visit. It will be a work in progress. I would like to include a reference to the ride reports I've posted, since I can recommend each of the rides I've made around the area. I would like to include GPS tracks, and some information about places you can stay while in the area.
 

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The two major cities in this area are Cedar City and St. George. I live 45 miles south of Cedar, and about 18 miles east of St. George at the "gateway" to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon.



There are places to stay in St. George of course, and a lot in the way of places to eat, etc. But there is also the city traffic and atmosphere. For many of you that's not a problem, but I prefer the small town atmosphere so will recommend staying on the east side of the county.



There are 3 state park campgrounds east of St. George. Red Cliffs campground is just 16 miles up I-15 to the northeast. It is accessed via the frontage road south of Leeds. Quail Creek Reservoir and campground can also be accessed from the same frontage road, or from SR9 on the way to Hurricane. Sand Hollow Reservoir and campground is just a few miles south of SR9 on the west end of Hurricane. If you are self contained, there are a lot of places on BLM land where you can camp up to 14 days without paying a fee.



I'll try to post up a map later on with camping places detailed.
 

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Since I can't very well recommend places I haven't been, I'll post links to rides that I've done in this area over the last year or so. There are a lot of places I still look forward to riding, and I'll post those up as I complete them.



The navigation information included on this web page is intended as a resource for my buds on the forum, but since anyone in the world with an internet connection can access this stuff I suppose there is a need for a disclaimer, as follows:



Many of these tracks weren't recorded on the ride. I retraced my route using Google Earth and created the tracks. I believe them to be accurate, or I wouldn't post them here. But, as always it is your responsibility to review the information and determine if it is suitable and safe for your use. I would encourage you to load the kml file in Google Earth and review it before using the gps files. Files with an f, or filt at the end of the name indicate the file has been filtered to less than 500 waypoints.



I might add, any time you are totally dependent on a gps receiver you are asking for trouble. Maps and a compass should be carried and consulted as well. Some of the rides, such as the Trumbull/Toroweap ride take you miles from civilization and help. You should always go well prepared with extra water & gas, parts, tools, first aid, etc. Whatever you need to be self supporting.







Smith's Mesa



Google Earth and GPS files here.











Mount Trumbull, Toroweap



Google Earth and GPS files here.











Kolob




Google Earth and GPS files here.
 

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Those pictures are amazing. So you say Winter, Spring and your fall season are the best time to ride round Utah area. Doesn't Utah also get alot of Snow in Winter? I'm thinking of doing an end of year trip toy the US and thought Utah might be ski country then. If not I'll try muster up a TW for some of these roads. This place is now officially on my bucketlist haha cheers for the pics mate, keep em coming!
 

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Those pictures are amazing. So you say Winter, Spring and your fall season are the best time to ride round Utah area. Doesn't Utah also get alot of Snow in Winter? I'm thinking of doing an end of year trip toy the US and thought Utah might be ski country then. If not I'll try muster up a TW for some of these roads. This place is now officially on my bucketlist haha cheers for the pics mate, keep em coming!


Thanks. Fall, Winter, and Spring are the best times to ride in the southwest part of the state where much of the area is lower in elevation and therefore doesn't get as much snow. During the summer months it gets pretty warm, like over 100 degrees at times. There are mountains nearby, however, that you can escape to during the summer to get out of the heat. Other parts of the state that are higher in elevation do get a lot of snow and have great skiing during the winter. The most popular places to ski are in the Salt Lake City and Park City area but we do have skiing in this end of the state at Brian Head northeast of Cedar City, and Eagle Point east of Beaver. I hope you're able to make the trip as there is a lot to see and experience.
 

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Very good idea, this thread is. I'll be back here many time just to re-visit your rides.



Come the end of the month though, thanks to one of my uncle's, (I'll call him Sam), I might get an extra day per week to ride!:blink:So coming down your way with an extra long weekend, which is on my bucket list, is not entirely out of the question.
 

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Thanks B-Dub



I have been trying to get to Torowheap for several years now. Is it accessible in the winter/spring or does it not open up until summer months?


The NPS website has some good reading if you're planning to visit Toroweap. It says the roads may be muddy and impassable from December through March. During the summer months it would be pretty hot. I recommend the spring or fall.
 

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This is a great thread B-dub.



Your ride reports are always some of the most drool-worthy and I'm definitely one of those with very real aspirations to get up there and do some riding. Having all of this information compiled by a local with firsthand experience is bound to help a lot of people with planning their trips.



I hope the Utah Office of Tourism is compensating you for your time and effort! A tax write-off for your TW miles at least?
 

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This is a great thread B-dub.



Your ride reports are always some of the most drool-worthy and I'm definitely one of those with very real aspirations to get up there and do some riding. Having all of this information compiled by a local with firsthand experience is bound to help a lot of people with planning their trips.



I hope the Utah Office of Tourism is compensating you for your time and effort! A tax write-off for your TW miles at least?


Hey, thanks! I would like to get down your way sometime since I've enjoyed your ride reports as well. A tax write-off? That's a great idea but somehow I don't think that's going to happen.




I'm working on making gps tracks for each ride, and maybe a map. I would like to include the tracks as an attachment, but I'm not aware of a way to attach a file to posts in this forum. I can always put them on the public side of Dropbox and provide a link to that.
 

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What are some good places to ride in the provo/salt lake area? Once the snow melts of course. I just got a TW a month ago and don't know many areas around here as I am not from here. Any recommendations would be appreciated! I want to get down to some of these spots from your pics too!
 

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What are some good places to ride in the provo/salt lake area? Once the snow melts of course. I just got a TW a month ago and don't know many areas around here as I am not from here. Any recommendations would be appreciated! I want to get down to some of these spots from your pics too!


I've never ridden up there, but here are some good web sites to check out:



trails.com



ATV trails for winter



riderplanet.com
 
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